It’s been approximately one year since I first met Joe Gonzalez and his Holy Waters Brewing at Palm Beach Summer Beer Fest. I’m still hoping we can see them in a gleaming new facility as soon as humanly possible.
In the meantime, Joe’s going to keep perfecting his recipes. And he’s doing a really good job at it. He does have a partner in brewing, Charles Chase. And interestingly enough, the beers I tried were all from Charles. They splitnit down the line pretty evenly, half from Joe and half from Charles. Here’s just a small smattering of what they brought to the 2015 Beer Fest:
Decadence (Golden Ale, 8.5% ABV, 38 IBU) – Decadence is a lot of beautiful, wonderful things. First of all, the full name is Decadence Coconut Whiskey Golden Ale. Let that melt in your brain for a while. It’s incredibly complex, with bright, sweet malt notes that mix wonderfully with a light touch of coconut aroma. The entire thing is generously helped with a moderately, heady touch of wooden whiskey that makes the beer quite weighty.
Don Juan (Imperial Porter, 8.1% ABV, 43 IBU) – This may actually have been my favorite beer of the event. It’s incredibly mellow and smooth, with a light, creamy and sweet coffee flavor. It blended very, very nicely with the malt, and both are nice and soft. There isn’t a trace of bitterness in either, and it creates a fantastic brew.
Wrath (Double IPA, 8.3% ABV, 75 IBU) – According to Joe, the beer they brought with them for the beer fest is the imperial version of Wrath, his IPA. It got such good reviews during the event that he may keep it an Imperial IPA. Yes, it’s bright. Yes, it’s citrusy. Yes, it has some bitterness, but it’s not overly harsh. It’s a solid, flavorful beer that a lot of people, including the guys from the soon-to-open Brevard Ale Works, were raving about.
What’s really interesting was the size of the crowd that had basically camped out next to the Holy Waters booth. It was very sizable, and no one was going anywhere (except back to Joe, Charles, and their crew for more beer). We need to get them a good solid place to brew.
I’m sure there’s an old, abandoned church somewhere…
Drink Florida Craft,