Lagunitas and Computer Crashes

Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin' AlePeople complain. They say, “Do you know that your website was down for over two hours today?” And I tell them, yes. My provider totally sucks! But they suck at less than half the price of my old provider. (Actually, my provider is great and they offer the best customer service I’ve ever gotten. If you have a little website, I highly recommend them.) Look folks, right now the site gets about 2,500 visitors per day. That’s actually quite good. And yes, I really should start putting advertising on the website. But there’s a problem. Most of my daily traffic is just repeat traffic because I have such a dedicated following. And I am grateful—believe me! Of course, you’re all crazy. But I love you.

Here’s the deal. Once the site gets up to 10,000 visitors per day, then I’ll upgrade. I’ll get really great, redundant hosting—the kind of thing that costs hundreds of dollars per month. But for now, you will just have to put up with our occasional glitches. Sometimes you will just have to wait a couple of hours for your Frankly Curious fix. But isn’t it satisfying when it shoots up the dropper’s neck and that Frankly Curious rushes through your bloodstream and the endorphins are released and all of the day’s troubles fade away?

And make no mistake, I work very hard at this. When I wake up, I am in a near panic. “What am I going to write about?” I think. I was in a high state of stress this morning because I was traveling and I couldn’t write anything until after noon. I thought I was letting you all down. I managed to get a couple of articles up, which led to a certain level of calm. But I was still working. I got another idea for an article. And before I could even start I got yet another idea. So I went to the site and: nothing. It was down. The next two plus hours were agony because I knew that I was letting all of you down.

Well, we’re back up now. The only problem is that now I’m a little drunk. Speaking of which, Lagunitas Brewing Company (located in my very own county) makes arguably the best beer on the market: Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale. Is it better than Arrogant Bastard? In general, I would have to say no. The two are the best beers that I’ve ever drunk, and I make it a habit of drinking good beers. I am also a light weight, because I’ve only had 12 fluid ounces of Little Sumpin’.

So these are my suggestions for you. First, recommend Frankly Curious to all your friends. Second, relax with a good beer like Little Sumpin’ or Arrogant Bastard. Sure, you can drink something like Negra Modelo, I won’t hold it against you. I will hold the following partial list of beers against you: Budweiser, Coors, and Corona. It isn’t because those beers are bad. They aren’t bad necessarily. But you will pay as much for them as you would for a decent beer. Where was I? That’s right, third, drink responsible. Don’t drink and blog! And fourth, recommend Frankly Curious to all your friends. Wash, rinse, repeat!

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Frank Moraes is a freelance writer and editor online and in print. He is educated as a scientist with a PhD in Atmospheric Physics. He has worked in climate science, remote sensing, throughout the computer industry, and as a college physics instructor. Find out more at About Frank Moraes.

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  1. Congrats on increasing hits. Hope it continues.

    From Roger Plotz’s "The World Beer Guide" (Italy: Carlton Books, 2000, p. 241):

    Coors "runs the single largest brewing plant in the country, producing some 20 million barrels a year . . . the company makes great play of the quality of its water. Locked in its mountain fastness, Coors is as famous for its corporate and political conservatism — it fought long and hard against labour union recognition — as it is for its beer."

    "The Golden Brewery is superb, packed with burnished copper vessels. As with Anheuser-Busch, enormous care is taken in choosing the finest ingredients. Coors owns its own barley fields and hop gardens. Its beers are a blend of pure malted barley and cereal adjuncts (refined starch) and whole hops. The finished results have the minimum of taste and character. Drinkers could be forgiven for thinking the Rocky Mountain spring water was the most memorable flavor."

    Just thought I’d salute drunken blogging after my fair share of drunken response posts (all apologies for those!) And I DO recommend the site, but most people I correspond with regard me as a crazed radical anyway, so they don’t take my suggestions. (When they visit, they drink my homebrew, tho’.)

  2. @JMF – Yeah, I wouldn’t trust me either. ;-)

    I know that the big companies can brew great beers. They just don’t because there is apparently no money in it. For example, Michelob Dark was a pretty decent beer. No one bought it. They don’t make it anymore. But Little Sumpin’ is killing me: $9.99 a six-pack is a good price for it. But it’s cheaper than Arrogant Bastard!

  3. Oh, I wondered why the local grocery store didn’t have Michelob Dark anymore. I assumed delivery gal/guys weren’t pushing it. (They have a lot of responsibility in choosing what new products to convince stores to stock, and choosing which ones to abandon because they aren’t selling.) That was a very tolerable beverage.

    Thanks for taking the time to make responses to even the goofiest, most obviously inebriated posts. I’ll try to rein them in.

    I suspect that when beer nerds want something better than Bud/Coors, they instinctively go local. So for a macrobrewery to try and tap into the beer nerd market is risky. Unless they hide their brand. Coors (may they bleed out the earlobes) did a good job of this with Blue Moon, which is just a standard Belgian White. I hate it when corporations are actually clever. Fortunately, it’s not often an issue.

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