In the few years that this humble blog has been in existence, I have been lucky enough to receive a number of invitation to a number of breweries in various states of operation. Some have been open for years, some are just getting off the ground, and some are still opening.
Such is the case with The Tank Brewing, located around Miami International and proudly representing and celebrating the 305. Operators Carlos head brewer Matthew had reached out to me almost a year ago and, sadly to say, the fault for not coming out was entirely mine.
Of course, I was a brand new dad, so a certain gorgeous daughter of mine was all I could really think about those days.
Since then, my daughter has grown up and is terrorizing our poor cats. And The Tank has started distribution in South Florida. Now beer drinkers can try some of what Matthew is cooking up while waiting for the tasting room to open.
The Tank has a number of beers, both core and specialty. One of their specialty series is the Hop Series, or brewing up a standard American Pale Ale, then hopping it with only one specific hop. This is what I found at Brass Tap not too long ago, trying a little Hop Series: Hallertau Blanc Pale Ale (American Pale Ale, 5.6% ABV).
Hallertau is an interesting choice for this series. Pretty much every other brewery uses the big, bitter, crazy citrus hops when they choose to make a beer that focuses on a single varietal. Hallertau, however, isn’t that hop.
It’s used to great effect as a light flavor for hefeweziens and similar beers, but adding it to a pale ale makes for a great, refreshing brew. It’s got a good, malty base that is light, easy to drink, and has a great amount of biscuity and faint fruit sweetness.
When will they open? Not sure. But at least they can be found out and about for the time being. And once they open, I will do my best to get there.
And I will probably bring my daughter.
Drink Florida Craft,