It must be pretty awesome to go from ‘brewer’ to ‘award-winning brewer.’
I wouldn’t know that yet. I had to dump almost my entire last batch of beer.
One person that doesn’t have to worry about this is Luis Suarez, whom I introduced you all to a few weeks ago with his Black Point Brewing. I didn’t introduce you to Grovetoberfest, a Miami-based beer festival every October. There’s a homebrewing competition, and Luis entered his Overboard Stout (Stout, 5% ABV, 34 IBU).
And what do you know? The guy won Best Bended and Best in Show.
It makes sense. There’s a lot going on with this brew, which happens to be an oatmeal stout to boot. Oatmeal stouts are great for a light, creamy, smooth mouthfeel. He oven roasted 20% of the oatmeal and threw it in the mash, giving Overboard that delightful smoothness. Vanilla beans and roasted coffee bring added dimension and a slight, tasty tang to the beer.
The aroma of this beer is out of this world, however. It’s the biggest chocolate smell I’ve had this side of a Yoo Hoo. I’m not totally sure there was cocoa in the beer, but it sure had a heady, steep aroma of cocoa. Wonderful stuff.
What makes Overboard that much better is that he bought the ingredients at Brock’s Homebrew in Melbourne, keeping the brewing love in Florida. That just makes the beer so much greater.
When will we get this beer on a more regular basis? Don’t know. Hopefully soon. Keep it tuned to hear more from Black Point. Hopefully we can hear some good news soon.
In the meantime, just keep racking up the trophies, Luis.
Drink Award-Winning Florida Craft,