Brew Review – Padron by The Tank Brewing @TheTankBrewing

Mexican lagers are starting to become quite popular. Characterized by a light body with a very sharp punch, much of the flavor comes more from flaked corn than from a barley malt.

They are not my favorite. While the body is crisp and clean, I’ve always gotten a weird, harsh alcohol note I do not find agreeable.

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Brew Review – AK2 Japanese Lager by Ankrolab

I never had a beer this good anytime I went to Japan.

In all honesty, I never drank beer when I went to Japan, and part of me feels like I was missing out a bit. But the beer that made me realize this, AK2 Japanese Lager (Rice Lager, 5.3% ABV) by Ankrolab in Naples Florida, is light and flavorful and practically perfect.

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Brew Review – Dry Suit by First Magnitude @fmbrewing

I am thinking this is the first time I’m mentioning anything diving related on this blog. We’re talking about scuba diving, not the diving for pearls like you see at SeaWorld.

When it comes to diving, most people are familiar with the wetsuit, a neoprene body condom that keeps you relatively protected, but also gets you soaking wet.

Brew Review – Double Hooked DIPA by 3 Daughters @3DBrewing

While I love them, 3 Daughters has, for quite some time, used a fishing theme for a lot of their beers. That’s great for them, but it’s hard for a blogger like me to write about since I don’t fish, I’ve never fished, and I have no interest in fishing mostly because hooks scare me.

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Brew Review – Halfway Crooks by Beat Culture

Is there anything on this planet more uniquely Miami than the sight of a cigarette boat in Biscayne Bay?

Honestly, Miami Vice did more for that city, both positive and negative, than I think any other television show has done for anyone other city.

But don’t think the city is all Italian loafers and cream colored blazers. There’s a lot more going on to the Magic City than that. One must realize, and this is something that amazed me, the sheer amount of agriculture that happens in Miami-Dade County.

Brew Review – Gango Muava and Legends of the Wooden Cask at Riptide Brewing

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.

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Brew Review – Xander by Bay Cannon Beer Co. @baycannonbeer

Quick, what’s the hardest thing about opening a brewery?

Okay, I will grant you funding and construction and legal issues with municipalities and advertising and maintenance and hiring, those are all very important. But for the sake of today’s article, we’re going to sweep all that aside and come to one of the greatest thorns in the side of America’s Craft Brewers: nomenclature.

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Distillery Visit – ChainBridge Distillery @SipChainBridge

If it comes to craft alcohol in Oakland Park, Fl., it starts and ends for most people at Funky Buddha. But they’re not alone, not anymore.

For the past few years, down a tiny alleyway south on N. Dixie Highway, sits Chainbridge Distillery. And while it is easy to assume the name is a gentle nod to a bridge somewhere in nearby Ft. Lauderdale, not so. Its namesake is the Széchenyi Lánchíd in Budapest, bridging the two sides of the Hungarian capital. The lions that flank the entrances onto the bridge feature on their logo.

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