This series of posts is dedicated to the many, many six packs, pony kegs and pints that have sauntered into my life at one point or another.
I’ve previously lamented the dearth of quality beer options at my disposal back when I resided in Florida (admittedly the most meager of the myriad of problems associated with being a Floridian), but I assumed that the craft beer revolution must have had some effect on the state I once called home. On the available evidence gathered in a visit to a central Florida liquor store, whatever dent has been made is quite slight. There were some unfamiliar labels with clear Sunshine State genealogy but few of them inspired high interest. Determined to sample something, I grabbed the flagship brew of Fort Lauderdale’s Native Brewing Company, The Eleven Brown Ale. What I found in the bottle was a solid beer with a nice depth of flavor. It’s nothing outrageous or astonishing, entirely unlikely to inspire fervent fans in the manner of, say, any offering from Indiana’s Three Floyds or any number of my beloved North Carolina breweries. Still, I would have been grateful if something this good had broader distribution back when I was scouring the local beer cases for something palatable to drink. Sure, it’s a tepid endorsement, but any praise for a product of Florida is fairly remarkable for me these days.
—21st Amendment Bitter American
—Abita Restoration Pale Ale
—Highland Thunderstruck Coffee Porter
—Samuel Adams Boston Lager
—New Glarus Brewing Company Wisconsin Belgian Red
—ABA Hoppy Saison
—Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager
—Three Floyds Apocalypse Cow
—French Broad Brewing Gateway Kolsch
—Big Boss Brewing “High Monkey”
—Stevens Point Brewery Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale