In The Tasting Room: Holy Mackerel's Special Golden Ale 2012
Friday's here, so it's time for beer.
Every Friday, so long as the creek don't rise, this beer enthusiast will take a look at a Florida beer that, hopefully, should be readily available in a local shop or on tap at your favorite bar.
Time to delve into another Floridian made beer. This week we're going to focus on a bottle entry from the Fort Lauderdale founded Holy Mackerel Brewery. First, a little history!
The varied series of Holy Mackerel beers comes from a lineage built in homebrew. Bob Gordash, a local from Fort Lauderdale, began homebrewing in 1993 and entered his extra special bitters in the 1996 Sam Adams World Homebrew Contest.
"Out of 800 plus contestants," he says. "I was one of 10 chosen as semifinalists and flown to Boston to brew my beer on their system. In the end I was one of three selected winners with a free trip to Europe, a cash prize and my recipe being bottled and distributed in the marketplace under the 'Longshot' label."