I love Jules Verne. One of my favorite writers. And it’s not my favorite book (mostly because Michel Ardan really needs to stop talking), but I do respect and enjoy his classic work From the Earth To the Moon.
The weird thing about the book, however, is in the very beginning. Impey Barbicane and his Baltimore Gun Club, when looking for the most advantageous place to build their giant moon-reaching cannon Columbiad, decide on Tampa, Florida. For those of you unfamiliar to Florida geography, that’s just on the opposite side, but roughly on the same latitude, as the actual spaceport of the United States, Cape Canaveral.
So Cigar City recently partnered with DuClaw Brewing, based near the city of (everyone say it with me now) Baltimore, to brew the interestingly titled Impey Barbicane’s Moongun (Amber Ale, 5% ABV, 40 IBU).
Hoppy. Why must they always be so hoppy?
Okay, so it’s an Amber Ale. It’s got a great caramel malt sweetness to the beer that is noticeable in the bouquet and more so on the palate.
But wow, hops. Cascade, Centennial, Columbus (basically a recipe for an IPA already) and Pacific Jade combine to make the beer a bit more strong, bitter, and spicier than your standard amber ale. It’s big and floral, not as citrusy. Mind you, those hops are going to be mellowed out by the big malt heaviness, but the hops do tend to have an edge. I don’t know about DuClaw, but Cigar City does love their hops.
I also need to talk about the bottle design, since I enjoy discussing those sorts of things. Instead of going steampunk, which is all the rage these days, Cigar City and DuClaw went back to the 1900’s. 1902 to be exact, since the bottle prominently and whimsically features the iconic “Man In The Moon” from the Georges Melies classic A Trip To The Moon.
I think it’s safe to say I wanted this beer for the label alone. But inside was a tasty, if not slightly hoppy, beer.
Now I have to go re-read all of my Jules Verne again.
Drink Florida Craft,