Cigar City Jai Alai IPA has been found on beer shelves in Panama City Beach. This brewery is one of the newest in the state and they put out some good stuff. Stop by your local store and ask for it by name. If they don't have it in stock, ask them to order it. You will not be disappointed.
This IPA is more of the kinds you read about in books. At 7.5%, it has room for lots of flavor and body.The citrus and pine hop character balance very well with the toasty maltyness and finishes with a slight bitterness. Overall this is an awesome IPA. I have been told that more is to come from Cigar City Brewing in the area. They are going to start with their year round brews and add specialty beer in the mix later. Maybe I can find a keg of their Oatmeal Brown ale for my kegerator?
Allow me to introduce the beer pump. This thing was specially designed just for pumping beer out of a keg with out the use of a CO2 tank. The reason is that the firkin is naturally carbonated and you are drinking the beer in the purest state. More than one person has labeled me as a purest, so of course I have to own a beer pump. I picked this little instrument up from a friend that was stationed in Europe about a decade ago and he bought a couple of pumps. One night, we were at a beer gathering chatting about beer stuff and he said he would consider selling one of his beer pumps. So I bought it and now it is pumping beer. I'm glad it can be used for it's purpose.
And now let me introduce the Firkin! This firkin is from Lazy Magnolia Brewery, Kiln, MS. The wonderful folks at Lazy Magnolia filled and primed this firkin for Wine World's special event. After tapping the firkin, I got a chance to play with my beer pump. This was the first time using it, so learning the best way to fill a pint was fun.
The firkin was filled with a mild IPA. The carbonation level was low as it should be. I'm not sure if this was one of their regular brewed beers with a twist or if this was a special little recipe that they did for this firkin. But this IPA was a citrusy IPA with not a lot of body, but it was a fun beer.
As I mentioned, I will be on the ball more often from now on with the blog. Don't give up on The Panhandle Beer Forum just yet!
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