Dunedin Brewery, the grand-daddy of the Tampa Bay craft beer scene, has witnessed the explosion in local brews but has hardly been watching from the rocking chair. On Sunday, Dunedin released a new beer, Subtropical Farmhouse Ale, a collaboration with Cigar City Brewing and 7venth Sun Brewery.
Pulled ice-cold from the tap, it was difficult to taste the promised orange peel, pink peppercorns, lemongrass and coconut. As the farmhouse ale warmed, however, the bitterness of the 7 percent beer gave way to some serious flavor explosion. First and foremost was heat, thanks to the peppercorns and then the citrus became more prominent. I never really tasted the coconut but liked the idea anyway.
Dunedin had a good crowd, many of the people walking the few blocks from 7venth Sun for more beer and food. The kitchen was slammed; seemed like everyone was ordering loaded nachos.