More beer blasphemy from you guys. Tequesta makes very solid beer, but a fucking kolsch wins best beer? Have you never heard of Funky Buddha's Maple Bacon Coffee Porter? People from all over the world are trading for growlers of it.
Best Beer Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach 2011 - Der Chancellor, Tequesta Brewing Co.
The Tequesta Brewing Co. is a perfect mixture of old and new. The always-packed tap room sports modern flourishes like exposed metal rafters and dark-blue lighting that makes the stainless-steel brewing vessels visible from the bar look like UFOs about to take flight. Complementing that is vintage-style black-and-white photography and a 100-year-old bar that looks like it was taken straight out of a German bier garden. TBC's beers are all topnotch, from the smooth and drinkable Gnarly Barley to the heavy-hitting Double IPA injected with nitrogen. But the one that best represents owner Matt Webster's ability to toe that contemporary/classical divide is Der Chancellor, a German-style Kölsch that pours a beautiful shade of pale gold. In authentic fashion, this light-bodied lager is well-carbonated, with an almost champagne-like finish. But where Webster introduces a bit of good ol' American ingenuity is in the hops, a heady dose that's slightly bitter but extremely aromatic. The result is a brew that demands another round — and one you can appreciate no matter how old- (or new-)school a beer drinker you are.
Funky Buddha absolutely makes some great beers, and I really loved the Maple Bacon Coffee Porter as well as their recent "No Crusts" PB&J beer. I really felt like Der Chancellor was as "perfect" a Kolsch as could be made though, at least the batches that I had the pleasure of sampling. Thanks for your input!
Another beer geek comparing apples to oranges. I know, I know, it's a shame every beer isn't aged 4 years, 12% ABV and made by J.W. Lee. Oh, it's hard to get so it must be wonderful. You people are so predictable.