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Lagunitas Fusion #19 with Beer Street Journal [VIDEO]

In early January, Beer Street Journal got a unique opportunity to travel to Petaluma, California to brew with Lagunitas. On the docket? Lagunitas Fusion #19.

The brewery’s Fusion Series is string of collaborations Lagunitas does with various distributors, bars, etc from around the country. This one was different. This one was about the music.

This is Couch Trippin’ Fusion #19. Where music meets craft beer. This a new spin on a beer collaboration. The brew day was full of some pretty amazing up and coming bands and a few beer writers. We brewed a “mother beer” or base beer that will be blended into various barrels. Mother beer is an amber beer week dry hopped with Nelson Savin and Mosaic hops. In true California fashion, we vaporized various hops to get a feel for which hops nuanced the beer the best. You literally inhale (a bit like you would something else!) the aromas from the bag. Trust me, you’ll know hops after this.

The amber base has been split off into a four editions, each blended with a barrel aged beer. I.e. Four Fusion #19’s. As you can see above, Beer Street Journal’s is blended with Pinot Nior Aged Wild Ale with Brettanomyces.

These special small batch versions are headed to four different Couch Trippin’ shows in Nashville, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Denver, leading up to a very unofficial blowout during Austin’s South By Southwest.

Beer Street Journal’s version is headed to Nashville, Tennesee on February 27. Come throw down.

Special thanks to Lagunitas for this opportunity! It was an amazing way to kick off 2014.

Check out these shows coming up…
Nashville 2/27: Shakey Graves & Those Darlins w/David Mayfield Parade
Tapping: CouchTrippin’ Fusion: Brett Pinot Oaked
Made with the helping hands of Consequence of Sound and Beer Street Journal.

D.C. March 4: J. Roddy Walston & The Business w/ The So So Glos
Tapping: CouchTrippin’ Fusion: Oaked w/ High West Manhattan
Made with the helping hands of Brightest Young Things and DC Beer.

San Fran March 5: The Mowgli’s w/ Tumbleweed Wanderers and the Cocktails
Tapping: CouchTrippin’ Fusion: Oaked with High West Whiskey|
Made with the helping hands of The Mowgli’s, Tumbleweed Wanderers and Kim’s Bay Brews.

Denver March 7: Allen Stone w/You Me & Apollo, Desert Noises
Tapping: CouchTrippin’ Fusion: Oaked with High West Boulevardier
Made with the helping hands of Allen Stone, FILTER Magazine & Good Beer Hunting.

Austin March 12: Allen Stone, The Mowgli’s, J. Roddy Walston & The Business Shakey Graves, Those Darlins w/ Alice Drinks the Koolaid
Tapping: CouchTrippin’ Fusion: Dry Hopped w/Nelson Sauvin & Mosaic
Made with the helping hands of Allen Stone, The Mowgli’s, Tumbleweed Wanderers, FILTER Magazine, Consequence of Sound, Brightest Young Things, Kim’s Bay Brews, Beer Street Journal and Good Beer Hunting.