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Since I have started this blog I have become a very big fan of different types of beers and a big fan of different breweries. One of the breweries that I have come to like a lot is Lagunitas Brewing Company. Recently I once again tried one of their beers and once again I was really impressed with what this beer had to offer.

The beer that I had tried this time was their Lucky 13. This beer was originally brewed back in 2006 in commemoration of their 13th anniversary. However, they decided to keep this beer around and it has became really popular with beer drinkers. Even though they have continued to produce this beer, back in 2010 they switched up the way they brew this beer. Before then this beer was brewed with darker malts, and since 2010 they have been brewing this beer with lighter malts in order to make it more favorable for the summer months.

So let’s take a look at this beer. It will pour to a reddish copper color and when you pour this beer you will have a piney tone it which comes from the hops in this beer. However, you will also notice a variety of other aromas as  well. Some of the ones that I noticed right away were caramel and a distinct sweet fruity smell. There were hints of grapefruit and pear that went along with the sweet smelling malts.

Then when you taste your first sip, you will get a variety of different tastes as well. You will definitely get the sweetness of the malts. Since they began using light malts I imagine that the beer would have been a tad bit sweeter before 2010. In combination of the sweetness such as the caramels from the malts is spiciness to this beer which I feel comes from that aromas and taste of pine in this beer.  You will get a bit of bitterness to go along with everything else in this beer, but it’s the perfect amount. 

Overall I would rate this beer as a great one. It is a really good red. As with all of the beers in this blog I recommend that you all try this beer.


There is nothing like going home from a hard days work to enjoy and nice home cooked meal with a cold beer.ii Yesterday was just one of those days that happen every so often, where everyone you run into, or talk to has an attitude. Well by the end of the day I was just about tired of the bad attitudes that everyone had. That is when I got text from my wife saying that she was making dinner and to hurry home. So being the day was almost over  I knew that I didn’t have to wait long and my day seemed to get a lot better knowing I had dinner waiting for me.

As I have started the journey of trying to find the best beer my wife has occasionally came along and helped out. She will try one of the beers that I get and tell me what she thinks of it. Having that outside opinion can either help or hurt when trying to find the best because of differing opinions. With that said, there was not only dinner but there was also a beer waiting for me as well. My wife decided that it was her turn to pick out what she thought was a great beer to do a review on for you all of the readers.

The beer that she chose was a great choice. It is brewed by Lagunitas Brewing Company. Lagunitas Brewing Company is located in Petaluma, CA and has been in business sinc 1993. The founders of the brewing company come from all over the country but they all have one thing in common. That one thing that they all have is the desire to create and brew great beer. The beer that my wife picked out for me to review is called Wilco Tango Foxtrot.

What is the Wilco Tango Foxtrot? To start off with, the Wilco Tango Foxtrot is a seasonal beer that began to be available this month. They label the beer as an Imperial Brown Ale.  This beer is the perfect combination of malts and hops that one could combine in one bottle. When you pour this beer it pours to a clear dark amber color. Once it is poured you can immediately smell the sweetness of the malts and the floral aroma of the hops.  The when you take your first sip it is what you expect after smelling the aromas of the beer. You taste the the sweetness of the malts, toffee and caramel, the sweetness is followed by the bitterness of the hops.  If I were to scale this beer using the IBU system I would rate this beer as somewhere between 60 and 65, meaning that the bitterness is rather noticeable. Even though it is rather bitter this beer has a smooth / creamy feeling as you take a sip making it that more enjoyable to drink.

When drinking this beer I can recommend that you drink it will its between 50 and 55 degrees F. A good pairing with this beer is any one of the following cheeses:  Asiago, Colby or Parmesan. If your are looking for a glass to serve this in a great glass would be the snifter glass. This glass is designed to hold in the aromas of the beer and allow the drinker to easily distinguish different aromas that the beer gives off.