Pepper beers walk a fine line. The best ones, as is the case with most spicy endeavors, are as much about flavor as they are heat.
It's been nearly a year since the first bottle release from Safety Harbor's Crooked Thumb Brewing. Two brews were released at that event, both from the brewery's Abbey of the South series, a line of brews inspired by the iconic styles traditionally brewed in Belgian monasteries.
One of the major benefits of visiting your local brewery is the ability to try one-off batches, often versions of flagship offerings with various flavoring additions.
We'll just go ahead and ignore the name here, instead focusing on the fact that, yes, this is a pickle-flavored beer.
In 2004, Delaware's Dogfish Head Brewery was well into the process of making a name for itself through envelope-pushing beers, like 120-Minute IPA and World Wide Stout, brews notorious for their astronomical alcohol content.
The Tampa Bay area is the new hotbed of craft beer as more than a dozen breweries and brewpubs have set up shop with another half dozen in the planning stages.