If you’ve been following me on Twitter or Instagram, you’ve seen that 1) I adore Florida hockey (especially the Tampa Bay Lightning), and 2) it’s hard for me to find a lot of Tampa Bay-area brews in South Florida.
Now, there are beers from the Bay area that are gradually making their way down south. Big Storm is making big inroads, and Cigar City is pretty much everywhere in the state. 3 Daughters Brewing, from St. Petersburg, is starting to really ramp up their distribution throughout the state and is bringing kegs and cans pretty much everywhere soon.
But let’s go to the source, okay? Gotta head to the Bay.
Long story short, I found myself at the Amalie Arena for the recent Lightning/Penguins game, and knew from talking to 3 Daughters’ incredible co-owner Leigh Harting that their flagship Beach Blonde Ale (Blonde Ale, 5% ABV, 24 IBU) at the Guy Harvey Rumfish Bar and Grill, conveniently located on the concourse level.
I was happy I did, it’s one of the cleanest beers I’ve seen on the Florida market. It’s a very classic beer experience, heavier on sweet malt flavors and just a touch of robust hop bitterness to bring a rounded finish to the beer. The bready sweetness from the malt is also evident in the aroma, and it also lingers nicely on the palate.
It’s a fantastically and elegantly simple beer, and one that can be used quite well to get others into craft beer. It’s also pretty nice to see that major sports arenas are starting to get into the craft beer market. I’ll have more on other beers there later.
And the Lightning won 4-3. Yay!
Drink Florida Craft,