Brew Review – Tri Wishes by Crooked Can @crookedcan @arthurstownb_co @raglanroadpub

​I love Ireland. Went there on my honeymoon and had a wonderful time. Went and saw a number of places, including a particular famous brewery that everyone immediately associates with the Emerald Isle.  For good reason, of course. 

I’m apparently not the only one that enjoys Ireland; my friends at Crooked Can do as well. They are also half of the team brewing a rather good international collaboration. 

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The other half of this collab is Arthurstown Brewery, deep in County Wexford. The intent was to create the recipe for a classic Irish Red Ale that would be produced in by Arthurstown in Ireland and Crooked Can domestically.  

That beer is Tri Wishes (Red Ale, 5.5% ABV), and man is it good. As you can see, I had to grab a growler.

As a ‘Grand Irish Red,’ it grabs a lot of the better qualities of an amber ale, notably a solid, caramel-forward malt bill that lends a moderate body and gorgeous, rust color to the beer. Hops are kept thankfully low and noble, with a very slender floral quality being the main result in the beer. 

As much as I hoped, the beer’s name is not a reference to the importance to the triathlon community that Crooked Can’s home Winter Garden, and nearby Clermont, holds. Nope, Tri Wishes is only available in three places: Crooked Can and Arthurstown being two. 

The third is Raglan Road, the Irish pub and entertainment venue in what is now Disney Springs at Walt Disney World (Side note – RIP Mannequins). Tri Wishes premiered there at Raglan Road’s annual Irish festival, the Great Irish Hooley. And as much fun as it would be to go to Disney or Winter Garden to try the beer, personally, I’ll take Ireland. 

Time to update my passport. 

Drink Florida Craft,

Dave

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Brew Review – Breakfast Brown Ale by Ormond Brewing @ormond_brewing

​In terms of adjuncts, coffee tends to be king. Everyone has a coffee beer, and the ones I’ve been lucky enough to try tend to be pretty tasty.

Most breweries I keep an eye on are starting to locally source their coffee, too. It makes perfect sense, having local brewers get their coffee from local roasters, an industry that is starting to explode as well. I’m not sure who supplies the coffee to Ormond Brewing, but the coffee used in Ormond’s Breakfast Brown Ale (Brown Ale, 5.3% ABV) definitely never left Volusia County. 

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This beer doesn’t really leave the county, either. Sure, Ormond’s bombers are starting to get widespread, but Breakfast Brown (and the other Ormond Brewing cans) doesn’t seem to leave a small distribution area. 

I grabbed some while swinging through the area, and I’m glad I did, because this is easily one of my favorite brown ales in the state. It’s got just the right amount of malty, bready goodness, with a light caramel and nutty flavor. It’s nowhere near heavy, but still have a great flavor. 

And yes, there’s that locally roasted Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee that swims around the beer, deepening the flavor and rounding out the incredibly tasty beer. I can’t say I would have it for breakfast, but the beer is good and I was happy to get my hands on it. 

And it’s local. Drink local. 

Drink Florida Craft,

Dave

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Brew Review – Pineapple Beach by Funky Buddha Brewing @funkybuddhabrew

​When it comes to stereotypical Florida architecture, there are some easy stand-bys. South Beach, a castle, maybe even Castillo de San Marco, flanked by the pre-requisite palm trees and maybe a space shuttle in the distance. 

There’s a lot of smaller scale architecture that, while not nationally recognized, is still important to the local community. Places like Bok Tower, Tampa Bay Hotel, and the Main Street Bridge fit this bill. Another such example is clearly evident, yet almost imperceptible, on the artwork for Funky Buddha’s newest year-round release Pineapple Beach (Blonde Ale, 5% ABV, 20 IBU).  

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Brew Review – Amber by Biscayne Bay Brewing @biscaynebaybrew

​I’ve gotten a lot of enjoyment recently from the depth of Florida beer podcasts. I’m still partial to the great guys of At The Bar, but there’s a lot more that I’ve been seeing lately. Unfortunately, they start to mix a bit, so I don’t know whom to complain to when they mentioned that certain styles are starting to die off. 

Browns and ambers are two I’ve heard of going the way of the dodo and Billy Beer. Whoever said this can stop talking now. And I will vehemently defend both of these styles, probably while sipping on a pint of Biscayne Bay Brewing’s Amber Ale (Amber Ale, 5% ABV).

