Unless you actively drive in South Florida, the name Tamiami Trail probably doesn’t mean a whole lot to you.
First, it’s not a hiking trail. It’s a road, the last bit of U.S. Highway 41 to be exact, and it stretches from Tampa into the heart of Downtown Miami.
It’s that stretch in Miami-Dade County that is most important, since that bit of road also has the famous moniker of Calle Ocho.
Spanish for 8th Street, Calle Ocho (Kay-yay Oh-cho) stretches through the heart of Miami’s Little Havana and is famous for being the epicenter of Miami’s Cuban culture.
It’s also pretty close to Wynwood, home of Miami’s famed Wynwood Brewing. They have recently paid tribute to this cultural icon with their Calle Oatcho (Oatmeal Stout, 6.5% ABV, 50 IBU).
What amazed me about this beer was the relative hoppiness of the beer. Usually, oatmeal stouts are smooth and soft, one of the big reasons for adding the adjunct in the first place.
There are some delicious, rounded and meaty qualities to the beer. They really show off a robust roasted roundness in the flavor with big coffee notes and a hint of molasses. The malt also benefits from a mellow influx of oatmeal goodness.
Then the hops hit. There is a definite spicy hop kick in this beer, and the hops tend to get stronger as the beer warms up. It’s a very floral blend, moderately earthy and herbal. It’s a good compliment to the dark malt, even if some may think it a bit too strong.
But strong flavors are a great tribute to the vibrance of Little Havana. And their little artery that everyone knows as Eighth Street, even if they never call it as such.
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