Lagunitas Brewing Company’s Wilco Tango Foxtrot Ale

May 21, 2010

Clare Goggin

I am a gigantic fan of Wilco. I’ll admit I came to them a little late, but once I heard 2002’s “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot,” I was hooked. I bought most of their back catalog (except 1995’s “A.M.” – I don’t know why I haven’t yet, so please don’t ask), and have gobbled up everything Wilco-related since then.

Unfortunately, I haven’t seen them in concert. Yet. I say yet because I will, dammit. They’re doing something quite interesting in mid-August in western Massachusetts, and I would love to go. Doesn’t mean I’ll be able to, but I’d love to. Oh, and did I mention singer/songwriter Jeff Tweedy is a huge baseball fan? Just another reason I dig me some Wilco.

So when Beer Goggins came home last night with some pork chops and a bottle of Lagunitas’ limited release Wilco Tango Foxtrot Ale, I was giddy. I may have peed myself a little (no confirmation exists). But why not call it Wilco Hotel Foxtrot, to more closely resemble the album title it’s aping? I mean, WTF? Wait … Wilco Tango Foxtrot … WTF … a “malty, robust, jobless recovery ale” … oh, I get it! They’re clever and meta, just like the band!

We didn’t take any notes, so, sadly, you’re not going to get a full review here. Yes, I know. I’m crying too. The brewery’s website claims it’s “[a] big Ol’ Imperial Brown Ale to help you with your slipperly [sic] slide on into springtime. Rich, smooth, dangerous & chocolatey.” Ok, so, they’re not paying their copy editors all that much. But that just means there’s more money for the beer itself, and that is a good thing. This bad boy is balanced, malty, a little sweet and all-around delicious. I wanted about four more after my first sip. After having just the one glass, I was convinced Beer Goggins must’ve been thinking “I am trying to break your heart” when she purchased just the one bomber.

Oh, Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot Ale. I’ve got reservations about so many things, but not about you.

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