Sunday, June 23, 2019

Sprung! 2019 Spring Beer Festival

Yeah, I know the Sprung! 2019 Beer Festival took place a few months ago, but I still wanted to share a few pictures. This year's event took place at The Wynwood Marketplace.

The festival was fun, the beer was great, and I made a few new friends. They even had a professional wrestling ring in the back with live matches!

Check it out when Sprung rolls around again in 2020!

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Funky Buddha Manhattan Double Rye

Funky Buddha apparently has a Mixology Series: cocktail inspired, barrel aged beers! Manhattan Double Rye is a blend of a double rye ale aged in High West rye barrels with a Belgian-style tripel aged in wine barrels! 12.7% alcohol.

Aroma. I don't know. Weird sweet from every direction.

Can taste the tripel up front, nicely sweet, cotton candy. But then, some spicy rye comes in on a sharp wash of whiskey, shaking things up dramatically! Kind of alcohol hot! I see what they were trying to do, but I knew it, I hated this "beer"! Don't waste your money, not even the Publix BOGO!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Huma Lupa Licious India Pale Ale

Michigan's Short's Brewing is now apparently distributing their beers in South Florida! I caught a glimpse of flagship beer Huma Lupa Licious India Pale Ale at the Sprung Beer Festival in Miami a few weeks ago and immediately grabbed a can when it showed up on retail a few days later. 7.7% alcohol. 70 IBU. "A complex hop and malt theme park in your mouth."

Dank weed and citrus hoppy aroma. Flavors the same, highlighted by a dank bitterness, weed, and some orange citrus. Aggressively hoppy, spicy. BUT, this beer is not all hops. There is enough malty base to provide some balance. Perfect name! Love it!

Monday, April 29, 2019

Delirium Red

Pounder Plus (16.9 oz can) of Huyghe's Delirium Red? Absolutely! This is a Belgian Ale brewed with Cherry and Elderberry. 8% alcohol. Was like $6 for the can too, so not cheap but in line with other Belgian ales of similar style, alcohol content, quality.

Way darker color than I was expecting, and the beer appeared a bit thick in texture. Very nice cherry aroma, full of excellent Belgian cherries, both sweet and tart.

Money! Rich, sweet and tart. TONS of cherries, hints of Belgian yeast. A nice alcohol streak really makes the cherries pop! Spicy bite will bite you! Excellent VERY COLD as suggested! Drink that way as some overly sweet flavors show with more warmth. A+ beer!

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Bourbon Barrel Vanilla Smoked Porter

Today I'm checking out Ommegang's Bourbon Barrel Vanilla Smoked Porter, a 2019 Limited Release beer. You all know how I feel about bourbon, and you all know how I feel about bourbon-barrel aging beer! [Takes another sip of Bulleit].

The barrel on my beer wasn't the only factor to consider. This was a $6 single bottle at the best retail price available. But everything Ommegang brews is GOLD, so there was not chance I wasn't going to give it a try. 8.9% alcohol (I believe the bottle, not the 9.5% from their website).

Awesome aroma, full of chocolate, caramel, tons of vanilla and an unmistakable bourbon sweetness. Similar flavors. You start with chocolate and cocoa and a huge dose of vanilla. Light roast.

Flavors show the bourbon character much more than the aroma. Spicy bourbon edge, some heat, but not overdone and an excellent complement to the beer's flavors. I don't really find any smoke but whatever. Excellent change-up for IPA Man (me)! Check it out!

Sunday, April 7, 2019

North Coast Tart Cherry Berliner Weisse

North Coast Brewing has a special seasonal release with their Tart Cherry Berliner Weisse. Clear glass bottle, pretty sure doesn't matter since drinking fresh and 0 IBU in this beer. Simple cute cherry blossom label art. 4.1% alcohol.

Nice cherry aroma, tart and sweet, has a candy smell. Nicely tart but still tame. Soft cherry juice sweet flavors. Carbonation brings out the cherry. Simple but tasty and very refreshing in ridiculous Miami April temps!

Monday, April 1, 2019

The Amazing Kosmicki's Highly Acclaimed KBS 2019

Founders KBS 2019? OK, even at $7 for the single 12 oz. bottle. This is an imperial stout brewed with coffee and chocolate then aged in Bourbon barrels for a year. Bottled On 02.05.19 Drink 03.24.19 12.2% alcohol. Hoping my "taste buds squeal with delight!"

Aroma is so choice! "If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up!" Lots of coffee and sweet chocolate, hints of vanilla and some definite bourbon sweetness. And that's before taking a sip!

Very rich! Sweet chocolate meets excellent coffee with a light roast, some bourbon there to complement it all. Vanilla, toffee, some spiciness, and a little alcohol, nice barrel character all around.

