Thursday, November 23, 2017

Proof Brewing Mango Wit

Tallahassee's Proof Brewing Mango Wit hit Miami liquor shelves fairly recently, so I grabbed a can to check out. On the back of the can, an unexplained Gorilla lets you know this has 5.7% alcohol and 18 IBU. Yes, I know the website says 5.2% alcohol--feel free to take up the discrepancy with the brewery--I double-checked my can. A little story on the can also sets your expectations.

Super ripe mango aroma, I liked that! Juicy mangoes first, nicely sweet. Belgian yeast is very noticeable while the wheat adds some texture and tang. Nice flavors, though I wanted more crispness and more bitter balance for refreshment.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Guinness 200th Anniversary Draught Stout

Guinness is celebrating their 200th Anniversary of their first export to America, releasing a special edition of their Draught Stout. You will probably see cans like these pictures in your local mega mart featuring "Guinness-Over-Rushmore" artwork from the 1950's. Is that a fleet of Toucans delivering pints of Guinness? This 14.9 oz can features a widget to get your beer nitrogen ready!

Nice chocolate and roast aroma, cocoa. Super creamy and full of chocolate, cocoa powder and roasty goodness. Pretty thin, as usual! Hey, it's Guiness Draught, just with a fun anniversary and art!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Wild Night Honey Cream Ale

Today I'm checking out Swamp Head Wild Night Honey Cream Ale: "Inherently Floridian." The scene on the can depicts some swamp fishing, and the story on the back tells the story of proud bees, happy to have their honey featured in this beer! 5.0% alcohol.

Soft apple and sweet honey aroma. Nice honey flavors also start things off. Fruity apple nuances also very pleasant. Simple but tasty. Excellent prickly carbonation also enhances the flavors and a nice bitter balance. "12 pack in one beach day" beer (even if you don't like the beach)!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Black Forest Cake Stout with Cherry

Victory Brewing recently introduced their Blackboard Series Release No. 07: Black Forest Cake Stout with Cherry. This is a 2017 release. 7.5% alcohol.

Aroma full of sweet chocolate, mocha, coffee and Christmas, but just a faint hint of cherries. Cherries, however, steal the flavor show! Super juicy and nicely tart cherries. Sweet chocolate does add some balance but remains a secondary flavor. A little coffee and roast.

Beer has a dessert quality, rich, good flavors, but the cherries got to be a little much by the end of the bottle. Wanted a lot more Chocolate CAKE!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Noble Prize Imperial Pilsner

I hadn't seen Boulevard's Noble Prize Imperial Pilsner locally in Miami... except in a mixed 8 pack featuring pairs of four different Smokestack Series beers. So I grabbed that, not just for the new pair but because the other three Smokestack options in the pack are great! 7.5% alcohol. 32 IBU. Best By Smudge, 2018 so I'm good since I drank last month.

Sweet grain, apple aroma. Similar flavors, bready to start. Sweet apples and honey, a nice fruity touch. Flavors are enhanced by a noticeable alcohol kick. Prickly carbonation and a good hoppy bitter balance lead into a dry finish. I liked it!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Sorcha O'Sullivan India Pale Ale

Just finished checking out Coppertail Brewing's Sorcha O'Sullivan India Pale Ale. Now someone please enlighten me on who Sorcha O'Sullivan is. I thought Evan B Harris' label art depicting a bunch of drunken animals capturing a woman in a net might give me a clue, but that just confused the hell out of Google!

This beer is part of Coppertail's Alpha Hunt Series and features Medusa and Idaho 7 hop varieties. 6.3% alcohol. Best By 01/17/18

Very interesting aroma full of bright, sharp lemons, tangy and maybe leafy. Similar flavors follow. Sharp lemon and candied citrus rind. Dry, some astringency. A little peppery and spicy. Makes the taste buds water for sure. Bitter but 'different' bitter and not overly so. I liked it! Check it out!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Biscayne Gold

I ran into the Gravity Brewlab guys at Grovetoberfest last month. These guys are still looking for a place to call their own, but have an arrangement and currently are brewing their own beer at Hollywood Brewing.

Biscayne Gold is a beer they are also canning and distributing locally. The art depicts a woman picking hop cones and placing them in her basket. 6.2% alcohol. I saw online this is listed as an IPA.

Sweet honey, apple aroma, didn't strike me as an IPA. Sweet and juicy, again with apples and honey, Tangy and a little spicy with some bitter kick takes this to the finish. Decent bitterness. Not sure I call this an IPA but the flavors were pretty good.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Big Nose India Pale Ale

Gainesville's Swamp Head Brewery recently started distributing a few of their beer to South Florida. Big Nose India Pale Ale was the first one I grabbed. The can depicts a swamp scene with a local Okefenokee Swamp resident emerging from the water and showing off his big nose.

"Inherently Floridian" and the story on the back of the can suggests this is a "mystical nectar," ending with "BEER ME!" 7.3% alcohol. 

