BOTW–Ruben and the Jets

Beer of the Week was on a bit of hiatus due to travel and other obligations.  Pleased to announce its return this week with Lagunitas Brewing’s “Ruben & The Jets”.

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As noted previously, Lagunitas Brewing has embarked on an interesting project to release a beer upon the Fortieth anniversary of the release of each of Frank Zappa and the Mother’s of Invention’s records.  I had read that the beer called “Ruben and the Jets” was a “Stout” of some sort, so was kind of excited to try it.

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Well, Lagunitas really prefers not to refer to their beers with traditional beer style nomenclature.  Which is probably just as well for a company that releases beer with names like “Brown Shugga” and “Hairy Eyeball”.

Ruben doesn’t taste much like a Stout to me.  Trying it, the first thing that came to mind was a darker flavored Barley Wine.  But that wasn’t quite it.  After a couple more sips, I realized the other beer it most reminded me of: Spaten Optimator.  At a bit over 8%, Ruben is a bit higher alcohol than optimator and also is a bit less malt forward in flavor.  It’s actually pretty good, though I would say a 22 ounce bomber is probably a bit much for 1 person, given the sweetness and ABV of the beer.

Put on some Zappa, invite a friend over, split a bottle, and freak out.

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6 thoughts on “BOTW–Ruben and the Jets

  1. I heard that Lagunitas was forced to end their wonderful series of Zappa Tribute Ales due to a falling out with Gail Zappa and the Zappa Family Trust. God, she’s awful.

  2. I love zappa, and have 50 or so cd of him, but when i put his music when i have guests, they all leave very early

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