The Heat is on here in South Florida. Our local NBA team, the Miami Heat, just won the world championship and the temperatures are rising outside. Summer beers are all around; enjoy them now as they will be gone before you know it. Stock up on these beers and celebrate Independence Day; enjoy them at all of the picnics, cookouts and fireworks displays. Happy 4th of July!
Locally, the craft beer scene continues to grow and prosper. Last month, I mentioned Due South Brewing, and they are now appearing at local pubs here in Dade county. That's great progress for a two month old brewery. I noticed that their Category 4 IPA is now at Cervezas in South Miami. It's a Red IPA that clocks in at 7.7 % ABV and 85 IBU. This is an additional beer to the five that they started with just two months ago
The "Style of the Month" for July is Red ale. This style was a brewpub favorite back in the 1990's. It's now making a comeback of sorts. Many of the newer breweries have rediscovered the style and some have 'reinvented' it. My visit to Intuition Brewing in Jacksonville illustrates this well. They have a traditional Red which was rich and malty. The Riverside Red is the 'new' version created in recent years. It is stronger and hoppier but still has the maltiness. Read more about my visit on my 2012 review page.
Also this month: New beer classes scheduled at the Miami Culinary Institute. And - Beauty is in the Eye of the Beer Holder event at the Eggersmann showroom at the DCOTA. I also found an old "war story" from WW II. Stories below.
Don't forget to Drink Locally and support local breweries wherever you are.