Florida Beer Company - Indian River Amberjack Beer
Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 22
Serving Temperature: 38-44° F
Suggested Glassware: Stange or Pint Glass
Malts: 2-Row Pale, Caramel
Hops: German Hallertau
This beer's Floridian heritage is clearly alluded to via an image of the state on the label. On the nose, expect faint whiffs of peaches and a flowery (lilac?) note as well as a hint of nuttiness. This brew goes down with more citrus flavors than would be suggested by the bouquet, and additionally presents notes of grape and a flourish of caramel. Look for a flash of peppery hops early in the finish and a gently acidic final note. You could throw this one at anything from caramel apples to quiche to chili con carne.
The Florida Beer Company is the brainchild of company president Humberto Perez, a third-generation brewer whose grandfather founded one of the largest breweries in Venezuela—Cerveceria—in 1929. The company is comprised of a number of brands, with a common theme of Floridian pride. Humberto's vision is to create a regional brewing presence that will bring long-sought recognition to Florida's burgeoning microbrewed beer scene. The Indian River Brewing Company, where these beers are brewed, is a small brewery, located on Florida's east coast in Melbourne. It was founded by Bruce Holt and brewmaster Jack Owen in 1977 (which makes this one of the oldest microbreweries in the country). Each batch of beer is microbrewed by hand with little to no automation—reflecting the company's dedication to using traditional brewing methods to create individualistic beers.
For more information about the brewery and scheduled tours, call (321) 728-4114, or visit their website at www.floridabeer.com.
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