Saturday, July 23, 2011

Vacation beer!

So, we went on vacation to Florida's Forgotten Coast (Port St. Joe and Cape San Blas area) and were able to drink new and exciting brews from Yuengling, Sweetwater (420, IPA, and Blue), Blue Point (Toasted Lager), Cigar City (Porter), and Pensacola Bay (Brown, Amber, and the Deluna XPA). We wanted to check out the Pensacola Bay Brewery but it was downpouring in an epic fashion on both the way to Port St. Joe and the way home.

I liked the Sweetwater 420, it was an easy drinking and tasty beer for hot summer days (or the recovery from them.) We had a couple bottles of the Sweetwater IPA at the Indian Pass Raw Bar, which was good, but not the crazy hop bomb that the bottle boasted.

Other places we found good beer to drink: The Thirsty Goat, Joe Mama's Pizza, Provisions, (all in Port St. Joe) and the Fish House in Pensacola.

But the beer motherlode was when we came back through Pensacola and, upon the Beer Buddha's recommendation, we stopped at Four Winds International Fine Food for a quick lunch (delicious sandwiches) and to peruse their ample beer selection.

We ended up buying a LOT of beer:



These large and single bottles (and one can!) are: Dogfish Head My Antonia imperial pils, Erie Brewing Heritage Ale and Misery Bay IPA, Victory Wild Devil (Hop Devil with Brett), Oskar Blues' Mama's Little Yella Pils, The Bruery's Rubrod, Harpoon's Pott's Landbier, Brasserie des Geants' Saison Voisin, Great Divide Grand Cru, Harvestoun Old Engine Oil, and Terrapin's Rye Squared.

And on to our sixpacks:


Terrapin Rye Pale Ale, Palm (a Belgian amber), Southern Tier Phin & Matt's, Bell's Two Hearted Ale, and an organic ESB from a brewery in Milwaukee, Lakefront Brewery.

We also had a couple cold singles that went in the fridge: Sparkling Ale by Cooper's Brewing in Australia, Bell's Porter and Java Stout, and a Lagunitas Pale Ale.

It was a hell of a shopping spree, I tell you what. The folks behind us in line were slightly taken aback, and asked if we were having a tasting party. NO LADY, ALL FOR US!!!

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