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Well this beer is a mouth full literally and figuratively. It is a beer where the story behind the beer is just as good. Ever heard of the St Patty’s Day Massacre of 2005? Here is the story…. About 8 years ago Lagunitas Brewery used to have party every week featuring their beers, a band or two, and food. From the sounds of it, a fun party. Well, the state of California brought out the beverage control board to investigate these parties over the course of 8 weeks. Rumor has it the “undercover officers” enjoyed the party as much as the others in attendance.
In the end, the California Alcohol Control Board (ABC) sited Lagunitas Brewery for running a “Disorderly House,” an antiquated post prohibition law to crack down on bars being the front for prostitution /drug rings. There was also reports that an individual was caught smoking marijuana on the premises. (He brought it from the outside according to the reports.) So, on St. Patrick’s Day 2005, the ABC came through with its threats. Under California law, the brewery could have been seized but received a 30 day shutdown order (later reduced to 20 days.) some story huh?
So the brewery’s response was to create a brew that would commemorate this event and to also thumb their nose at the ABC. undercover investigation shutdown ale is the result. A malty hop brew with hints of caramel and a high ABV of plus nine percent. Very drinkable though.