Imperial stout, 11%
Hunahpu’s release day is one of the premier beer events in the South, selling out almost immediately -- all bottles of this stout go to attendees, so it’s a tricky one to acquire. But making friends with someone who’s been to Tampa and got a sizable allotment of Hunahpu bottles is definitely worthwhile: this Mayan-influenced beer combines vanilla, two types of chile peppers, vanilla, and cocoa nibs in perfect balance. It’s even better with age, so try to be patient for a bottle to find its way to you.
American wheat, 6.3%
On a list filled with imperial stouts, wild and sour ales, and double IPAs, this hoppy wheat beer from a newly opened brewery in Jupiter might seem out of place, but the mild, wheat-focused malt bill creates just enough support for the bountiful and tropical Mosaic hops to shine -- without the brew becoming just hop juice. If you see it, get it immediately -- it doesn’t last long.
Berliner weissbier, 3.5%
This berlinerweiss explodes with tropical fruit additions of mango, guava, and passionfruit, making it a true taste representation of the flavors of Miami. This low-ABV style is perfect for the South Florida heat and humidity as well, delivering a refreshing, tart-fresh, thirst-quenching beer that’s a perfect beach sipper.
Highly recommended by local beer lovers, this balanced version of the traditional German style is executed extremely well, combining a refreshing wheat base with salt and coriander, slightly soured with the use of lactic bacteria.