I am going to readily admit that I don’t listen to a ton of country music. I’ve been listening to that Break Up In A Small Town song a lot recently, but that’s about it.
So when my wife and I were at Saturday’s Palm Beach Summer Beer Fest, and I saw a beer being hosted by Palm Beach Broadcasting station 103.1 WIRK, I felt a little guilty that I was going to approach them and get the beer without really knowing who they were.
The tap handle, however, was a red and blue buoy. The classic image, unmistakably SaltWater Brewery from Delray Beach. I am going to assume very strongly that the first time we went to the booth, the tap handle was being manned by someone from the show. If that was you, I apologize. The second time Dustin Jeffers from SaltWater was there. I am familiar with him; good people.
So, yes, SaltWater Brewery brewed a beer for WIRK and their morning crew, similar to how Twisted Trunk Brewing is partnering up with The KVJ Show from WRMF. There is even a worthy beneficiary for the beer, and $1 of every pint of WIRK For the Cure (Radler, 3% ABV) that is sold at SaltWater will go back to Palm Beach County breast cancer charity Bluewater Babes.
Not pictured: The pilsner glasses being sold by Bluewater Babes at Palm Beach Summer Beer Fest. That had breasts on them. With nipples.
WIRK For The Cure is a Radler, and Dustin let us know the beer started off as SaltWater’s LocAle, a simple, flavorful, unassuming golden ale, then blended with pink lemonade and aged on raspberries (If there is a fruit SaltWater Brewery likes most, it’s raspberries).
First off, the beer isn’t nearly as pink as you might think, veering almost borderline red in color. It has a nice, fruity aroma and is incredibly approachable.
Flavor-wise, there’s just a hint of tartness that bounces around in the beer’s flavor, slinking up to the crisp maltiness of LocAle and slightly energizing those flavors. It’s quite refreshing and incredibly easy to session.
And it’s for charity, so don’t feel bad doing so. It’s an inventive mix, and it came off very well.
We also may or may not have purchased one of those pilsner glasses.
Drink Florida Craft,