BOTW–Ruben and the Jets

Beer of the Week was on a bit of hiatus due to travel and other obligations.  Pleased to announce its return this week with Lagunitas Brewing’s “Ruben & The Jets”.


As noted previously, Lagunitas Brewing has embarked on an interesting project to release a beer upon the Fortieth anniversary of the release of each of Frank Zappa and the Mother’s of Invention’s records.  I had read that the beer called “Ruben and the Jets” was a “Stout” of some sort, so was kind of excited to try it.


Well, Lagunitas really prefers not to refer to their beers with traditional beer style nomenclature.  Which is probably just as well for a company that releases beer with names like “Brown Shugga” and “Hairy Eyeball”.

Ruben doesn’t taste much like a Stout to me.  Trying it, the first thing that came to mind was a darker flavored Barley Wine.  But that wasn’t quite it.  After a couple more sips, I realized the other beer it most reminded me of: Spaten Optimator.  At a bit over 8%, Ruben is a bit higher alcohol than optimator and also is a bit less malt forward in flavor.  It’s actually pretty good, though I would say a 22 ounce bomber is probably a bit much for 1 person, given the sweetness and ABV of the beer.

Put on some Zappa, invite a friend over, split a bottle, and freak out.


6 thoughts on “BOTW–Ruben and the Jets

  1. I heard that Lagunitas was forced to end their wonderful series of Zappa Tribute Ales due to a falling out with Gail Zappa and the Zappa Family Trust. God, she’s awful.

  2. G.

    I didn’t get any inside scoop on the reasons, but I did get confirmation from a Lagunitas representative that they have discontinued the Zappa tribute beer series.


  3. I love zappa, and have 50 or so cd of him, but when i put his music when i have guests, they all leave very early

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