Orlando Beer Guide was lucky enough to get a sneak preview of Playalinda Brewing in Titusville this week. Former Cask and Larder Brewmaster Ron Raike has partnered with Brian and Donna Scott of Titusville to help create the small town's first brewery and tasting room. The brewery is in a historic downtown Titusville building that was once an old hardware store built in 1910. The shelving on the wall was part of that original hardware store and looks right at home behind the new bar.
Locals from Florida's space coast know that Playalinda is a famous nude beach. But the owners were quick to point out that there are several "regular" beaches in Playlalinda with only the last one having a reputation for being clothing optional. Also, despite their new Bottomless Blonde logo that their brewery was not named after that "clothing optional" beach.
It was nice to see 14 Playalinda beers on tap in the tasting room as there's nothing worse than checking out a new brewery when half of the taps are occupied by guests. Spearheading that diverse list of brews are Playalinda's two flagship beers which are the Bottomless Blonde and the Rocketman Red. Both are very refreshing, quaffable beers that could very easily be consumed in mass quantities while hanging out at the nearby beach.
There were also two crushable session pale ales on the taplist that included an American Pale Mild. It's only 3.5 % ABV but tastes much bigger than it sounds and really hits you in the face with a well balanced dose of hops. Also, a Playalinda/ Cigar City collaboration beer dubbed Whirlpool that will be pouring at a few Central Florida beer bars in the very near future. This beer tastes like hop soda and was brewed at the Cigar City Brewery. There is a rumor that Raike was scolded by a CCB accountant for using more hops in this batch of beer than had ever been used to brew a single batch before at the world famous Tampa brewery!
Each beer I sampled was really good so it was hard to pick a favorite. I must suggest the Honey Belgian though which is brewed with locally sourced Honey along with the "gourdy" Chuggin Pumpkin. Unlike most pumpkin ales, you can really taste the pumpkin in this beer which was made from over 75 pounds of roasted pie pumpkins!
You can also take some beer home with you here as Playalinda sells Crowlers to go for $9 a piece. It's recommended that you put them in a cooler with ice as it helps the beers to hold their carbonation better. The Crowlers are said to be "good" for three or four weeks if they are kept cold as long as you can hold off from drinking them that long! Playalinda Brewing is set to open its doors to the public for the first time on Friday November 14th.
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