American Beers: Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Wild

This is one of the beers that inspired us to pursue a hoppy Belgian wheat beer when we brewed Pure Trouble with Martin Townshend in July. (Conflux #2 and Tank 7 also played a part…) It is the limited
release version of Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ with a bit more alcohol, hops and Belgo-ness.

Summer Fave

Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Wild

Why we bought it – A classic in our books, it takes us back to a patio, where we sat jet lagged, and refueled on a hot summer afternoon. It is a staple in our rotation when in the States. Thirst quenching on a hot day, hoppy @72.5 IBU, complex, and this year a skull numbing 8.8% ABV.

Why we like it – Basically its yummy. Some folks are disappointed it’s not “wild” as in brett or bugs. Just Westmalle yeast and enough fruity hops to fill it in. Hints of vanilla, citrus, pine. No style awards will be given, but sometimes the flavour is enough.

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About Fritz and Maria

Fritz and Maria have been living, drinking and brewing together for over 20 years. As beer commentators and educators they strive to create a beerocracy where people exercise their palates by voting for quality in the marketplace. Their interests include the personalities, business, and culture of craft beer worldwide. As distillers for Rough Hands, they loved being at the place where magic meets science. Fritz and Maria can be found speaking at beery events, holding guided tastings, judging competitions.

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