Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Lagunitas to Release "Wilco Tango Foxtrot"(WTF)

In the next few weeks Lagunitas, the eccentric brewery from Petaluma, California will release a new beer. "Wilco Tango Foxtrot", an imperial brown ale is described on Lagunitas's webpage as "A big Ol' Imperial Brown Ale to help you with your slipperly slide on into springtime. Rich, smooth, dangerous & chocolatey". The name of this beer is partly a reference to Wilco, and their critically acclaimed 2002 album "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot". As a big Wilco and Lagunitas fan I hope this beer can be fully distributed and enjoyed without any legal hassle. Lagunitas has released several beers in a tribute to Frank Zappa (Reuben and the Jets,We're only in it for the Money , Freak Out, and a few others) Frank's widow, Gail was not at all happy about Lagunitas selling beer referencing her late husband. The Zappa series of beer from Lagunitas was put to a halt prematurely by Gail and her lawyers.

"Wilco Tango Foxtrot" should be available to purchase very soon. As of now it will only be sold in 22 oz bombers. The beer weighs in at 7.83% abv and approximately 64 IBU's. "Rich, smooth, dangerous and choclatey", sounds like a lyric written by Wilco Front-man, Jeff Tweedy. Lagunitas has once again combined two of my favorite things, beer and music. I am rooting for a Ween beer next, I would love to crack open a "Joppa Road" this summer. Just as Wilco has been making fantastic, innovative, and creative music , Lagunitas continues to brew and invent interesting and quality beer. The initials of the beer spell out WTF, brilliant.

complied from Lagunitas's official web page

click here if you want to read more about Lagunitas's legal battle with the Zappa trust

pictures from Fred Abercrombie's blog, click here


  1. It's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot...

  2. Hey, just letting you know the facts on the Zappa thang are wrong. There was no acrimony between Lagunitas and ZFT/Gail. The relationship was mutual and approved, etc. It just ran its course, 'tis all. Cheers.

  3. notfamous,

    well thats good. I was only what I had previously researched and the information I found in this article

  4. I need to find some Wilco Tango Foxtrot. My wife and I are seeing Wilco in Hartford tomorrow night. Wilco rocks!!!

  5. Last time I was shopping at Walkmart and I wanted to buy some Lagunitas beers, but I also wanted to buy viagra so at the end I just bought the pills because I thought that mixing the blue pills with alcohol was not a good idea.

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