With a name like Pelican, it's no surprise that a brewery would take on saving an endangered species as its cause. Now, Oregon's Pelican Pub & Brewery has paired up with local Woodland Park Zoo for its Brew at the Zoo and fundraising efforts.
The brewmasters at Pelican created the Silverspot IPA, in honor of one beloved Oregon species on the verge of extinction: the silverspot butterfly. Silverspot butterflies can be found in Oregon, California, and Washington, but a loss of habitat (particularly violets) has threated the species. The butterfly has been on the Endangered Species List as a threatened species since 1980.
Fortunately, recovery programs, like the The Oregon Silverspot Captive Rearing Program and the Woodland Park Zoo, have been working to re-habitate the population by releasing new butterflies in protected areas. One of those areas, Cascade Head, is visible from Pelican Pub and Brewery, so it was a natural partnership for Pelican to save the silverspot. "We have been waiting for an opportunity to produce an English-style IPA, which will be a little more accessible to the average beer drinker. We’re excited about the cross-promotional opportunity and for the public awareness of the Oregon silverspot," said Ken Henson, Pelican Pub & Brewery general manager, in a release.
The Silverspot IPA is a English-style brew, made with Sterling, Fuggle, and Meridian hops; the IPA has herbal, floral, and tangerine flavor notes. Starting this week, it will be available at PCC Natural Markets, Whole Foods, and QFC locations (and a portion of proceeds will go to conservation efforts for the Silverspot). It will also be on tap at the Woodland Park Zoo's Brew at the Zoo beer-tasting event Oct. 4.
The Silverspot IPA is now the sixth beer on tap for Pelican; the brewery has won several awards in the past year alone, at the North American Beer Awards for its Tsunami Stout, Stormwatcher's Winterfest, and Surfer's Summer Ale. Not to mention the paired food menus at the gastropub (like the barbecue steak and prawns and the Tsunami Stout pot roast) and the incredible ocean-front views — this is one brewery worth the visit.
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Kiwanda Pelican Pub & Brewery
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Notes: Kiwanda Cream Ale celebrates Cape Kiwanda, the starting point of the stunning Three Capes Scenic Route and the birthplace of Pelican Brewing Company. Inspired by one of America’s traditional 19th century beer styles, Kiwanda has a golden color, floral aroma, refreshing body and a clean, snappy finish. Whether enjoyed with your toes in the sand at our oceanfront brewpub or in your own backyard, Kiwanda Cream Ale is proof that light colored beer can be both refreshing and inspiring.
12.5 degrees Plato
Bitterness: 25 IBU
Color: 5 lovibond
3.86 /5 rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Medium thin, bright white head that dissipates quickly. Light golden straw color which is nearly clear. Very light and basic malt aroma with a hint of spice. Medium light bodied and flavored. Pleasant, malt dominated subtle flavor in a floral sense, with the malt dominating the finish. Similar to a fine pilsner without the hop bite at the end. This tastes like a quality regular BEER.
4.26 /5 rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
12 oz bottle dated 10/1/20 poured into a pint glass on 12/19/20.
Pours a 2" creamy white head. Translucent golden yellow color. Rising bubbles, not much lacing.
Floral hop aromas with some bitter lager yeast. A very light lemon rind, orange peel.
Emphasis on biscuity lager flavor and floral hops with a hint of citrus. Well balanced.
Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Unobtrusive and non-astringent.
Very easy-drinking and balanced ale that shares some flavors and aromas with a pilsner or other lager.
