‘Cause we always like a new craft beer or two or three to try, here’s a quick update from Beverage Director Ryan Goodspeed from the MGFD Miami bar, including three new beers to bring out the patriot in you this Veteran’s Day. Also, listen in to hear Ryan and I chat Home Brew on the By The Glass Show last week, including a cameo by Bob Gordash from Florida’s Holy Mackerel whose Imperial Black Ale we tasted in studio is also on our list. Cheers to American brews and Drinking Like a Local!
Bear Republic Racer 5 India Pale Ale, On Tap, (7%) CA 7
ABV: 7.0% IBU: 75+ Color: Golden
This hoppy American IPA is a full bodied beer brewed American pale and crystal malts, and heavily hopped with Chinook, Cascade, Columbus and Centennial.
The dominant note in the nose is pine, with some sweetness. There’s good mouthfeel, with nice carbonation, moderate flavor hops, and pronounced but still soft bitterness. The Racer 5 is lean and restrained for an IPA, but it doesn’t lack for character. It’s good for drinkers who like solid bitterness but are put off by the over-the-top West Coast hop character of many IPAs.
Delicious and very popular West Coast beer. Newly available in FL.
Avery White Rascal, Belgian Style Wheat Ale, Boulder, CO 6
Beer Style: Belgian Wheat
Hop Variety: Bravo, Sterling, Hersbrucker
Malt Variety: Two-row barley, Wheat.
A truly authentic Belgian style wheat or “white” ale, this Rascal is unfiltered and cleverly spiced with coriander and Curaçao orange peel producing a refreshingly zesty classic ale.
Lagunitas Brown Shugga, American Strong Ale, (9.9%), Petaluma, CA 7
Beer Style: American Strong Ale
Hop Variety: Unknown
Malt Variety: Two roy Barley.
Brown Shugga is a strong ale leaning towards a Dbl IPA in character. Nice aroma pungent,with pineapple & grapefruit,spice and carmel sweetness.Potent and nice. Same in taste,soft smooth,chewy,pretty strong hop flavor but balanced well with the carmel malt. Beer is heavily dosed with brown sugar during the brewing process.