It’s April 2021, and Riptide Brewing is now double the size with today’s acquisition of Momentum Brewing in Bonita Springs.
What will that do to the company? That remains to be seen, but with Riptide’s ownership under new co-owner Kim West, they only have bigger and better to grow to. Don’t get me wrong, I am sad to see Momentum going away, but running a brewery of that size is a lot and I can understand Momentum’s previous owners Brian and Kate Hahn deciding to move on to the next chapter of their lives.
They’ve left their facility in excellent hands, as my family has enjoyed Riptide and it has become one of our absolute favorite locations in the state of Florida. Not only is the beer good, but they do good things like their recent Little Havana Nights which continue on Wednesdays.
Live music from Havy Rodriguez, excellent food from Sangwich (And if you know anything about me, you knew I had to have the Cuban sliders, which were phenomenal), and usually live cigar rolling as well. But what’s the point if the beer isn’t good?
Well there’s plenty of point because the beer is excellent. I was able to enjoy a few of them while I was there.
Gango Muava (Fruit Ale, 5.8% ABV) is exactly the fruit bomb that you would expect. It’s bright and bubbly, with a gorgeous complexion and a wonderfully fun tropical bouquet of mango and guava. I don’t know how they did it, but it feels phenomenally fresh. It has a wonderful blast of guava flavors, so tasty it feels like you can feel that slightly grainy mouthfeel that a quality guava paste has. The mango is a bit softer, contributing a very soft and delicate darkly sweet flavor to the beer.
But it’s nothing next to the masterpiece that is Legends of the Wooden Cask (Wild Ale, 6.1% ABV), a Brettanomyces-inoculated beer featuring liberal dry hopping songs of Kashmir and Sabro. It has a bright pale straw color with a crystal clear complexion. The aroma is like Belgian lemon. Think of a Belgian witbier, heavily accentuated with Meyer Lemon, that will get you close to the aroma.
The flavor is otherworldly. I got great lemon and lime notes, with a little sock funk and pops of chewy meatiness that give way to a solid floral finish. The end is very bubbly, with an absolutely bright and outstanding carbonation.
I expect nothing less from Riptide now. Since they have an even bigger facility to play with, it’s exciting to see what the future holds for them. I will always have a special place in my heart for the Momentum crew, and hopefully Riptide will have some sort of an homage to the previous company in the facility they just purchased. I can’t wait to see what comes next.
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