Brew Review – Lager by Steam Horse Brewing

When it comes to brewing in Palm Beach County, the person you need to look to for starters is Fran Andrewlevich. He’s a pretty awesome guy, very tall, and he really started it off with the opening of Tequesta Brewing in Tequesta.

They were around for many, many years, before Fran decided to double up, not with another Tequesta Brewing, but with a whole new concept, Twisted Trunk Brewing off of PGA Boulevard. Both of those have done quite well for themselves, but it looks like Fran got the itch again.

His newest concept, Steam Horse Brewing, has opened just off Okeechobee Boulevard near the heart of Downtown West Palm Beach. It is in good company, being right down the road from Ookapow and relatively close to places like Accomplice Ciderworks and West Palm Brewery & Wine Vault.

Tequesta has had bottles for many years, and Twisted Trunk has a small canning line for on-site sales. Steam horse, however, seem to have jumped in with both feet, as I was able to get a can of their signature Steam Horse Lager (Euro Lager, 5.3% ABV, 30 IBU) on store shelves here in South Florida.

It seemed like a great way to break in my new glassware from Groovy Groomsmen Gifts, as I wanted to get something nice and monogrammed with the blog name, but still big enough for readers to see the beer. I’m sure there are going to be some snobs out there that will complain that it is not the right kind of glassware and so on and so forth, but I am more interested in promoting Florida craft beer and this glass fits my needs perfectly.

I’m a little surprised that this style of beer is listed as a Euro Lager. When I have tried this style, they tend to be bland, flavorless old man beer. This one felt more like a honey kolsch. There was a nice bready sweetness, and I am sure either a honey or a Pilsner malt was used in addition to ample amounts of two row.

It comes off with a light, lemony aroma that comes into the flavor as a slight tang, but more of a minute sweetness that accentuates the rest of the grain bill. Hops are noble, they’re very low, and I’m sure whatever they used contributed a good amount to that slight citrusy qualities of the beer.

As a first time trying these beers, the lager is phenomenal and hits basically every note that I wanted it to for something as simple and clean as this. I expect nothing less from Fran, however. The third time is definitely a charm, but the other two were hits as well.

It’s becoming second nature to him, much to the enjoyment of Palm Beach County.

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