One of the reasons I got interested in beer was that it had always been the underdog when it comes to alcoholic beverages. It had always been the lower-class cousin of wine and spirits.
All of that has changed, and changed dramatically. Beer has finally been recognized for the depth and breath of its recipes and possibilities. Interestingly enough, now wine and spirits want in on the fun.
Wine’s big contribution to the craft beer boom is the incredible variety and availability of barrels for beer aging. All kinds of styles, red and white.
LauderAle got their hands on a few barrels and used it on their Sizzler Saison, releasing a new offering of Chardonnay Barrel Aged Sizzler Saison (Farmhouse Ale, 6.8% ABV, 27 IBU).
Chardonnay Barrel Aged Sizzler Saison by Lauderale
Best Florida Beer, Inc. is an organization strives to use events and marketing to increase both the exposure and quality of the Florida craft beer industry.
The centerpiece of what they do is the Best Florida Beer Championship, held in Tampa every year. Many breweries, both well-established brewers and up-and-coming newbies, get together to compete in a wide variety of beer styles.
While a lot of awards went to breweries on the Gulf Coast, South Florida received a good bit of attention, especially Kyle Jones and the good people at Lauderale. They won three medals this year, including a gold medal for their Export Stout, Black Mamba (Export Stout, 7.2% ABV, 54 IBU).
What can’t be said for the awesome little brewery that is reached by almost driving into a security gate at Port Everglades and pulling a U-Turn at the last possible minute?
Plenty. They keep growing in leaps and bounds. I remember visiting them when they only had 4 beers on tap. Now you go and it’s tap handles for days.
Of course, I keep running into them from time to time. Saw them at New Times Beerfest in Ft. Lauderdale, actually. And, as luck would have it, they brought a few beers I haven’t tried yet. Beers such as:
Basic white girls of the world, unite!
Ah, pumpkin season. Which means it’s time for pumpkin beers. But what do you brew? Actual pumpkin or pumpkin spices?
Lauderale didn’t choose. They did both. And the more pumpkin of the two is the interestingly named Lordy Gourdy (Pumpkin Beer, 5.6% ABV, 29 IBU).
Well, that was a good time.
Project Yeast 001 Crowd at LauderAle
Last night, Ft. Lauderdale’s hot new brewery LauderAle threw an inventive tasting titled Project Yeast 001. Basically, the event started with a barrel of English Bitter (4.3% to 5.3% ABV, 26 IBU) brewed with Maris Otter & Crystal 60 malts and Magnum & East Kent Goldings hops.
And that, dear readers, is where the similarities end. That barrel of Bitter was divided into 8 equal pieces and pitched with a different yeast. Each of the now-distinct bitters was conditioned for 45 days.
Last night was the big tasting event. $10 got you two 4-glass sample flight comprising the entire 8-batch experiment and an ultra-detailed information packet with a lot of information about the recipes, yeasts, and tasting notes. People at the event were also given detailed tasting sheets to write what they thought about each of the beers. Continue reading
Interesting news from a few of my favorite South Florida breweries today.
First is an event happening at Ft. Lauderdale‘s Lauderale on Thursday evening. Owner/head brewer/nice guy Kyle Jones has brewed a barrel of a new English Bitter. The fun part is that barrel was split up into 8 different parts, and each part was pitched with one of the following yeasts: Continue reading
Last week I had mentioned my recent visit to Ft. Lauderdale’s awesomely named craft brewery LauderAle. Of the beers I tried there, only one was not mentioned. I wanted to give that one a separate page, mostly because I actually got a growler so I could take it home with me.
Pumpkin Spice Coffee Porter by LauderAle
It had been a little while since I had been to LauderAle out by Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale. My, how they’ve grown…
Bar area at LauderAle