Wrapping Up the Jupiter Craft Brewers Festival
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Secondly, the beer selection was stellar. Yes, the Budweiser Clydesdales showed up and trotted through the fest, but that was the only instance of "Bud" around (well, maybe the only instance *cough, cough*). At almost every booth you had the opportunity to try a beer that you've never had before, which is pretty incredible. The homebrew presence was also quite large, with BX Beer Depot and their Lagerhead Brewers Club each holding a table, sampling out hand crafted Hefeweizen and India Pale Ale.
In short, our Beerfest - that would be the New Times Beerfest, now in its
After the jump, my top three beers of the fest.
3. Bell's Amber Ale: Bell's Brewery, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, is well known in the beer community as a constant innovator. Its Amber Ale is a very smooth, easy-drinking beer with a a hefty amount of caramelization, which as their pourer described to me, makes it a great compliment to food. Bell's only ships with distributors who agree to keep their product cold from truck to case in order to preserve its integrity, and drinking this nutty ale you can see why. You can pick up a pack of Bell's at some Publix Supermarkets as well as Fresh Market.
2. Selin's Grove Organic Baltic Porter: Selin's Grove, a small brew-pub from Pennsylvania, is widely regarded as a destination for hand crafted beer. Their Organic Baltic Porter is not as unanamously loved as some of their other varieties, but hey, this is my list, bubba, and I'm a sucker for porter. Granted, this is a syrupy sweet beer, full of coffee and raisin flavors with a very malty undertow, and thus it's not one you'd likely drink more than two of at a time. But I still found it extremely enjoyable, and one of the best dark beers at the fest. I wanted to split this position as a tie between the porter and Big Bear's Double Bourbon Barrel IPA, but I've touted that beer plenty in the past. PS - It's still great, even though Big Bear hasn't made it in over a year. So good, it ran out rather quickly.
1. Left Hand Sawtooth Ale: OK, this is a homer pick. Longmont-based Left Hand Brewing has always been a big favorite of mine, being that I'm from Colorado and I'm slanted towards beers made there. But Sawtooth Ale is really all that, folks. It's slightly hoppy, rich and full bodied, and has the perfect amount of sweet-to-bitter ratio. It's never cloying, but it also never leaves that bitter aftertaste on your tongue like a mouthful of socks. It's a beer you can drink over and over again and it surprises you each time. You can get Sawtooth Ale at a couple establishements around these parts, including Ye Olde Falcon Pub in Davie.