Style: American Strong Ale (whatever)
Growlered: Sep 2013
Size: 500ml flip-top growler
Price: n/a (see below)
Bottle Count: ~800
So yeah, the Rare DOS release turned into quite the clusterfuck. More than a few growlers turned up infected, likely due to the beer gun used to fill them. I opened seven here without issue, but almost all of the ones I sent out (a dozen or so) turned out bad. I think it was being exposed to room temp or above during shipping that did it. So this is a beer that Doug did to make up for it, sending them out to anyone who reported an issue within a set timeframe.
I had a prior version of this a couple years ago, and this is really close. It’s sort of an barrel-aged English Barleywine-American Strong Ale-Imperial Stout hybrid, and it’s damned good. Reminds me a lot of Mother of All Storms. Lots of toffee and caramelized brown sugar, and the barrel gives it a pumpernickel quality that works really well with this beer, similar to the way it did with Nooner batch 3. It’s not as sticky and thick as the DOS twins (triplets?) so it goes down pretty quickly. Good stuff as always from the talented crew at Cycle.
Style: India Pale Ale
Kegged: June 2013
Size: 16oz glass
Bottle Count: n/a
Another solid pale ale from the Cycle crew. A little spicy from the rye, short dry finish. It’s not quite as bitter as Fixie and Freewheel, and it doesn’t quite smell as great, but it’s really nice going down. Low ABV so you can drink a ton of it, too. This stuff is great for the hot weather.
Style: Berliner Weisse
Kegged: April 2013
Size: 10oz snifter
Bottle Count: n/a
Just a little taster to get me in the mood to drive up to Gainesville for the BA Roosevelt release. This is actually the beer that Mrs. Asshole and I served at our wedding. Doug also served a wine-barrel version of this at this year’s Berliner Bash (and I think it was one half of the Nooner blend from last Dec’s release). I love this stuff. Lots of raspberry and strawberry. Very, very light too, although you can’t tell because this was the last of the keg, so it looks like a smoothie. I could drink this all day.
Lucky enough to snag an early taste last night since I can’t make it to the restaurant today. This stuff is fantastic. Big nutty aroma and flavor, a touch of bourbon, and a short, although somewhat bitter, finish. I could drink it all day. Truly wish I was heading up there right now for the formal tapping, but sadly I’ll be out of town doing family stuff. *sniff*
We absolutely love sours, and particularly the style of berliner weisse that is becoming a defining characteristic of central and south Florida. With a slightly sour/tart base, and tons of the kind of exotic fruit that you find in the more tropical parts of Florida, you can crush this stuff all day and still come back for more. This is an event that we’ve been looking forward to for a while, and it delivered. Florida-weisses were on offer from Peg’s, Angry Chair, 7venth Sun, Rapp, Jacksonville’s Intuition, and more. And of course, Miami’s Wakefield Brewing, the star of the show.
Full disclosure — JW is a friend of ours, but I don’t think anyone would disagree that his beers were the rockstar at this festival. His tent had a continuous line at least a hundred people long until he was completely out of beer two hours later. The first three were fantastic: Moral Imperative, a watermelon berliner, Emmit Fitz-Hume, which sat in cabernet barrels, and Rabenga Fruta, which had starfruit among other fruits. But the king of the lineup was undoubtedly the mighty Passionfruit Dragonfruit berliner. Screaming pink and with a tart aroma that you could smell 10 feet away, it’s the same brew that has been talked about since the 2012 Hunahpu Day, and for good reason.
Other standouts included Angry Chair’s Guava Passion, which I personally went back for four times. Awesomely tart and light. Doug, the Peg’s/Cycle brewer, was tucked away in a corner, but had some fantastic stuff: BA Pink Streets (another disclosure, the base beer was the beer that Mrs. Beerasshole and I served at our wedding reception) was great, as was the Strawberry, and a couple others. And to round things out, the local homebrew club Special Hoperations had a light berliner that was also really memorable, and were great to hang out with.
We spent a lot of our time up on the deck with a large-ish tasting, and took down a ton of great beers that normally I’d have to trade some huge bottles for. Also we met some wonderful and generous folks from around the state and country. I’m really thrilled to have tried Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock, even if it was just a 1/4 oz sip, a good amount of Hill Farmstead saisons, and a bunch of Cantillon and 3F stuff. And we ended up hanging out with both @TomokaBrewery and @beerforthedaddy among other wonderful people. Tomoka has some brews that they’ve been working on, which I’ll talk about in another post.
The bottle share was out of control, and was at times 30+ people thick. Some great conversation and people. Can’t wait for next year!
Style: American Pale Ale
Kegged: Feb 2013
Size: 16oz pint glass
This is the sister beer to Freewheel, essentially the same beer but with different hops. It’s also the better of the two by far. Light and hoppy, with a finish that drops off a cliff, you can crush this stuff all day. Doug has (another) solid brew on his hands with this.
Yup, this is pretty much why I started doing this blog. Single-day brewery-only release, 300 growlers in the wild of this ultra-hyped beer. The release ended up being one of those all-day blurry bottle sharing affairs that ended with a hundred people lined up to get a small handful of growlers to take home and gloat about to their fellow beer nerds.
I missed out on this one when they served it at their pre-Hunahpu Day release last year, so I was pretty happy to get at it this time. It’s legit, one of those beers that does a good job of living up to the (insane) hype. It’s rich, heavy, and full, with light carbonation, fitting for the style. Tons of roast, marshmallow, toffee, vanilla, and rum, with just an echo of hoppiness in the background. Almost no alcohol burn, and more sweet than dry. I could drink at least another gallon of this without getting tired of it. Can’t wait for this year’s pre-Hunahpu.