Tuesday, May 21, 2013

On The Road With Mile Marker

St. Augustine:

Made a first-time visit to Mile Marker Brewery before hitting I-95 for Savannah. This is the kind of experience I always look forward to: small producer making beers with imagination and gusto. 

 My first experience was with their 82 Islamorada IPA, 6.2% abv, which the brewmaster describes as "an IPA perfectly suited for Florida weather." Medium bodied, good hop balance, just slightly bitter in the finish which should appeal to folks who, unlike me, have problems with "hop-bombs."

Being the first to arrive that day (and a tad early for opening hours on Sunday) our guide
and server, Miguel Corzo, had plenty of time to describe the various numbers associated with their beers. They all are related to destinations along either Highway 1 from the Florida Keys or I-95 which passes thru St. Augustine. Apparently, Mile Marker has a big following in the Keys and much of their product is sold there.

We had five beers to sample, shown in the photo, and one we heard about, their Cudjoe Key Black IPA. Sure sorry to miss that one, it sounded like just the style I'm coming to really enjoy. 

Coconut Porter was light bodied, subtle coconut flavor in the finish.

Where it all begins, the mash tun

Easy to identify these kegs; ambiance I think it's called.
Chilled and ready to be tapped! Wonderful sight.

Association logo; spot the FL outline?

Now that we are in GA, not sure if I will be able to find their beers on tap but I most certainly will be looking for them.

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