There is a time and place for every beer.
I just spent an entire weekend pulling weeds and pruning trees. For that time and place, the beer was the esteemed Blue Ribbon, poured ice-cold in the most direct route to my belly. But when life affords a few minutes to relax, I like it to be in a place like the Parkway Tavern, with a beer like Lagunitas IPA.
Tucked neatly among historic Tacoma homes, the Parkway (itself a converted craftsman) is "neighborhood bar" defined. Awhile back, several carpenter regulars pulled down a couple drop tiles, discovered a mahogany ceiling, and set to work renovating the pub after hours. The result is a real home-away-from home... if your home has 30 beers on tap, and shuffleboard and pinball in the back.
One of the beers currently being pulled at the Parkway comes from the Petaluma craft brewery, Lagunitas. Ok, queue the Forrest Gump impression: "I'm a simple man, Jinnay. I don't know a lot of big city words to talk about beer. But, I know what good is." And Lagunitas IPA is very good. Hoppy and aromatic, but smooth and virtually free of bitter aftertaste. How was that? Official enough? Just trust me, folks... it's good.
And when sipped at a joint like the Parkway, Lagunitas definitely gives yard work and PBR a good run for the money.
Lagunitas | The Parkway