4.1 /5 rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Look: Semi-clear light orange with a lively and quickly settling head that leaves no lacing behind
Aroma: Sweet bready malt, cream notes (as in cream soda, not milk cream), floral hops, some wet straw, and fruity esters
Taste: Floral hops, straw, and bready malt kick things off and intermingle while the fruity esters fade in and out of the picture. Closes out with more of everything and on the hard-to-describe but cream-ale-esque note
Mouthfeel: Smooth – even a little silky, medium-high carbonation, and a very clean and soft finish
Overall: A winner. I’m a huge fan of this hybrid style and think this is a very well-made example of it. Like other hybrid styles (Kolsch, Cali Common, Cream Ale), it has a great mix of smoothness and cleanliness while also being soft and having noticeable esters. I’ve been drinking this stuff for years and if cream ales are up your alley, definitely recommended
3.83 /5 rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
a real solid cream ale, more flavorful than most but real crisp and clean to drink, refreshing but not necessarily summery, like this would be valuable all year round, which is not always the case with these, not too light or anything, very well made beer as pretty much all of them are from pelican. we picked up this sixer from their to go window at the brewery and drank them on the beach our front, looking out at the waves and the rock and everything, pretty idyllic spot! this beer has some moderate depth to it for the style, a biscuit malt note that isnt sweet but is more substantial than the norm, just by a little. the yeast has some flavor too, which i like, almost a lager breadiness about it, very crisp to finish, but with some european character in the middle. hops are bittering only and very mild, but there is a freshness to this that really stands out. i get an almost pancake batter flavor as it warms a little, and i like this best when its freezing cold and has more refreshment capacity, but i appreciate this being bold for the style. old school and modern at the same time, a highly relevant american cream ale as far as i am concerned. pelican never lets me down (except for when the wait to have a beer at the brewery during coronavirus times is more than two hours and you have to skip it despite massive stoke levels).
3.58 /5 rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Unknown age bottle poured into a pint glass. Color is a midly hazy yellow gold, really strong carbonation, a decent pale white 1 finger head with good foam and soapyness. Lacing is O.K. The nose is unremarkable to me, but pleasant and not unlike a mild pils. The taste is where this cream ale shines: good snappy hop up front, zero bitterness, crisp and clean with a creamy citrus finish. The finish has a nice creamy base with some malty character.
This is a good crisp easy drinking cream ale from Pelican. For simpler times, this brew takes the cake.
4.27 /5 rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
First of all, you have to support Pelican just for the fact that they have possibly the most stunning vista from any brewpub in the world, where you can have a pint and lunch sitting literally on the beach gazing at giant haystack rocks and the mighty Pacific at your feet.
If that’s not enough, some other things to love about this beer: it comes in a very attractive 19.2 ounce orange can, the perfect single serving for a beverage of this ABV, or to share with a loved one. Cream ales themselves are never going to bowl you over with flavor. That said, this one is clean and crisp and refreshing as advertised. If you quaff it staring at the ocean, your enjoyment will be multiplied many fold.
4 /5 rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours a lovely 'classic' beery yellow/gold. Nice fluffy head holds it's own.
Smell is lightly malty sweet. Light breadiness.
Taste has a nice bitter c-hop hit right up front that is quickly washed over with a heavily bready and lightly buttery flavor. Nice balance and one of the first times i've seen how people can appreciate the 'buttery' diacetyl flavor in beer. It works well here.
Mouthfeel is nice with a crisp bite balanced with a 'creaminess' and fullness to the body. Easy drinking without being at all watery.
Overall this is a nice easy drinker. Surprised this style fell out of flavor and will not be surprised if it makes a craft comeback. This is a real enjoyable beer without any of the modern bells and whistles
3.92 /5 rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a pretty hefty two finger white head into my Boston Lager glass. Retention is average, but it has left outstanding initial lacing and film. Body is a crystal clear golden orange, with a very large amount of bubbles coming up. Looks really good so far.
Nose is dry, some faint grassy hops, extremely light malts. No diacetyl, maybe a tiny bit of dms. Smells clean, creamy, to style, pretty nice.
Flavor is much the same, a tad sweeter than the nose indicated, but still light and somewhat dry. Hop flavor is mostly un present medium-low bitterness is noticeable, and higher than expected. No dms or diacetyl. Mineral finish. Has a little more flavor, and is a little less smooth than I anticipated.
Mouthfeel is pretty good. Carbonation is about medium. Sugars are just barely present, it drinks easy and is relatively dry – well balanced there. Bitterness does not linger and is welcome for the most part.
Drinkability is maybe a tad below what I expected, but overall very high.
Appearance turned out wonderful, nice thick lacing all the way down.
Overall a pretty solid cream ale, has a little bit of a roughness to it, but overall a tasty brew that is pretty balanced and flavorful for the style.
5 /5 rDev +36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
THIS IS BY FAR THE BEST LIGHT BEER OUT THERE! THIS IS ONE OF THE REASONS I DRIVE TO OREGON EVERY YEAR AND THIS IS THE FIRST THING I WILL STOP AND GET AS SOON AS WE GET THERE.
PELICAN NEED TO EXPAND THEIR DISTRIBUTIONS TO THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN.
