Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Local Craft Food & Drink

Coral Gables has a cool craft food (and BEER) place called The Local Craft Food & Drink. They currently have some construction in the neighborhood which is slowing business, so this is THE PERFECT OPPORTUNITY TO CHECK THIS PLACE OUT! Grab a reservation and enjoy the terrific food, cocktails and craft beers!

The Local was featured on Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives several years ago, though I'm pretty sure the menu is completely different now. But the recommendation still stands! My wife and I arrived last Saturday for our reservation 30 minutes early (one of my best qualities), and were promptly seated. A reused Bulleit Bourbon bottle filled with water was placed on our table (I do that at my house, suggested by Twitter dude Michael B) as we were given the chance to check out the menu.

Bavette Steak, Hen of the Woods Mushrooms, Egg, Black Garlic Soubise
Since we were brewery hopping (remember we were at Lincoln's Beard 15 minutes ago?), we decided to focus on the craft food here and skipped the cocktails, beer and massive bourbon options!

I ordered the Bavette Steak with mushrooms and a delicious sauce. Was terrific, juicy, tender. My wife ordered the Pork Chop with yucca and corn, which was equally awesome (yeah, we shared.) Along the way, we saw a neighboring table get an order of "Disco Fries" and decided we had to have that too, with the bacon and gravy. Major Yum!

That's it. No room for dessert. Super nice service, hospitality, the manager asked specifically about our opinion on the pork chop since it was just added that day. I'll definitely be back and suggest you check it out!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A Visit to Lincoln's Beard Brewing

Last weekend, my wife and I did a mini brewery tour in Miami. We started at Lincoln's Beard Brewing in Coral Gables. I noticed on their website before leaving home that they have a parking problem. You can use a card system and double park in front if you can (and if you want), but definitely don't park in the diagramed red areas by the neighbors they "love." I took no chances and parked by the art wall and walked!

The brewery was nicely decorated, spacious, fun art, and plenty of beer. There were 5 of their beers available and 10 guest taps as well. Even though there were no official flights, we started by ordering all 5 of their beers in 5 ounce pours to create a flight anyway.

My wife's favorites were Avenge Me Irish Red and Lincoln's Best Sparkling (Cream) Ale. For me, it was P. Swayze IPA all day. After our flight, we moved from the bar to one of their tables for a few glasses of our favorites and a heated game of Battleship (I won!). There were dozens of games available and tons of space to just chill.

We didn't check out the back or the food trucks since we had a dinner reservation already, but food is definitely an option. We took some pictures before leaving of course, heading to The Local Craft Food & Drink up the street. Check out Lincoln's Beard!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Blazing World Hoppy Dank Amber

Modern Times now has some beers available in Miami thanks to Total Wine's Brewery Direct program. I decided to start with their Blazing World Hoppy Dank Amber which came in a pounder can.

Classic can design. 6.8% alcohol. 85 IBU. A story on the can lets you know to expect "the stickiest of the icky" and a "blastwave of dankness."

Super fruity aroma full of nectarines, citrus, very tropical. Very juicy flavors as well, fruity, tropical, nectarines, mangoes. But make no mistake... there is a dank bitter answer! Spicy, pine, looming, aggressive!

Hints of caramel and toffee, more fruity awesomeness. And extra doses of fresh, green hops! Loved everything about this beer!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Torikumi Wasabi Infused Blonde Ale

Today I grabbed a pounder can of Torikumi Wasabi Infused Blonde Ale. This appears to be a collaboration beer that SweetWater did with Telluride Brewing. There is crude Japanese art depicting a sumo wrestler on the can.

And then there's the story... it looks like SweetWater set up some theoretical Sumo match with Telluride where the sumo wrestlers are actually the ingredients. Read it below if you want, kind of dumb. Dank Tank Series. 7.5% alcohol. Drink By 10/13/17

Aroma is pretty faint, just a hint of undefined spice. Flavors are weird, wasabi meets hoppy citrus bitterness in a Sumo match. I'll leave it at that, but I really didn't like this experiment in the slightest! The End! Ask if you want another beer recommendation.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 2017 Ayinger Dunkle Weisse

Today I'm checking out Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 2017 Ayinger Dunkle Weisse. I love this collaboration brewery and this style is money when executed with skill. I expect nothing less from these two breweries! Obviously this is one of the "OverSeas" versions of Beer Camp Across the World.

The story on the label sets you up for this "dark twist on a Bavarian-style wheat beer." 5.7% alcohol. 10 IBU. PkGD 4/25/17.

Darker color than I was expecting. Lots of floaties, which is awesome! Nicely sweet aroma, full of ripe bananas and hints of bubble gum. Really yum! Tangy at the start with some dark brown bread flavors dominating at the beginning.

Big Banana. Big Bubblegum. Some spicy cloves and a rich body anchors the whole beer. Nicely sweet but plenty of balance. Definitely a winner from the series!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

First Bite Pale Ale

My Miami friends brought me a few Long Island beers from a recent trip up north. Spider
Bite Beer Company's First Bite Pale Ale is the one I'm checking out today. Simple label with an angry spider crawling on a hop cone.

The beer is named "First Bite" because it was the first beer the Spider Bite team brewed together. 5.5% alcohol. 30 IBU.

Caramel and lightly hoppy aroma. Caramel forward on the flavors too. Crackers are also prevalent, but a medicinal hoppy takeover comes next. Sourdough, spicy, leafy, pithy bitterness. Balance was OK, same as the beer, tough in a world of awesome pale ales.