Brew Reviews – Summitennial & La Fayette Von Blanc by 3 Daughters Brewing @3dbrewing

​I know what a summit is, obviously. But as for a Lafayette Von Blanc, the most I can figure is that 3 Daughters has been listening to Hamilton just a bit too much. 

So 3 Daughters’ bomber game is strong. And I still have a few to get through, but I cleaned out a few recently and they were quite yummy.  Continue reading

Brew Review – La Colada by Biscayne Bay Brewing @biscaynebaybrew

After many months and a gorgeous new graphic overhaul, Biscayne Bay Brewing has finally opened the doors to their tap room. 

I’m excited to see what they’ve done with the place. When I was there last, some time ago, the brewing space looked great, but the rest of the facility looked less like a tap room and more like Dunder-Mifflin was about to move in. Hopefully I can get there soon. 

Their beers are starting to get a lot more exposure and distribution in South Florida as well, Which is how I was able to have a pint of La Colada (English Porter, 6.5% ABV) while still some way away from their Doral home. 

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Brew Review – Hoplomatic Immunity by Dixie Bar and Grill @dixiegrillwpb

​I literally could have passed by West Palm Beach’s Dixie Bar and Grill had not my wife been on the lookout while I was driving. T’is a small but mighty place. 

I didn’t really know it existed until they appeared on the After The Show Podcast from my friends at the KVJ Show on 97.9 WRMF. Listening to their reps, Dixie Bar and Grill was apparently trying to make it as a standard sports bar, but just couldn’t turn the tables over fast enough.  Continue reading

Brew Review – Slingback by High Heel Brewing @highheelbeer @thebrewhub

​When word dropped about High Heel Brewing a few months ago, they got a fair amount of heat from many in the blogosphere for an apparent sexism behind launching a line of craft beers aimed specifically at women. 

Frankly, I don’t much care. I think there’s a lot of damaging sexism in society that needs to be focused on, and having a 20-year brewing veteran (Kristi McGuire, High Heel’s brewmaster and founder) making a line of craft beers focused on women isn’t part of that. 

I am fully aware that women drink craft beer as much as men do. Heck, my wife enjoys Bourbon County a lot more than I do. The one question I have yet to see anyone ask is this: How is the beer?

In the case of Slingback (Perry, 5.4% ABV, 15 IBU), pretty darn good, indeed. 

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So a Perry is (and I had no idea) a pear cider. This is unlike just saying the word cider, which instantly denotes apple. While Slingback isn’t a true Perry, it comes pretty close. 

To that, Kristi and the brewers at Lakeland’s BrewHub (where the beer is brewed and produced) added a dizzying array of passionfruit juices, chamomile, elderflower, and rounded it off with some Hallertauer. 

The really high fruity notes are remarkable. There’s a definite tang on the front of the taste, and that almost immediately gets taken back with a mature, earthy vein coming from the floral adjuncts. It’s very bright and peppy, a lot of which cones from the passionfruit. It’s also deceptively easy to drink. Very smooth and lightly carbed, this beer drinks like a classic Hefeweizen, adding more citrus and floral notes and removing the clove and banana. 

At this point, it should also be available in Publix, Total Wine, and World of Beer locations around the state along with its sister beer, an IPA which I shall review at a later time. Whole Foods and ABC are coming soon. 

And if you’re going to get hung up on social factors, you’re missing out on a good beer. 

Drink Florida Craft, 

Dave

@floridabeerblog

Floridabeerblog@gmail.com

Floridacraftbeerday.com 

Brew Review – Aji Limo Rojo Ra by Darwin Brewing & Rivertowne Brewing @darwinbrewingco @rivertownebeer

​There seem to be a lot, and I mean a lot, of Pittsburghers in Florida. 

Don’t get me wrong, I like Pittsburgh. It’s a fine town, Kennywood is a blast, the Strip District is incredible, and it’s got a gorgeous skyline. But I am definitely a Floridian at heart. 

But they’re everywhere, including my lovely wife. Every day I see a Steelers bumper sticker, we live close to a few Primanti’s, and there’s just too many Penguins fans when they come to play the Panthers and Lightning (don’t even get me started on that). And now their beer is coming, too.  Continue reading

Brew Review – Tip-Ta-Tip by Funky Buddha & Shorts Brewing @funkybuddhabrew

​Another beer blogger once told me that when I started Florida Beer Blog, almost every other beer I reviewed came from the Funky Buddha’s Oakland Park brewing facility.

Fair criticism. I kinda felt that way at times, too.

Since then, the blog has grown so voraciously that I really can’t remember the last time I wrote about them. It’s not that I don’t like them anymore (I do). I just have a statewide focus  on an industry that, frankly speaking, is exploding.

So it was time to head back. After a quick selfie session with my daughter, it was time to enjoy Tip-Ta-Tip (Gruit, 10% ABV), their collaboration with Shorts Brewing.

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Brewery Visit – Accomplice Brewery & Ciderworks @accomplicecider

​I’m not particularly impressed with gluten-free being used as a fad diet regimen. Especially since there are people, and I know some, that are truly gluten intolerant. 
For those people, I’d like to introduce your new best friend: Accomplice Brewery and Ciderworks in West Palm Beach. It’s pretty close to downtown, just on the other side of I-95. There’s a fantastic array of ciders, all made in house by Level 3 sommelier and beard raconteur Matt Stetson. 

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Brew Review – Cloud Catcher by Crooked Can Brewing @crookedcan

​I’m starting to really like Mr. McSwagger from Winter Garden’s Crooked Can Brewing Co. He’s the sole image for pretty much every bit of promotion for the brewery. It’s a shame that they aren’t available anywhere near me, but I was able to wrangle a can of one of their newer canned varieties, Cloud Chaser (Hefeweizen, 5.4% ABV).

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