Brew Review – Forbidden Forest and more at J. Wakefield Brewing @jwakefieldbeer

J. Wakefield is a pretty popular place for brewery tours. It’s also known for yoga and crossfit on the weekends. And when both happen at the same time, you get crowds like this:

It’s busy. By a lot. 

The odds are that the crowd pictures will be absolutey nothing compared to what will happen on March 25th when JWB releases 6 different bombers into the Florida beersphere. I won’t be able to go there, but I was able to try a few of the beers that will be getting a bomber release on Sat.:

Orange Dreamsicle (Berliner Weisse, 4% ABV, 4 IBU) – A Berliner Weisse with orange and vanilla. It has a nice, moderate tartness with a good citrus sweetness and the light, creamy undercurrent of vanilla. Very refreshing. 

Forbidden Forest (Imperial Stout, 12% ABV, 45 IBU) – Man alive, this beer was practically perfect. It’s a collaboration with San Diego’s Modern Times Brewing. Here’s what it is: Modern Times barrel ages coffee beans. Not coffee stout, just the beans are aged. Wakefield then took the beans and used them to treat a thick, heavy 12-percenter stout. And it’s absolutely fantastic. The heavy flavors of molasses and coffee are combined with great notes of bourbon without any boozy headiness at all. Bombers are $20. If they last 10 minutes, it’ll be a miracle. 

I also got to try a few other beers while there:

Manatees at the Power Plant (Berliner Weisse, 6% ABV, 20 IBU) – For those of you unfamilair with the West Indian Manatee, these freshwater mammals love to swim around power plants, since the warm water being pumped out of the facility is wonderful to them during cold winter days. This collaboration with 3 Stars Brewing from Washington DC is insanely tart, with a big, crisp flavor of citrus from guava and ugli fruit (basically a modified tangelo). It’s not for the average drinker, since it is aggressively, face-puckeringly sour, but still has some great fruity qualities. 

Citrus Spectrum (Saison, 6% ABV, 24 IBU) – Yet another collaboration, it’s amazing how many they make. This collab was with Transmitter Brewing in Long Island, and uses copious amounts of lemon, lime, key lime, tangerine, red navel orange, ruby red grapefruit, & mandarin orange. To that, Hallertau Blanc hops were then added as well. And yes, it is a delicious, incredibly juicy citrus bomb of a brew, absolutely bursting with great flavors. 

There’s a lot of good stuff at JWB, and if you have the cash (no card sales) and are in Wynwood around noon on Saturday, you can bring some home.

I’m just not a big fan of crowds.

Drink Florida Craft,

Dave

@floridabeerblog

floridabeerblog@gmail.com

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