St. Petersburg’s 3 Daughters Brewing takes the holidays seriously — from its elaborate annual North Pole Winter Wonderland miniature train display to a range of quirky seasonal brews on tap.
Right now you’ll find several winter beers available. There’s a barrel-aged version of the botanical-laden Winter’s Truce imperial stout brewed in collaboration with American Freedom Distillery. There’s also a mulled wine-esque Cranberry Sour brewed in collaboration with the Florida Brewer’s Guild.
A third entry, making its seasonal return to the tap menu, is 70 Degrees Florida Winter Weizen, a beer aptly named for our warm but pleasant winters. This unique brew is a riff on the German weizenbier, a general term for ales brewed with a high proportion of wheat in the grain bill, often along with an expressive yeast character.
And 70 Degrees pours darker than you might have guessed — a nice copper color, with a fluffy and long-lasting white head. The nose is lightly roasted grain, along with spices such as cinnamon and white pepper.
While the classic banana-clove flavors are present, the beer’s grains take center stage, with a flavor that lies somewhere between a hefeweizen and dunkelweizen. It’s light-bodied and somewhat fruity up front; semi-dry and spicy on the back. The dry-ish finish is accentuated by rich, effervescent carbonation.
Florida winters aren’t like non-Florida winters, so it makes good sense that 3 Daughter’s winter seasonal is a bit different too. Try it at 3 Daughters’ tasting room, where you can admire the Winter Wonderland display on the brewhouse side.
If you happen to be traveling to Epcot at Walt Disney World, you’ll also find 70 Degrees on tap in Germany as part of the theme park’s annual International Festival of the Holidays.
— Justin Grant
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