BETTER IN BOTTLE THAN ON TAP
3.71 /5 rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
From the bottle, it pours a clear golden amber with a modest, long lasting head. Light scent, light bready malt with some honey. Taste is the same. Creamy mouthfeel. Easy drinking beer!
3.82 /5 rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
22 oz into a samuel smith imperial pint glass.
Look: pale, translucent yellow. Large white head. mounded out of the glass. High carbonation. Bubbled intensely
Smell: lemon? toast, biscuit, pretty bready, yeast, honey
taste: light malt, some citrus, honey, light sweet cream
feel: smooth and creamy mouth feel, a bit bubbly
overall: good summer beer. nice and light with a pleasant flavor.
3.78 /5 rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a perfectly clear yellow with a thin foamy white head. Not quite the tight on it bubbles we've grown accustomed to for the style, but inviting enough.
Not much going on in the aroma. A simple sweet biscuit, perhaps a touch of honey, and a little spicy hop finish.
Again with biscuits lightly drizzled in honey followed by a subtle peppery finish.
A mild carbonation is balanced by a slightly creamier than expected finish. As if water were mildly infused with honey.
Overall, it seems as honey was the constant, though I don't know if any honey was actually used in this beer. A light and refreshing enough brew for a warm day. Cheers!
3.04 /5 rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
Can't remember whether I had this at the Tilamook spot or simply from a bottle afterwards. Either way, I've had it multiple times. Was this their flagship at one time?
Pours a golden color, full 1" white head on top. Looks unfiltered. Aroma is mostly barley type grain notes. Taste is more of the same. Relatively smooth, not much going on here, which does kind of conform to style guidelines. The mouth feel is actually way more bitter than I would have expected. I mean, 25 ibu? Tastes like 45. Bomber format is lame because of the price per ounce. Its a serviceable beer for the most part.
3.83 /5 rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Look: Clear yellow body, one finger white head.
Smell: Mild grains and noble hops.
Taste: Same as above, but includes some mild corn.
Feel: light body, medium carbonation, a hint of sweetness.
3.34 /5 rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
Had this on tap in a pint glass at The Chowder Bowl in Newport, Oregon.
L:It was a nice golden color with a pretty hefty head.
S: Smelled mostly of Malt and Wheat.
T: It was oddly tart with a slightly cream taste to it and a bit of wheat. That taste overall was really subdued and not what I expected. An oddly bitter aftertaste as well that made the beer feel a little imbalanced for me.
F: It had a nice creamy soft texture and went down nice.
O: It was an ok beer would probably reorder if all there was available were big names though that is extremely unlikely in the PNW. Not bad but would not likely go out of my way to get it.
4.14 /5 rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
At the Tillamook brew pub, poured into a pint glass. Pale gold colored with small white head, minimal lacing, lots of bubbles. Straightforward malty aroma. Light, crisp, refreshing feel with mild malty notes, hints of apricot. Tasty and easy drinking.
4.12 /5 rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Light straw colour with lovely head and light lacing.
Flavor is light and very congruent. Malts dominate with light floral hops punching through. Carbonation is smooth yet somewhat aggressive.
3.46 /5 rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured into a spieglau ipa glass from a single 12 oz. bottle, pours a clear and fairly bright light gold with a nice 2 finger white foamy head, and good retention. Nose is quite unlike almost any other beer that I can think of. has a kind of overly sweet shortbread note that dominates, which is unique, but doesn't really appeal to me. Also a little grassy hoppiness and some grainy sweetness. On the taste, the overly sweet doughy notes aren't quite as prominent but they still show up mid-way and kind of run the show from there. Before that, though, there's a faint hint of some bright citrus, and some delicate graininess that is quite nice. Mouthful is substantial and maybe even creamy without being thick. also feels quite light and thin, but not in a watery way. quite crisp toward the end. Interesting, but that sweet breadiness isn't for me. Not too long ago I had one of the better pre-prob lagers I've tried in a long time from the very organic Bang, so that may be affecting my expectations here. Anyway, I'm glad I tried this one but I'm not planning on having a second go.
3.47 /5 rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a bomber, it's a pleasant and slightly cloudy light gold color. Aroma is breads and biscuits. The cream ale tastes of light malts and just the light bittering in the backgound. Finish is light and clean Cream ales are not the most popular style by a long shot, but a nice alternative and light on ABV by nature.
3.63 /5 rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Mostly clear, with a bit of particulate. Thin, bubbly head and streak lacing. Aroma is light floral, caramel malt, with some grass, citrus, and herbal notes. Flavor is herbal, grass, bread malt, and light citrus. Crisp and refreshing, a decent beer overall.
