One of the many cool things about Due South‘s Trench Day festivities was running into Dustin Jeffers from Delray Beach’s Saltwater Brewery. He’s good people, and it’ll be nice to see them on that upcoming episode of Brew Dogs, whenever that is. Of course he had one of his beers available at the event. That beer was Vanilla Oaked South End (American Pale Ale, 4.9% ABV, 16 IBU).
So, this is their big selling South End Session Pale Ale that’s been hopped with an experimental hop that doesn’t actually have a name, just a number (05256, FYI). The beer is then left to age along with high vanilla oak staves and kegged unfiltered.
I will admit, I didn’t understand that the vanilla was coming from the oak aging, and expected a bigger vanilla finish from vanilla beans or something. Didn’t get it, and that’s probably a good thing. This is not a beer that needs to be sweet. There’s a touch of vanilla, a bigger touch of oak, and a moderate hoppiness to this beer. It’s quite good.
And I still need to visit the brewery, Dustin. I am so sorry about that…
Drink Florida Craft,