Friday, July 28, 2017

A Visit to The Tank Brewing

After leaving Biscayne Bay Brewing, my wife and I went over to The Tank Brewing, also in Doral, and seemingly seconds away with the shortcuts she knows from working those streets (LOL!)

We entered a massive warehouse space, like unexpectedly enormous from square footage and the height of the ceilings. Felt like one of the biggest empty Costco buildings imaginable! And use your imagination x 1000. Very industrial, lacking something. Uncomfortably big, everyone miles apart, echo, little ambiance and comfort.

Anyway, one third of the place was the tasting area, one third was roped off floor space, and one third was the brewing area, enclosed in a glassed off area, but you could see the tanks. My measurements are surely not accurate, so please don't say you were on the tour with your tape measure and I'm wrong. Anyway, expansion is NOT this brewery's problem!

In the tasting area, there were tables scattered throughout, big, small, couches, plenty of room. My wife got pissed because before we did anything, I was addicted to this ring game that lived on a few of the tables (you know, swing the ring to the hook.) I was winded by the time I got to the bar. Not really, but if you work at The Tank as a server, you definitely get your exercise!

No music, quiet echo? Oh, finally a DJ got started with a very strange set, got a little better after but still kind of out of place. We ordered a flight: El Farito Southeast IPA, Abbey 6 Dubbel, Ventanita Series Coffee Brown, Frank The Tank Imperial Stout.

Now I don't like to be too disrespectful, but the first three in this series were very much meh! The IPA was super muddled and featured zero of the awesome tasting notes suggested on the card in front of us. The coffee brown was probably second best but pretty thin and could have used a little refinement. Frank The Tank was fucking money though! Awesomely rich, great cherry flavors, saved the trip. But Frank The Tank isn't a core beer at all and my guess is most patrons aren't drinking it.

Let's be serious. This was 8 or 9 pm on a Saturday and there were 50 or 60 people there. Needs to be way more than that! I couldn't even believe that my wife was suggesting this place needed major improvements, when she never says anything on these brewery visits!

For me, the major issue was the beer choice and beer quality. First, there were only 9 choices. Of the 9 choices, 5 were "dark" kind of beers and 2 were subpar IPAs. That leaves little for other drinkers. And the "others" were a saison and an amber that was not that awesome.

Sorry but the beer quality wasn't great and the massive, uncomfortable space was not welcoming. Service was good enough, but glad I wasn't in the Ukraine section of the bar. Sip and Discuss.

This was a bathroom mural I liked

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