Civil Society Brewing released four-packs of two of their flagship hop-forward beers this past Saturday to a crowd of beer enthusiasts that didn't mind waiting in line to snap up their allotment of cans.
Abacoa's downtown brewery brought in a canning line to package up 16-ounce cans of Pulp, their 6.3 percent American wheat ale “double dry hopped” with Mosaic hops, and Fresh, their 6.2 percent IPA with Columbus, Amarillo, and Citra hops.
The product was limited to three four-packs per beer at $16 per four-pack, and it looked like every person that showed up purchased their max limit. Before the noon release, people were lined up around the outside of the building, with the first in line opting to hold a bottle share during their wait.
Cans - while initially verboden in the craft beer world - have become increasingly popular as more breweries are able to afford canning lines and as consumers become increasingly savvy to the superiority of the can.
As special releases at breweries go, this one was particularly well organized. As the doors opened, the awaiting crowd was funneled into the brewery where they could buy their beer. It was calm, organized, and for the people that I talked to afterwards, an enjoyable event.
I stuck around to sample some fresh Fresh and to check out their Life Skillz double IPA, hopped up with some of the most 'in-the-moment' hops on the market: Apollo, Lemondrop, Mosaic, Simcoe, and Azzaca.
Civil Society Brewing is one of South Florida's breweries with a lot of hype brewing around what they do, and they've found their niche slinging beers brewed in a "Northeast" style: cloudy, hoppy, and creamy.
Civil Society Brewing is located at 1200 Town Center Drive, #101, Jupiter. Call 561-855-6680, or visit civilsocietybrewing.com.
Doug Fairall is a craft beer blogger who focuses on Florida beers. He is a Certified Beer Server and has been a homebrewer since 2009. For beer things in your Twitter feed, follow him @DougFairall and find the latest beer pics on Clean Plate's Instagram.