The Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse, better known as the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, is the tallest lighthouse in Florida. It is located in Ponce Inlet, FL, just south of Daytona Beach.
The lighthouse was first lit on Nov. 1st, 1887, when it was orginially known as the less inviting Mosquito Inlet Lighthouse. In August, 1933, the lighthouse was converted to electricity and stayed in service until the construction of a new lighthouse at the nearby Coast Guard station. The lighthouse is currently owned and maintained by the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse Preservation Association, who also operates an exensive museum complex in the old buildings still on the lighthouse grounds.
While it’s not the first lighthouse to grace the label of a Florida beer, it is honored directly in the name of Ponce Inlet Light (Blonde Ale, 4.9% ABV, 19 IBU) from nearby Ormond Brewing.
It’s one of the less sweet blonde ales I’ve seen in the state. The malt bill, comprising Light Munich, Pilsner, and Crystal malts is light and very crisp. Bringing in a light, earthy Hallertauer and Saaz hop quality, and you have a very simple, very clean and easy to drink beer.
It doesn’t have a huge distribution network, but Central Florida beer drinkers should have no trouble locating a six-pack for drinking on a hot summer day. Plus it has a National Landmark, right there in the name.
At least it isn’t called Mosquito Inlet anymore.
Drink Florida Craft,