I’m not particularly good when it comes to being interviewed, but if you are coming over from my recent interview on Saturday Morning Bottle Share with Tallahassee Beer Society, welcome!
Since I figured I would be getting some new Tallahassee readers after the interview, I decided to crack open the last bottle of Tallahassee beer that I currently have in my beer fridge. And it’s actually a sad occasion for me, since it is the last bottle that comes from last year’s Wild Woods Project at Lake Tribe Brewing.
With this project, they are taking some of their beers, treating them in incredible ways, fermenting them with wild yeasts, and aging them in a variety of delicious sounding barrels.
Wild Woods Volume 2 is currently being released, but I held on to a bottle of Mosquito (Wild Ale, 4.7% ABV) as long as I could.
And the aging did a wonderful job. What amazes me, with all of the adjuncts and spices that they used with this, is how much it feels like a well-honed Chardonnay. It’s a golden ale, with coriander, juniper berries, lemongrass, and lemon zest, and then aged in a Rum Barrel.
It has a light chardonnay nose with moderate tartness and a light spiciness that gives way to a healthy, tart kick with only a faint booziness on the back end. It’s remarkably deep with a lot of good layers to explore.
And you can’t find it any more. That’s the rub with the Wild Woods project, everything is extremely limited and massively delicious. If you’re in Tallahassee, stop by Lake Tribe and pick up a few bottles (and cans and growlers) if you’re lucky.
And listen to 97.9 ESPN Tallahassee at 9:30 AM on Saturdays as well. I promise it’s not always as awkward as when I’m on the show.
Drink Florida Craft,