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Craft Beer Blast

January, 2013

From Larry...

Winter beers can include Imperial Stouts, Barleywines and Winter warmers. Drinking beer of the season ensures that your beer is fresh. Enjoy them now as some of these beers and the cooler weather will be gone too soon!


The "Style of the Month" for January is Barleywine Ale. It is usually a brewery's strongest offering and perfect for those cold January nights. Sierra Nevada Bigfoot is a great example of Barleywine and is readily available this time of year. These beers are cellarable and can be put away for years. It is fun to try several vintages in a 'vertical' tasting.


The Brewery of the Month for January is Six Rivers Brewing in McKinleyville, CA. This brewery is the nearest to the giant redwood tree parks and trails. It's a great local spot with good beer, foods and local music on most nights.


South Florida Beer Week is coming up from January 19th through the 26th. There are too many events to list here; check the website often as there are more being added every week. The week finishes off at the Jupiter Craft Brewers Festival. Be sure to view last years video on the website.


2013 will be better than ever for craft beer. There are more breweries opening and lots of new beers appearing on the shelves. My mission of spreading the word about craft beer will continue. This year I will teach classes, host tastings, beer and food pairings and do whatever it takes to keep craft beer advancing. You can count on the 'Blast" to keep you informed.  



Happy New Year to All,



Jupiter Brewfest Logo 2013

 Jan 26, 2012

1:00 PM to 5:30 PM





  Jupiter Craft Brewers  

Festival / Field of Beers 


The Jupiter weekend events are the premier beer events in South Florida. They also mark the end of Miami Beer Week, a week long celebration of craft beer. The Field of Beers has beers paired with foods cooked by local chefs. Meet the brewers and chefs on the ball field at Roger Dean stadium in Jupiter. On Saturday, the main festival takes place. It is smaller and more organized than any other local festival and the vendors are all craft breweries. Tickets are still available on the website for the festival. The Field of beers sold out in less than 24 hours on line! See my 2012 Reviews page for a review of last year's events. See you there!


Barley Wne Glass

Style of the Month 

Barleywine Ale

The earliest Barley Wines were not well defined, but were simply the strongest beers a brewery made. Today, barley wine production makes use of modern brewing techniques, creating a variety of big, complex ales that can be aged like fine red wine. Barley Wine is brewed mostly from pale malt. The full flavor and rich color come from the amount of grain and the length of the boil, which caramelizes a lot of the sugars, deepening the color and the flavor.It is also heavily hopped to balance, often up to and over 100 IBUs.Sierra Nevada Bigfoot has become the standard that all American Style Barleywines are judged by. Michael Jackson said "Bigfoot captures the imagination, and its character is as big as the name implies, with a huge hoppiness in its earthy aroma, a chewy palate, and a great depth of flavor.

 Six Rivers Brewing Co Sampler    

     Brewery of the Month

Six Rivers Brewery

Winner of many awards in Humboldt county, Six Rivers Brewery is the culmination of good food, great beer and love of a good time; providing quality and distinctive beer and food items, utilizing local and organic ingredients whenever possible. "The Brew with a View" is situated on the hill in McKinleyville, California looking over the Pacific Ocean. I visited last summer and found a big popular place. They have ten or more beers available including a wood - aged beer and a raspberry Iambic. A local blues band sounded good and the beer samplers were in small pilsner glasses. A great end to a Humboldt day of exploring the coast and the Redwood Trail. If you are in this area, Six Rivers is a must visit. My short review is on the 2012 Review page

Beer Drinker Logo  Wynkoop Brewing
Each year this Colorado brewpub searches for America's Beerdrinker of the Year. This is the 17th annual contest; I placed in the top ten in 2011 and 2012. In late January, the results will be announced and 3 semi-finalists will be flown to Denver for the finals..
This Month
South FL Beer Week is January 19 - 26. There are many more events this year; check the website for details.
The specialty beers continue...cask conditioned stout and ESB are the latest. There are plans to brew more of these small batch cask beers. They will be limited, so stop by and get 'em while they last.
More Beer Stuff..

OTC- Over the Counter is serving American comfort foods, craft beers and artisanal wines in Brickell. On Tuesday January 22 they will have four dishes paired with four beers. Each can be purchased separately for a special price.


Whole Foods Coral Gables presents Cheers to Big Game Brews on Thursday Jan. 30th from 7-8 PM. The Specialty Team shares some of their beer recommendations for the big game. Call 305-421-9421 to pre-register.


World of Beer Dadeland Jan. 18 is Dogfish Head night and Jan. 22 is Victory Beer night. There will be specials each night.

WOB Kendall is now open! Jan. 8 is Bells Brewery specials night.

Florida Brewery Corner
Naples is not known for craft beer - in fact it has been a vast wasteland of industrial lagers for years. Now that has changed. 
Naples Beach Brewery has opened and is now brewing. This is a small artisanal brewery and open two days a week for tours. I met them at the FIU Brewers Fest in November and enjoyed the beer. They are draft only at a few Naples area establishments with more to come soon.

© Larry Goeser
Miami, Florida
Good Beer Larry