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Frank Zappa Anniversary Ales by Lagunitas – Kill Ugly Radio

September 12, 2007

I’m a big fan of Frank Zappa.  There’s quite a bit to love actually, in the Zappa repertoire, and in such a wide array of styles.  I was weened on Zappa, nearly, by my best friend’s corrupting older brother.  He started me out on We’re Only In It for the Money/Lumpy Gravy, and quickly moved on to Baby Snakes, Chunga’s Revenge, The Grand Wazoo, One Size Fits All, Joe’s Garage and of course…Hot Rats.  The list goes on and on, and 20 years later I’m as devout as ever about the music.  This is the same guy who also introduced me to The Doors, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix and also took me to one of my first concerts…Pink Floyd during the Momentary Lapse of Reason tour.  Great stuff indeed.

WTF am I doing talking about it here on AGFB?  Well, a brewer in Petaluma, CA, apparently shares a taste for the Barking Pumpkin with me, and last year began producing seasonal ales commemorating the 40th anniversary release dates of FZ’s albums.

They started out with Freak Out Ale, in honor of FZ and The Mothers of Invention’s first effort, Freak Out, and continued this year with Kill Ugly Radio in homage to Absolutely Free.  The Kill Ugly Radio name and bottle art came from the inside jacket of Absolutely Free, and shows the names of the band members on it.

The brewer who created the series is Tony Magee who co-founded, with his wife Carissa Brader, Lagunitas Brewery, and a fine alehouse they are.  Strongly hopped, bold, and rich tasting, the whole line is worth checking out.  Lately, I’ve been enjoying the IPA Maximus with it’s 7.5% alcohol by volume.  The Maximus is only available in the double-deuce size which is fine by me…it just goes down that easy.

I’ve sent word to the brewery inquiring as to the developing story of the Zappa Ales, and will let you know if and when I hear anything further, but the plan is for them to release in limited quantities a celebratory beer honoring each and every Zappa album which is great for us considering at last count there were 66 of them, not including those compilations and re-issues put out posthumously.  Really, folks, that’s a big commitment on the part of the brewery, but thank god for it.

Lagunitas, in their own words…Beer Speaks, People Mumble.

The Brewery can be found here:

1280 North McDowell Boulevard
Petaluma, CA 94954

3 Comments leave one →
  1. charlie steffy permalink
    February 19, 2008 11:35 pm

    any update on the Frank Zappa / Lagunitas beers? Nice article!


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