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Brew Review – Dragon Paw by Hourglass Brewing @hourglassbrew

​As a blogger, I’ve been a little hesitant to completely embrace the new Florida Weisse style nomenclature. They’re popping up pretty much everywhere now, so I guess it’s time to bite the bullet and start using the name. 

A Florida Weisse is basically a Berliner Weisse with big, bright colors and tropical fruit, usually locally sourced. Truth be told, berliners tend to be the perfect compliment to fruits. The light, tart beer easily works with fruit, such as Hourglass Brewing’s Dragon Paw (Berliner Weisse, 4% ABV, 6 IBU).

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Dragon Paw is a kettle soured berliner that also contains dragonfruit and paw paw. I know dragonfruit; its use in Florida Weisse beers is pretty well known. As for the paw paw, I’ve never heard of it. 

Apparently it grows well north of Florida, is roughtly the size of a mango, has flesh that looks a little like sickly potato, tastes like a custardy mix of banana and citrus, and doesn’t keep at all. In their recent interview on the Local 390 podcast, the brewers mentioned it starts to go bad the moment you pick it, which I can assume is a bit of hyperbole.

But use them they did, in a beer with a one heck of a sharp bite to it. It’s very effervescent and has a great nose of citrus, especially lemon and mango. The beer was a little less neon red than other Florida Weisses that I’ve seen; not a bad thing. 

Flavor-wise, it’s definitely a pucker producer. Sour and sweet, there’s a great taste of citrus fruits lurking deep beneath the layers of incredibly light malt and mouth-wateringly tart yeast notes. It might not be the best place to start someone who is nervous about drinking exceptionally sour beers; it might require a bit of working up to. 

For those that have worked up the taste, they will not be disappointed. It’s a great experience and packs a great punch. 

Whatever the beer’s actual style is. 

Drink Florida Craft,

Dave

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Brew Review – 305 by MIA Brewing @miabeerco

​I’ve started to really enjoy Lucky’s Market. 

I’ve written about their great beer selection before, and they have taps right upfront with their coffees. Plus, they will sell $2 pints and little grocery cart pint glass caddies for you to drink while you shop. Which I’m sure is great for them, since shoppers with a pint in them are probably going to buy more. But you can’t beat $2 pints and $4 growler fills. 

Plus there’s a lot of local stuff there. With the exception of a root beer, all other lines were from Florida. And I really couldn’t get more local than 305 (Golden Ale, 5% ABV, 10 IBU) from MIA Brewing.

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If you really need a clean, non-descript beer to have while shopping, 305 is perfect. In appearance, it’s bright and golden, nice and clear. Aroma is lightly citrusy, a product of the West Coast hops used. 

In drinking, it’s incredibly crisp. There’s a light touch of malt sweetness, using what I can only assume would be either a pilsner, 2-row, or crystal malt. Nothing too heavy, nothing too brutal. Hops are just a touch more prominent, with that light citrus feel coming through nicely. 

It’s a great Florida beer, easy to drink, and perfect to sip on a hot day. Regardless of whether you’re outside or wandering around an air-conditioned grocery store. 

Drink Florida Craft,

Dave

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Brew Review – 862 Maibock at NBC Sports Grill & Brew @universalorl @floridabeer @nbcsports 

​Quick piece of knowledge about Universal Orlando Resort: whenever something new gets designed and built, it gets a three-digit numerical project code. This way, when the publicly-accessible, legally-required building permits are filed with the city, all people see is details for ‘Project 722’ and not schematics that clearly state Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley.

In 2015, eagle-eyed permit hawks found one such filing, one for Project 862. That permit ended up becoming NBC Sports Grill & Brew, opened in the space left by the shuttered NASCAR Café.      

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Brew Review – Julia by Concrete Beach Brewing @concretebeachfl

​I’m always very happy when breweries take time to celebrate and honor great local people with their beers. One such beer I the chance to sample was Concrete Beach Brewing’s Julia (Barleywine, 9% ABV), named for the indomitable Julia Tuttle. 

Ms. Tuttle’s story is a remarkable one of perseverance, business savvy, and forward thinking. Thanks to her, we now have the city of Miami. 

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