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A surplus of geekery by :: Fred Abercrombie

Beer: Father’s Office, Lagunitas, and a Small World Story I’ll Never Forget


This happened to me almost two weeks ago, but I’m only just now able to discuss it without giggling like a schoolgirl. So here’s my short, random story:

Whenever I’m down working in LA I try to stop by Father’s Office. A gastro-pub with a fantastic craft-beer list and a burger that’s lodged firmly in my Top Five.

I was sitting at the Santa Monica FO and noticed, out of all their 36 or so taps, there wasn’t a single Lagunitas handle. (*Not only am I a huge fan, I do some work for them, and I live less than a mile from the brewery up in Petaluma—a dangerous trifecta.)

So I sent this text to Lagunitas’ Head Beer Weasel, Ron Lindenbusch:


Not five seconds later I get tapped on my shoulder. It’s freakin’ Ron. No joke. He was five stools away from me. What was he doing down there? Making a special delivery to Father’s Office: Lagunitas tap handles.

Whoa. And on the day MJ died, too. Crazy.


Naturally, I had to take him by Chez Jay, Santa Monica’s finest dive-bar with a giant conch shell outside. Cheers, Ron!


5 Responses

  1. Tyler says:

    Dude, you waited to post this to your dorky website to tell me. I sit 5 ft from you 70 hrs a week.

  2. Scott Johnson says:

    Great story Fred!

  3. Dood, I told you about it THAT night!! !

  4. dk says:

    Boys, boys… don’t make me stop this car.

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