Graeme McDowell MBE is a professional golfer, winner of the 2010 U.S. Open, winner of 3 PGA events, 10 European events, and part owner of Nona Blue Tavern near Orlando.
He is also one third of Golf Beer Brewing Company, along with partners and fellow golfers Keegan Bradley and Freddie Jacobson. They don’t actually brew the beer (BrewHub in Lakeland does that for them), but they each had a hand in developing the recipes for their line of beers.
We’ve already taken a look at Keegan’s New England style Lager and Freddie’s Scandinavian style Blonde Ale. Today, we’re rounding out the collection of three with G-Mac’s Celtic Style Pale Ale (Pale Ale, 5% ABV, 30 IBU).
It’s a touch sweeter than a normal pale ale, a fact that i greatly enjoy. There a mellow, malty softness that acts as the main structure of the beer, bringing it almost in line with a Kolsch.
But the hops are present, and they have a good, solid mixture of floral and citrus. The floral bouquet is more evident in the aroma and the initial taste of the beer, whereas the citrus tends to pop up a little more towards the end and lingers more on the palate after drinking.
i’m not sure how it’s Celtic, and I’m definitely not putting green food coloring in it to make it so. But it’s delicious and refreshing, and that speaks volumes about how well three golfers made beers that fit the Florida lifestyle.
Especially us Floridians that know more about beer than we do about golf.
Drink Florida Craft,