Saturday, August 29, 2015

Darwin Brewing Company And Craft Beers, Bradenton, Fla.

This three-year old microbrewery in Bradenton, Florida has adventurous beers. Located next to McKechnie Stadium, Darwin Brewing Company got its name from Darwin Santa Maria owner of the restaurant Darwin’s on 4th . Today however the brewing company is not affiliated with the now closed restaurant in Sarasota.

Beer Flight at with Lychee Madness in front
Darwin Brewing Company, Bradenton, Fla.
Copyright 2015 by Helen A Lockey
The brewery has many beers with Andean-inspired seasonings. But the standout detail of this brewery is a female small-batch brewer called Leslie Shore.

I went in for a flight of beers, back in July, and found there was no set price. Instead, each beer’s price, at a lower glass size, was calculated and factored into a four-glass flight.

I ordered Circa 1926 Tangerine Wheat Ale (@ 5.2 % ABV), Charapa Spiced Porter (@ 7 % ABV), Hispster Alpaca Saison (@ 5.2 % ABV and crafted by Shore) and Lychee Madness Belgian Wheat (@6 % ABV and crafted by Shore).

All the beers came on a wooden board in the shape of a Peruvian bird. My favorite was the Charapa Spiced Porter made with Peruvian peppers, Florida orange blossom honey and Amazonian chocolate. It tasted like a delicious spicy dessert in a glass.

The other brews, while ambitious with ingredients like organic peaches, mint, basil and sorachi ace hops in the Hipster and local Florida lychees in the Lychee Madness, did not wow me in flavor. But my likings may not be the same as yours.

So if you are looking for a brewery with adventurous ingredient brews then Darwin Brewing Company beers are for you.

They are located at 803 17th Ave., West, Bradenton, FL 34205

Phone 941-747-1970

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