It’s late. I don’t care.
I am of a vocal minority that believes certain beers should not be encumbered by time of year just because that’s how it always has been. I also believe brewing a solid German beer is much more important then something you can release in limited edition $40 bottles online.
That’s why October is always my favorite time of year, because everybody gets their German out and the community is awash in lederhosen and Noble hops. It’s the time for festbiers and Marzens, beautifully crafted beers emphasizing malt and water quality over hops and adjuncts.
They’re the kinds of beers I look forward to every year, and one of the reasons I was so excited to get my hands on Prost (Festbier, 5.9% ABV) from The Tank in Miami.
Let’s pause here and get everybody’s laughter out of the way, but there’s quite a lot of good German beer styles coming from the Magic City and The Tank serves just one of many.
As a beer, it is simply beautiful, the kind of beer I would desperately love to be served by the liter in a fine German restaurant. It is beautifully golden and crystal clear, absolutely see through and lovely to behold. The aroma is like a wonderful cloud that envelops you when walking into a working brewhouse. You just get that warm malt aroma that washes over you, leaving a delicate sweetness of cereal grains.
The flavor is, in a word, correct. Everything I ever wanted and more. It’s big on sweet bread notes, with slight touches of honey, almond, lemon, and caramel. There’s a light mouthfeel, light body, and it’s an easy drinking beer that carries a lot of beauty in its simplicity.
As for why this cannot be around year-round, I will never know. But I kept one aside, that was my last, and unfortunately it will be until September before I can have it or its ilk again. So here’s a pint to waiting, may it come around ever so faster.
Drink Florida Craft,
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