The Thirsty Beagle: So what's up with Lagunitas distribution?

Thursday, May 14, 2015

So what's up with Lagunitas distribution?

I got an email yesterday inquiring about the roll-out of Lagunitas beer in Oklahoma.

The question: What's the deal with Lagunitas' distribution in the state with regards to kegs vs. package sales? Fortunately, a reliable source recently conveyed some information to me on that very topic.
First, though, would you mind if we talked about Lagunitas IPA for a minute?

I stopped by Republic on Monday -- doing my Oklahoma City Craft Beer Week duty -- to check out the Lagunitas pint night. I have had Lagunitas IPA in bottles during my annual summer/Walt Disney World travels, and have always been a fan of the beer.

Having it on tap, though? It took the beer to a whole new level. Maybe the bottles I had enjoyed previously have never been as fresh, and maybe the pint I had at Republic was especially fresh, but that pint pushed Lagunitas IPA high up the list of my favorite IPAs.

The hops were so crisp and clean -- everythig was on point and the beer was far more enjoyable than I remembered.

So, point being, is it worth trying on tap when you're out at your local spot? Yes.

But moving on, what about distribution? My source tells me Lagunitas kegs will be the norm for the next couple months, and that we can expect a roll-out of bottles in liquor stores in the summer, possibly around July.

And we should expect to see a wide array of Lagunitas offerings, including seasonals and special releases. Plenty to look forward to.

Pints and Pins

-The Beer is OK podcast from the Red Earth Brewers Oklahoma Brewers Forum has been posted for your enjoyment. The podcast is a recording of the brewers panel I moderated with Roughtail brewmaster Tony Tielli and Anthem brewmaster Patrick Lively. You can listen right here.

-Most of our other beer news this week involves OKC Craft Beer Week events, so here's your schedule for Thursday -- it's an impressive collection of events:

Craft Beer Tasting Party and Pizza Buffet @ Empire Slice - 7 p.m.
Anthem Brewing Tour and Tasting @ Anthem Brewing Co. - 5 p.m.
COOP Ale Works 2012 Territorial Reserve Oak-Aged Barley Wine tapping @ TapWerks - 6 p.m.
Greenflash Silva Stout tapping @ TapWerks - 8 p.m.
Anthem Tap Invasion @ Oak & Ore
Prairie Tap Takeover and Dinner Pairing @ Saints Pub
North Coast Pint Night @ Republic Gastropub - 5 p.m.
Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout Pint Night @ Pub W-Memorial Road
Mustang Tap Takeover @ Fox & Hound-Memorial Road
Roughtail/Spiegelau IPA Glass Night @ The Patriarch
Roughtail Brewing Infused Polar Night Stout Pint Night @ McNellie's-OKC

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