I was first introduced to Brown Shugga’ several years ago by my non-beer drinking friend, Tessa, who wanted to bring some to her folks’ place because it was one of her dad’s favorite beers. This was back during the height of my Shock Top phase (aka I only drink mainstream wheat beer phase), so I was shocked that she would go out of her way to pick up a particular beer for the holidays. Now, it’s part of my family’s Thanksgiving feast (my mom, sister, and I are pictured drinking our first Brown Shugga’ of the season). Sure, turkey and stuffing are great, but Brown Shugga’ is the key side dish. My mom, who lives in Petaluma, home of Lagunitas, always buys a six-pack or two for Thanksgiving. She also manages to hide a few bottles after Brown Shugga’ season is over. Let me tell you, discovering a Brown Shugga’ in the back of my mom’s fridge in the middle of June is a feeling like no other.
Clocking in at a whopping 9.9% ABV, Brown Shugga’ is a must try during the holiday season. Lagunitas describes it as a failed attempt at its 1997 batch of Olde GnarlyWine Ale. I describe it as sweet beer goodness. The high ABV is disguised under its crisp brown sugar flavors, which pairs nicely with dessert or your traditional holiday feast.