Recent years have seen an influx in big name craft brewers expanding their reach into the Sunshine State: Founders Brewing came to Florida in 2013, and so did Sweetwater Brewing. Boulevard Brewing came September of last year. Now Duck-Rabbit Brewery, a ten-year-old operation in Farmville, North Carolina, is poised to enter our local market with an assortment of beers including the highly lauded Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout.
Cavalier Distributing is bringing the brewery down to South Florida, declaring it "duck season in Florida!"
Draught and bottle versions of Duck-Rabbit’s award-winning beers including Milk Stout, 5.7 percent ABV, Amber Ale, 5.5 percent ABV, Brown Ale, 5.6 percent ABV, Hoppy Bunny American Black Ale, 7.3 percent ABV, Baltic Porter, 9 percent, and Wee Heavy Scotch Ale, 8 percent ABV will be available starting September 3.
Several events across the state are planned to celebrate the launch, with the first in our area at the esteemed Boxelder Craft Beer Market (2825 NW 2nd Ave., in Miami). Tapping will begin at 6 p.m. with Duck-Rabbit’s Amber, Brown, Hoppy Bunny, and Milk Stout all available on draft.
September 4 will see Brewhouse Gallery (720 Park Ave., in Lake Park) featuring an assortment of Duck-Rabbit staples starting at 8 p.m, followed by the Mack House (9118 W State Rd. 84 in Davie) hosting an event September 5 at 7 p.m. Featured on tap there will be the Milk Stout, Amber Ale, Brown Ale, and Hoppy Bunny. Beyond South Florida, there will be events across the entire state that week as well.
According to the brewer, "The Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout is a traditional full-bodied stout brewed with lactose (milk sugar). Because lactose is unfermentable by brewer's yeast, it remains in the beer. The subtle sweetness and fullness of flavor imparted by this sugar balances the sharpness of the highly roasted grains that give this delicious beer its black color." The brewery has won a number of awards including a gold for their Milk Stout at the World Beer Cup in 2010.
Doug Fairall is a craft beer blogger who focuses on Florida beers and has been a homebrewer since 2010. For beer things in your Twitter feed, follow him @DougFairall and find the latest beer pics on Clean Plate's Instagram.