J. Wakefield Brewing in Miami has sort of exploded all over South Miami in a very short amount of time. They were even featured in the recent Miami episode of Brew Dogs, with Jonathan Wakefield himself looking slightly angry at 35:43 (which he’s not. He’s a pretty cool cat).
They also intentionally specialize in the lighter, more summery beers: saisons, sours, berliners, and the like. Sure, they do other beers and do them great, but their forte is those bright, fruity, sometimes sour beers that are fast becoming the mainstay of Miami-Dade County. One of those beers, for example, is Not Even French (Saison, 7.5% ABV).
I can understand why people give the guanabana the description of having a sort of coconut flavor. It’s nicely reminiscent here. It’s also probably why the beer has an aroma that is just vaguely reminiscent of a Belgian ale. The taste has a big, malty sweetness that is more bready than caramel. It’s mercifully light on hop bitterness, but also free from sort of the rough-hewn mouthfeel that is a trademark of the saison style. Pours crystal clear with a very light head.
It’s a great example of everything J. Wakefield is becoming known for.
And I promise you John’s a good guy.
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