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The Lagunitas St. Pat’s Day Pot Bust

By William Brand
Wednesday, May 24th, 2006 at 7:40 am in Uncategorized.

Back in the saddle again…Lagunitas Brewing got fined last year and not allowed to sell beer for 20 days after three people were arrested at the Petaluma, CA brewery’s regular Thursday night tasting party for possession of marijuana. This came after an eight week undercover investigation by the California Alcohol Beverage Controld Board.

Two agents repeatedly tried to buy marijuana from people at the tasting. It was offered free, but no one would sell it to them. There’s a lot more to it. You can find the whole story in my Beer of the Week column in today’s (Wednesday, May 24, 2006) Oakland Tribune and other newspapers.

Anyway, the brewery’s new seasonal is Undercover Shut-Down Ale. The funniest part is what founder Tony Magee wrote on the label in very small print:

Front: “We brewed this especially bitter ale in remembrance of the 2005 St. Patrick’s Day Massacre and in celebration of our 20 day suspension back in January of this year.


((Beside Lagunitas Dog)))

Shhh. Be vewry vewry qwuiet. We’re sneakin’ around lookin for grownup taxpaywers dowin tings we don’t appwoove of. Be wery kwiet. Dare awound here somewhere…..Shhhhhh.Be vewry vewery kwiet..

OG Unforgivable
IBU: Unrepentant.


From the day of the first congress at the moment of the passage of the first law , we became weaker. The extra-large B.Franklin said it well that you can tell the strength of a society by the paucity of the pages in its book of laws. Today we are all surrounded by laws – tax law – civil law – criminal law. Statutes and Bills. Laws that make large and small criminals of us all.

And sometimes just doin’ something that you like to do and hurts no one is also criminal, or at least strongly discouraged. Seems we can’t be trusted to live well and safely on our own. On our own we would all probably descend quickly into mayhem, cannibalism and ultimately shoplifting and jaywalking.If only we all could be trusted. It’s good having such wise fathers looking out for us isn’t it. Whatever. 707-769-4495. CHEERS!

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  • Edith Gregory, Gregory Clan

    I enjoy drinking your beer almost as much as I enjoy reading the box that it comes in. Sorry to hear that you houligans were slapped around by “Big Brother.” I wish I lived closer so that I could attend one of your beer tasting’s, but in all truthfullness, it’s probably better this way. After all, it only takes a few Hairy Eyeball’s to to leave me dumb. Dumb, but completely happy. So, please continue doin’ what your doin’, and I’ll continue to drink, drool and smile, if I can. Edith L Gregory.

  • Elliott

    To all the great staff at Lagunitas. That’s pretty lame of what they did on that great/sad day. The only good part of the damn “big brother” being a douche, was the genius thoughts of you all to come up with a great beer with a meaning. Keep on keeping on, and I will keep on drinking on ;). Keep up the great job all of you. From Tacoma Washington with love.