Southern Barrel Brewing Company - Beach Bully
- ABV: 5.4%
- Bottle Size: 12-oz
- Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 42
- Serving Temperature: 42-47º F
- Suggested Glassware: Pint Glass or Mug
- Malts: 2-Row, Caramunich 1, Dextrin
- Hops: Citra, El Dorado
This back-to-back (2021 & 2022) Gold Medal winner at the South Carolina Beer Awards offers us a well-hazed bright orange color with an energetic head of off-white foam. We were immediately taken by how inviting the aromatics were on this pale ale. We picked up prominent fruity notes of sliced melon and orange-leaning citrus, with additional apricot, peach, and pineapple tones complemented by a little tropical flora and maybe even a wisp of cedar. On the palate, there’s a nice balance among the aforementioned aroma notes, with quite a bit of citrus rind becoming apparent and merging into the hop bitterness. We also enjoyed the medium body of this hazy brew, and the zesty 42 IBUs offer plenty of bite to balance the round impression and a touch of residual sweetness. The whole package comes across juicy, satisfying, and very flavorful. For pairing options, we’d lean towards citrus-glazed ham or some spicy citrus-marinated mesquite-grilled chicken. Cheers!
Southern Barrel Brewing Company opened its doors in Bluffton, SC in May of 2015, and the brewery and attached tavern has since become a popular attraction for local residents and visitors alike. The brewery was conceived by businessman Stewart Taylor, who resides in Pennsylvania but has a second home on Hilton Head Island, just a stone's throw from Bluffton. After researching a variety of places for his brewery, he chose Bluffton for its "unique, eclectic charm" as well as its growth and the helpful and welcoming local business community.
To lead his brewing team, Taylor hired Walter Trifari to be his brewmaster. Originally, Trifari studied criminal justice but eventually decided it just wasn't for him. A fateful visit in 1997 to the brewpub where his cousin worked, John Harvard’s Brew House in Westport, CT, ignited a love of beer which grew into a career. After a stint at John Harvard's, he worked for a variety of other breweries, including a 10 year run at Delaware's Fordham & Dominion, where as head brewer he grew the brewery's production by more than three times and was recognized with several awards. Trifari's philosophy has been to keep the focus on traditional techniques and styles, avoiding many of the gimmicky trends and laundry lists of unusual ingredients found in the industry these days.
Southern Barrel currently produces about a half dozen canned beers as well as additional selections on tap at their tavern, which features burgers, sandwiches, tacos, and more. For more info, call 'em up at 843-837-2337 or visit southernbarrelbrewingco.com.
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