I am dedicating this post to the most wonderful woman I know, my beautiful wife. I was lucky to spend a nice Mother’s Day with her and our beautiful daughter. I also know our daughter is going to grow up wonderfully, since she has such a great role model.
She is also lucky to be born into a world where stereotypical womens roles are starting (thankfully) to fall to the wayside. Women are starting to make significant inroads everywhere, including the craft beer industry.
One of the more interesting success stories in craft brewing is High Heel Brewing, based in St. Louis but brewed and distributed through Lakeland’s BrewHub.
Silly for me, I assumed that High Heel Brewing was limited to just two releases: an IPA and their gold-medal winning perry Slingback. A third beer emerged, and unfortuantely was quite limited in its release: Raisin’ The Bar (Quadrupel, 9% ABV).
I really like the double entendre of the name. Obviously, there’s the reference to raising the bar for female brewers and women everywhere. In fact, a portion of proceeds from all bottles and drafts sold in Lakeland were donated to local, women-centered charities.
There’s also the fact that pretty much every solid, true-to-style Belgian Quad has strong notes of raisin mixing around the heavy malt. This beer is no exception, only that they also added raisin puree to the mash, bringing those deep fruity flavors up to where it takes precedence over the molasses and plum heavy beer.
ABV is a little lower than the usual Quad range, but you won’t notice it since the beer is still thick and chewy and heady as anything. It has a great, classic flavor and aroma that shows off everything that High Heel Brewing and founder Kristi McGuire have up their sleeves.
Not just what other beers will be coming out from High Heel, but also for more women in the brewhouse. Who knows, maybe my daughter will be one of those women.
Of course, I’d also like to see her become president. She can do whatever she wants.
Drink Florida Craft,