Florida’s a little odd in that it’s one of the rare places where they will allow automobiles right on the beach sand. Heck, it’s how NASCAR got started in Daytona.
But no matter how you get to the beach, there’s one thing Florida beaches don’t allow: glass.
No glass. At all. No glass bowls, no glass cups, and no glass beer bottles. Zero. Zip Zilch. Nada. It’s one of the many reasons why Florida breweries like aluminum cans so much.
There are some breweries that still like glass bottles, such as South Walton Beach’s Grayton Beer Co.
Located just off US-98 (State Rd. 30A) halfway between Panama City Beach and Destin in the panhandle of Florida, Grayton Beer Co. was started in 2011 by Jamey and Candace Price and their brewmaster Shank (Seriously. It even says Shank in the promotional materials).
At this point, Grayton has 5 beers in production and distribution. They are, however, produced in glass bottles. And as such, unfit for Florida beaches. Grayton had a solution: can the beer. But they take it one step farther.
They took one of their beers, 30A Blonde Ale, and canned it for beach consumption. But they decided to rebrand the beer as Beach Permit Blonde Ale (Blonde Ale, 4.6% ABV, 13 IBU). And the image on the can, that I am totally digging, is the actual $140-per-year permit to take 4×4 trucks onto Walton County beaches.
The beer is just as ready for a Florida beach in summertime as the can is. It’s light, both with a crisply golden hue and lightly hoppy aroma reminiscent of citrus.
The taste has the peppy light blonde flavors of a standard blonde ale, but with the added hint of a light biscuity sweetness lingering on the backbone ever so softly. Hops are moderate and tend to bring more of citrus flavors than overwhelming bitterness.
It’s very crushable, and a six-pack should easily be a must have this summer in the panhandle.
But please make sure you have the right permits if you’re going to drive on the beach.
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