Brew Review – Mango Wit by Proof Brewing @proofbrewingco

You’ve got a number of beers that list as ‘fruit beers,’ and tasting them becomes kind of a hunt to discover exactly where said fruit flavor comes in. 

Then you get a beer like Mango Wit (Witbier, 5.2% ABV, 18 IBU) from Tallahassee’s Proof Brewing, which is basically like sucking a mango dry.

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Brew Review – Postcard Pils by Green Bench Brewing @greenbenchbrew

As an enthusiast of Florida history, I am particularly enthused that so many cities in the state have such a rich historical treasury of postcards. Through slightly sanitzed lenses, it’s nice to see how so many places I’m used to used to look 50, 100, so many years ago. 

It’s really the only way to see things like St. Petersburg’s famed green benches in their heyday. That’s interesting, since Green Bench Brewing in St. Pete produces and cans their Postcard Pils (Pilsner 4.7% ABV, 35 IBU).

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Brew Review – Ramble On Raspberry by 81Bay Brewing

81Bay Brewing is one of those breweries that makes me sad that I can’t go to often enough. It’s almost a crime that we’re in the same state, but they’re just far enough away to make things difficult to get there for me. 

If they were closer, I would probably go a lot more, if only to take in the almost hypnotic decor and get pints of their  Ramble On Raspberry (Fruit Beer, 5.5% ABV)

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Brew Review – M.I.A. Sharona by MIA Brewing @MIABrewing

As much as I would love for this post to go into a short history lesson of German beers and brewing in our Sunny Neighbor to the South, but MIA did name this beer after a classic Knack song. Which is why I had to sing this after ordering M.I.A. Sharona (Mexican Lager, 5.1% ABV):

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Brew Review – Beach Hippie by Persimmon Hollow @persimmonhollow

Beaches are fine places. The community surrounding your average beach is quite … special. 

It’s usually a melange of ratty souvenir stores, all-night fortune tellers, and guys riding around on beachcomber bikes that haven’t worn a shirt since the Carter administration. 

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Brew Review – Giant Panda Porter at Big Bear Brewing

Technically, the panda is not a bear at all. It’s actually closer in relation to the racoon than it is to any bear. It’s a misconception many make. 

Technically, the Porter is not automatically the heaviest beer on a beer menu. It can actually be closer to a light beer than to an IPA or Russian Imperial Stout. It’s a misconception many still make. 

And kudos go out to Big Bear Brewing’s brewmaster Jeff Evans for the rather delicious experiment that is Giant Panda Porter (Porter, 4.25% ABV, 12 IBU). 

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