Just the Bottle

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Handsome Beer Company

Handsome Beer Company has had several DC area events and Baltimore events with more to come.  There have been reviews and interviews done by Fritz Hahn and DC Beer as well as I am sure others.  I don't want to recreate or even attempt to copy what that high of caliber of beer writers have done, but thought I would jump in.  I will say surprisingly enough my favorite is what they did with their Medium & Message.  I am usually a malty mama, but the Medium & Message was really intriguing. There was some interesting fruit notes and some bite in the form of pepper that came through.

If you haven't checked them out - do.  They have an event coming up on Friday.  These are two amazing fellas who are really passionate about what they do.  They are perfectly executing some great styles of beer.  I really imagine considering the quality and they're energy, we will be seeing them on the scene for a while.  Which in the long run is great.

I don't think we have hit capacity yet in the DC area in regards to beer.  This...excites me and it should you.  There's plenty of opportunity in the congenial bunch (who sometimes pretend to be curmudgeons) for healthy competition.  I think that will continue to make it a fun and engaging scene for guest/consumer to brewer.

So to that I say, enjoy Handsome Beer and encourage more innvators to bring their A- game. 

Wynwood Brewing

During this last trip home to South Florida, I was able to visit Wynwood Brewing Company.  I have been wanting to visit ever since they began welcoming guests.  I convinced my mom to drive me (shut up, I don't have a car while I am there) and off we went.

Wynwood portion of Miami is an arts area that has blown up over the last few years.  Previously, it was mostly warehouses.  It's amazing to see what's been done.  Although there are some concerns about the driving cost and what it will do to some of the local merchants and artists.

Wynwood Brewing is a real great addition to the burgeoning Florida brewing scene and Miami in general.  It was founded by a father and son team and is definitely a family affair.  

I first became interested in what they were doing when I saw the Miami Herald article about their opening.  Being the first brewery to open made them trailblazers that had to deal with a good deal of red tape and absurdity.  They overcame that and even found a novel way to fundraise in securing a government loan to open their business.  I hadn't heard about many other breweries taking advantage of that in the past.

After entering the tasting room, I ordered a flight that included their signature beer La Rubia.  La Rubia is a blonde ale made with a combination of German Pilsner Malts, British Crystal Malts, Czech Saaz Hops and German Ale Yeast.  It's incredibly refreshing with mild bitterness that leads to a smooth finish.

I also checked out the Magic City, Father Francisco and Rickenbacker.  Magic City is a great example of a pale ale.  Father Francisco was light in body with some spicy and sweet notes.  Rickenbacker was more of a session beer done in the pilsner style.  It was light bodied with citrus elements on the finish. All the beers reference Miami in some way as in historical elements or geographically.

One thing that stayed with me after the tasting and tour was the "Miami water makes Miami beer" comment.  Water is definitely a crucial element of beer, but how crucial?  I am clearly a novice in this, but still I would love to read more and hear other thoughts by more knowledgeable people about the water question.

In the end, I would highly recommend visiting Wynwood Brewing and the area in general.  If Wynwood Brewing is any indication on what Miami can do, expect big things. 





Festivus Fun and Florida Beers

I was lucky enough to get time off to go home to the South Florida area for Christmas.  Well, lucky to be able to witness the crazy that is my family in person.  With that in mind, let’s list some of the great beers I had and perhaps throw in a great quote or two from my family.

Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale

Cigar City beers are finally appearing in the DC area.  The brewery is located in Tampa, Florida area.  This beer was full of flavor with notes of nutty coffee profile.  However, it was very light which gives you the darker flavors you want for the holidays, but easy to drink.  It was perfect for a Floridian who wants to enjoy the holidays even when it’s 80 degrees on Christmas.

Parental Unit

The male parental unit liked this beer.  The male parental unit also told me when I brought home cookies made from scratch based on my grandma’s recipe that the cookies were dry.  He then ate almost all of the cookies while I was at the beach.

Key West Southernmost Wheat

It’s an interesting take on the witbier style.  I didn’t get the cleaning product flavor that always seems to occur when I drink a wheat style beer.  For real, around mid-palate usually I get this Pinesol character.  Anyways, great citrus notes with a hint of lime and some spice.

Parental Unit

The male parental unit liked it, but this is also not his favorite style.  At some point during the visit a heated discussion emerged of whether my dad should date if my mom were to die.  She ends the debate by stating, “No skanks.”

The Eleven Brown Ale

Here’s another perfect beer for a Floridian who wants malty, toffee flavors in a lighter format.  I loved the flavor and slight hoppy notes on the finish.

Parental Unit

He dug this one.  We both like more malty flavors.

We visited my grandparents on Christmas day.  They always have something to say about my life, my weight or just about anything.  One of my favorite past anecdotes from my grandfather involves me suggesting he participate in a class in which he would write his autobiography.  He responded very negatively.  I asked why he wouldn’t be interested and he responded, “because I can’t remember all the ladies’ names.” 

Unfortunately, it was a very brief trip home over the holidays.  This made it difficult to see friends and visit breweries like Funky Buddha or Wynwood Brewing Company.  Well that and not having a car unless I borrow my parent’s car.