A couple years ago the wacky folks at Lagunitas Brewing Company noticed that the 40th Anniversary of the release of the Mothers of Invention’s first record, “Freak Out!” was coming up. They contacted the Zappa family and asked for permission to release a beer in tribute of that record. What developed was a plan to release a tribute beer for each Zappa or Mothers record to coincide with the anniversary of their release, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Prostate Cancer research.
The first beer, “Freak Out” debuted in 2006, the second beer, “Kill Ugly Radio,” (somehow the feds thought the label “Absolutely Free” would confuse consumers,) was released in 2007. “Lumpy Gravy,” the third, came out early this year.
It is a brown or red ale of some sort. Maybe an “Imperial Red Ale” if such a thing exists. It has a nice fruity character in the middle tastes and some mild hop bitterness in the finish. This lends some complexity and keeps you coming back to taste again. A very enjoyable and easy drinking beer.