So, there may be some turf issues here, as I’m briefly leaving the sports forum to write a post in the food forum. Â But, when you read about a beer on Pitchfork, it just seems that somebody has to review it/comment on it at AllThingsNext. Â Because I am a team player, I suffered through the task.
The beer is brewed by Lagunitas in California, a brewer you should know if you enjoy good American craft brewed ales. Â And the specific beer is a seasonal from this Spring, Wilco Tango Foxtrot, Jobless Recovery Ale………or WTF for short. Â And while they claim this is not named after the band, the brewery does acknowledge they may be familiar with Wilco’s song catalog. Â Apparently the band enjoyed the reference enough to post a link to the brewer’s webpage on their own site.
The beer itself is a brown ale, 7.8 % alcohol by volume. Â Thus, if you really, really like Bud Light (4.2% alcohol by volume), you should maybe approach this one with caution. Â This is a full ale, and is likely not the best summer beer. Â It is rich in color, malty and somewhat sweet, and is more lightly carbonated than many craft brews. Â It really smells great. Â But if you love hops, they are very understated in this one. Â Each year I seem less willing to commit to any beer that doesn’t have a strong hops finish, but this one might work in the fall or winter, with a little football and a grilled steak.