Brew Review – Card Sound Brown Ale by Islamorada Beer Co. @islamoradabeer

​If you decide to drive to any of the cities in the Florida Keys, such as Key West, Marathon, or Islamorada, you are going to travel on one of two roads. 

Most people will drive US 1, which makes the run all the way down to Key West. The other is Card Sound Road, named as such since it travels over Card Sound and through the tiny villaige that shares the same name. It’s one of the few toll plazas left in Florida with no automation, employing people from Card Sound to collect the $1 toll from passing cars, then probably spending their salaries on conch fritters at Alabama Jack’s (Apparently Jack was from Georgia, not Alabama).

My friends at Islamorada Beer Co. Used this tiny throwback of a town in Monroe County as the inspiration for their Card Sound Brown Ale (Brown Ale, 5.6% ABV, 24 IBU), currently available in their tap room in Islamorada.

Its quite delicious, and wonderfully nutty. Just the way I prefer a brown ale to be. 

The bouquet of the beers has big notes of pumpernickel and brown sugar. The color comes in at a gorgeous reddish-brown. 

The flavor, like I said, has big nutty notes, almost a mix of walnut, almond, and brazil nut, with a few raisins thrown in for good measure. There’s a slight bready undercurrent, and some noble hops deep in the background. 

This is one of the better brown ales I’ve had in Florida, and believe me I’ve had a lot. It’s one of my favorite styles. And it just may be worth a drive to the Keys.

Plus I can try those conch fritters. 

Drink Florida Craft,




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