From: Petaluma, CA
Samuel Merritt says: This whole IPA "before you die" list is a little off for me since there is definitely beer in heaven. That said, I’m pretty sure that before you die, you’ll want to head to Petaluma chicken country in California to enjoy a hoppy West Coast IPA with one of the coolest bunch of people in the state. You’ll want to go to the Lagunitas pub and listen to a great band and just sit there and take it all in. This is especially important if you’re from the East Coast. Lagunitas is simply a superbly Californian experience. Their slogan, “beer speaks, people mumble,” is important to remember before you die, and this beer and knowing how nice the people who made it are will remind you of that. It's boisterous, lusty, chewy, strong, and oh so herbal.