This month, Florida’s oldest craft brewery celebrated its 23rd year in business with a big party and the release of two new beers and a classic in 16-ounce cans.
The classic, Dunedin Brewery’s Beach Tale Brown Ale, is the first beer ever brewed there, with a history dating back to the mid-‘90s (making the beer legally old enough to drink itself).
If you drank local beer in the pre-craft boom days, you might remember seeing bottles of Beach Tale on the shelves of your smarter beer shops, complete with its signature yellow bottle cap. As a nod to the beer’s history, Dunedin has paired a colorized version of its original bottle artwork with yellow clip-on can carriers, echoing the look of the old school bottles.
Legacy aside, Beach Tale is a great beer.
It’s a classic example of what attracted many to craft beer in the first place, offering a dramatic contrast to light-bodied and light-on-flavor domestic macro lagers.
Beach Tale pours a deep chestnut brown, with a thin white head. It’s moderately carbonated and has prominent sweet grain notes in the nose, as well as a hint of cocoa. The flavor follows, offering a lightly-roasted quality, along with a distinct nuttiness that works well with the beer’s velvety mouthfeel.
That’s not to say it’s a rich beer; in fact, it’s meant for drinking in quantity — a proper pub beer, if there ever was one. There’s a reason it’s been a fixture on the tap menu at Dunedin Brewery since 1995.
Visit the brewery at 937 Douglas Ave. in Dunedin for a taste of Beach Tale from the source. And grab a four-pack of 16-ounce cans to go so you can appreciate a true Florida classic at home, too.
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