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Quick Lagunitas Sucks Question

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by checktherhyme, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. checktherhyme

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    What is the red splatter on this years label supposed to be? I have went through 3 cases already and have been embarrassed to ask, but I cannot figure it out. Any ideas?
     
  2. maximumu13

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    If you go to the lagunitas web site it has the same image, only in black, right by their name.
     
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    I would think others may have more thought out or detailed explanations, but I just assumed that since the beer was made in "shame" due to not being able to make brown sugga that the red splatter was supposed to be a tomato being thrown at the brewery's face - type of thing :confused:
     
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    Yes, and...?
     
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    Last year the bottle was different, had a santa type guy on it, I assumed the splatter was one of the reoccurring images lagunitas uses, like the dog which is on many(all?) of their beers. I think if it was a tomato splatter they would have used it last year before everyone fell in love with this beer.
     
  6. checktherhyme

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    I like this explanation.
     
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  7. VitoFerrante

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    Love those guys, but they really need to start labeling their beers to style. The "sucks" brand should say Double IPA on it somewhere. I can't wait until the Chi-town facility is up so us east coasters can get the product much fresher!!! I also hope they go to cans in the near future.
     
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    I always thought of it as a paint splatter, as in protesters throwing paint on things they disapprove of...
     
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    This is what I assumed, even though it's not clearly a tomato. I guess it being a paint splatter would make sense, too.
     
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    The fact that we even have to question what it is supposed to be means it sucks.
    Maybe thats part of their grand plan to go along with the name. I call it being lazy.
     
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    Ode to Dexter. =)
     
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    Has anybody who's curious about the red splatter bothered to email the brewery? I would but I don't give a rat's ass about labels, I just care about the beer.
     
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    I would be disappointed if they started labeling to style. They are a unique brewery and the no-style thing is kinda part of their uniquititiousness.
     
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    I spoke w/a Lagunitas rep at a beer tasting. He said they will build the tap room first and ship the beer from CA. Then they'll build the brewery around the tap room, so you can sit there and watch the progress. It sounds like a great idea!
     
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    When people who don't know lagunitas look at this package they read the brown shugga part first and are imidateley confused...I love the brewery but they would be better off labeling this beer as what it is instead of what it is not.
     
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  17. VitoFerrante

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    Exactly! Why would you not label a beer style what it is? Especially with all the craft beers on the shelves these days. This is clearly against every good tenant of marketing. For all we know, these guys could have been twice as big by now with better marketing.
     
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    When I first saw it I wondered if they changed it from the Santa Cookie (great label) to the splatter because the Santa thing could cause some state regulators to reject the label (Santa image on alcohol.) Complete speculation on my part but given how tight assed some states are (NH & Founders Breakfast Stout) that could have been a factor.

    Fantastic beer. I've had an embarassing amount in the past week.
     
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    They are one of the most popular craft breweries in the US, growing at a great pace and more in-demand than ever. I don't think they need to mess with the formula too much.
     
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    THis is ex
    This is exactly what I've always thought it was. They have a rather dry sense of humor so it would make sense. I mean, they did call their own beer "Lagunitas Sucks".
     
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    I agree. A friend of mine thought it was sugar-substitute beer.
     
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    Got Jan 15th bottles here yesterday. WIth the three tier system I don't think you could get much fresher. Even from a local.
     
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    The tomato splatter, or whatever it is, is dumb. Beer is great, though.
     
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    I find the Lagunitas beer names and the nonsense that they write on the bottles to be downright stoopid!!!
    They do however make some GREAT beers and they are priced very reasonably, so I think we can all live with their C+ packaging and copywriting efforts as long as the brews remain top notch.
     
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    That splatter is on a few of their boxes, or at least they just started doing it. Received a beer order in at work the other day and though that we got like, four cases of Sucks in. But it was Hop Stoopid bombers and Daytime sixpacks.
     
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    Or for all we know, these guys could be twice as small with what is considered "better" marketing. They are marketing the way they wish and seeing how they recently expanded, I don't think their marketing has held them back. Like Sly Stone said: "different strokes for different folks".
     
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    Yes, I would enjoy their beer so much more if their packaging and copywriting were better.
     
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    Wow, three cases...I thought I was going through this stuff fast!
     
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    I think the splatter should be white...
     
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    This was when it was "Holiday Sucks". Then "Holiday Leftovers". Now we're at just "Sucks". Such a good beer.
     
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    Great for diabetics.
     
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    I think the stuff they write on the bottles is some of the wittiest and most clever stuff i have ever seen anywhere near anything even vaguely beer related. I have a bunch of coasters that have absolutely priceless things written on them. Their literary bent and humor make me love them even more.

    Lagunitas is awesome.

    I support their apparently notion that "we aren't bound to a style but sometimes we say what we've made fits a particular category" (IPA and Imperial Stout for example) if they want to do it. I also expect that Suck will sell primarily to craft affectionados anyway and so they may not fear confusing some of the potential market. The CENSORED label was confusing to me at first but it only made me more interested in the beer.

    C+ packaging? they have a totally recognizable style and the bottles' inscriptions show erudition, self-awareness and and fun. What about that is unappealing?

    So i think they are doing great. And the beer speaks for itself.
     
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    Snowball splatter !!
     
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    Dont know if this has to do with anything, but we didnt get sucks til a week ago. As a retailer, things that say xmas and are christmasy typically dont sell good after christmas is over.
     
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    Yes- it is freaking delicious. Sorry- what was the question?
     
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    Dude-

    Who honestly cares about the label on the damn bottle. The beer is fantastic, let's just leave it at that. With that being said I will now pop a Lagunitas Sucks.
     
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    I took these pictures last years, maybe it will answer a question or two, Cheers!

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    Dude- why do you sound offended? The guy asked a harmless question.

    To me it looks like gum. And yeah I'm not a huge fan of their labels, but the beer is so damn good.

    But yeah, some of their descriptions would make a copywriter have a brain aneurism.
     
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    I don't get out much anyone seen this in SEPA?

    Had four of em last year. . . then took a nap. . . then saw the abv.
     
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    Very good point - that makes a lot of sense.
     
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