Brew Review – Sorcha O’Sullivan and @Coppertail tap takeover at @RickysSoBe

South Beach. For craft beer. Not a sentence I really thought would be said anytime soon. 

But one bar, Ricky’s, has undergone quite the renovation and changed from a kitchy, 1980’s influenced cheesefest and into a more mature, loungy space. 

It’s owned by Menin Hospitality , who happen to own other spaces around, including the taco place next door and Half & Whole across the street. A quick aside, getting the Crazy Chicken sandwich from them was quite the awesome experience. And way too big to finish in one sitting.   

Yes, you have to pass through Artichoke Pizza and Ricky’s game room to get to the bar area (and even the easiest mode in Mortal Kombat 4 is harder than any game has a right to be), but once through, Ricky’s has a comfortable, ample seating area with lots of little hints of its old décor hidden by waves of ivy. 

The drink menu is quite extensive, with a very interesting run of mixed drinks (one of which is infused with CBD, not sure if I can handle that). It’s interesting watching them fill their mini wood barrels with all sorts of delicious alcohol goodness (for groups of course).

What’s better is the tap list. 

Ricky’s only has 10 taps, but with a killer happy hour and their new Beer Love Social Club, they tend to kick kegs pretty fast. Their beer expert, Chris, is hellbent on keeping the lines clean and the taps engaged with a wide variety of brews, no macros allowed. 

Servers are also expected to taste each beer as they come on tap after having been given extensive tasting notes by Chris. This way, they know a little bit more about what they’re serving than it’s a beer that looks like a Bud Light. 

To celebrate, Ricky’s is hosting a run of tap takeovers, and I went on the evening they had a takeover of beers from Tampa’s Coppertail Brewing. I’ve had a number of their beers before, and my friend took this opportunity to try Night Swim for the first time, one of my absolute favorites from them. It became one of his favorites as well.  

As ever looking for the new beers to write about, I started with a little Sorcha O’Sullivan (IPA, 6.2% ABV), part of Coppertail’s Alpha Hunt PA series and soon to be available in bottles pretty much everywhere Coppertail distributes. 

It’s as bright and electric as pretty much everything else on South Beach. It’s got a hell of a great citrus body coming from ample hopping of Idaho 7, Medusa, & Citra hops. There’s a rounded, meaty hop bitterness in the beer, and the malt of light and crisp enough to let those hops shine.  

It’s remarkably drinkable and very delicious, but you probably can’t go to Ricky’s to get some since they have no doubt have already moved on the next great craft beer. They’re going to start doing more with their new Beer Love Social Club, and more tap takeovers are coming, including Lauderale near the end of the month. Their taps are on Untappd, so you can easily see what the have available. 

On South Beach. Still sounds odd. 

Drink Florida Craft, 

Dave

@floridabeerblog

floridabeerblog@gmail.com 

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Brew Review – Blood Orange Gose & 2017 Father Christmas by Barrel of Monks @Barrelofmonks

At this point, my beautiful wife and I have a nice little tradition for our anniversary. We’ll usually have a quiet morning, then hire a babysitter to head to the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach (which, if you haven’t gone, is absolutely fantastic).

From there, we head to Boca’s Barrel of Monks, maybe 10-15 minutes away, for a drink before heading home. It’s relaxed, it’s visually striking, and the couch by the front door is always free so we can sit and relax and enjoy being a couple. Members of their mug club The Brotherhood were there slinging tales at the bar and handing out a copious amount of the most heavently garlic rolls. Apparently it’s a rule with them; you order food, you order enough for everyone. 

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Walking Tree’s beers are a treat, all too rare for me unfortuantely. But on occasion,  I manage to find their beers. This time, it was at Cobb’s Landing, one of our favorite restaurants in Ft. Pierce (and literally a stone’s throw away from the new Sailfish Brewing facility, assuming you’re Joe Montana).

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Brew Review – Satsuma Wheat & Tropic Thunder by Lake Tribe Brewing @LakeTribeBrew

Gotta love Lake Tribe Brewing. I mean seriously, it should probably be a municipal law in Tallahassee or something that you have to visit them on their limited, but growing, weekend hours. 

And being part of the shockingly rapidly growing Tallahassee beer scene allows them to flex their muscles and enjoy being in the vanguard of a community of beer enthusiasts that started off big and have nowhere to go – and grow – but up. 

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Brew Review – Wild Night by Swamp Head Brewing @swamphead

Not too long ago, I was approached by the biggest brewery in Gainesville, Swamp Head, who let me know they were expanding their distribution statewide. 

This is good and you should be happy. 

They’ve gone away from exclusively distributing in 22 oz. bombers and embraced the more standard aluminum 6-pack, which makes sense for a variety of reasons. They’re even starting to expand the core beers that are getting canned and distributed, including Midnight Oil (their Oatmeal Stout that I reviewed about a year ago and am really excited to have again). 

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Tampa Bay Beer Scene with Tampa Bay Limo

Some might say that the Tampa Bay area is experiencing somewhat of a renaissance when it comes to craft beer brewing. The first brewery in the city was opened in 1896 in the Ybor City neighborhood, and it’s only grown since then…but especially recently. We’re here with some top choices for you to consider for your tour!

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Brew Review – Nun With a Chainsaw by Due South Brewing @duesouthbrewing

Hurricane Irma wasn’t the same massively destructive force that something like Andrew or Katrina , or even Maria was. It’s still amazing, however, to see how even smaller storms can cause havoc and destruction, and how communities need to come together.

Take Kendall, FL, located just southwest of Miami. One of the many schools there is Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School, a part of the Archdiocese of Miami and home of the Bulldogs. And Sister Margaret Ann. 

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