One of our best selling American breweries in store is Lagunitas. In craft beer news this week they have recently gone into a 50% partnership with Heineken. Tony Magee, the founder, remains in charge as the Executive Chairman. The various reasons given include using Heineken's global production and distribution so that Lagunitas can be bought all over the world. The company is to operate separately from Heineken.
Steph and I visited the Petaluma brewery last year and it was one of the highlights of our USA trip, the selection and quality of their beers were outstanding. It was a fun tour with some great tasters and we had a few flights and food afterwards. There was a live band on a Wednesday afternoon and the atmosphere of this brewery tap in the outskirts of a small town made it a memorable experience.
The Lagunitas beers that we get in the UK are brewed at their second brewery in Chicago, the advantage of this is that we get west coast style IPAs shipped to the UK in weeks rather than months. This freshness is one of the reasons why their IPA has sold so well.
We've written about this as people have asked if we will continue to stock Lagunitas in the shop now they might not be considered a craft brewery anymore. Whilst the ownership has changed, we don't have any reason to believe the beer is going to be altered, the press release I linked to above states that the brewers, recipes, suppliers and distribution aren't changing.
Of our American beer selection it's also one of the best priced as well. We currently have bottles of their 2014 Cappuccino Stout which is packed with a tonne of coffee and is 9.3%, we get to sell this to you at £7 for a 660ml bottle, a bargain if we say so ourselves. We currently have a bottle of this open in the shop for you to try it in fact.
If Lagunitas do suddenly start brewing in Tadcaster or any other factors change in the future we will of course reconsider, but at the moment I think everyone would rather have a delicious and fresh IPA.