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Maracuja (Passionfruit) Lambic 14% ABV

“Real men don’t drink girly fruit beers.” – Anonymous (Could be attributed to 99% of male beer drinkers – especially in FL)

While I am not a fan of some of the berry beers (I believe that Leinenkugal’s Berry Weisse needs to be “cut” with a Budweiser or other light beer to be drinkable!) – I do enjoy a well done Lambic (Belgian sour ale).

While traditional Lambic brews are low in alcohol content (around 4-5% ABV) and usually feature red fruit (raspberry/framboise, cherry/kriek, strawberry/fraise) and are brewed in Belgium, it is enjoyable to stumble upon a special Lambic on occasion.

Such was the case with a local Tampa Bay area brewpub called Lagerhaus in Palm Harbor, FL which featured a wonderful in-house Maracuja (Passionfruit) Lambic topping out at a whopping 14% ABV.  I had heard that brewmaster Franz Rothschadl knew his stuff – and after tasting this Lambic, I couldn’t agree more.  It was subtle yet bold in passionfruit flavor (my favorite of all fruits) and packed a complexity not commonly found in the lighter lambic brews.

The Lagerhaus beer menu on the week I was there (the first week in January 2012) featured several other lambics (the brews change with the batches) and a medieval brown sour ale among others.

To give you an idea of the extent of Franz’s featured beers (the ones above the line are brewed onsite), here is an excerpt:

Lagerhaus is a brewery and grill definitely worth a visit if you are in the Tampa Bay area!

Enjoy…

the unOfficial beer goddess

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Tampa Bay Females: Interested in a “Sláinte” Tasting night?

Tampa/St. PeteThe Gaelic word Sláinte means health and is often used as a beer toast as in “Cheers to your health” – which seems apropos for a new beer sampling group I am organizing for women interested in craft beer in the Tampa Bay area.

Are you interested?

In the Tampa Bay area alone we have at least five craft breweries, and over the coming months we’ll visit them for an evening of education about craft beer, friendship, and great tastings:

If you are interested, please send me an email (caroldekkers@gmail.com) with your name, phone number and email address and I’ll make sure you know when the first tasting evening is scheduled.  Tentatively, we’re planning a Thursday night once a month starting in February 2011.

Sláinte!

unOfficial Beer Goddess.

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