Brewery Visit – Momentum Brewhouse @momentumbrew

Bonita Springs is a cute little city. Not very big, definitely filled with more than its share of retirees, and just north of Naples in the Southwest corner of the state. 

My daughter’s godparents invited us out to the very recent Bonita Blues Festival (which was an interestingly good time with some pretty good bands, but a lot of smokers that we kept having to move my daughter away from). They had quite the selection of food and local artisans, and my hopes were extremely low that I would find local craft on tap. 

I had a bit of hope since, literally 5 minutes away, was Momentum Brewhouse.

My hope was rewarded with two different Momentum beers, on draft all day long for $5. Interestingly enough, one of the people behind the taps was Momentum’s ower/head brewer Brian Hahn. Brian was riding pretty high after winning a gold and two bronze medals at the previous weekend’s Best Florida Beer Championship. 

I chatted a bit with him and his wife Kate, who showed up just a bit later. He told me a bit about the brewery and a few of the beers they had with them. He also spent some time showing his young son Pierce about the kegs they brought (which was pretty cool to see). 

Of course I grabbed them both and went back to the little campsite we had set up:

16 Degrees Celsius (Wheat Ale, 6% ABV, 13 IBU) – A really light, flavorful, and only faintly fruity wheat beer. Quite refreshing with a slight kick of banana and citrus. 

Pierce’s Pale (Pale Ale, 5.5% ABV, 40 IBU) – Brian was, understandably so, proud that this beer was named after his son. It was funny, since Pierce ran up just with his Pokemon Go book as we were talking about him. His beer is definitely as deep as he is energetic, with a relatively dark malt bill that imparts the slightest hint of caramel. But it’s loaded with lots of big, juicy hops as well for those seeking alpha acid goodness. 

We didn’t close out the festival, but I did stop by the brewhouse for a growler for the road. It’s a great facility, with a nice row of fermenters taking one side their immense garage-like brew floor. The rest of the space was tables and the pre-requisite outdoor games. 

Taps and everything else are inside, and I must say the giant glasses and moustache behind the bar were quite impressive. I’d like one of those. 

Taps and everything else are inside, and I must say the giant glasses and moustache behind the bar were quite impressive. I’d like one of those. 

To take home, I grabbed a growler of Tricked Out (Stout, 7% ABV, 38 IBU), one of their beers that just won a bronze medal at the 2017 Best Florida Beer Championship. Understandably so, this malt bomb of dark goodness is heavy with flavors of roasted coffee and chocolate. Velvety smooth and exceptionally easy to drink, it’s almost a crime that it only got a bronze. 

It was nice to see a new, and now award-winning, Florida brewery, and even nicer to meet the entire Hahn family behind it. It’s also not too far off I-75, so it will be an easy recommendation for beer drinkers to stop by soon. 

It’s faster than waiting for the blues festival to come around again. 

Drink Florida Craft, 

Dave

@floridabeerblog

floridabeerblog@gmail.com

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