Naturally, the best thing about this was trying a ton of beers. And of those beers, I naturally had to sample the beers I was pouring first. Because research, you know.
Maple Chipotle Ale (Chili Beer/Brown Ale, 8.5% ABV) – We sure ran out of this beer quickly. The beer starts a bold brown ale, then is enhanced with a moderate amount of maple sweetness and chipotle heat. The pepper brings out the sweetness in the maple, and the maple makes the peppery heat pop. I would say a little over half of the people that came to our booth requested this one first. It was a little amusing how many requested just a little taste, since they were a little afraid of the pepper in the beer. It wasn’t like drinking hot sauce, though. It was nicely tempered.
Chai Farms Honey Ale (Blonde Ale, 7% ABV) – I had a few people tell me this was their favorite of the event. This brew is similar to Moustache Rye’d, their beer brewed for last year’s New Times Beerfest in Ft. Lauderdale. But, and this makes me happy, the beer still sparkles with the addition of fresh honey from Chair Farms in Davie. Mack House and Chai Farms have a pretty good working relationship, and supplied the pig that Mack House used for their pig roast a few weeks ago (that pig, of course, had been raised on spent grains from Mack House). The honey is harvested literally the day before it was put into the beer, and you can taste it. Big honeycomb flavor atop a solid, malty Brown Ale. Great beer, and naturally we ran out of this one, too.
In all, these were two great beers to pour all afternoon. I hope I have to opportunity to do something like this again soon.
Drink Florida Craft,