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Florida Beer: A Selection Of Labor Day Recommendations

It's #FloridaBeerFriday. Every Friday, we take a look at a beer brewed in the Sunshine State, giving analysis to the burgeoning craft-beer movement of Florida.

Normally every Friday on this blog, we highlight a single beer that is usually new, seasonal, or a pick of the core selection of a brewery in our fair state. So yes, it's 'a beer' from somewhere nearby.

For this holiday entry, I'd like to share a few recommendations of beers we've most likely already reviewed, but will provide an easy way for you to drink local this long weekend. After all, when there's other food preparations taking up valuable brain space, it's easier to let someone else do the heavy thinking before you crack open a cold one and fire up the grill.

See also: Florida Beer: Maple Orange Imperial Caramel Cream Ale From Due South Brewing

Native Lager, Native Brewing Company - This is a beer that we've seen recently rebrand itself with a new logo and branding. The flavor is mild, with a hint of corn and grain on the back end, but not a lot of bitterness. There's not too much of a malt body to it either, though the carbonation levels are moderate, so what comes out is a crisp and clean alternative to the macro-beers of the big brewers.

Available in 12 ounce bottles.

Jai Alai IPA, Cigar City Brewing - This is my go-to IPA for hwne I can't decide which newly released beer to try. Or on hot days. Or by the pool. It's a great end of summer beer with its depth of flavor and juicy qualities. It has strong grapefruit smells, flowers, leaves, and some bitter orange peel. The taste is a lot sweeter than I was expecting, with a bit of caramel blending in with the citrus notes, very light on the resinous flavors, but still bitter. Closer to bitter citrus. A great example of a Florida-produced IPA. A hop bomb, this is not.

Available in 12 ounce cans.

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