3.44 /5 rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Smooth and slick best describe this cream ale. Small creamy white head, slightly hazy golden body. Sweet malt aroma, bread dough, biscuits. Taste is slightly tangy and sweet, malty, light citrus, hay. Abrupt finish.
3.77 /5 rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pours a clear, gold color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong pale malt, hint of sweet malt, hint of hops, hint of citrus, and a hint of cream. Fits the style of a Cream Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong pale malt, hint of sweet malt, hint of hops, hint of citrus, and a hint of cream. Overall, good appearance, but average aroma, body, and blend.
3.53 /5 rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
From tap to glass at the Brewery at Cape Kiwanda, Pacific City, OR
Appearance:light amber, clear liquid, medium off white head that disappears slowly
Smell:malty, grainy aroma
Taste: medium bitter
Palate: lively carbonation, creamy
Overall: very good ok to repeat
Drank: May 6, 2016
4 /5 rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours hazed golden with a creamy white head that leaves lacing.
The smell is of floral notes, a hint of citrus (lime) and sourdough bread.
The taste is of sourdough bread - sweet and tart with lemongrass and a floral, refreshingly dry finish.
It has a creamy, smooth body.
Nice characteristics. A pleasant brew and a very good example of the style.
4.06 /5 rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a creamy white head not much lace on glass. pale and cloudy off-yellow. Smells tart and biscuit. Tastes very tart, dry, and a little peppery in the backend. It also had a bready, soda cracker-like taste to it. It reminds me of a marriage between a Czech pils and a champagne. It's refreshing and bubbly light bodied and easy to drink (if you like tart cream ales). It was decent. I liked the dry aftertaste a lot. Nice for a summer quencher.
Breakside Brewery opened in 2010 in Northeast Portland as a restaurant and pub brewery and has grown to be a highly regarded regional brewery producing 30,000 barrels annually. The brewery is known for its broad portfolio of award-winning, innovative beers. In 2013, Breakside expanded operations to Milwaukie, OR with a production facility and taproom capable of producing 40,000 barrels of beer per year. The brewery opened its third location in 2017— a lively brewpub in the Slabtown district of Northwest Portland. In 2019, Breakside became one of only a handful of employee-owned breweries in the country.
In addition to winning many national, international, and regional awards for its beers, Breakside was named Brewery of the Year in 2017 and 2019 at the Oregon Beer Awards and the 2018 Best of Craft Beer Awards. Breakside sells beer on draft and in package in Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Massachusetts, and Northern California.
Arkansas: Vino’s Brewpub
Where: 923 W 7th St, Little Rock, AR 72201
When it started: 1993
What to order: Firehouse Pale Ale
Established in 1993, Vino’s is Arkansas’s oldest continually operating craft brewery. More than just beer, it also serves up New York-style pizza, sandwiches, salads, and live entertainment. Originally conceived as Vino’s Pizzeria in 1990, it quickly converted to a brewpub once Arkansas legalized them in 1993. Vino’s prides itself on its wide variety of handcrafted ales, IPAs, stouts, and porters, and its reputation as the state’s “Original Brewpub.”
During the heat of World War 1, four American soldiers found themselves in a small village pub. Their main connection being in the same army company. As casual introductions are made, Leonard Anderson stresses his dislike of being called “Leo”, the pet name given by his mother as a child. And, as it always happens when alcohol is involved, the rest of the group Chet (Leonard’s brother), Clancey and Roscoe, begin to tease “Leo” about his name. The fires of aggravation, being fueled by ale, sets off a huge bar brawl. First among the four servicemen, then quickly including everyone else – including the bar maids!
As it goes with drunken brawls, the fighting quickly dissolved and the drinking even more quickly resumed. The four acquaintances became fast friends, and vowed to keep in touch once the war was over. Miraculously, all four survived. Being that at the time they were all single, they ultimately decided to settle into Roscoe’s home town of Harrodsburg, Kentucky. The four went in to business together, opening a mill/general store/post office.
As years passed, times changed. Prohibition swept over the US. One sultry summer evening, the men sat on Clancey’s front porch, reminiscing about the war and longing for tall, cold beer. But, since prohibition was in full swing, that quickly became a moot point. It also became the inspiration for the four friends’ greatest investment…their own secret brewery, where they could create the beer that they wanted. “To Hell With The Government!” became the traditional toast of the brewers and the select few friends that were invited to indulge in the secret brew.
