I’m not sure how to take Concrete Beach Brewery.
One one hand, they seem to be an incredibly exciting new brewery that is opening in the Wynwood Arts District in Miami, within skipping distance of J. Wakefield and the venerable (and recently gold medal-award winning) Wynwood Brewing.
So, what’s a Florida beer drinker to do? Celebrate another craft brewer opening up and providing more choices and diversity in a burgeoning craft beer market? Or shove them off as a corporate cash grab masquerading as a family business?
I am personally going to wait until the brewery opens. Let’s see what kind of game they bring (and with their neighbors and the rapidly expanding Miami beer market, they will need to bring their A game). But, South Florida beer drinkers can get an early look from two of their contracted beers. One of those is Stiltsville (Pilsner, 5.2% ABV, 25 IBU).
Right off the bat, I love that the beer is named after the Stiltsville area of Biscayne National Park, a collection of homes and buildings built miles away from Miami in Biscayne Bay.
As for the beer, pilsners can usually go one of two ways: bland, boring, and mass-produced (you know what beers I’m talking about), or rich and complex. It makes me happy to say Stiltsville is of the latter. It has an undeniable fruit aroma that blends exceptionally well with a malty body that has a moderate, but not overly hoppy tang to it. It pours a beautiful golden color and has a light, summery feel to the beer.
For a first introduction to Concrete Beach, it’s quite good. As much as I want to try as many different beers as I can, I could see myself picking up a 6-pack of this in the near future.
But I want to get into that brewery….
Drink Florida Craft,