And just like that, a ghost from the past is brought back to vibrant life.
On Sunday, March 22nd, Concrete Beach Brewing premiered their oldest new beer, Cerveza La Tropical. This beer was the first brewed in Cuba, and comprised up to 60% of Cuban beer sales before it became a victim of Castro’s regime.
The Green Monster is the legendary left field wall at Fenway Park in Boston, home of the Boston Red Sox. It’s over 37 feet tall and was a part of the original construction in 1912. Originally covered in advertisements, it obtained its green color in 1947.
It’s also a bit frightening to batters, since clearing the wall requires an exceptionally powerful and skilled hit.
I’m not sure if Jonathan Wakefield is from Boston, but somehow it’s apropos that this particularly infamous wall served as the inspiration for Green Monstah (IPA, 6% ABV, 70 IBU).
Green Monstah by J. Wakefield Brewing
Many of you know that Miami’s Concrete Beach Brewery will, on occasion, hold a contest where beer drinkers are invited to submit recipes for beers. One of those recipes are selected, and the winner gets to brew that recipe of Concrete Beach’s gorgeous system.
While nothing may match the sheer majesty and breathtaking glory of the first winning beer (just saying), Ft. Lauderdale resident Will Isaacson won with his submission of a whiskey-soaked kumquat sour ale.
The whiskey barrel aging may not have happened immediately, but the rest of the beer is ready to go in CBB’s Wynwood social hall as Que Quat (Berliner Weisse, 3.5% ABV).
Que Quat Berliner Weisse by Concrete Beach Brewing
It’s pink. Like, vibrant pink. One of my daughter’s onesies pink.
That is generally the first reaction when one lays eyes on the venerable Dragon Fruit Passionfruit Berliner Weisse (Berliner Weisse, 3.5% ABV) from Miami’s J. Wakefield Brewing.
In July of 1733, a fleet of 21 ships set sail from Havana to the port of Cadiz in Spain. Named the Plate fleet, the ships carried assorted cargo, such as indigo, silver pesos, fine porcelain from China, and dyes bound for the Spanish.
One of those ships was the Nuestra Senora de las Angustias, a 329-ton merchant ship laden with 4 cannons and a full crew complement.
Quick Spanish lesson: Blonde in Spanish is ‘Rubia.’
It makes naming a Blonde ale something that is at once exotic and familiar pretty simple, doesn’t it?
That’s what Wynwood Brewing thought when they created La Rubia (Blonde Ale, 5% ABV, 18 IBU), one of their core beers and now available in bottles.
Let’s start with the double irony that the Kentucky Common is 1) not very common anymore, and 2) first available to me in Miami.
First, the beer school. The Kentucky Common was a style of beer especially popular around Lexington, KY before prohibition. The grain bill tended to be more similar to making a bourbon than a beer, with a large portion of the malt coming from corn.
Gravity Brewlab is easily one of the coolest names for a brewery I’ve ever seen. When it opens, it will be the 4th brewery in the Miami neighborhood of Wynwood.
Owner Diego Ganoza doesn’t want you to wait, however. Available in bottle shops statewide is what will be a flagship for the opening brewery, Sunshine State of Mind (Saison, 5.3% ABV).