Okay, I'll come clean: yesterday's beer-you-can't-get-this-year was a bit of a tease. It's a fair cop, but society is to blame, so to make up for it let's have a look at the Lagunitas holiday beer you can get this year - Lagunitas Sucks.
You read that right--Lagunitas Sucks. That's what they called the beer. In fact, this is what they've put on the packaging:
"This sad holiday season we didn’t have the brewing capacity to make our favorite seasonal brew, the widely feared Brown Shugga’ Ale. You see, we had a couple of good years (thank you very much) and so heading into this season while we are awaiting a January delivery of a new brewhouse we are jammin’ along brewing 80 barrels of IPA and PILS and such every 3 hours. A couple of months back we realized that since we can only brew a mere 60 barrels of Shugga every 5 hours, that we were seriously screwed. For every case of Shugga’ brewed, we’d short 3 cases of our daily brews. The new brewhouse will help insure that this kind of failure never happens again. It’s a mess that we can not brew our BrownShugga’ this year and we suck for not doing it. There is nothing cool about screwing up this badly and we know it. Maybe we can sue our sorry selves. There is no joy in our hearts this holiday and the best we can hope for is a quick and merciful end. F*@& us. This totally blows. Whatever. We freaking munch moldy donkey butt and we just want it all to be over …."
How can you not respect a brewery that brews great beer and has such a GSOH? They should take that on the road; it's 24 carat solid gold. Move over Eddie Izzard, there's a new king of comedy in town.
So what of the beer? Although they've called it 'Brown Shugga' Substitute', it's nothing like Brown Shugga'. It's actually an IPA, or maybe a double IPA. There are varying opinions on this. Either way it's a pretty decent beer, and made with four grains - barley, rye, wheat and oats. The oats give this beer a creamy mouthfeel, the rye adds a little spiciness and the wheat contributes a smoothness and long-lasting head. There's plenty of IPA hoppiness along with a solid malt backbone of biscuity, bready sweetness.
Y'know, Lagunitas shouldn't be so hard on themselves. Any brewery that can be so self-deprecating and come up with a beer like this on the fly is a brewery of much repute and eminence.