Oh wow, I’m going to talk once again about how Pinellas County beer is the best in Florida? Shocker.
I love Tampa. I love Tampa. But the beer scene is relatively concentrated. You got outposts here and there, but it’s basically focused in Tampa.
Pinellas County has a scene in St. Pete, it’s got a good one in Clearwater, a killer one in Dunedin, and even a bit of one in Palm Harbor.
I did a bit of bouncing around in the area some years ago and it was phenomenal to just try everything they had. Between Dunedin and Palm Harbor, we ended up doing five or six breweries in that trip.
One of those breweries was DeBine, which had opened not too long ago when we were there.
DeBine is awesome in that it’s one of the breweries directly on the Pinellas Trail. So much so that the trail runs the length of the building.
If you’re in the right spot you can sit and have a beer while runners and bikers go by you outside, while a line of fermentation tanks is on the other side.
It was a good time. They had some excellent beers, but being just too far north for me made it sad that I wasn’t going to be getting back there as much as I would like.
But they purchased themselves a canning line and I’m finally able to get some goodness from them. Specifically a collaboration they did with Bayboro Brewing in St. Pete by the name of Nothing Lasts Forever (Berliner Weisse 4.2% ABV).
What are we looking at? We’re looking at a solid Berliner Weisse with blackberry, lemon, and vanilla. And the blackberry is what I would assume to be the main culprit behind a color that can be best described as salmon? Apricot? Something pinkish-orange, I’ll go with salmon.
The aroma is nothing fishy, thankfully, and brings a lot of that tart malty niceness that you only get from a sour beer (if you know, you know), with the lemon coming on a bit under that, and the vanilla coming in a bit under that.
The flavor head straight for the blackberry, with that distinct berry tang the shows up first, the lemon and the traditional Berliner sourness comes right after that. Once things subside a little bit, and once you have been able to enjoy those flavors, then the vanilla stays behind to mute the hardness and give a nice sweetness to the end.
It’s a solid beer. It promises good flavors and it delivers the right amount. But, like the name says, nothing lasts forever and I’m going to need to get a refill of beers from DeBine.
Maybe I’ll just ride the trail directly to the brewery.
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