Brew Review – Les Grisettes by Green Bench Brewing

​The term ‘grisette’ refers to a working-class French woman between the early 1800’s and the start of World War I. It stems from the French gris, or gray, and was directly influenced by the cheap gray dresses these women wore as they worked. 

Think about the beginning of Les Miserables, especially the shots that aren’t insane close-ups of Anne Hathaway. Those are grisettes.  Continue reading

Brew Review – Helicity Pilsner by Big Storm Brewing @bigstormbrewing

​Three things about Helicity:

1 – It’s pronounced he-LIH-ci-tee. I know, blew my mind, too. 

2 – Helicity is a mathematical property of wind, basically taking windspeed, heights, and a bunch of other stuff to determine how easy cyclical weather formations (tornadoes, water spouts) can form. 

3 – Big Storm Brewing sells Helicity (Pilsner, 4.2% ABV, 21 IBU) in six packs.  

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Brew Review – Roasted Jalapeno Blueberry Porter by Two Henrys Brewing @twohenrysbeer

​Once again it is time for a Sip The Sunshine beer festival preview. Todays comes courtesy of one of my favorites, Plant City-based Two Henry’s Brewing and Keel & Curley Winery.

They’re bringing quite the complement of beverages to the festival in Sarasota, including Hop Tycoon DIPA, Gilded Age Golden Ale, and Pineapple Madman.

And one more, today’s beer review, Roasted Jalapeno Blueberry Porter (Porter, 5.5% ABV).

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Brewery Visit – Naples Beach Brewery @naplesbeachbrew

​Who knew a degree in Turfgrass Management could taste so good?

Yep, that’s how a trip to Naples Beach Brewery starts. With managing one of the many golf courses in Southwest Florida. 

That trip began for Naples Beach Brewery’s Will Lawson in 2003 when he moved to Naples with the aforementioned degree to work on the aforementioned golf courses. Disappointed with the region’s lack of quality beer choices (at the time), will decided to expand his beer education by way of Chicago, Munich, and Ann Arbor, returning to Naples in 2007. 

Adding Head Brewer Mike Conley and finding a location not too far from the connection between I-75 and Alligator Alley, Naples Beach Brewery opened in November of 2012. 

Once you’re able to find the location, nicely hidden in the dead center of a small Naples industrial park, you’ll be good to go for a quaint tap house with quite the impressive tap list. 

On one side is their 15 BBL system, steam heated, churning out a huge variety of beers on tap at the adjacent tiki hut-themed row of taps. A few beers are starting to be canned & bottled, but most of what NBB has is only available on draft (and growlers, of course). 

Keep in mind, our samples tended to be a little on the dark side, especially since they just released their impressive fall lineup of pumpkin porters. Here’s what we had:

Classic Cubano (Blonde Ale, 5.0% ABV) – Blonde ale with coffee and vanilla. The adjuncts weigh the beer down more than the light malts bring it up, making for a slightly visually deceptive drink. But the vanilla is king here, and lends to be a wonderful sweetness to the beer. 

White Chocolate Pumpkin Porter (Porter, 6.2% ABV) – Very strong in the white chocolatey flavors, with a moderate pumpkin flavor in the background. I would not be shocked at all if lactose made an appearance here, too. 

Keewaydin Crusher (Cream Ale, 4.3% ABV, 10 IBU) – This is named for Keewaydin island, a pristine and undeveloped barrier island just off the coast of Naples. The beer is a simple and unassuming as the island, clean and crisp. 

Key Lime Dropper (Strong Ale, 9% ABV) – This is a variation of Line Dropper, their mango ginger Strong definitely is strong, with a big heady feel from the high ABV and a light tartness from fresh key limes. 

Peanut Butter Cup (Stout, 5.8% ABV) – Yes. Very much so, and served on Nitro, no less. A big peanut butter flavor, although slightly sour in  the aftertaste.  

Boogie Gourd (Porter, 6.2% ABV, 26 IBU) – This is their basic pumpkin porter this year. It’s also the first pumpkin porter I’ve had with lactose. Simple, with equal qualities of pumpkin and spice. Very flavorful, and I would love to have tried this on nitro as well. 

Smoked Pumpkin Porter (Porter, 7.9% ABV) – The pumpkin spice is not prevalent here. Instead, you get a moderate smokiness of a rauchbier with the light meatiness from the gourd. Interesting, flavorful, and would go very well with similarly smoked foods. 

Pumpkin Latte (Porter, 6.2% ABV) – Just as easy to imagine as you might think. Good, strong flavors of coffee and spice with a creamy body. 

Triple C (Stout, 5.8% ABV) – Those three C’s are Coconut, Coffee, and Cream. It’s strong, however, and the coconut takes a light backseat to a strong, but never bitter, coffee flavor.  

They’re not open every day, but when they are, there’s a food truck on premises. When we went, the food truck was an awesome BBQ & brick oven pizza truck whose crusts were made with spent grain from Naples Beach Brewing. Really, incredibly good. 

I brought home a little NBB with me, and I’ll be enjoying that soon. In the meantime, there were some really good beers to look back on and hopefully enjoy again in the near future. 

Even if I don’t have a degree in Turfgrass Management. 

Drink Florida Craft, 



Brew Review – Easy on the Eyes by Intuition Ale Works @intuitionale

​I want to bring up Intuition Ale Works in Jacksonville to let everyone know that, on the whole, Florida is okay after Hurricane Matthew. 

You definitely want to keep north Florida in your thoughts, since cities like Jacksonville Beach and St. Augustine were hit very hard and have a lot of damage to go through right now. But we will rebound, as we always have. 

In the meantime, support the Sunshine State and Drink Florida Beer. For example, Easy On The Eyes (IPA, 4.7% ABV, 55 IBU).

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Brew Review – Oktoberfest ’16 at Due South Brewing @duesouthbrewing

​When it comes to fall, most people love the bright earthy reds, yellows, and oranges of the season, from fall vegetables to the changing leaves on trees. 

Not for me. My fall colors are blue and white, when it comes time for Oktoberfest. 

A lot of breweries last weekend had Oktoberfest parties, and the family and I swung by Boynton Beach to check out the festivities at Due South Brewing. We didn’t stay long enough to see the German-American Club come by with the party, but we did consume beer. Naturally. 

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Brew Review – Deja Moo by Hidden Springs Ale Works @hiddenspringsale

​I’ve been to some breweries that really are hidden from public view. Places where you have to basically go over the hill and through the woods with a sherpa and GPS unit to have any hopes of finding the place.

When you take that into consideration, Hidden Springs Ale Works isn’t so hidden, really.  

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