Brew Review – Toccata by Barrel of Monks @barrelofmonks

​There’s something to be said about ambiance. 

For sure, I enjoy brewery chic (otherwise known as putting some tables in the brewery floor). I’m not knocking it, but when you have a dark, sexy tasting room like the one at Barrel of Monks in Boca Raton, it’s a different experience entirely. 

And they decorated for the holidays! 

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Brew Review – Old Battle Axe by Engine 15 Brewing @engine15brewing

​It’s not every day that I get to have a beer from Jacksonville’s Engine 15 Brewing. North Florida beers generally don’t make it by me. 

I also find it interesting how many beers in North Florida are coming out with label artwork of World War II-era pin-ups. Take, for example, their Old Battle Axe (IPA, 6.4% ABV, 62 IBU). Pretty indicative of the style I’m talking about. 

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Brew Review – Ringmaster Raspberry Berliner by Big Top Brewing @bigtopbrewco

​I’m not sure how I should take Sir Wellington, ringmaster and mascot for Sarasota’s Big Top Brewing. Sometimes he’s really cool, and sometimes he looks like a modern remake of Something Wicked This Way Comes. 

Not sure. Case in point, take a look at the illustration (shoutout to Alizon Studios) on the label for their recent bomber release of Ringmaster Raspberry Berliner (Berliner Weisse, 3.4% ABV).  

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Brew Review – Deck The Walls by Concrete Beach Brewing @concretebeachfl

​Christmas Carols! Wooo!

Not really. But don’t let me stop you if that’s your thing. 

Quick culture lessons: the Wynwood area of Miami is very notable for all of the murals painted on the sides of pretty much every building in the district. There’s even an area called Wynwood Walls, set aside only to be a giant outdoor art gallery. 

That’s the background you need for Concrete Beach Brewing’s holiday offering Deck The Walls (Imperial Stout, 8.1% ABV).

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Brew Review – Oktoberfest by Barley Mow Brewing @barleymowbrew

​You know how every can from Barley Mow Brewing has three things the beer pairs well with, but only two of those things are actually food and the last is some snarky comment? 

Well, on the back of their can for Oktoberfest (Marzen, 5.5% ABV, 25 IBU), that word is Gemutlichkeit. I’m not totally sure what gemutlichkeit is, but I’m hoping that it’s something along the lines of schadenfreude, the enjoyment you feel deriving from the pain and suffering of others. 

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Brewery Visit – RedFrog Pub and Brewery aboard Carnival Vista @carnival

​The cruise line industry is starting to embrace the craft beer revolution. Slowly, but inroads are starting to be made. It’s not hard to find ships leaving the state stocked with beers from Concrete Beach Brewing, Wynwood Brewing, and more.  

Carnival raised the stakes, however, by installing a shipboard brewery aboard their newest liner, the Carnival Vista. 

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Brew Review – Tri-County Common by 26 Degreee Brewing @26Brewing

​My apologizes to people in the other counties, but when you talk about South Florida, you’re basically talking about three counties in particular: Palm Beach is north, Miami-Dade to the south, and Broward is smack dab in the middle.   

Broward is notable today, since it’s the home of 26 Degree Brewing, close to the ocean in Pompano Beach. All of this is backstory to understanding today’s beer, Tri-County Common Lager (American Light Lager, 5.5% ABV).

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Brewery Visit – The Tank Brewing @thetankbrewing

​I really can’t wait for you to see Miami’s newest brewery The Tank. Once it’s fully operational, it will basically be the ultimate man cave. 

Located in an industrial park just north of Miami International Airport, The Tank is currently in operation brewing and shipping kegs around Miami-Dade and Broward County.  Continue reading