I think I’ve had more trouble with my tablet’s autocorrect feature typing the name of today’s brew than I have in a long time.
Escape Brewing was nice enough to have the name’s translation, Daydreamer, on the tap list in their newly expanded tap room. But I’m still going to refer to the beer by its real name, Rêveur (Saison, 4.5% ABV).
I’m not sure what the designation Table Saison means, but if this is the perfect example of one, I am definitely down to drink more. It’s light and crisp, and a lot smoother on the tongue than most other saisons I have had.
The aroma is quite sophisticated, a mélange of chardonnay and citrus notes with a wild yeasty tang. Those notes appear in the flavor of the beer as well, accompanied with a muted but still noticeable funkiness.
This is not a challenging beer, as some saisons and wild beers tend to be. That is the best part of Rêveur, knowing the beer is easy to drink, refreshing, and really tasty.
I’m actually going to mention here that Escape co-founder John McGregor sent details of their upcoming spring beer event and bottle release for Seeds of Hope, their 10.5% ABV Imperial IPA. 7 to 11 PM in their Trinity, FL tap room, over a dozen local breweries, and a commemorative tasting glass. Tickets start at $30 and can be found at seedsofhope.brownpapertickets.com.
I wish I could be there. It would be fun to try over 30 local beers.
And that beer doesn’t play hell with my autocorrect.
Drink Florida Craft,
At this point, I consider reviewing anything from Cigar City as sort of an obligation, a place that everyone immediately recognizes instead of some of the small, out of the way, mom and pop breweries that I tend to really enjoy.
Yes, they make good beer. And their relative proximity to Tampa Int’l is their way of saying “You know you’re coming here, right?” Of course, I do. The latest beer I got from this Spruce St. staple was Jazzy Gotama (Brown Ale, 4.8% ABV, 25 IBU).
It is with great happiness that I can finally report Ookapow Brewing is in the process of opening their brewing facility. Opening later this year, Ookapow Brewing will be in West Palm Beach, just south of the Kravitz Center and CityPlace.
Damian Ramos told me about the new place at this year’s Brew at the Zoo at the Palm Beach Zoo, not too far fro the new brewery. He also had several new beers for my wife and I to try, which was good since it’s been a while since I’ve had some of his wares.
Writing this blog is so much more satisfying when I get to talk to welcoming, interesting people that also happen to be making great beer.
Such is the case with Ken and Julia Rosenthal, owners and brewers at Clearwater’s Pair O’ Dice Brewing.
The first time I visited 81 Bay Brewing in Tampa was well before they opened. In that time, there have been quite a few changes to this up and coming brewery.
All of the AV features are up and running and look pretty cool, BTW. Their tap list has more than doubled in size. They entered into distributionand now have three beers flowing around the state. And they have a new brewmaster, recent USF Brewing Arts program graduate Jay Jones.
Vero is so close and yet so far.
And it’s home to Walking Tree, the brewery just named Best Brewery at the Best Florida Beer championship very recently. What made me lucky was that Walking Tree came to the recent Brew at the Zoo at the Palm Beach Zoo. My wife and I made a beeline right for them.
I love seeing a brewmaster hanging outside their brewery when I drive up.
Backtracking quite a bit, most South Florida beer fans are very well familiar with Riverside Market and its sister location Craft Beer Cartel. The Cartel has been the de facto home of Adam Fine and his Native Brewing. Along with a killer bottle and growler lineup, Adam and his team have been brewing and teaching homebrewing classes for some time now.
You’ve got some breweries that are insanely inventive, throwing some pretty bizarre adjunct combinations into beers that start to resemble milkshakes more than beers.
Then you’ve got some breweries that are so strictly focused on standards and recipes that you would think Duke Wilhelm himself lived there. Khoffner is one such brewery, and Rauf Khoffner does a great job of taking those classic styles and keeping them pristine in a way that can only be called correct.