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Beer Week: Good to the last drop

Cell phone light was the most reliable way to see the tiny white labels on the brown beer bottles and match them to their respective names on the list of over 90 beer choices. The castoffs offered up at Friday night's Best Florida Beer Championship Leftover Party weren't inferior quality — just soundly beaten by other brews.

For $10, beer weekers got to sift through the best of the rest. Most bottles didn't have brewer labels, so tiny white tags with category numbers and letters identified each brew. Dim lighting outside Southern Brewing and Winemaking in Seminole Heights made finding the brew you were looking for challenging. The beers were stacked in coolers on several tables along the fence line and it also seemed to be a bring your own bottle opener event.

From the three column double sided beer list, the Saison (16C) from the Belgian and French Ale category had a light, citrusy taste — a palette cleanser for the roving taster.

Off book on a (well lit) indoor tasting table sat a Cold Storage Brewery Betchy Brown among other offerings from all over the state. The home town beer had almost been sampled down to its last drop.

Beer Week: Good to the last drop 03/09/13 [Last modified: Saturday, March 9, 2013 1:11pm]
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