Alcohol at 12.2% is well hidden, but enhances each aspect a lot! (12.2 is my birthday too, and my buddy Britney Spears too). Absolutely luscious texture. Chocolate lingers on the palate forever! Beautiful!

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Brewers' Bridge Saison

Last week I saw a bottle of Allagash beer on the shelf in South Florida! Yes! They finally caved to my incessant call on Twitter to redistribute their beers here since their exit a decade ago!

Upon closer inspection, this Brewers' Bridge Saison is actually a collaboration between Allagash and Brasserie DuPont, brewed in Belgium and brought to Miami by Total Beverage Solution. So the march on Allagash will continue!

There's a little story on the label, difficult to read the gold lettering on gold background, but the picture below isn't too bad. 6.1% alcohol. 11.2 oz. $6 for a single bottle at the cheapest retailer.

Huge head, wouldn't go away! Funky, yeasty, lemony aroma. Very nice flavors. Belgian yeast noticeable, offering a nice and not overdone funky character. Spicy coriander and pepper. Soft lemon, light tartness. Delicate with a lot of flavor. Was great!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Pernicious India Pale Ale

So Asheville's Wicked Weed Brewing recently started sending some beers to South Florida. Problem is most of them are little wine bottles of sours in the $9 to $17 price range. That's not happening! So I grabbed a can of the one oddball selection Pernicious India Pale Ale.

This beer won Silver at GABF a few years ago. There's a little story to set your expectations. Nice can artwork! PKG 020619 Drink 022319 7.3% alcohol. Gotta get my ass to Asheville!

Nice citrus aroma, tangy orange and a hint of tropical fruits. Bright, sharp tangerine flavors come first. Tangy. Nicely bitter, full of juicy citrus. Like the aroma, hints of tropical mango come through.

A little spicy, peppery, definitely taking a swing at your palate. Very flavorful. Nice beer!

Monday, March 25, 2019

Ephemere Strawberry & Rhubarb

Today I'm checking out Unibroue's Ephemere Strawberry & Rhubarb, the brewery's newest fruit version to this terrific Belgian-style wheat ale. Also known as Fraise & Rhubarbe for you Frenchies. 5.5% alcohol.

Lots of floaties, yummy yeasty goodness. Strawberry and yeasty aroma. More tart than expected and full of both strawberry and rhubarb flavors. Rhubarb has a unique flavor, works nicely with strawberry and with this beer.

A little spicy, nice little nips at the palate. Nice flavors, soft yet flavorful and very refreshing!

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Parched Pig West Coast IPA

Last weekend, Carnival Cruise Line had a party on board their Carnival Magic ship docked in Miami. They announced a partnership with Lakeland's Brew Hub to keg and can their beers for distribution on all of their ships!

We got to try the kegged and canned versions, and Parched Pig West Coast IPA was easily my favorite. I brought one pounder can home with me to check out! Canned 02/20/2019 Drink 03/17/2019. 6.2% alcohol.

I had several, including the one above. Terrific beer! Piney aroma with citrus and tangerines, nicely hoppy. Lots of pine and citrus flavors from the start, nicely bitter. Spicy with a really nice body. Lots of flavor, lived up to its "West Coast" billing! Not sure I'd book a cruise to drink it, but if you're on board, seek it out!

Thursday, March 21, 2019

White Geist Berliner Weisse

So the Stone Gargoyles delivered a baby 11.2 oz can from Germany. As the story says, White Geist Berliner Weisse is a descendant of what Napoleon called the "champagne of the north." 4.7% alcohol. 11.2 oz can.

Salty, lemony, sharp aroma. Wow! Quite tart grabs the sides of your cheeks, first sip! Lemon, salty and a little fruity. Super refreshing and you definitely do get used to the tart part! Nice beer!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Carnival Magic at the RedFrog Pub on St. Paddy's Day

You like that title? Set some expectations? Let me explain.

Sunday afternoon (St. Patrick's Day), Carnival Cruise Line had a little party at their RedFrog Pub aboard Carnival Magic, docked at the Port of Miami. I was emailed a press release the next day by an agency, LOL. The "Magic" was in the announcement of their partnership with Brew Hub!

I was sitting at the bar drinking a pounder can of ParchedPig West Coast IPA when I noticed that the beer was brewed in Lakeland, FL. I immediately suspected that Brew Hub was doing the bulk brewing for Carnival, so I asked the bartender that seemed to know everything, and he confirmed that.

Little did I know that Carnival's VP of Beverage Operations Edward Allen was just about to reveal that "secret" to the crowd! Speaking in front of three "ice mugs," Edward let everyone know that based on the success of their breweries on Carnival Vista and Horizon, they decided to forge a partnership with Brew Hub to scale up their craft beers in kegs and 16 ounce cans so their entire fleet of ships had them available.

