Florida Beer Company - Sunshine State
- ABV: 5%
- Bottle Size: 12-oz
- Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 25
- Serving Temperature: 45-50º F
- Suggested Glassware: Pint Glass or Pilsner Glass
- Malts: MFB Caramel Munich, Best Malz Caramel Pils, Bulk Pilsner
- Hops: Hallertau Mittelfrüh, Northern Brewer
This amber lager has pulled in several awards for Florida Beer Company over the years, including gold at the 2015 and 2013 US Open Beer Championships and bronze at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival. Sunshine State pours a lightly hazy medium amber color with a fluffy head of beige foam. On the nose, look for a healthy dose of Hallertau and Northern Brewer hops to offer up a pleasant noble hop aroma conjuring grass and hay-like notes, touches of earth and spice, some woody hints, and a bit of stone fruit – all atop a prominent undertone of toasty caramelized malt. There’s plenty of toasted bread crust and caramel on the palate, too, while the hops balance nicely with moderate bitterness, earthiness, and a hint of minty herbaceous character. Amber lagers are food-friendly brews, so pairing options abound; the brewery recommends BBQ ribs, chili, burgers, onion soup, jack cheese, spice cake, and classic American dishes in general. Cheers!
The Florida Beer Company has been among the leaders of Florida’s craft brewing renaissance. Founded originally in 1994 as Ybor City Brewing Company by Humberto Perez, a third generation brewer (his grandfather began one of Venezuela’s largest breweries back in 1929), the company grew to feature several different beer brands, with each offering a sense of Floridian pride in their beer names and label art. Around 2003, Perez moved brewing operations from their original Ybor City location to another brewery in Melbourne, FL: Indian River Beverage Corp., mid-way down the state’s Atlantic coast.
Not long after, Jim Massoni and Ed Scott purchased the company and renamed it Florida Beer Company. Between 2012 and 2014, after reaching capacity at the old Melbourne location, brewing operations transitioned to a new, much larger facility in Cape Canaveral. Residing in the former home of Chrysler’s missile operations, which supported such NASA programs as Mercury and Apollo, FBC boasts a new visitor center and tap room where you can sample all of their tasty brews. For more information about the brewery, their tap room, and tours, call 321-728-4114, or visit them at www.floridabeer.com.
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