In the wilds of Northern Pasco County is a tiny little hamlet called Trinity. It’s a lawless hellscape, where packs of ravenous wolves pick the bones of people too foolish to venture this way.
Okay, I’m totally making it up. Trinity’s actually quite nice, and it’s maybe an hour Northeast of Tampa. The obviously-titled Trinity Blvd. runs right through the center of the city. Along that road, nestled among some very well-off subdivisions, lies a little strip mall. And in that strip mall lies Escape Brewing.
It’s a small brewery with a 3 BBL system, open since 2014, and with a pretty sizeable following judging by the crowd there.
When I went, I just happened to run into Matt Thompson who, along with his brother-in-law John McGregor, founded Escape Brewing. He walked me through the flight I was sampling, which included:
Brown Chicken, Brown Cow (Pale Ale, 5.5% ABV) – I had to order this beer since this is one of my wife’s favorite jokes (“What are the two sexiest animals in a farm?” I hope I don’t need to explain the answer). But it’s a brown ale, and I love a good brown ale, and this was definitely a good brown ale. There was a light, malty flavor bolstered with a big nutty undercurrent.
Goofy Footed (Wheat Ale, 5.5% ABV) – This was their American pale wheat ale, with a lightly funky aroma and a bright, pale wheaty flavor.
Chocolate Milky Love (Milk Stout, 5% ABV) – Ah, the joys of the chocolate milk stout. And yes, this beer was brewed with cocoa nibs, allowing it to enhance the cocoa flavors coming from the deliciously roasted malts. The beer has a milkshake-esque creaminess to it, with an insane velvety soft mouthfeel. The cocoa is light and more prominent on the aftertaste, after moderate notes of coffee have washed away.
Rejuvenation (Pale Ale, 5.5% ABV) – I’m hearing a lot of buzz about Rejuvenation, and I can see why it’s one of their top sellers. It’s got a massive, dank citrus aroma that carries over into the taste like an out-of-control Panzer. Really bold and loaded with great citrus flavors.
Matt also gave me a sneak peek of The Other West Coast (IPA, 6.5% ABV), their West Coast IPA due to be released the next day. This beer was particularly juicy and loaded with nice alpha acid bitterness and a strong, citrus goodness.
It’s still early for them, but hopefully we will be hearing a bit more from Escape Brewing in the upcoming years. If they haven’t been eaten by wolves, of course.
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