There are three things you need to know about Plant City, Florida:
1 – It’s the ‘Midwinter Strawberry Capital of the World.’ 75% of the strawberries grown and consumed in the U.S. during the winter are grown in Plant City, Florida.
2 – Plant City is not named for any particular plant. It’s named for railroad and business magnate Henry B. Plant.
3 – It’s the home of Keel and Curley Winery and their sister site, Two Henrys Brewing.
3.1 – Yes, Henry Plant is one of the Henrys referenced in Two Henrys.
Past that, you need to know that Plant City is in the midst of their annual Florida Strawberry Festival. And trust me, living in Florida when the strawberries are in season is a wonderful time.
Keel and Curley know that, so it’s a natural fit that they took their quite good Madman Hard Cider and plus it, creating Madman Hard Strawberry Cider (Cider, 6.2% ABV).
And yes, they used real, fresh Plant City strawberries to make this cider. It’s a difference that is very, very evident the moment you taste this crystal clear, slightly pink brew.
There’s the classic Madman biting crispness from the Pennsylvania-grown apples, and it works incredibly well with the slight tart tang from the strawberries.
It’s very refreshing, quite mouth-watering, and incredibly light, even for 6.5% ABV. It’s also a great way to get those big flavors of fresh Florida strawberries, even when they’re not in season.
I think I might be making strawberry shortcake tonight.
Drink Florida Craft,