Friday, April 20, 2018

4/20 and the Waldos Special Ale - A Lagunitas Story

Courtesy of Lagunitas Brewing Co

Happy 4/20 day.  

Part of Lagunitas’ 2018 OneHitter Series, The Waldos’ Special Ale has been released every year on 4/20 since 2011. Search your local area for The Waldos’ Special Ale, by checking out the Lagunitas Waldos’ Special Ale, page with beer locator. Waldos’ Special Ale

Herbaceous. Botanical. Dank. Resinous. Available in HIIIIIIIGHly limited areas in April. Word.

ABV 11.3
O.G. 1.107
IBU 100+

 Press Release from the Lagunitas folks below. Check the video out:

As we approach the highest of holidays, we here at Lagunitas like to sit back, relax, and reflect on how we got here. How do we do that, you ask? By rolling one up and popping an oh-so-dank Waldos, of course!

Wayyyy back in 1971 some high-schoolers who were calling themselves the Waldos met one afternoon at 4:20 in the front courtyard of their school near the statue or Louis Pasteur. They set out in a ’66 Impala armed with a 'treasure map' on a journey to find a Secret Garden near Point Reyes. They met there at the same time everyday and continued their quest. They never found the Secret Garden... but they keep lookin'. A few years later a young man named Tony Magee was driving on those very same roads to his new brewery – Lagunitas. West Marin had become the birthplace for both the beer and the Waldos; and thus a delicious, heady brew was born.

Every year in April we invite the Waldos to help brew (and imbibe) our Waldos Special Ale; and while they may mumble a bit, the beer speaks for itself. We recorded the whole story, and our Founder Tony Magee and Beer Weasel Ron Lindenbusch will tell it to ya exactly as it happened, er, as best as they can remember it, anyway. Feel free to share this video far and wide, and best of luck to all the treasure hunters out there…

We didn’t stop with Waldos, though. From our SuperCritical beer to this year’s annual Seed to Sale Conference, we’ve been exploring the ever-growing relationship between Craft Beer and Cannabis, and couldn’t be more excited to tell you what we’ve been up to. You can find the transcript of Tony’s speech at the conference here, and for more information, drop me a line.

Wishing you a most excellent, Waldos-filled 4/20. Cheers!

Lagunitas Brewing Company began on a kitchen stove in Northern California in 1993. From expanding its brewing and TapRooms in Petaluma, Chicago, and beyond, Lagunitas always looks to the future…Whether supporting local communities by turning beer into money for the cause, or simply fueling stories and songs with IPA and other fine ales. Wherever you go: beer speaks, people mumble. Mumble along at Or visit Lagunitas in person in Petaluma & Azusa, CA; Chicago, IL; and Seattle, WA.

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