If you are in Anchorage, catch the first installment of my Year of Beer Paintings at the Loft at Midnight Sun Brewing Co. during the month of June. I hung the paintings yesterday, and that was the largest amount of beer paintings I have ever hung in one location! I will kick off the art opening by tapping a firkin at 5 PM this evening. Five gallons of cask conditioned Panty Peeler Tripel with 6 oz (that’s a lot for 5 gallons) of Rakau Hops from New Zealand.
The beer painting for today is of Hop Stoopid Ale by Lagunitas Brewing Co. from Petaluma, California. “102 I.B.U 4 U” means this is one thoroughly hopped beer. From hop extract to ridiculous amounts of dry hops, this one has it all, and as many varieties as the brew master could muster as well. Lagunitas has not fallen short on this one, and it is true to its name. You will absolutely feel Hop Stoopid by the time you finish a bomber. The first time I snagged one of these was in Brookings, Oregon when my wife and I were about to cross the border into California on our tandem tour down the West Coast. We drank it at the beach, and both immediately fell in love with this beer.
Lagunitas, you are a great brewery! You deserve your spot as one of the best craft beer breweries in the nation!