Brew Review – Rise of the Resistance by Bowigens Brew Co. @bowigensbrewco

It has been more than a couple of months since the word Floridaweisse has graced the pages of this blog, and maybe now is a good time to bring it up again, since I am very fond of that particular style.

I’ve had a few events happen recently where I have had to summarize and promote Florida craft beer, and I really do believe, as others do as well, that the Floridaweisse is something that is uniquely suited to the state of Florida.

Think about it, pretty much everybody’s done a Berliner weisse, and most breweries in all 50 states can easily do a fruited Berliner weisse using a wide variety of fruit or fruit purees that get shipped in from other states (probably Florida).

But with us, and our incredible access to some fantastic produce and agriculture, we are uniquely suited to creating fresh, vibrant, exciting styles of beers. Florida’s association with oranges is historic to say the least, and hearing that Bowigens in Casselberry made a dry hopped blood orange sour called Rise of the Resistance (Sour Ale, 4.3% ABV, 5 IBU), I was excited to say the least.

I was very happy to see that the brewery was able to keep things mellow and soft, with the sourness being a nice vibrance that really accentuates the dark meatiness coming from the blood orange.

It’s very light, seemingly with more body coming from the fruit than from the malt. Dry hopping gave a touch of floral to both the aroma and the flavor, allowing it to broaden its depths on the darker end of the flavors without becoming heavy or overly sweet.

I’ve come to know that Bowigens hits it out of the park with every beer they have, and luckily they have contributed quite nicely to a rapidly-growing style and one that is of utmost importance to the state.

I definitely want to thank Half Barrel Beer Project in Orlando for allowing me a pour of this great beer, and here’s to many more like it coming from the Sunshine State.

Besides, don’t make fun of the beers coming from my home state.

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