wild“We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.”

So says David Mamet.

Another stress melter? Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Wild Ale. Lagunitas Brewing Co. calls it the “long lost Belgian cousin of a Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’,” another of its “homicidally hoppy” ales. I call it the perfect way to unwind at the end of a lazy Sunday in LA in December. Dishwasher hummin’, dryer whirrin’, I crack open sumpin’ wild and prepare for the ride. At 8.8% ABV, that ride starts with a malty jolt from the first sip and continues to the last drop. Ounce after ounce of malt, hops, yeast, and water.

When in doubt, at the end of the day, take a long, cold swig of a Little Sumpin’ Wild and be thankful for hops.