The Mermaid Tavern off Nebraska Avenue in Seminole Heights has become somewhat of an iconic local spot for the diverse palates thirsting after the craft beer craze. So it made sense for the Mermaid to pair up some of their most popular menu items with Florida beers in honor of beer week.
On the menu for Pairings and Pints on Sunday: Key West Southernmost Wheat and PortaBella Napoleon; Gaspar's Porter and Tempura Fish-n-Chips; Devil's Triangle IPA (FBC's latest brew) and Coup de Gras Burger; Swamp Ape Imperial IPA and Loaded Swamp Fries.
The chocolatey porter cut the bite of vinegar-dipped fish-n-chips, however, the Devil's Triangle, coming in at 6.66 percent with three specialty hops, set a lighter and not too bitter tone to the fried bar favorite.
Patrons randomly received Florida Beer Company glasses from the bar alongside stickers and beer education from FBC rep Thomas Barris, a.k.a. the Wild Cicerone. His goal? Brand and brewery awareness, and for people to realize that Florida makes really good beer. "We're like Portland in the early '90s."