Monday, May 28, 2012

Schnebly's Beer: Tropical Fruit Meets Hops

Schnebly Redland's Winery, Homestead, branched out this year into beer brewing. But their brews come with a tropical twist just like their wines. They infuse their beers with tropical fruits like guava and mango.

Big Rod Ale, Schnebly Redland's Winery and Brewery,
Homestead, Fla.

On a recent trip with a friend, I got to take an $8 tropical tasting tour of: coconut, mango, passion fruit, and guava beer. We paid an extra $10 for a souvenir pint glass.

Big Rod Ale in front and Shark Attack in back, Schneblys
Redland's Winery and Brewery, Homestead, Fla.

The Big Rod Ale made with European hops and coconut was a delightful start to our tour. It had a nice toasted coconut flavor followed by strong hops after two to three sips.

Next was Shark Attack made with mango and European hops. It was a smooth, ruby colored beer. Unfortunately the mango flavor got lost in the brew. But it was still a good comfort-food/drink.

Passion Fruit IPA at the front, and Gator Tail Ale in back,
Schnebly's Winery and Brewery,
Homestead, Fla.

The Passion Fruit IPA beer was made with American citrus hops and passion fruit. It was pale in color like a wheat beer and had a very perfume like citrus taste upfront. It had a strong bitter finish and aftertaste. My friend did not mind this but I found too bitter.

The last type, Gator Tail Ale, was made with English hops and guava. It was the closest in style to an Irish Red. It had an earthy, chocolate, coffee flavor. It would go really well with meat dishes.This was a favorite.

Our bartender, Mauricio Mejia, asked what type of beer we wanted in the souvenir pint glass. We chose coconut because it was the most unusual.

If you find yourself in the Homestead area of Florida, drop into Schnebly Redland's Winery and Brewery. And if Mauricio is there, make sure you take a tasting tour with him, he is very knowledgeable when it comes to all things beer.

They are located at 30205 S.W. 217 Ave., Homestead, FL 33030
Phone 888-717-WINE

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