Six Ten Brewing is based in the Town & Country area of Tampa. It has long been in the ranks of breweries opened with a husband-and-wife team, in this case Leslie and Chris Johnson, got bored with their business suits and traded them in for work shirts and fermenters.
They have enjoyed quite the reputation for solid Florida craft in the bay area for some time now. Much to my sadness, I have not been able to go and visit them. I was, however, able to get in on a pour of one of their cores, CBGB (Berliner Weisse, 3.5% ABV).
Their site, interestingly enough, mentions this beer as being a window back to the Summer of Love in the late 60’s. With as tart as the beer is, it seems to have more in common with the late New York punk nightclub with which it shares a name.
It has one heck of a face puckering tartness that is simply undeniable. That sourness comes hot on the heels of a great lemony citrus kick, very flavorful and kept bright and buoyant with a simple and clean malt bill that stays well out of the way of the bacterial fireworks happening.
It’s a shame this beer isn’t in wider circulation, since it would definitely play well in South Florida. The combination of low ABV, big fruit flavors, and electric tartness make for a tantalizing combination. In the meantime, I will have to wait to get to T&C to get more.
But I refuse to wear a business suit.
Drink Florida Craft,