I’ve gotten a lot of enjoyment recently from the depth of Florida beer podcasts. I’m still partial to the great guys of At The Bar, but there’s a lot more that I’ve been seeing lately. Unfortunately, they start to mix a bit, so I don’t know whom to complain to when they mentioned that certain styles are starting to die off.
Browns and ambers are two I’ve heard of going the way of the dodo and Billy Beer. Whoever said this can stop talking now. And I will vehemently defend both of these styles, probably while sipping on a pint of Biscayne Bay Brewing’s Amber Ale (Amber Ale, 5% ABV).
The beer started life as the house beer at Shooters in Ft. Lauderdale, brewed to be a bolder, full-flavor offering without being a heavy, darker beer.
The grain bill contains 2-row and the strangely named, oddly disquieting Best Red X malt. It’s German, and the malt supplier BestMalz says it was formulated specifically for red ales, being able to comprise up to 100% of the malt in the beer. And it’s available online in one pound packages for you homebrewers.
It definitely succeeds when it comes to the color, with a gorgeous, deep coppery color. Malt flavors are lightly biscuity and assertively caramely. Very delicious. There is a big, earthy hop character as well, from copious amounts of Cascade.
Biscayne succeeded quite admirably when it comes to creating a big, bold, flavorful beer that pairs well with a varied menu. With beers like this, the style isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
I’m still going to listen to the podcasts, though.
Drink Florida Craft,