Happy Sunday Funday y’all! Instead of doing a focused post on one beer or one brewery, I’ll give you a disjointed rambling about my first brewing experience, a local brewery (Ocean Sun Brewing), and whatever else comes to mind. This weekend I was supposed to run offshore for some mahi fishing, but 7′ seas said otherwise so my good buddy Danny Oceans came to visit, and we hit up a new brewery called Ocean Sun.
This place has only been open for a year, but when we walked in it was pretty busy for 2 p.m. on a Saturday. They had 8 or so of their own taps with varied styles from a Belgian Strong Ale to a DIPA. One thing I noticed is that everything was over 6% abv, so they pack a punch. Along with the high abv they had some interesting names as the first beer I ordered was called 2Bucoo4u. It was a Black IPA and had awesome flavor to it.
The second I picked was the Mur De Huy, a Belgian style strong ale which is apparently some hill in Belgium on the Tour De France. I thought the name was weird, but it was another very well crafted beer. For being such a young brewery the beers seemed very polished. A side note, they have free popcorn there so you constantly have something to munch on. This is a cool place that you should definitely check out if you’re in the area!
If you haven’t attempted brewing before, it is not for those who want things immediately. I brewed my first batch, and the brewing process alone took me approximately five hours for a one gallon batch. You heard that right, five hours to brew one gallon. I learned a ton doing it that would cut the time down, but it still takes hours to do. Once it’s brewed you let it ferment for another two weeks then bottle for another week or so. So for my nine bottles of beer (I spilled some), it took five hours of brew time and three weeks.
All of that being said, when I got to taste my own beer for the first time it was 100% worth the effort. I made an IPA from a box recipe (Brooklyn Brew Shop), and I am pleasantly surprised with the quality of it. I’d say a great way to get into it is to purchase a box with all the equipment and ingredients so you don’t have to keep running back to the store. Pack some patience and a few cold beers, and you will have a good time and hopefully crank out some awesome brew that you and your friends can enjoy!
Until next time, tight lines and cheers!