Daddy Brews home brew supply store turns one-year-old this month and tomorrow owner Jacob Lindsay is throwing a party to celebrate. Everyone is invited, of course.
But the birthday bash is more a celebration of the local home-brew scene than anything else. With at least 20 kegs of the stuff, there will be enough beer to serve a small army. The $15 ticket pays for access to what could be considered a mini beer festival.
The party begins at 5 p.m. What to expect? Kegs upon kegs of beer. Here is a preliminary list of what will be pouring:
- Chocolate peanut butter porter
- Strawberry melon India pale ale (IPA)
- Hopsqueeze IPA
- Tropic Thunder IPA
- Red Sonja imperial red ale
- Rye 305 series -- all rye beers (several kegs)
- Black rye IPA
- New Z's Land IPA
- Nick's Black Sheep Cascadian dark ale
- Vlad the Impaler imperial hoppy red ale
- Russian hazelnut imperial coffee stout
- Chocolate imperial coffee stout
- 2013 barrel-aged Belgian strong ale
- Barrel-aged Belgian quadruple or "The Quadfather"
- The Sour Patch series (several kegs)
The kegs come courtesy of Lindsay and Nick Armada from CerveTech, who both teach home brewing classes at Daddy Brews.
All of the imperial stouts sit at 14 percent or above alcohol-by-volume (ABV) and all of the sours are at least 3 percent ABV, according to Lindsay. Among all of the IPAs, the hoppiest is Tropic Thunder measured at 102 international bittering units (IBU).
One of the rye 305 series kegs is a collaboration between Daddy Brews and Miami's Gravity Brewlab. The beer is brewed with some Brettanomyces yeast (for souring), rye whiskey, orange peel bitters, and stored in a whiskey barrel.
Local brewing companies and brew clubs such as Biscayne Bay Brewing, J. Wakefield Brewing, MIA Brewing, B.R.E.W FIU, Wynwood Brewing, and Miami Brewing are donating kegs. Concrete Beach Brewery could be donating a keg as well, Linsday says. If so, then it will be the first public tasting of beer from Concrete Beach.
Lindsay reflects on a year of Daddy Brews and the local beer scene. So far, he says, his home brew shop has taught over 3,000 people how to make beer. He plans on doubling that number for the next year.
"All of these home brewers will turn into brewers," Lindsay says. "We just want to teach people the most forward style of brewing."
Plans for a brewpub are also in the works, and Lindsay is in the search for investors. He says he already has some options but is looking for more opportunities. A commitment could be coming in the next few months.
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There are more plans. Sometime in the future, Lindsay says he will be flying to Peru to help a customer establish a brewing company in Lima.
On Miami's growing beer industry, Lindsay says: "Miami is in its inception of its development compared to places like Portland, where they have been doing it for decades. This year is a big year for the Miami beer scene."