א : Lagunitas – Born Yesterday

With a name that may be best served in this beer advent as an addendum after and not its initiator, Born Yesterday Pale Ale is a hop-forward unfiltered array of flavors. On the nose there is a nuttiness to the aroma that is a mix of hop resin and mashed cashews. For me a fresh hop beer is all about the wafting aromas, and this one gave me a pause… With all of the leaves absent from the trees in MN right now the idea of a fresh hop being fresh is a bit of a stretch – but with the cold settling in I almost invite how these flavors have mellowed into a decently malty, resinous mass of a beer. A good OneHitter for their series.

Unless you were born yesterday, you heard that a few years ago Lagunitas sold 50% of its company to Heineken in order to be able to have wider reach and expand their brewery to a second location. What you may not have heard is that recently Heineken purchased the other 50% and now owns the company outright. The more you know.

3 Comments

  1. Has that typical lagunitas fingerprint, tropical hop and malt backbone intermingled into tasty muddiness. Grew on me as I drank it. I’ll definitely try one of these fresh next fall.

    Cheers y’all!

  2. Split this one with my wife alongside some green curry. It was an average match. Saved the last few drinks for a clean pallet, and was generally satisfied. Very Laguinitas-esque…

  3. Born yesterday might reflect the slow loss of favor that hop-forward beers are experiencing. The bottle I had was highly carbonated and the hop nose was lively. I did like the flavor left behind after the swallow.

    Not sure how Heineken will influence this brewery. I was disappointed to see that they felt the need to release the Lil’ Sumpin as a high ABV variety. Perhaps this is part of the move to expand the base.

    Finally, I do miss the Laguinitas Sucks brew. A family legend.

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