Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Lagunitas IPA and the Parkway Tavern...

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

6 comments:

StevenCX said...

Lagunitas is da bomb. PBR, not so much.

Mike said...

Awe, c'mon Steve... have you given the red-white-n-blue an honest chance? Since high school, I mean. Delicious with a splash of orange juice in the morning!

sn0tty said...

I remember the Parkway - I used to live a couple of blocks from it. But I've never been! Might have to go next time we're in town.

Derek said...

Nail on the head with this one Mike. I've enjoyed Lagunitas many-a-times at the Parkway. If it was possible, I would almost say a few too many on Lagunitas Brewery Night (what? they kept giving me raffle tickets for each one).

Lisa Hahn said...

I love the Parkway so much - I want to to live there. Dreamy...

Mike said...

sn0tty - Road trip! We just missed the barleywine festival, which is their biggest party (including a roasted pig!) but I'll keep my eye on their calendar for something else cool.

Derek - Thanks to you and Dell for turning me on to the Lagunitas. When's the next brewery night?

Lisa - When I was in the p'way on Monday I saw the next-door neighbor doing yard work. All I could think was "lucky bastard".