Winter 2020 Beer Rediscovered

Lagunitas IPA – Andy Steigelmann

Owner of Union Jack’s Olde Glory Pub, Andy Steigelmann

Andy Steigelmann, owner of Union Jack’s Olde Glory Pub in Glenside, describes his tavern as “dive-chic”. The walls are adorned with neon signs and other beer memorabilia, while the back of the bar sports Steigelmann’s eclectic collection of personal treasures, not to mention his Union Jack flag.

Union Jack’s has been “trail blazin’” the craft and import beer scene in the Philadelphia area since 1992, when Steigelmann’s father, Jeff, opened the family business. The pub has 22 draught lines offering an interesting mix of craft beers. Lagunitas IPA has consistently been a part of their tap rotation. Bottles, and now 19.2 oz. cans, are also stocked.

“Lagunitas changed things up from the very start, even before it made its way to the East Coast,” Steigelmann says. “Their IPA was one of the first West Coast-style IPAs to really hit big. It’s a consistent, balanced beer with a relatively modest (6.2%) ABV and great hop flavor that doesn’t overpower your palate.” Steigelmann says that Lagunitas set themselves apart from other breweries by offering great beers reflecting their unique culture. “What stood out to me was that Lagunitas was the first brewery I really remember defining themselves by their personality. They were one of the first breweries to describe their beers with words like ‘dank’ and they brought this creative, cool, laidback California style to the beer scene.”

Originally released in 1995, Lagunitas IPA is made with 43 different hops and 65 various malts. Highly drinkable, this beer is still gaining fans 25 years after its release. “You still see Lagunitas IPA around because it has outlasted the extreme industry trends,” says Steigelmann. “In this age of haze bombs, crazy stouts, session IPAs and low-calorie beers, Lagunitas IPA sits right in the middle of it all, as an iconic IPA that consistently tastes great.”

“Whenever Lagunitas IPA is on draught here, the keg is gone within two days,” Steigelmann says. “It appeals to the old-school craft nerds, but also the average drinker. People know the Lagunitas name, and their IPA.” This approachable, timeless classic always has a home at Union Jack’s Olde Glory Pub. “This beer bridges the gap. You can tailgate with it or just enjoy one. Lagunitas IPA is something that everyone should experience on their journey through the beer world.”

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