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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 71

Today’s Year of Beer painting is of Lagunitas Sucks Brown Sugga’ Substitute Ale.  Although the brewery was under renovation while this brew was originally created, this beer totally does not suck!  In fact, it may be one of the more delicious IPAs I have ever tasted.  Lagunitas Brewing Company was founded in 1993 in Lagunitas, California.  It moved a year later to Petaluma, California, after exceeding its small brewery capacity, and continued to prosper.  This brewery has experienced more rapid growth than most other breweries.  In 2010 Lagunitas realized it must expand the brewery and scheduled a complete upgrade for 2012, increasing to 600,000 barrel capacity per year, making it the sixth best selling craft brewery in America!  During 2011 the renovations prohibited the brewery from brewing the traditional winter seasonal, Brown Sugga Ale, so it was replaced by Lagunitas Sucks!  A self-depreciating-named beer that is far from anything but a brilliant double IPA.  An even balance between malt and hops, free of any adjunct grain.  The strongest flavor and scent from this beer is citrus.  Grapefruit comes to mind.  The beer was so good that Lagunitas decided to brew it again and made it part of its seasonal lineup.  I am a fan!  These brewers deserve to be acknowledged for their “suck”cess, because they are totally awesome!

To renovations, and the stress that comes along with them, rolling with the punches, and embracing growing pains!  To Lagunitas Sucks, a brilliantly sarcastic marketing campaign that has everyone loving Lagunitas brews even more!

You can purchase this painting, or a limited-edition print at my Etsy Shop.

Year of Beer 03.12. Lagunitas Sucks Brown Sugga' Substitute Ale. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 03.12. Lagunitas Sucks Brown Sugga’ Substitute Ale. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 29

Today’s Year of Beer painting is Lagunitas IPA, a fine version of a single IPA, meaning it ain’t Hop Stoopid.  I portrayed this beer sitting in a redwood forest nearby Petaluma, California, home of Lagunitas Brewing Company.  This beer is crisp clean and full of hop flavor and malt body.  I could drink this beer all day in a proper redwood forest, and I bet if you like IPA, you would too.  Although this beer feels small next to the grandeur of the redwood giants, it feels like a mighty large beverage when I am enjoying it at home here in Alaska.

Cheers to great beers!  Good job Lagunitas Brewing Co. for making an exemplar version of IPA!

The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited edition print at my Etsy Shop.

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Year of Beer 01.29 Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8"x10".
Year of Beer 01.29 Lagunitas IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.