Category 3 IPA (Cat 3) – Florida Style IPA
Brewed with loads of malts and loads of hops, this golden India Pale Ale is true to the style while maintaining a balance between malty and bitter. A special blend of American hops give this beer its unique flavor. Although fruity and citrusy, this beer has only four ingredients: malt, hops, yeast and water.
This is the first beer Mike ever entered in a homebrew competition and it received an award that day. It was at Havana Hideout in Lake Worth, FL.
Caramel Cream Ale
The nice caramel notes will bring to mind memories from your childhood of savoring soft caramel candies. This creamy ale is dry-hopped with vanilla to give it a pleasing, round finish. No extracts of any kind are used in this beer. Don’t be surprised if you notice small pieces of vanilla in the beige foamy head; we only use the real deal – fresh, whole vanilla beans.
Interesting Fact: The unforgettable flavor of this beer is the result of 100′s of test brews to refine the recipe and method. Head brewer and brewery owner, Mike Halker, brewed this beer for his wife Jodi who, for 2 years, kept saying “almost” until he worked his magic and made it the beer it is today.
Honey Vanilla Wheat
Golden and silky are the best ways to describe this seasonal beer. Golden in color and flavor, this surprisingly clear wheat beer has a smooth and drinkable honey sweetness. It’s finished off in the fermenter with vanilla which adds a nice level of complexity to this easy drinking beer. A relatively light beer, it’s brewed using a special mash process to give a fullness of body and smooth mouthfeel. The fresh Florida honey in this beer makes each sip as satisfying as Florida sunshine itself.
Interesting Fact: Each batch of this beer requires a over 100 pounds of honey. Now that’s a lot of honey!
Roasted Cocoa Stout
Brewed as an American Stout, this beer has a bit more gravity than the average Irish Stout. Starting with the creamy head that stouts are know for, this beer continues with a full mouthfeel and finishes with a roasted cocoa flavor. Delivered at the brewery using nitrogen instead of CO2, this beer takes a bit longer to pour but is definitely worth the wait.
Interesting Fact: There are a number of ways to impart chocolate flavor into a beer. For this beer, grains do part of the job, but it’s the cocoa nibs which add most of it. The nibs allow the cocoa flavor in this beer to come through without too much sweetness like would be the case if we added processed chocolate.
Food Pairings & Recipes
Category 4 IPA (Cat 4)
The aroma you get from the Pacific North West hops only tell half the story of what you’re about to experience in this red India pale ale. If you like Irish reds and lots of hop flavor and aroma, this is the beer for you.
Interesting Fact: This beer was originally called our “Red Hoptober” and debuted in the fall at the 2011 Ft. Pierce Beer Fest. It was going to be a seasonal offering, but the response was so favorable, we decided to make it available all year. It was renamed after learning New Belgium Brewery was changing the name of their Hoptober to the Red Hoptober in 2012. We decided a new name, less specific to the season, was a good idea anyway.
When this IPA makes landfall you’ll know it. Brewed only upon availability of special hops (generally a few times a year), this big IPA packs a wallop of flavor. Get ready Florida, the Cat 5 is coming…
Interesting Fact: There is no interesting fact. This beer is interesting enough on it’s own.
Nachos with Jalepenos
Mariana Trench Imperial Stout
The deepest and darkest of them all, the Mariana Trench is only brewed twice a year. Big, bold and flavorful come together in a Due South snifter glass for the craft beer folks with the advanced palate. Proceed with caution.
Interesting Fact: Named after the deepest part of the earth’s oceans, the Mariana Trench will debut this fall. No human on earth has ever tasted this beer.
Large hunks of red meat
This blonde ale was designed specifically for the South Florida climate. Whether at the bar or on the beach, this is the perfect refreshing combination of malt and hops for the Florida lifestyle. Welcome to paradise in a glass.
A complex grain bill gives this sessionable brown ale its roasty notes and spiciness. While we use many different grains and an adjusted water profile to brew this beer, only a single hop is used. Make sure to add it to your sampler, you’ll be glad you did.
Interesting Fact: Malts used determine the color of a beer. The color of a beer does not indicate how strong (high in alcohol) it is however, it does give you an indication of flavor. Darker grains used in browns, porters, and stouts will create malty, roasty, chocolate, and caramel flavors. If you’re curious about the alcohol content, look at the ABV, not the color.
Food Pairings & Recipes
Pasta with Red Sauce
This light, golden blonde is a refreshing beer with a subtle infusion of raspberry. It’s not too fruity, but rather, it’s a well-balanced beer which will leave you craving more.
Cheese & Fruit
The light golden color and body of this Belgian style ale give no indication of the intense flavor within. One whiff off its large, rocky head will leave you curious about this fruity, farmhouse ale. Brewed with Caribbean spices, this Southern Saison is a truly unique beer.
Interesting Fact: This beer was originally called the Saison du South. Once we learned Swamp Head had a Saison du Swamp, we changed the name to Southern Saison. We don’t want the fine folks who make great beer at Swamp Head (Gainesville, FL) to have to deal with any confusing name issues.
The creaminess of the flaked oats and the bite of the roasted barley blend to make this a smooth, flavorful beer. Before being sent to the keg, a generous pour of fresh, local espresso is added. Lighter and more complex than a stout, this porter has much to offer.
Interesting Fact: Porter as a style, was first identified in 18th century English pubs. The ingredients made it possible to produce this beer for less cost than a stout, so these beers were named for “the help” (the porters). Stouts were generally made for the wealthier people. Traditionally, a stout uses grains which give it a more roasty flavor, whereas a porter usues malts which impart sweeter chocolate or caramel notes. Stouts are known for a fuller body, whereas the porter generally has a lighter mouth feel.
Food Pairings & Recipes
Pecan Glazed Croissants
Brewed as a traditional German Marzen, this is likely to be our only lager that we brew each year. The malty body and low ABV makes this a perfect session beer to celebrate Oktoberfest with.
Roasted Red Cabbage
Isle of MaGourdo is a naturally conditioned pumpkin ale brewed specially for the fall season. Years ago our Brewmaster Mike went tuna fishing in the Florida Keys with Bo, Bryan and a great man named Martin. This beer is brewed each year the same time as that trip. For Martin – we miss you buddy.
Turkey and the Fixings
IBL – Brewzzi Collaboration
ABV = 6.0% IBU = 75
A collaboration beer brewed with Matt Manthe, head brewer of Brewzzi Boca Raton, and fermented with a combination of Due South and Brewzzi lager yeast. Medium – light body with a citrus aroma, with grapefruit as well as pine and resin. Hoppy but also roast with chocolate undertones from the dark malts, with a bitter and hoppy finish.
This Belgian styled blonde ale comes in at 6.1% ABV. It is slightly hazy with a straw color and nice white head. The nose brings forward notes of clove and bubble gum while the taste is lightly grainy with definitive Belgian esters and some hints of banana. The body is light to medium feel and finishes crisp.
Named after a Scottish settlement in Barbados, this malt forward Scotch Ale has hints of cherries, chocolate and a subtle amount of smoke in it with a medium body.
This double IPA is for the hophead at heart. We use an insane amount of 6 different varieties of hops in this beer. It is then dry hopped even more afterward. The outcome is a very hoppy double IPA that is fresh, citrusy and resiny. Think West Coast style brought over to the East Coast of Florida.
A collaboration brewed with Tim Ogden, head brewer of Cigar City Brewpub. Named after the historic bar and hotel on Route 60 in Yeehaw Junction, this rye IPA is brewed with local Florida honey and Temple oranges. The citrus intermingles with the hoppy nature and spices of the rye malts.