You know how cities have nicknames? Stuff like the Windy City, Big Apple, and Steel City? St. Petersburg, Florida has a few. One is the City of Green Benches, named for the ubitiquous benches that once populated the downtown area. Those benches, clearly, served as the inspiration for Green Bench Brewing.
Green Bench used another nickname for one of their year-round canned releases, christening it Sunshine City (IPA, 6.8% ABV, 68 IBU).
This comes from a world record still held by the city for the most consecutive days of sunshine, starting in 1967 and lasting a whopping 768 days.
Using that as inspiration, Green Bench created a whoppingly bright beer, exploding with color from the liberal additions of Mosaic, Citra, and Azacca hops. It’s incredibly fruity, exploding with citrus and fruit flavors.
Using the hops they did, however, brought a lot of strong alpha acids to the party. It’s not an IPA for the the novice; definitely advanced drinking. Add to that an ABV that starts to creep up, and this is a beer that needs to be respected.
So basically it’s perfect for most Florida craft beer drinkers. And it’s just as sunny as a day in St. Pete.
Don’t forget to wear sunscreen, though.
Drink Florida Craft,