East Coast in the house! Florida produces some pretty amazing beer, Tampa Bay Beer Week has established that. But don't be stingy now, share some of that home ground pride up the East Coast to the Brooklyn Brewery.
The Brooklyn Brewery night at the Bricks of Ybor on Wednesday showcased some of the brewery's specialty and signature blends. It seemed the locals quite fancied the beer from the borough. Take the Sorachi Ace. The 7.6 percent saison contains hops grown on a single farm in Oregon. The taste starts as a classic Belgian, but a surprise hit of lemon pepper zings through the finish line.
Then there is the Silver Anniversary, a deceptively dark lager crafted to celebrate the brewery's 25th anniversary. This eclectic draft is the current Brewmaster Reserve and will only be available in 2013, including a four-part bottle release where the brew goes in flat and ferments in the bottle.
If neither of those struck the fancy of patrons, the classic Brooklyn Brown Ale was available in the bottle.
Many cheers and even an impromptu rap was overheard outside. Hopefully it went something like the Beastie Boys' "No sleep till Brooklyn!"