I do a fair amount of traveling.
It’s pretty awful to be away from my family, but on occasion I do get to go to some pretty neat places.
Of that list, Tampa is definitely the highest.
Yes, I know it’s only on the other side of the state, it’s not like going to someplace like New York or LA, but I’d rather be in Tampa if I can’t be home.
Tampa’s beer scene is nothing short of magical, and one of the great places that they have is Ulele, the awesome Proto-Florida restaurant by Columbia Restaurant Group of which I am also an unabashed fan.
Tim Shackton is nothing if not a wizard of the brewing system, but it’s not very often that I can make it out to the restaurant per se. That’s why I was very happy when Columbia Restaurant Group basically grabbed a good hearty chunk of terminal C at Tampa International Airport, coincidentally, the terminal I am almost always in.
So I’m currently sitting at the mini-Ulele that is at Terminal C, waiting for what promises to be an excellent burger, and enjoying a nice tall pint of Rusty’s Red Ale (Red Ale, 5.5% ABV, 40 IBU).
This red ale is one of the reasons why I love red ales, it’s practically perfect and almost every way that a Red Ale needs to be in my humble opinion.
It’s got a great, caramel forward sweetness to a otherwise light and frothy malt bill. There’s also an incredible earthy flavor to the hops that bring a darkness to the beer then only helps to accentuate a lot of the deep, biscuity grain qualities.
There’s just so much to love with this beer, and it’s nice to be able to have it before I hop on a plane back home. I can hope the Columbia decides to open up a Ulele close to me, that may not happen anytime soon, but in the meantime if I have to travel I always know that Ulele is there ready to come by just before I head home.
Drink Florida Craft,