The First Pour: Lagunitas Dogtown APA
Cicero’s understands that when it come to beer, most people’s favorite is the latest and greatest new beer. Very few beer lovers drink the same beer over and over again. Sure, you might go back to an old standard, but you always try the latest beer first. For that reason, and others, Cicero’s changes their menu every week. When kegs kick, we change them up, unless we decide to keep it tapped for a while longer because it kicked so fast. With that in mind, we strive to keep you, our customers informed on our weekly changes. The “First Pour” series of blog posts will highlight and review the newest beers we have on draft for you. Again, we have a happy couple writing these posts for us. If you see them around, make sure and thank them for their hard work.
By Alaina Kantner and Mike Vecchio
Lagunitas Brewing Company was founded in 1993 in Lagunitas, Califonia. Growing beyond capacity, the brewery is now based out of Petaluma, California and is known for their “eccentric” nature. They’re known for their irrelevant stories and spelling errors on their beer bottles as well as their generally wacky behavior. To give you an idea, their website gives you the story of “a day in the life of a bubble in a bottle of beer.” But don’t let this wackiness distract you too much, however, because Lagunitas has grown to be recognized as one of the nation’s most outstanding breweries.Today we’re sampling Dogtown (American) Pale Ale – an “Mondo Ultra Mega Super Premium Ale.” As you can see from above, the brewers don’t really give out specs on this beer, but strap in because it’s a good one! Dogtown pours out a clear tangerine color with a sticky white head that leaves some of the best lacing we’ve seen lately. The aroma – a hop lovers paradise – is a wonderful orange and grapefruit citrus blend. Dogtown tastes of citrus bitterness throughout the drink, but is exceptionally well balanced by the sweet pale malts which together give it a lemon and honey characteristic. What surprised us most was the swallow of the beer. You get a small snap of grapefruit bitterness, but it doesn’t overburden the tongue like other APAs or IPAs do. Alaina, who isn’t the hop-head in the house, kept marveling about how much she liked this beer. So for us, that’s the measure of the balance and care brewed into this beer. Overall, this is a really fantastic APA. While it gets a little more bitter deeper into the drink, the brewers really do a great job of balancing the beer. We really encourage you to come try it off the tap, because we all know that good draft pour from Cicero’s really brings out the best in a beer.
About the Authors – Alaina and Mike moved to St Louis from Ohio in 2008 and quickly jumped into the craft beer scene. Alaina has gone from drinking light lagers almost exclusively to enjoying maltier beers – most notably porters and stouts – and hefeweizens. In her free time Alaina enjoys reading, running, and attempting to teach their dog tricks. Mike has evolved from drinking highly hopped IPAs to enjoying a wider range of pale ales and traditional hefeweizens. Mike enjoys trying to teach his dog not to bark at anything that moves, reading about crime and gangs, and home brewing with his co-workers. Both Alaina and Mike have been attending Cicero’s Beer School for a year and credit it to helping them expand their knowledge of craft brew and assisting them to take the plunge into home brewing with their friends. Hopefully, they will bring in some of their home-brew one day.