Fast forward several decades. LeMayne Ellis, Steve Anderson, Keith McQuerry and Jay Anderson, all of Harrodsburg, are cleaning out the attic of LeMayne’s childhood home. Under mounds of old newspapers they discover an old envelope. Inside that envelope they discover a faded picture of four men and several pages of what appear to be recipes. Upon further inspection, they realize not only are they the direct kin of the original creators, but that they also now possess the secret recipes.
With a lot of experimentation and trial and error, Lemons Mill Brewery and OCD2 brand was born. The coupling of traditional brewing and modern flavor infusions has come to create some of the most amazing beer that will pass your lips.
14 Black-Owned and Black-Led Breweries You Should Know
Less than 1% of the nearly 8,500 craft breweries in America are Black-owned. That needs to change.
The craft beer industry has a problem with a lack of diversity. In the Brewers Association&rsquos 2019 survey, it found that 88 percent of brewery owners were white. From there, American Indian or Alaska Native owners were 4 percent, followed by Asian and Hispanic owners both at 2 percent, and Black brewery owners stood at just 1 percent. Hispanic employees make up about 7.5 percent of brewery service staff and Black employees sit at just over 4 percent of brewery service staff.
These numbers are not OK, and we start to change that by lifting up and supporting those who are forging paths for others to follow. In honor of Black History Month, we compiled a list of 14 breweries either owned by Black folk or led by a Black brewer. This is by no means a comprehensive list or a best of &mdash the following is simply a collection of some notable Black-led breweries in the country that you should know and support.
Green Bench Brewing Company
From: St. Petersburg, FL
Green Bench is one of those rare, world-class breweries that&rsquos able to brew any style of beer really, really well. That&rsquos because of co-owner and head brewer Khris Johnson&rsquos impeccable brewing prowess &mdash he&rsquos also a founding faculty member of USF St. Petersburg&rsquos Brewing Arts Program. Khris&rsquo vision and abilities have transpired to Green Bench being known for everything from IPAs to mixed-fermentation beers to lagers and everything in between.
Weathered Souls Brewing Co.
From: San Antonio, TX
In 2020 it was the Black Is Beautiful initiative from Weathered Souls that made one of the biggest impacts on the craft beer world. Conceived by co-founder and head brewer Markus Baskerville, the collab brought together nearly 1,200 breweries from around the world, designed to raise awareness about the inequalities and injustices Black people face every day. Baskerville and Weathered Souls are rising stars in craft beerdom with deep stouts and thirst-quenching IPAs.
Crowns & Hops
From: Inglewood, CA
Founded by Beny Ashburn and Teo Hunter, Crowns & Hops has been focusing their work on closing the racial and gender gap in craft beer for years. Brewing beers that recognize historically Black colleges and universities or are done in conjunction with other Black-owned proprietors like Red Bay Coffee is at the center of what Crowns & Hops stands for. Their diverse portfolio of beers range from pilsners to West Coast IPAs and more. Crowns & Hops is currently building its first brewpub.
Four City Brewing Company
From: Orange, NJ
Founded out of Roger Apollon Jr.&rsquos passion for home brewing, Four City Brewing Company aims to be a place where all can come to enjoy good beer. The microbrewery produces all kinds of delectable, citrus-forward IPAs and other styles that tie into the local Orange community &mdash its flagship Citrus City is the epitome of this homage to home.
Harlem Brewing Company
From: Harlem, NY
Celeste Beatty has been a true pioneer in the brewing industry since the &lsquo90s. She officially founded Harlem Brewing Company in November 2000 and has since established her three flagship beers (Sugar Hill Golden Ale, Renaissance Wit and 125 IPA) as staples for any New York City drinker. Weaving together the heritage of Harlem, Beatty has also expanded to a sister brewpub in Rocky Mount, NC, dubbed Harlem Brew South. If you can find it, Renaissance Wit is one of the best American Witbiers out there.
Urban Roots Brewing
From: Sacramento, CA
Urban Roots Brewing has quickly asserted itself as a favorite among craft beer nerds and casual beer drinkers alike. That&rsquos not just because they double as a Texas-style smokehouse, but it&rsquos because of co-owner Rob Archie&rsquos long-standing acumen in the craft beer. He&rsquos also the owner of the Pangea Bier Cafe which helped establish Sacramento&rsquos blossoming craft beer scene. Urban Roots excels at IPAs, pilsners and porters.