Orange and citrus aroma is there, but not a BIG NOSE, not even close. Flavors are a little more explosive and very nice. Juicy tangerines and citrus jump on your taste buds right from the start. Nicely bitter, a little spicy, hints of pine. Very good flavors, highly enjoyable!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Alhambra Reserva 1925

Today I'm checking out Cervezas Alhambra's Reserva 1925. This is an 'Extra Lager' brewed in Spain. Came in a green glass bottle, beautifully decorated, yet still in a bottle that is totally susceptible to becoming a skunk bomb. 6.4% alcohol. 26 IBU. 11.2 oz bottle.

Floral aroma with grain and toast. Whew, no skunk! Cereal, toast, lightly sweet flavors to start. Some honey and apple hints come next. A nice little nip of bitter balance shows at the finish. A step above normal Euro lagers I've tried. Pretty nice.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

A Visit to Veza Sur Brewing Co.

After attending the Grand Opening of Bousa Brewing in the Little River area of Miami, my wife and I decided to check out another brewery that opened just a few months ago down the road in Wynwood. That would be Veza Sur Brewing Co. (Looks like they could use someone to create their website for them.)

We bellied up to the bar, especially me. First question for the bartender was where the name Veza Sur came from. Veza was shortened from Cerveza and Sur means South. All the beers on the menu are Latin-inspired, like from South America. One of the owners formerly worked for Bogota Beer Company. In addition to beers, Veza Sur had some AWESOME-looking beer cocktails and a nice assortment of food. Next time for one of those cocktails!

But we stuck with beer, ordering two flights of four beers each. They had a great variety of styles and honestly there was not a beer that wasn't really tasty. My wife wasn't into the Gose and more bitter and sour styles, but there's definitely something for everyone. Sitting at the bar, I heard person after person tell the bartenders what they like and don't like and walk away with something they were happy with. Really great service!

Of the eight beers we tried, Mango Blonde Ale, Trigo IPA, Porter and Horchata Cream Ale were favorites. Super flavorful, interesting, different.

That's about it. Beautiful space, excellent service, an excellent and diverse beer menu without a loser in the bunch. The place was packed at 8:30 on a Friday night and I can see why! Check it out! #HechaEnMiami

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Bousa Brewing Grand Opening

Bousa Brewing had their grand opening last night in the Little River neighborhood of Miami. You know I was early! Duh! When we arrived, my wife and I were introduced to the owners and brewmaster and took a look around the place. 

Bousa has a very large brewing area, a games type area and a very comfortable and nicely-sized tasting room. In addition, they have a lot of space outside behind the brewery for hanging out or big parties like this one. Behind the brewery are railroad tracks and some pretty cool art on the walls of the buildings on the other side of the tracks.

We tried a few beers, mingled with the crowd and had an enjoyable experience. We tasted their Tripel, Citrus Belgian and Passionfruit Wheat beers. All were excellent, but my wife and I agreed that the Citrus Belgian was the most refreshing and tastiest of the three. 

I couldn't convince my wife to play ping-pong (if you wear high heels to a brewery opening, that's your problem!) So instead we just chilled out to the live music and drank some more beer. We were dancing in the dark, walking through the park and reminiscing! Great first impression! Check out their #SimplyGoodBeer

Bousa Brewing can be found at 7235 NE 4th Avenue, Miami, FL 33138. Follow the giant neon Bousa sign and arrow! Enjoy some additional pictures below. 

That blue neon sign says Simply Good Beer. 

If you zoom in, you can read the beer list

Me with Co-Founder Juan Pablo Vergara

Monday, November 6, 2017

Genesee Brew House Coffee Stout

Today I'm checking out Genesee Brew House Coffee Stout, and English-style stout with a huge dose of roasted coffee flavors. This is the newest beer in their Pilot Batch series. 5.1% alcohol.

Wow! What a great aroma full of rich, dark chocolate, caramel and roasted coffee. Coffee and roasted flavors really stand out and shine from the start, totally delivering on the beer's name. Delicious! Cocoa, chocolate, hints of pruney dark fruits. Nuances of smoke and char are also present! Check it out!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Beoir Le Caife Brown Ale

I was certainly WTF with Cigar City's Beoir Le Caife Brown Ale name. Even with a nice story, I had to rely on Google to tell me this beer has an Irish name that translates Beer with Coffee. That should have definitely been part of the marketing, what the name means and how it meets up with the actual beer.

Bad Name, weird words and letter structure for Americans (in Tampa and elsewhere), no fucking way you can tell your friends about this beer! Had to refer to website for spelling a dozen times!

So this Brown Ale was brewed with lactose for some body and creaminess. And it was also brewed with coffee aged in Jameson Irish Whiskey barrels.  6% alcohol. 18 IBU.

Sweet chocolaty aroma with lots of coffee and a whiskey hint. Rich chocolate flavors, super smooth and creamy. Definitely some Whoppers action!

Lots of coffee and roast, hints of smoke and a very subtle showing of vanilla and spicy whiskey notes. Coffee and the barrel add a few simple twists to an already delicious brown ale. I think I prefer the original. Not bad. But again, shitty name. I won't remember how to spell it in 5 minutes!