Ladies and Gentleman, the weather is warming, the sun is shining, and, after what seems like an endless Winter or cold, miserable snow, sleet, and freezing rain, Spring has Sprung here in New York City!
Ah, how the sun shines so magnificently on the elevated platform of the 7 train. Queens, represent!
As we move out of stout weather, our palates (and moods) shift and change, and I find myself always yearning for warmer weather beers (pilsners, wheat beers, etc.), but that’s not what I’m about to talk about here. For TigerLyfe Times Beer of the Week (or, shall we say, Beer of the Season), I’m about to talk about (surprise, surprise) some super hopped up IPAs!
“So what’s all this talk about warmer weather beers?” You may be asking yourself… Well, because these two beers are LITERALLY warmer weather beers. If, by warmer weather beers, you mean they were brewed somewhere with warmer weather than the city I currently live in. Confused? Me too! But let’s get into it!
My dear friend Evan lives with his family in Orlando, Florida, and has access to a whole bunch of awesome beers from The Sunshine State. The beer scene has exploded in Florida (please see my article about Beer in Walt Disney World), so it’s a really great time to be a craft beer drinker.
Somehow, by some magical force of nature, some beer from NYC made it down to Orlando, and some Beer from FLA made it to Queens. I got to try beers from Civil Society Brewing, Funky Buddha Brewing, Ellipsis Brewing, and more… But today, we’re talking about…
Calusa Brewing, from Sarasota, Florida. The first beer I tried from this fantastic brewery was Citronious, a lovely Citra Hopped Pale Ale with notes of tropical citrus (predominantly orange), and a lovely malt backbone.
They have some amazing labels, too.
This month, Evan sent me two out of this world IPAs for me to try, Little Whip, and Cry, Cry, Cry.
Little Whip is a 7% ABV IPA, with notes of melon and nectarines. Soft, creamy, tropical notes dance around your palate as well. This is a fine brew, and I’m so glad I was able to try it.
This is the only picture I have of Cry, Cry, Cry, as my buddy Brad and I were so excited to drink it (and so excited to use the letterboard my wife Holly Kay had gotten for me), I forgot to include the can in the photo. But google is fun!
Cry, Cry, Cry clocks in at 10%, Calusa calls it a triple IPA, and this brew is particularly special, with bursts of sugar coated pineapple, mango, and other citrus fruits. The ABV is hidden. Brad and I drank 8 ounces each and it gave us the jelly legs. This is a dangerous brew.
Anyway, if you ever find yourself in Sarasota, FL, you should definitely make a stop at Calusa Brewing. You will not regret it.
Enjoy the warm weather, folks!