|Jupiter Craft Brewers Festival|
I'm a wine guy. If I drink a beer, it's usually one of those widely distributed, "Everyman" beers that would turn the stomach of most real beer guys. Of course, I define real beer guys not as the beer gut toting, picking up a six pack at the gas station and guzzling them because frankly, there's not much to taste guy. Instead, I define real beer guys as lovers of craft beer, beer brewed with intent; intent to be savored, sipped, and enjoyed - beer gut optional. I'm new to the world of craft beer, and took what was perhaps the best steps towards exposing myself to that world, participating in the 5th annual Jupiter Craft Brewers Festival.
With over 48 tents, each housing anywhere from one to five beers, I knew there was no way I'd get to try them all. However, I also knew without a plan of attack, I wouldn't get to try any of the highly coveted beers. I called upon my twitter friends Ed Roberts, Brewkkake, Dosbeerigos, and Enzobalc to lead me to the promised land. They're all beer bloggers, beer lovers, and trusty sherpas in the beer world. We decided our first two tents would be some of the Florida brewers, and hit Cigar City Brewing from Tampa and Funky Buddha Lounge and Brewery of Boca Raton.
|Visiting the Cigar City Brewing Van at JCBF11|
|Funky Buddha Lounge and Brewery|
There were plenty of other beers of note. I enjoyed the Polestar pilsner from Left Hand Brewery, and thought the Monk in the Trunk Monk IPA was outrageous. I mentioned before I'm not an IPA guy, but theirs had a beautiful balance of honey up front and smooth hops on the finish that made it a beer I'll go for again. The Orange Blossom Pilsner was fun, and really did remind me of sweet orange blossoms, and I thought it would be quite refreshing on a hot Florida summer day. The Harpoon White UFO was a nice light citrus offering as well.
|Magic Hat Brewery|
The point of my post is, there's a huge world of craft beer to be explored. Do take the time to find a festival like this one, and sample the various offerings that can be had. Don't limit yourself, either. While I'm not a hop fan, and shy away form IPAs, two stand out beers were both IPA in nature, and I'd buy them again. I've learned a lot having A Good Time With Wine, and that's always be open to new and different beverages, you never know what you may like.