Rhythm Brewing Co.
From: New Haven, CT
Rhythm Brewing Co.&rsquos owner and founder Alisa Bowens-Mercado is a one-woman workhorse. She started Rhythm Brewing Co. in 2018 to focus on unfiltered craft lagers since lagers were the drink of choice of both her grandmothers. The flagship Rhythm Unfiltered Lager uses South African hops and is just what you&rsquore looking for in a crisp, easy-drinking beer.
Gulp Coast: St. Pete/Clearwater’s Craft Beer Trail
The Gulp Coast. think of it as the Sunshine State’s answer to California’s wine country. Along the trail, you’ll stumble upon homegrown breweries offering artisanal beers brewed on site. When you belly-up to the tasting room bar, you’ll be among friends, all of whom share a love of local beer and their community.
Our new Craft Brewery Passport 2.0 highlights the can't-misses of the Gulp Coast. Take a brewery tour, meet the brewer and fill a growler with your favorite offering. Each brewery along the trail is unique in its setting and vibe – but also in what’s on the menu. Some specialize in summer-friendly sours and others go for locally inspired takes on classics (mango-habanero IPA, anyone?).
Don’t miss a chance to taste the area’s signature beer, Florida Weisse, a tart, low-alcohol, highly carbonated brew inspired by the Berliner Weisse. Local brewers make it their own with hints of the tropics: key lime, dragon fruit and passionfruit.
Our Passport 2.0 keeps up with the adventure! Learn more about our storied beer culture by visiting some of the 35+ local craft breweries along the Gulp Coast, and don’t forget to order your updated Craft Beer Trail passport 2.0 (below) for a chance to win prizes!
Craving a craft cocktail made with locally distilled spirits? Check out our video featuring delicious drink recipes.
WHEN YOU VISIT: St. Pete/Clearwater's craft breweries are taking extra precautions to ensure that their guests and staff have a safe and positive experience. Staff members are required to wear face coverings at all times (indoors and outdoors) while on duty, even when they are not customer-facing. Guests should wear masks or face coverings while waiting for a table or anytime while walking through a brewery (you may remove your mask when at a table). Guests must be seated to be served. If you visit one of our local breweries, remember to be patient and generous with your servers - they are doing everything they can to help you have a brewtastic experience.
A British Brewery Built Tiny Pubs for Hedgehogs
Wild British hedgehog populations have been declining, but beer is here to help.
Last year, McDonald’s in Sweden unveiled an irresistibly cute promotion: The “world’s smallest McDonald’s”𠅊 tiny “McHive” built specifically for bees to support dwindling bee populations. Then, in December, a burrito joint in Kentucky opened a tiny pop-up location just for squirrels. But what about British hedgehogs? They, of course, are deserving of a proper pub.
Last week, London’s Camden Town Brewery unveiled tiny pubs for hedgehogs —which live in the wild in the U.K.𠅌reated in collaboration with the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. These portable watering holes went up for sale on Thursday for ꍐ a pop (about $65) and were fittingly dubbed The Hibernation Arms. They “may look like your local,” the brewery wrote, but each pub is actually 𠇊 safe place for hedgehogs to hibernate in winter, and birth baby hogs in summer, available to buy for your very own garden.” As two added bonuses, 100-percent of the proceeds went to the Preservation Society, and each pub came with a four-pack of human beer, Camden Hells in Hibernation Lager.
That beer𠅊 piney, winter take on Camden Town’s signature Hells Lager—will also see a portion of its sales donated to help Britain’s spiny, little mammals. “Hibernation isn’t easy for British wildlife these days. The change in their environment has seen animals such as hedgehogs arrive much later in the year, meaning they’re not able to eat enough to sleep through the cold winter months. And in urban areas, loss of habitat, dangerous roads and pesticide have all limited hedgehogs’ ability to find a safe space to hibernate in winter,” the brewery explained in announcing the hibernation huts. “That’s why we’re supporting the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS).”
“We are very grateful that Camden Town Brewery is showing support for hedgehogs with its fantastic Hells in Hibernation Lager,” Fay Vass, BHPS’s chief executive, stated. “Hedgehog populations have declined by half in rural areas and by a third in urban ones in the last 20 years so they need all the help they can get. The funds and awareness that this collaboration raises will help us, help hedgehogs.”