The Good, The Better, and The Strange: More Florida Beers!

September 19, 2012

The Good:

Tequesta Brewing Co. American Farmhouse Ale – Tequesta Brewing Company does not appear to have a website, although they do have a Facebook page and some reviews on Yelp, so they are not wholly ignorant of this thing called the internet.  While they may not have much of an internet presence, I can say that they know how to make beer based on the pint of their American Farmhouse Ale that I knocked back recently. This American Saison was delicious. It had the funky farmhouse yeast aroma, pale yellow and cloudy color, and hay like flavors that I associate with saisons. I call it an ‘American’ Saison as it had a nice dose of hops added to it, which to me tasted like Chinook hops from the Pacific Northwest. This was not as hoppy as an IPA, but the hops were a prominent feature of the beer. This was a fine tasting beer, 7.5/10.

The Better:

Cigar City White Oak IPA: I enjoyed Cigar City’s White Oak IPA in a bottle, so I jumped on it when I saw it on tap recently. All the good parts of the bottled beer (the vanilla and oak notes, the complex fruitiness of the hops, the creamy texture) were amplified in the draft version. This beer was simply outstanding, 9/10.

Let’s have a brief musical interlude with my favorite Rock and Roll band from Florida, Charlie Pickett and the Eggs!

The Strange:

Holy Mackerel Panic Attack: Billed as a Trippel/Saison fusion, this tastes as odd as that sounds. This is overloaded with sweet fruit flavors, canned peaches, pineapples, mangoes. It is treacly sweet without any hop bitterness to offset that sweetness. Rather, this beer relies on the 10% ABV as a counterbalance to that sweetness, and 10% is not nearly alcohol to cut it. You also get that cotton candy bubblegum flavor that I find so cloying in trippels. The only saison notes I could find were in a slight funky yeast aroma and flavor. It also had a strange mustiness to it. I know it sounds like I hated this beer, but I actually found it kind of interesting, although I am not quite sure if I actually liked it, 6.5/10.

Hello D’ere!


Beach Blanket Bingo! Frankie and Key West Southernmost Wheat and Annette and Orange Blossom Pilsner!

September 5, 2012

Labor Day has come and gone, so I can no longer wear White Bucks nor drink Gin & Tonics, but the Autumnal Equinox has not yet arrived so I can still review summer beers. Hey, I don’t make these rules. If you have a problem, write to Emily Post.

To Have and Have Not

Florida is not exactly a hot bed of beer culture. There are precious few brewers. There are not even many beercentric bars, at least in the Fort Lauderdale area. Cigar City is Florida’s best known brewer, but my experience with them has been hit and miss. Despite this, I am always on the prowl for beers I have not tried, and I like to drink local when I can, so finding myself in Florida for an extended stay I have been exploring.

The Southernmost Wheat from Florida Beer Co. is a Belgian style witbier. It has a nice coriander aroma and flavor, with some musty funkiness from the yeast. The Florida ‘twist’ on this beer is the addition of key lime juice to the brewing process. The key lime juice introduces a nice tartness to the flavor, very muted, but it is there in the background, along with some mango flavors and some rich bread flavors from the wheat malt. I had some trepidation about this beer when I read about the key lime juice, but it was quite pleasant, as the acidity of the key lime juice helps to cut the sweetness, 6/10.

The Orange Blossom Pilsner is apparently brewed by Orange Blossom Pilsner LLC, a brewery so new they do not have a proper website yet. It is brewed with orange blossom honey, and the honey and orange aromas and flavors are prominent, with some floral hops as well. Unfortunately, there is not much else going on with this beer. It is a bit too sweet and fruity for my palate, so I will not be going back to it, 5/10, but it might serve as an introductory beer to someone who is unfamiliar with craft beer.

Well, I’m going down to Florida
Get some sand in my shoes
Or maybe California
Get some sand in my shoes


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