This is, honestly, the first time I’ve written about a radler on the blog.
A radler, for the uninitiated, is only half beer. It’s usually a blonde-ish ale that has been mixed with a fruit juice, usually grapefruit juice.
I haven’t heard of too many Florida breweries doing this, and then Due South had to go an can a Radler (Radler, 3.6% ABV) of their own, and it’s incredibly good.
Yeah, yeah, I know it’s 4-20.
I don’t schmoke. Not really a big deal to me.
And I know that many people like to talk at length about the scientific connection between hops and cannabis. Apparently it’s not as strong as I had previously thought, but I’ll take a good angle for a blog post wherever I can find it.
What is so cool in craft beer is that some breweries like to make beers that showcase specific hops. Due South in Boynton Beach is doing that with their Dry Hopped series of pale ales.
It’s the same pale, but they add copious amounts of a different hop in and around fermentation. Most are only on tap at the brewery, including their El Dorado hopping which I would desperately love to try.
Their canned variety which I was able to try was their Dry Hopped Series: Mosaic (Pale Ale, 5.1% ABV).
Dry Hopped Series by Due South
Look! It’s a brewery whose signature beer isn’t an IPA of some sort!
Okay, so there are a lot of those in the state. I kid. But it’s a rare brewery, such as Due South in Boynton Beach, that has a Caramel Cream Ale for a signature.
And with that beer comes great responsibility to make treatments out of that beer. Such is the case with Maple Orange Imperial Caramel Cream Ale (Cream Ale, 8.4% ABV).
Maple Orange Imperial Caramel Cream Ale by Due South Brewing
Well, it’s January of 2016, and there’s been an early start to this year’s hurricane season. Hooray.
Unless something extremely powerful is coming our way, the response of many a Floridian is to get beer, ice, and chips, break out the reading flashlights, and have a hurricane party. Mike’s Beer Barn in Tallahassee did a brisk business before a hurricane hit FSU while I was there.
The stronger ones get a bit dicier, though. Due South knows this, which is why as the number increases in their Category IPA series, so does the hoppiness. Take, for example, Category 4 IPA (India Pale Ale, 7.7% ABV, 85 IBU).
Category 4 IPA from Due South Brewing
And yea, it does continue, I shall search high and low, near and far, for mine ears do perk and my appetite doth whet for the dunkelweisen.
I. Love. Dunkelweizens. If you haven’t heard the term before, it’s basically a dark wheat beer. A hefeweizen where the barley portion of the malt bill is roasted longer and darker than usual.
It’s also not a style I usually find around Florida. With all of the breweries I’ve been to and Florida beers I’ve tried, I’ve had precisely two.
Add a third to that list with Brass Dunkel, That Funky Dunkel (Dunkelweizen, 5.1% ABV) from Due South Brewing.
Brass Dunkel by Due South Brewing
I have to start with an explanation of the name, because it’s not everyday that someone releases beers under a name that’s reminiscent of a fight scene in the old Batman television series.
Damian Ramos is a brewer that is originally from up north, likes movies, and has the same problem that almost everyone in the brewing industry is having: naming. It’s getting harder to find names since everyone has taken everything already. So what does he do? He watches his favorite film, the 90’s cyberpunk cheesetacular Hackers. You remember Hackers, right?
Anyway, in between Jonny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie ‘hacking’ into computers and whatever was going on with Matthew Lillard’s hair, two of the characters greet each other with a half-hearted impromptu kung-fu fight, exclaiming with gusto the half-hearted onomatopoeia “Ooka-pow!”
There’s something about saying the words Black IPA that bring up a very interesting mental image of pirates, or zombies, or something dark and scary.
And while there are a few people at Boynton Beach’s Due South Brewing that I could tease using that exact description, I am going to resist the obvious temptation and go straight for Due South’s latest can release, an interesting Black IPA by the not-scary at all name of Midnight Marauder (Black IPA, 7.7% ABV, 50 IBU).
Midnight Marauder by Due South Brewing
Brian is a madman. Just saying.
Brian is a regional sales manager with Due South Brewing. Brian keeps running into me. And, as I said before, Brian is a madman.
I ran into him, again, at the recent Palm Beach Summer Beer Fest. He could have given me some of the lighter Due South beers they brought. Nope. Not going to happen. Brian goes for the big stuff. Continue reading