From Borderlands Brewing Company in Tucson Arizona comes their “Citrana Southwestern Style Gose”. The beer pours a straw yellow with a white head. The aroma consists of lemon, lime, salt, coriander and cardamom. The flavour is of lemon, salt, very mild tarness with some malts, coriander and cardamom. The alcohol content comes in at 6.3%. This is a nice mild gose that is extremely drinkable and well worth trying if you can find it.
From Arizona Wilderness Brewing in Gilbert Arizona comes their “Dirty Hop Water: Last Living Dinosaur” a Cloudy Double IPA. The beer pours a murky orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of orange juice, pineapple and basically just juice. The flavour is of orange juice, pineapple, citrus rind, some herbal notes and a mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 8.2%. With a great mothfeel this beer is really tasty and I am so glad I was able to get a can from the Hoppy Craftsmen while in Arizona. These cans sell out extremely fast!
Commercial Description: What the hell is “Dirty Hop Water?” First off, it’s proof that humulus lupulus is God’s gift to beer. It’s also proof that the all powerful hop is still craft beer’s king. This series combines the hazy proteins of AZ grown unmalted grains with the most badass, aromaticaly driven hops in the world. The result is this murky, juicy, tropical smoothie-esque hop bomb. We Won’t make this D.H.W. rendition ever again. Like, ever. You’re special if you were able to grab a sip of this can. Enjoy! Cloudy India Pale Ale with Eureka, Callista and Belma Hops.
From Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago Illinois comes their “Sofie” 2017 a Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale barrel aged in white wine barrels. The beer pours a cloudy golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of wheat, grain, peppery, fruit, sweetness and some floral hops. The flavour is of grainy, wheat, citrus, lemon, orange peel, peppery, yeast, vanilla and sweetness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 20. Once again this one was quite enjoyable.
Commercial Description: Our sparkling Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale is wine barrel-aged with an abundance of hand-zested orange peel. Spicy white pepper notes contrast the citrus tartness. The light, refreshing, creamy vanilla finish will excite those fond of Champagne.
Goose Island Beer Co is owned by AB InBev
From Cigar City Brewing in Tampa Bay Florida comes their “Jai Alai IPA”. The beer pours a golden colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of tropical fruit, citrus and floral hops. The flavour is of tropical fruit, pineapple juice, caramel, resin and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7.5% with an IBU of 70. This beer falls under the I wish I brought back more than one can category. This stuff was really good!
Commercial Description: Jai Alai, a game native to the Basque region of Spain, is played on a court called a fronton. Jai Alai players attempt to catch a ball using a curved mitt whilst the ball travels at speeds up to 188mph! Proving they have a sense of humor the Spanish dubbed this game, with its ball traveling at racecar speeds, “the merry game.” Tampa was once home to a bustling Jai Alai fronton but sadly all that remains of Jai Alai in the Tampa Bay area is this India Pale Ale that we brew in tribute to the merry game. The India Pale Ale style of beer has its roots in the ales sent from England to thirsty British troops in India during the 18th century. Pair Jai Alai India Pale Ale with beef empanadas, deviled crabs and other spicy dishes.
From Coppertail Brewing in Tampa Florida comes their “Free Dive IPA”. The beer pours a golden yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of citrus, grapefruit, citrus rind, pine, floral hops and maybe a dank note or two. The flavour is of grain, citrus, citrus rind, resin, pine, bitterness, earth, herbal hops and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at a good 5.9%. This was a really nice India Pale Ale and a great introduction to this brewery.
Commercial Description: Whether you’re diving for stone crabs under Tampa Bay’s Sunshine Skyway or just wishing you were, this beer’s got you covered. Expect huge hits of citrus and pine aromas layered over a bright malt backbone. Perfect for a day on the water.
Food pairing as per brewery: Spicy grilled shrimp