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Ask a craft beer aficionado what California’s Lagunitas are best known for and chances are you’ll get one of two answers: their rather cheeky, somewhat infamous owner Tony Magee, or their lineup of bold IPAs. Magee is a tale for a different day. Today is about NightTime, their entry into the world of black IPAs. Beers like Stone’s Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale and Sierra Nevada’s Blindfold are already great examples of the style, but that doesn’t mean Lagunitas doesn’t have something to bring to the table. Smokey dark chocolate and oily, bitter coffee fight a valiant battle against resinous, dank northwest hops—and there is no clear winner. Even as deeper java notes reveal themselves, so too do hints of bright citrus. Rich and captivating, this is a monster of a beer. Try it for a limited time at Grace Tavern, Interstate Drafthouse, Sidecar and several other locations.
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