Brew Review – Electric Blue by High Springs

The head brewer and co-founder of High Springs Brewing in High Springs, FL, once told me people really come to the area to cave dive, tube down the river, and go antiquing.

I don’t want to go diving anymore, antiquing sounds worse than dental surgery, but I am totally game for the tubing.

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Brew Review – Graffiti Orange by 7venth Sun @7venthSunBeer

I have long since said that beer is art. And it’s always fun when the beer gets to collide with actual art.

Today, we talk about artist Stephen Spathelf. Originally from Ohio, Steven moved to Florida (specifically Pinellas County) over 30 years ago and brings his distinctive style to many homes and businesses in the area.

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Brew Review – IPGA by Twisted Trunk

I have a couple of ‘big fish’ snags I need to get when it comes to the Florida Beer Podcast, interviews I’ve always wanted to do and will help tell a more rounded story of Florida craft beer.

One of those is Fran Andrewlevich. If you’ve never heard of him, in many ways he is the father of craft beer in Palm Beach County.

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Brew Review – La Noche by Swan Brewing @SwanBrewing

I could have gone one of two ways with this.

Either I can play the 90’s classic Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche) by Cleveland boy band 98 Degrees, or I can mention the deep dark pit of despair in my soul now that Yanni Gourde is leaving the Lightning and on his way to Seattle.

But I think I’ll just stick with the fact that nothing says classy like a solid lager, and few styles do it better than a clean dark lager.

One like La Noche (Dark Lager, 4% ABV) by Swan Brewing.

And yes it’s 4%.

I will never forget speaking to another brewer who mentioned his frustration with people assuming that the color of a beer has a direct correlation to its weight.

As a dark 4% beer, it drinks like a 4% beer.

What did you expect? It’s got a beautifully deep brown color with the wonderfully nutty aroma of peanuts, cashews, and a little bit of orange. The flavor is a great melange of coffee, dark cocoa, chicory, orange, plum, and a tiny, tiny bit of raisin. But it still has a beautifully light body and it’s very easy to drink, giving it less of a traditional dark beer feel and more like a coffee blond.

The body is perfect, the weight is nice and easy, and it’s a fantastically refreshing beer, situated to a hot Florida night.

But since I have mid 90’s pop music in my head, I’m sure that is going to have to come up my playlist sometime soon.

Drink Florida Craft,

Dave
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Brew Review – Cyan Pineapple Sour by Darwin Brewing @DarwinBrewingCo

I wanted to review this beer for a couple of reasons. First of all, it’s been a hot minute since I’ve seen anything from Bradenton’s Darwin Brewing by me. When Lucky’s Market all but folded in the state of Florida, distribution with Darwin seem to go with it.

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Brew Review – Arroz Con Leche by Beat Culture @BeatCultureCo

Dessert beers and coffee beers have a lot in common.

For the most part, when people have one, the assumption is that the beer is going to be dark. Makes perfect sense, dark malts can to contain notes of both cocoa and coffee, so having a beer actually contain either cocoa or coffee or both is a natural progression.

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