When it comes to fall, most people love the bright earthy reds, yellows, and oranges of the season, from fall vegetables to the changing leaves on trees.
Not for me. My fall colors are blue and white, when it comes time for Oktoberfest.
A lot of breweries last weekend had Oktoberfest parties, and the family and I swung by Boynton Beach to check out the festivities at Due South Brewing. We didn’t stay long enough to see the German-American Club come by with the party, but we did consume beer. Naturally.
I didn’t, however, have their Marzen again. Had it, loved it. Instead, there were a few special releases we sampled:
Doppelbock with Earl Grey and Walnuts (Doppelbock, 6.6% ABV) – This is Due South’s new Doppelbock, a classic, smooth, malty strong beer. And, of course, I never tried the original. Sigh.
There was a lightly meaty flavor coming from the walnuts, but it got lost a tiny bit with the malt. The slightly bitter tea twinge and rounded bergamot flavor is interested and tended to come out more as the beer warmed up slightly. Which, of course, it did since I got the half-liter Due South was selling.
Due South’s new marketing guru Doug Fairall let us know the inspiration behind the treatment was a cocktail coming one of the brew team had. It was a really interesting combination.
To that, we added an order of soft pretzels from Rolling Chefs, made with the spent grain from brewing the doppelbock (pictures above). So good. So, so good.
Cranberry Hef (Hefeweizen, 5.3% ABV) – I don’t like cranberries. They’re way too tart. This treatment of Due South’s What The Hef?, using fresh cranberries, came out surprisingly sweet and candied. I was pleasantly surprised with how sweet and fruity the beer ended up, and both my wife and I mentioned how easy to drink and refreshing the beer was.
We had to do a few other beers while we were there. Too many good ones to mention, and the kid was enjoying running back and forth between the cornhole sets.
Florida Blonde (Blonde Ale, 4.2% ABV) – This, as Due South readily mentions, a simple blonde ale brewed to be enjoyed in the sometimes oppressive Florida heat. As that, it works splendidly. Light, airy, very soft, simple, and pleasing.
Legendairy (Milk Stout, 5.6% ABV) – On nitro. About as delicious and velvety soft and cool blankets on a soft bed after a long day working. Absolutely wonderful.
But it is Oktoberfest season, so I shall take my leave as I search out more cans and bottles with the distinctive blue and white checkerboard pattern. Besides, with this, who needs pumpkin beers anyway?
Drink Florida Craft,