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SF Beer Week: Lagunitas Collaboration Brew “San Francisco Fusion”

I was lucky enough to be there for this magical collaboration. Here’s the scoop.

For the first San Francisco Beer Week Lagunitas held a Beer Circus (which they now hold as a standalone event). This year, they wanted to do something different. So they invited a ton of Bay Area publicans out to help create a limited-release brew, just for SF Beer Week. How limited? About 80 kegs worth. “And maybe just one bottle” just to make it stoopidly limited. (Yes, they were joking. Probably.)

Here’s the official word:

Pics from the collaborative brew day …

“Brewers are Yeast Chefs … We don’t make beer, yeast makes beer”.

(With hops, malt, and barley. And in this case, a shit-ton more hops.)


Jeremy obliges his Toronado partner Christian Spybrook, fresh from a trip to Belgium, with his requested selection of hops and malts. Everyone weighed in on this mix.

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“This will be the hoppiest beer Lagunitas has ever made.” —Jeremy Marshall

Upon hearing this from a brewer at Lagunitas there was a collective, Whoa. Like so much Keanu.

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Eric from TAPS Petaluma grabbin’ bags, wielding knifes, and dumping away.

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Lagunitas had everyone involved in every part of the process. Josh from Berkeley‘s Bobby G’s Pizzeria got a turn at manning the computer in the fabled brewhouse.

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Rebecca from Oakland‘s Beer Revolution samples Hop Extract. Straight.

Every try it? We were told horror stories of a guy who got it in his eye. I think it was in Abu Ghraib.

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I’m the lucky holder of one pitcher ‘o 18-month bourbon barrel Cappuccino Stout, straight from the kegger. Don Chartier is the lucky loser of one (unrelated) bet, hence his goatee shaved into Lemmy-esque awesomeness. Dig that Petaluma Whiskerino shirt.

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Another lucky publican gets to sample from the barrel-aged well.

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There are unicorn beers and there are pterodactyl beers …

We were lucky enough to try the latter. At the end of the night Head Beer Weasel Ron Lindenbusch and crew walked everyone over to their warehouse of vintage and aged stock and proceeded to pull out some exceedingly rare bottles. Non moreso than, Eroica. The beer was only produced in ’99 and the hop itself is extinct. Like candied dinosaur in a bottle.

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Where to find Lagunitas San Francisco Fusion Beer Week Beer

For your chance at the soon-to-be-extinct Lagunitas collaboration brew around the Bay, check the SF Beer Week Schedule. And hit up the TapRoom, they’ll have some for their Beer Dinner on the 15th and special pairings all week. Cheers!

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  2. Tim says:

    So jealous. Miss you guys!

  3. [...] Ümlaut has the scoop on a new Lagunitas Brewing “Fusion” beer appearing on draft around SF Beer Week. [...]

  4. [...] As previously mentioned, this week all 31 taps were pouring Bay Area Beers in honor of SF Beer Week.  Due to the lineage of the area, I limited my choices to those beers that would highlight the namesake crop.  I started off with a Drake’s IPA on nitro from fellow East Bay suburb San Leandro.  As my trusty bartender warned me upon ordering, not everyone is a fan of beers on nitro but I am not one of those people.  In this case, I thought the creaminess of the nitro pour combined well with the hoppiness of the IPA for an excellent pairing.  My second choice turned out to be a lucky selection.  I ordered the Lagunitas San Francisco Fusion Ale on name alone.  As some of you probably know, this is an extremely limited-release beer that was made specially for SF Beer Week with the help of many Bay Area publicans.  According to Lagunitas, it is “9.25% ABV fueled by pale malt and toasted wheat, ‘calculated wort IBUs’ of 280, & dry-hopped with 4 lbs. o’ Citra per barrel, it’s the hoppiest 79 kegs to ever roll out of the Lagunitas plant.”  A nice write-up with many pictures can be found on Fred Abercrombie’s blog Unnecessary Umlaut. [...]

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