Anyway, I LOVE THAT IPA. The ThirstyFrog Caribbean Wheat was described by a few staff as "like Blue Moon," and while I'd agree with that based on flavors and style, I'm not sure what angle the bar's leadership wants to take.

"Like Blue Moon" probably sells more beer. Some other descriptions, maybe not mentioning the Coors brand, and you preserve the "Private Label Craft Beer" tag they gave themselves in their press release. Finally, ParchedPig Toasted Amber, I have a can in my fridge to check out again. Stay tuned!

Lots of hors d'oeuvres and several pints of West Coast IPA later, it was time to disembark I was told. I thought that meant shots, never being on a Cruise ship before! (Just kidding you guys)!

Anyway, I am not positive if the beer is ONLY for the ships or if it will have some other (at least Miami/South Florida distribution). My guess is you'll probably be able to have some in Lakeland if you visit Brew Hub, but since most of you will not likely do that, definitely check out these new craft beers on your next Carnival Cruise!


Sixpoint Brewery is starting to Dabble with some new interesting hops! They created Dabble Double IPA with Sabro, Cashmere and Idaho7 hops, as you can read on the tallboy can story below. 8.2% alcohol. 20 IBU. Canned 13JAN19 Drink 17FEB19

Dabble looks like a thick orange juice! Very bright and juicy tangerine aroma.

Juicy, tangy, full of orange and tangerine flavor. You get tricked at the start with a hint of sweetness, but this beer is nicely bitter!

The can story mentions coconut, and you really can find hints of that, especially in the finish, and grows with each sip. Very interesting. Seriously an explosion of flavor. Check it out!

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Boulevard Chocolate Ale

Today I'm checking out Boulevard Chocolate Ale, a Limited Release beer last brewed three years ago. This beer was brewed with cacao nibs, chocolate and vanilla extracts in collaboration with Chocolate Master Christopher Elbow. 8.7% alcohol. 24 IBU. Best By 20DEC2019 Drink 16MAR2019.

Sweet chocolate and vanilla aroma, pleasant. Choco-cocoa with hints of caramel come first and sweet. Then a wave of vanilla adds an excellent contrast. Nice little battle between sweet and bitter, with some alcohol bringing out the best of both. Excellent texture, not a big bodied beer. Check it out!

Monday, March 11, 2019

Captain Lawrence Orbital Tilt IPA

Captain Lawrence Brewing recently entered the Miami market. They are based out of Elmsford, NY, just north of New York City. I always felt cheated that they opened right after I left town for Miami too!

I have had the opportunity to try some of their beers before this new distribution thanks to co-workers bringing home from business trips and vacations in Ocean City, NJ (shout out to Circle Liquor across the bridge!). But now at least their staple beers are here.

Funny part is, the beer I'm writing about today, Orbital Tilt IPA, I didn't see at the local liquor store so I don't know if it's in the current distribution lineup (at least yet). I had the chance to try this beer at a Jameson Whiskey festival of all places! And one of the people let me take this can home for this review. 5.9% alcohol. Check out the story below to set your expectations.

Fruity orange and piney aroma with some dank hoppy goodness. Great flavor! Pine, juicy, fruity orange and hints of pineapple to start. Excellent hoppy bitterness with some dank green hops showing through. Spicy, peppery, has a lot going on in harmony. Delicious!

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Schofferhofer Pomegranate

Radeberger Gruppe USA has decided to expand distribution of their Schofferhofer Pomegranate after testing out a few markets successfully. That includes Miami! This drink is a 50:50 blend of German Hefeweizen and Pomegranate juice. 2.5% alcohol. 11.2 oz bottle. Best Before 22 05 2019; Drink 02 03 2019.

You might recognize the Schofferhofer name from their original USA release Schofferhofer Grapefruit. You probably remember this party! #UnleashHappiness

As you can see above, I didn't follow the instructions to drink straight from the bottle for best taste. Whatever! Very bright and fruity pomegranate aroma, nice!

Terrific! Tons of juicy pomegranate, good body, nice little tart bite. Tangy, wheaty twang. Ultra refreshing on 90°F Miami day! Check it out! Beats the hell out of any wine cooler too, so take to your next party.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Skyway Hazy Double India Pale Ale

Today I'm checking out Green Bench Brewing's Skyway Hazy Double India Pale Ale. As the story on the sides of the can say, this beer is named for the "Flagship Bridge" of Florida, even recognized in a Top Ten by Travel Channel. 8.2% alcohol. 70 IBU. Canned 02/04/19 Drink 03/03/19.

Beautiful aroma, full of tropical mango and peach, soft and delicious, with hints of pine too. Similar flavors, starting with excellent fruity tropical melons, mangos and standout peaches! But there is also a big piney, resinous piece to this beer, including some dank green flavors. A little spicy too.

Sweet to start with a nice bitter answer. Terrific!