Lagunitas on tap

This evening, my wife and I were able to enjoy a few hours out away from our 6 month old. We headed to DTSP (Downtown Saint Petersburg) to grab a bite to eat and have a few drinks. I have had the hankering for some fish tacos – the best in town can be found at ZGrille (my opinion of course). In addition to great food, ZGrille has an interesting selection of microbrews both on tap and in the bottle. A perfect match for my Baja Fish Tacos was the Great White Ale from Lost Coast Brewery. On tap, this brew is fresh and oh so drinkable. Two pints later, we headed over to The Independent.

The Independent is a quaint little pub (or beer hall as they call it) that offers a great selection of beers from all around the world. Their focus tends to be on Belgian’s, but there is always something on tap to please just about anyone’s palate.

Anyhow, upon arrival I checked out the taps and to my surprise, I saw Lagunitas IPA! I quickly placed my order for the “Lagunitas”. The bartender asks “which one would you like, the IPA or the Imperial Red Ale?” I really wanted the IPA and wasn’t sure about the Imperial Red. I ended up with the IPA but got a sample of the Imperial Red. Wow! Absolutely delicious and packing quite a punch. The bartender said 8.5% alcohol but from what I have read it is more along the line of 7.6% – Either way, I will be stopping at my local beer store on the way home tomorrow to pick up a six pack of this nectar of the Gods.

Quick update: I stopped by The World of Beer in Clearwater this evening to pick up a couple of the Imperial Red ales. The alcohol percentage is 7.6% but the IBU’s are at 84.20, which is quite high. While I was there I also a few of “The Censored Rich Copper Ale” as well as a six pack of the Sirius Ale (a cream ale while I will be reporting on soon).

Lagunitas Imperial Red:

Ingredients: Hops, Malt, Hops, Hops, Yeast, Hops, Water, and Hops.
Alcohol Percentage: 7.6
Original Gravity: 1.072 O.G
IBU: 84.20
Price Paid:: $8.99 – 6 pack
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Notes from bottle: Limited Release – “This special Ale is, in reality, a reconstructed exhumation of the very first ale that we ever brewed way, way, back in 1993. Brewed with a big head, a muscular malty thorax, a silky texture & all strung together with a hoppy sweet nerve sack . . . yum.”

I am not sure what a “hoppy sweet nerve sack” is but they got one thing right: Yum!

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