When I was there last (which admittedly was a while ago), co-founder Kyle Jones was there with their four beers in a new facility they had just opened. It’s nice to see those four beers have grown into this tap list:
It’s quite the impressive list, especially with the small system they have. And it’s great beer, too. They are definitely growing and its nice to see since there’s a nice system going on. Don’t expect me to have a full run down of everything on the list; I would have loved to have tried all of them. It just wasn’t possible. I can’t drink that much.
I have reviewed their great Smoke Stack Stout before. I also will have a separate posting about their fantastic Pumpkin Spice Coffee Porter. That will come later. First, I’m out for blood.
Blood Hefe (Hefeweizen, 5.2% ABV, 27 IBU) is one of the most unique wheat beers I have ever tried. First, there’s an addition of blood orange juice. I’ve have blood orange beers before, but not in a hefeweizen. That works very well, as the wheat fruitiness and the general maltiness tends to cut a lot of the bitterness that generally comes from the blood orange. The aroma tends to focus more on the citrus as well, especially since the beer gets a lot more complex with the addition of smoked malts.
I’m starting to realize that, while the smoked malts bring a outdoor, BBQ sort of dimension to the beer, I’m not a big fan of the roughness that the smoke has. It’s a bit scratchy, almost, and hard for me to really get into. Have this with a steak or ribs? Perfect. Summer cookout with hot dogs? Great. Late November drinking? Just not my thing. And I know there will be beer drinkers that say I’m nuts. That’s okay, I’ll introduce them to Mr. White.
Witbier is Dutch for “White beer.” I love white beers. LauderAle made a witbier named Mr. White’s Wit (Witbier, 5.5% ABV, 20 IBU). Apparently the people at LauderAle love Breaking Bad.
Seriously. Look at their tablet when you pay. The beer is indicated by a picture of Bryan Cranston.
That being said, Mr. White’s Wit is smooth, very subtle, and remarkably crisp. it has that light corainder flavor that brings a rounded sort of flavor to a good, classic Belgian wit. It’s a great drink. And it doesn’t cook meth in a Winnebago.
Farmhouse Sour (Sour Ale, 6.3% ABV) is more Farmhouse, less Sour, which is great for people getting into Sours for the first time. Many sours can be insanely, well, sour. More so than beginners would want to drink. This one, however, is just sour enough to give what is an otherwise good farmhouse a little kick. It’s great. It has a smooth drinkability with some of the smokiness that I saw in bigger quantities in the Blood Hefe. It has the light, slightly dry qualities from the farmhouse beer, added with the fruity bite of the sour, and you have a fantastic beer for a warm day.
Their Double IPA (Double IPA, 8.7% ABV) is a bit surprising. Most regular IPAs are too harsh and biting for me. This Double, however, is a lot more mild and approachable. It still has big hop flavor, but it isn’t so bitter that it melts the glass. Thankfully, I really thought it was fantastic.
Finally, prerequisite pumpkin beer time. LauderAle actually had two pumpkin beers (yay!) at the time of my visit, but right now I’m focusing on Lordy Gourdy (Pumpkin beer, 5.6% ABV, 29 IBU). Its ale flavors tend to come out a lot more than the pumpkin. The hop flavors are significantly prominent, along with some nice traditional pumpkin spices.
It’s impressive to see how far LauderAle has come. They have quite the nice row of taps (all with the distinctive red and white smokestacks that used to be at the power plant across the street), and merch if that is what you’re into. They even have growlers now, which I will save for another time…
Drink Florida Craft,