I prefer trying as many different beers as I can that I forget to go back and try some of them. Especially standards that I’ve already done before. Every so often, it’s good to revisit a standard that you haven’t tried in a long time.
And, when talking about Florida craft beer, the big ‘standards’ are definitely Cigar City Brewing’s Maduro, Jai Alai, and Florida Cracker. I adore Maduro, and I’ve never been able to handle Jai Alai’s bitterness, but it was due time to revisit Florida Cracker.
Named for the cowboys that inhabited Florida before the turn of the century (which were, in turn, named for the ‘cracking’ sound made by their whips), Florida Cracker is a Belgian white ale. It’s extremely light in color and heaviness, but not in flavor. Made with unmalted wheat and flavored with spices like coriander and orange peel, it has a fantastic, slightly spicy taste, but is still refreshing enough for a steamingly hot summer day. I’ve also seen Florida Cracker mixed with other things like framboise for a fruity, spick cocktail.
I think I just made myself want a 6-pack of this. The troubles of being a beer blogger…
Drink Florida Craft,