What's up with Lagunitas Sucks?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by 57md, Jan 1, 2020.

  1. 57md

    57md Poo-Bah (2,984) Aug 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Lately, I have not been able to find Sucks at either of my two favorite distributors. Today, I went to the Lagunitas website and found that Sucks was listed as "Gone for Now."

    I cannot imagine that Sucks doesn't sell well, so does anyone know why in the world Lagunitas would discontinue one of its best beers?
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  2. BruChef

    BruChef Aspirant (218) Nov 8, 2009 New York

    Been discontinued for a while now. The Quart format did not sit well with some and by the time they put it back into 6 packs, the recipe had allegedly been tinkered with to the point where some times it was so inconsistent that it was a shell of its former glorious self. Miss that beer.
  3. ESHBG

    ESHBG Disciple (310) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    While I enjoyed this beer occasionally I can attest to it being inconsistent and Lagunitas has too many similar beers so to me it made sense that this one got the axe.
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  4. raynmoon

    raynmoon Champion (804) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado

    If they don't make anymore: didn't sell well enough to keep it around.
  5. Ronmarley1

    Ronmarley1 Aspirant (230) Jan 20, 2014 Ohio

    I’ll echo the sentiments above that when it came back to six packs, it just didn’t taste the same. Add that to the fact that it was at least two months old when it hit the shelves, and it became an easy pass for me.
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  6. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Devotee (471) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Probably a good choice. I used to love Lagunitas, but unfortunately their beers all start to taste the same.
  7. donspublic

    donspublic Poo-Bah (1,914) Aug 4, 2014 Texas
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    I never noticed the taste changing, but the dates on the beer by the time it showed up were horrible. They made a push to dump it at Christmas with the Santa 12 pack, picked one up and the beer was 2.5 months old. So done with it
  8. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,599) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    I too have found the quality of Lagunitas Sucks to be variable. After my last 6-pack purchase where the beer was sub-par I personally stopped purchasing this brand. Too many other high quality beers, that do not have inconsistency issues, available for purchase instead.

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  9. Giantspace

    Giantspace Champion (811) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    The first year was such a good beer. Second year was still very good. Once it went away and came back it was not the same beer. I don’t care what Tony said. The ABV changed and it became a syrupy mess. Originally it was a huge hoppy cat piss beer that it bought every case I saw, that would be about three cases.

    I am pretty sure the hops changed as well based on Tony saying the hops originally were not easy to get.

  10. ovaltine

    ovaltine Poo-Bah (3,148) Apr 6, 2010 Indiana
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    I haven't seen it since we lived in Minnesota (3 years ago).

    The last time I had it wasn't a great experience, either. But when it was dialed in, it was magnificent, IMHO.
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  11. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,599) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    That pretty much summarizes the last 6-pack of Sucks I purchased. It was indeed a disappointing 6-pack of beer.:slight_frown:

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  12. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (7,219) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    I also reckon that the name did eventually become a fact. Fortunately, I'm covered and don't want or need it.
  13. mogulskier

    mogulskier Initiate (98) Feb 3, 2019 California

    Yeah, and I remember this beer being outstandingly delicious when it first came out as a substitute for brown shugga. I mean, it was really good. But quickly fell out of favor, collected dust, and eventually unrecognizable before it got dropped.
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  14. southdenverhoo

    southdenverhoo Devotee (409) Aug 13, 2004 Colorado

    don't agree re `"quickly." It was sought after for several years as a seasonal; it was still sought after by many when it became a full-time 32 oz beer though this DID turn off a considerable share of the market; and it had heightened popularity when it returned as a full-time 6/12/24 offering. For a fairly good while.

    do agree that it seemed to change before it finally fell out of favor. or maybe our palates changed.
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  15. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (2,994) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    Yes agree... it was another outstanding seasonal beer that became a casualty once they went to year round production. The kiss of death for a lot of retail distribution beers.
  16. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Meyvn (1,416) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    they lost me when they abandoned the quart. i'd buy a 4 pack of those every holiday season if it was the same beer it used to be
  17. Beer_Stan

    Beer_Stan Initiate (160) Mar 15, 2014 California

    As legend had it, wasn't sucks a hold over from botching several huge batches of Brown Shugga' and wasn't really supposed to be made in the first place? I'd figure once BS was back on the market permanently, so would disappear the Sucks, no?
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  18. ESHBG

    ESHBG Disciple (310) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Brown Shugga came about from messing up a batch of Old Gnarleywine. Sucks came about when they had capacity issues and couldn't brew Brown Shugga.

    I would take BS over Sucks, even during Sucks prime, so I am glad that is still around.