Ah, Florida hops.
This is actually pretty exciting to see, for a few reasons. First of all, hops are starting to get pretty scarce with the rather massive influx of new breweries gobbling up harvests as fast as they can. Second, hops prefer a temperate climate, which is why they’re usually grown in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.
But they’re here now, which is amazing for us Florida-loving hop heads. There are plenty of beers starting to pop up now around the state using hops grown right here in sunny Florida hop yards.
One such yard is located in Wimauma, a gulf coast city about halfway between Bradenton and Tampa. It’s part of the UF Gulf Coast Research & Education Center, and Desiree Chubb, 3 Daughters’ Director of Quality, has been working with them since 2016.
According to Desiree, 3 Daughters has received hops from each of their harvests and has brewed multiple beers, many of which are on tap in the St. Pete tap room right now. One of those beers is La Fayette Saison (Saison, 6.4% ABV, 32 IBU).
In addition to Florida-grown Cascade hops, La Fayette has a grain bill full of Munich, Pilsner, and rye malts, finished with a delightful Belgian yeast. This is one of the better saisons that I have had, and remarkably sweet, too. Part of it is the yeast, and there’s also an incredible apple and orange sweetness to the beer as well. It also has a nice, bright orange color, which separates this great beer from other saisons.
But it’s those hops you come for, and its one of the many reasons I enjoy being such an enthusiast about Florida Beer. It’s an exciting time.
Especially since the beers are so good.
Drink Florida Craft,