Long story short, I managed to wrangle an exclusive tasting and prize package with the Florida Panthers and Pete Schnebly, owner of Miami Brewing. Actually, the first time I ever had Miami Brewing’s flagship Big Rod was at the BB&T Center for a Panthers game.
First things first, Pete Schnebly is the kind of person that automatically makes you a fan of whatever he’s selling. It just so happens that he’s selling a really good line of beers.
Second, good beer. Miami Brewing currently has four main brews:
Big Rod – Wheat beer with a hint of coconut in all the right places. It’s not sweet like you may think.
Shark Bait – It’s a lot like Big Rod, but mango flavors instead of coconut. If you’re into fruit beers, you’ll be into this one.
Vice IPA – You know, I am just not a great IPA fan. Never really liked the bitterness. This, however, is their English IPA. A lot smoother and drinkable.
Gator Tail – Of Miami Brewing’s four main brews, this one is my favorite. American brown ale, incredibly smooth. Also very good mixed with Big Rod (They call it a Dirty Rod, I do believe).
Pete Schnebly pouring his brewcraft.
Part of the prize package included a tour of their facility near Miami. I will make sure to put up a report when I go.