One guess where Intuition Ale Works in Jacksonville is located.
Yup. It’s on King St. At least it was. They moved into a massive new facility on Bay St. late last year, but the old digs still live on as their King St. Stout (Imperial Stout, 8.5% ABV, 45 IBU).
I need to forego my usual ‘Native American or Not’ naming introduction when I review a Lake Tribe beer and go straight to the one-sheet they created for Old Chief Extra Special IPA (IPA, 9.1% ABV, 100 IBU), namely the following warning they provide:
“Not a fan of hops and bitterness? Get off my lawn!”
Live by those words.
Many of the new locations for Tampa Bay-based pub chain The Brass Tap are starting to have small brewhouses attached to them. They’re not entirely big enough for a full scale operation, but have enough heft to brew a wide variety of beers for tapping on-site, plus some to distribute to other sister pubs.
In Ft. Lauderdale, one of those breweries occupies the top floor of the new Brass Tap in Flagler Village (an upscale area on North Federal Highway just north of downtown’s famed Las Olas area). Between that and a Mellow Mushroom just across the esplanade, it makes for quite a heady mix of craft beer options.
You know how cities have nicknames? Stuff like the Windy City, Big Apple, and Steel City? St. Petersburg, Florida has a few. One is the City of Green Benches, named for the ubitiquous benches that once populated the downtown area. Those benches, clearly, served as the inspiration for Green Bench Brewing.
Green Bench used another nickname for one of their year-round canned releases, christening it Sunshine City (IPA, 6.8% ABV, 68 IBU).
I have been excited about reviewing a beer like this for some time now. For their Blonde Ale (Blonde Ale, 5% ABV), St. Pete’s 3 Daughters Brewing used – wait for it – hops grown right here in Florida.
Very, very excited.
Now here’s a brew review I didn’t think I’d be writing for some time.
It’s not that 81 Bay isn’t good (they are). It’s not that I haven’t been (I have). And it’s not that they don’t have the capability of producing and distributing to a wide area of Florida (I’m sure they do).
But they just opened, so it was a bit of a pleasant surprise to see that my local Lucky’s nabbed a keg of Lightning Lager (Light Lager, 3.7% ABV, 20 IBU).
Tampa (naturally) has one of the best brewpubs not only in Florida, but in the country. That is Ulele, in the north riverwalk area.
The restaurant is owned by Columbia Restaurant Group and is inspired by pre-Columbian Florida and the native cuisine of those ancient tribes. It also boasts a very impressive brewing system headed by multi-generational brewer Tim Shackton.
I recently spoke to Tim about brewing history, family history, and the connection between his beer and the food at Ulele.
Photo courtesy of Tim Shackton.
I remember some time ago the blitzkrieg of brewery visits and collaborations that came from Terrapin Brewing, residents of our peach-soaked neighbor to the north. Most of those visits occurred exclusively to breweries in Central Florida, kind of within a general radius of Daytona Beach.
One such brewery in that area is Deland’s Persimmon Hollow. And yes, Persimmon did a collaboration with Terrapin, the only bomber that I’ve seen in general distribution from them: Holler Hopper (Belgian Golden Strong, 9.2% ABV)