> First off, I'm an IPA guy for the most part...
> I live in Orange County CA surrounded by amazing micro-brews. Local are Artifex,
> 4 Sons, Barley Forge, Tustin Brewery ... and just south a bit are the biggies Stone,
> Ballast Point, St. Archer, Latitude 33, etc.. So all of those are mostly available
> on draft anywhere.
> Lagunitas was a mediocre IPA but since being bought out I haven't enjoyed any of
> their options. They absolutely manipulated the process so I no longer drink it.
> If a big corp bought out my favorite (Ballast Point) I don't think it would matter.
> They are in most grocery stores so you can't change the formula to cheapen/expedite
> what they have going. But those biggies don't really want to invest too much for
> the good ones so they grab the lesser brands and if that means more IPA options in
> stores and restaurants, I'm ok with that.
> But I still order a plain iced tea when I don't like the beer options at dinner...
> razeak wrote:
>> Theyrhere, I would go e you 1000 + if I could. Shock Top is trash.
> Perfect example of how low-rent options get bought out and if you still drink it
> then you don't have true beer/hop taste-buds lol. You just want booze.
Lagunitas process hasn't changed and if you don't like Waldos (or the one hitter series broadly) I don't know what's wrong with your palate. Sucks is good if you can find it fresh but in my experience it is usually stale now that it is a year round offering.
And "big corp" did buy out Ballast Point... they were initially going to do an IPO but Constellation took the full allocation.
EDIT: I do enjoy grapefruit scuplin and sculpin by BP but heavily overpriced at $15/sixer.