Calusa Brewing, Sarasota, FL

I stopped in at Calusa Brewing in Sarasota, Florida to sample their beer.  They had a great number of IPAs, making it difficult to pick just one.  However, after looking at the options I selected Mosaic Shake Double IPA with blueberries, vanilla and lactose.  I was NOT disappointed.  This is a strong beer with great hop bitterness which is tempered slightly with the blueberries.  My friend tried several other of the beers, some of which I tasted.  Great beers and a great place to stop.

JDub’s Brewing Company, Sarasota, FL

I stopped in at JDub’s Brewing Company in Sarasota, Florida.  The first order of business was to place an order with the Smokin’ Momma Lora’s BBQ food truck out front.  Their Buffalo Nachos were awesome.

I ordered a flight of tasters to enjoy with the food.

I loved the Raspberry IPA and The Bell Cow Milk Chocolate Porter.  Both are absolutely awesome.  The Raspberry IPA adds a delightful tart fruity raspberry flavor layered on top of a hoppy IPA.  Wow!  The Milk Chocolate Porter was chocolatey and delicious.  Dessert in a glass.  Great spot for a beer.

Crooked Can Brewing Company, Winter Garden, FL

I stopped in at Crooked Can Brewing Company in Winter Garden, Florida and enjoyed their Cool as a Gose Cucumber Gose.  It had been a while since I’d had a nice Gose and this did not disappoint.  Tart, Salty, hints of cucumber.  Very drinkable.  In fact, several of these would have gone down easily.  And, this would pair with a pizza very well (but I’m trying to be good and not eat pizza these days).

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Broken Cauldron Brewery and Taproom, Orlando, FL

I stopped in at Broken Cauldron Brewery and Taproom in Orlando, Florida last night.  As usual, I was taking pictures for my blog postings.  The owner,  Jeanna, just happened to be out front and was wondering what I was doing with the pictures.  She thought I was with the city government.  Apparently there’s some dispute over her sign (the featured post image).  Personally,  I love the painted sign.  My picture-taking led to a wonderful time talking with Jeanna and her husband about the brewery, their beer and their plans.

I started with Ruckus Red, their signature brew.  What I learned from Jeanna is that their brewery and taproom is the tailgate spot for the Orlando City soccer club.  When there are home games the brewery hosts over 1,000 people.  And, the beer of choice is Ruckus Red, red ale.  I can see why.  I’ve enjoyed red ales before.  This one is special.  Its sweet (malty) and also spicy and bitter.  Its a complex beer and really enjoyable to drink.  Great job!

After Ruckus Red I tried the Bleed Purple Blackberry Saison and was really impressed.  This beer packed a delicious tart blackberry flavor into the saison.  Yummy.  I’d drink this often if I were in the area more frequently.  It has both sweet and tart notes.

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Black Cauldron also has a nifty used beer receptacle.

Jeanna also gave me a tour of the brewery.  I felt like royalty.  And, in the process she shared how they use a Rinnai tankless natural gas hot water system.  Using this system saves them time and money.  With my background in the natural gas business I naturally perked right up when she described how this benefits them.  While in the brewery she told me about the cucumber sour they had which I also tried.  Delicious.  Jeanna wasn’t as pleased with this and I’m sure she’ll be putting finishing touches on this recipe.  With the emphasis on sours these days I find this to be a real contender.

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Best wishes Jeanna.  Hope our paths cross again.