I have to apologize to 7venth Sun in Dunedin. It took me way too long to publish my visit to them, and the odds that any of these beers are still on tap is quite slim, indeed.
The brewery has been open since 2012, and co-owners, brewmasters, and really nice people Devon Kreps & Justin Stange got their brewing chops honed at places like Sweetwater in Atlanta, Cigar City, and the massive St. Louis brewing conglomerate that shall not be named.
The 7venth Sun facility is a far cry from the size of those megabrewers. Situated about two blocks away from Dunedin Brewery, 7venth Sun is about the size of a gas station, and that feels just perfect for them. They have a 4.5 BBL system in their cozy digs, and quite the wide variety of inventive beers. A little heavy on the IPAs, and they give a lot of importance with the varieties of hops used as they’re always readily identifiable.
Like I said, this article was written some time ago, and I can’t guarantee these beers are on tap (7venth Sun’s website has a current draft list, BW). Instead, take a look at this flight as more of a good sampling of the things you can expect when you go.
From left to right:
Corpse Reviver (Berliner Weisse, 3.8%ABV) – This gin barrel-aged berliner has a nice, tangy body with a soft boozy gin character that isn’t too heavy.
Graffiti Orange Creamsicle Wheat (Hefeweizen, 5.9% ABV) – This was fantastic. The aroma of the beer is resplendent with gargantuan aromas of orange and vanilla. Those also continue right into the flavor, and it’s lightly sweet, meaty, and incredibly delicious.
Beware of Mr. Stange (Wild Ale, 10% ABV) – It’s listed as a Rum Barrel-aged Mangrove, which is one of their Double IPAs. It sure doesn’t drink like an IPA, though. It’s sweet, with giant notes of rum on the nose and a big, boozy flavor that is rich with heavy caramel flavors.
Kitty Likes the Milk (Milk Stout, 6.4% ABV) – I do so love chocolate milk stouts. This is a great one, with a sweet, malty aroma that blends into a wonderfully creamy mouthfeel and flavor.
7venth Sun definitely makes a beer and has a reputation that far exceeds the physical constraints of their location. It’s worth a drive, and it’s also in a pretty good location to a lot of other great Florida breweries.
Just don’t take too long to talk about them.
Drink Florida Craft,