Bradenton's Motorworks Brewing and Tampa's Doc B's Fresh Kitchen have a pretty good relationship. When Motorworks first released its Lavender ale, Doc B's got the only keg available outside of the brewery.
Now, Doc B's general manager and beverage director Dustin Durrenberger has collaborated with Motorworks directly, working with Motorworks' head brewer Bob Haa to produce a limited-release coconut-eucalyptus hefeweizen called Sunshine Suzi, named after Durrenberger's wife.
Sunshine Suzi, available at Motorworks and Doc B's, starts with a fresh, intense eucalyptus nose, balanced by mild spicy phenols courtesy of the German hefeweizen yeast strain. It's a highly unique aroma, providing a subtle cooling quality to the brew. The flavor is dominated by creamy, rich coconut — a perfect foil to the savory eucalyptus notes that's mildly sweet and highly refreshing. This is about as nice a summer brew as one could ask for.
Supplies at Doc B's are limited to four half-barrel kegs, which translates to just under 500 pints. They're $9 a pop, but if you show up between 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday through Friday, Sunshine Suzi is only $3. Experimental brews like this don't always hit their marks, but this one is a winner.
Justin Grant, Times correspondent