Brew Review – Imperial Honeymoon Lager and more at Ulele @uleletampa

To Richard Gonzmart, Columbia Restaurant Group

Dear Mr. Gonzmart,

I think it is time to rename Ulele.

It is nothing short of amazing how popular Ulele is with the Tampa crowd. I am sure you are quite aware of how many locals come by for a meal on any random night.

It’s well deserved, too. The food is fantastic, the service is great, and there’s even a gallery of Tampa Bay Lightning jerseys; all of which makes me very happy.

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Brew Review – Morlock Milk Stout by Hourglass Brewing @hourglassbrew

If you’re a fan of classic sci-fi (and I mean actually classic, not like “I prefer the original Star Trek series” classic), you may have heard of the morlocks.

Created by H.G. Wells in his seminal 19th century novel The Time , morlocks were brooding, hulkish, relatively weak, subterranean monsters that lived in a far-flung future Wells puts his time traveller on his fantastic adventure.

All of this is practically perfect for Longwood’s Hourglass Brewing and their well-known penchant for anything sci-fi – especially time travel, hence the name – using these brutes as the inspration for their dark, menacing Morlock Milk Stout (Stout, 5.6% ABV).

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Brewery Visit – Mathews Brewing Co. @mathewsbrewing

I’ve never seen so many Quonset huts in Florida as I have in Lake Worth. It’s the first thing I noticed. Drive on South H Street; you’ll see what I mean.

The second thing I noticed was how many of them were auto body shops and repair places.

Finally, having a brewery and its valet parking booth in the middle of all of this is a bit of a shock, and it just sort of sneaks up on you. But there it is, Mathews Brewing, finally opened just a few weeks ago.

After looking in West Palm, brewery owner and brewmaster David Mathews decided on Lake Worth’s burgeoning Arts district as the home of his 10 BBL brewhouse and tap room. There’s definitely a lot of love and sweat that went into the facility, as the giant rows of 10 and 20 BBL fermenters can attest to.

There’s also a gorgeous stone patio, dog and kid friendly, but still under construction when we went. It’s finished now and looks absolutely stunning.

Inside, Mathews and his team have been brewing for a few years now. Even though they just got started, they have impressive tap list of classic styles, everything he enjoys brewing (and drinking). He even has a cask ale program, with three traditional hand-pulled cask pumps installed and ready to go with a rotating list of beers brewed especially for those taps.

Like I said, there’s plenty of beers to try:

Sweet Emotion (Cream Ale, 4.7% ABV) – A solid, standard cream ale with a nice, light touch of sweetness. Incredibly refreshing and smooth.

Black Metallic (Irish Dry Stout, 3.8% ABV, 38 IBU) – A classic and immensely satisfying Irish stout, lightly sweet and hopped with low bitterness Noble hops. Served on nitro for that extra amount of deliciousness.

Cask English Dark (English Mild Ale, 3.8% ABV, 23 IBU) – Classic dark ale, moderate body with a great English earthy hop bite.

L-Dub Tropical Ale (Pale Ale, 4.5% ABV, 40 IBU) – Nice and light, but with a great, fruity, hoppy punch from liberal amounts of El Dorado, Mosaic, and Citra hops.

Junk Yard Dog (English Brown Ale, 4.6% ABV, 25 IBU) – Very smooth and wonderfully nutty. The flvor comes from a blend of three malts, flaked oats for smoothness, and East Kent Golding hops for a velvety and clean finish.

Peanut Butter and Jealous (Stout, 5.2% ABV, 50 IBU) – Loaded with an insane and very fresh peanut flavor, with a great jelly aftertaste. A little too good.

Mathews Brewing just getting started, having only recently celebrated their grand opening. They’ve even started doing a significant number of events already, so their social media channels are worth a follow. The best, or course, would be to visit. They have plenty of beers and plenty of space to have a good time.

They’re in between the Quonset huts.

Drink Florida Craft,

Brew Review – Pulp Friction by Motorworks Brewing @MotorworksBrew

If you haven’t heard of grapefruiting, I’m not going to be the person to explain it to you. I will say that it will require a relatively strong constitution if you decide to look it up online. And I really do have to apologize profusely to Motorworks Brewing in Bradenton, as I discovered this, uh, technique at the same time as I tried Pulp Friction (IPA, 6.3% ABV, 85 IBU), their gold medal winning Grapefruit IPA. Continue reading

Brewery Visit – Playalinda Brewing Brix Project @PlayalindaBrews

What’s exceptionally cool about getting off I-95 on your way to the Playalinda Brix Project is taking a right turn on Washington Ave. when you hit the water with the Kennedy Space Center VAB clear as day in the distance. It’s that huge.

Ten bucks native Space Coast residents just don’t see it anymore. 

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Brewery Visit – Dog Rose Brewing

St. Augustine is really frustrating, or at least the train tours. 

Don’t get me wrong, I love the city, and the train tours, pricey as they are, are a relaxing way to see the city. But they make sure to pointedly focus and stop specifically at the city’s distillery and winery. 

But they ignore the beer. And the beer isn’t exactly out of the way, either. They drive right by a few places, including the new Dog Rose Brewing, just a bit behind the Lightner Museum. 

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