We're going to get a little deeper here, a little heavier, a little stronger...a little bit closer to what I usually drink.
After spending some time out west in states like Washington and Oregon, and even in places closer, like Pennsylvania, I've come to be very dissatisfied with the fact that down here, in good ol' sunny Florida, we have very little to offer in the micro brew/brew pub/craft beer venue area. Now, what the guys are doing over at Cigar City is pretty amazing, totally noteworthy, and something everyone should experience if they get the chance, but very little else is happening here. So, I'm going to start with something close to home.
This first beer comes from Jupiter, Florida:
Monk in the Trunk from Inlet Brewing Company. An organic amber ale that's not actually brewed in Florida, but instead brewed by Thomas Creek Brewery in Greenville, South Carolina. Now...this beer is the only thing Inlet produces...and they don't actually make it...so I don't know how that all works...sounds pretty whack to me.
Had this when we served it at Stinky's Fish Camp, back when it was pretty miserably hot outside. Tastes like Yuengling with the addition of Belgian yeast...as lame a description as that is. Too much on such a humid night.
Midas Touch by Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton, Delaware. This is a 2,700 year old recipe discovered in the tomb of King Midas. Delightfully sweet and bitter at the same time. You can taste the honey and saffron in it, but it's not over powering by any means. This shit'll deceptively intoxicate you as well; it's sweet, earthy, loveliness hides the fact that it's 9%. I drink this whenever available.
Had this first at Proof and then later at Fermentation.