As Hurricane Matthew draws a bead on the east coast of Florida, I thought it would be fun to look at several storm-themed beers and breweries.
Aardwolf Brewing Company
Storm-ageddon Black IPA is dark and roasty with a hoppy punch, this black IPA is a 2014 gold medal winner at the Best Florida Beer Championship.
Big Storm Brewing Company
Located in the Tampa area, Big Storm has been supplying beer-lovers with delicious liquids since 2012. The brewery specializes in brewing beers in a sustainable, local-minded method. With two operating breweries and two tap rooms, there is plenty of beer to go around for Tampa locals. But, they also can their beers, so suds hounds outside of Tampa can enjoy their award-winning brews. Try their Wavemaker Amber Ale a nicely balanced amber ale that provides plenty of hoppy goodness with a sweeter, caramel malt backbone.
Victory Brewing Company
Storm King Stout is a big beer with big flavors befitting a storm like Matthew. Expect plenty of hops, espresso and chocolate flavors in this whopper.
Highland Brewing Company
Thunderstruck Coffee Porter is a robust porter with a full body and some hints of chocolate from Chocolate Malts and Midnight Wheat. The mild hop aroma showcases the roasted flavors and subtle fruit and spice notes of the artisan fair-trade, organic coffee, roasted in the neighboring town of Black Mountain at Dynamite Roasting Company.
Hurricane Malt Liquor is full-bodied and robust and offers a smooth, slightly fruity and slightly sweet taste, and Hurricane High Gravity offers a very full-bodied flavor with a bold finish.