Lagunitas is a brewer from Petaluma CA and Gnarly Wine is their 10.12% ABV Barleywine. This is an annual release in January and is sold in 22 oz. bombers. This one pours a nice amber with nice one finger head. It has a sweet malty aroma and the taste is more malt focused – like a Scottish Ale – than hop / bitterness focused. This is well-balanced and goes down easy. Barleywine is one of my favorite beer styles and this is another good. The American Craft Brewers are doing a great job with this style and I have been impressed with the complexity and overall taste of these Barleywines.
Lagunitas IPA (ABV – 6.6% and IBU – 45) pours a orange / amber color with a large head – be careful pouring. I paired this with a grilled pork chop and rice with a chili verde sauce, and sautéed mixed vegetables (onion, carrot, jalapeno pepper, and asparagus). This beer paired well with dinner and I like the classic West Coast IPA style with this meal. I would like to try some other offerings from Lagunitas – these two are good.