It's been more than a year since I've dedicated a Florida Beer Friday to these gentlemen in Miami-Dade, so today will focus on one of their core beers, La Rubia American Blonde. The name La Rubia is, quite literally, the Spanish word for "blonde." So this beer is "The Blonde American Blonde."
The name fits this beer 100 percent. But what is an American blonde? The Beer Judge Certification Program as of the 2015 draft shows blonde ales as category 18A, describing the style as an "easy-drinking, approachable, malt-oriented American craft beer, often with interesting fruit, hop, or character malt notes. Well-balanced and clean, it is a refreshing pint without aggressive flavors."
It pours a brilliant yellow-gold-orange color with a modicum of white foam. Sweet bread aromas effuse out, paired with a golden syrup and honeyed character. The flavor is light and full of cracker, with a bright and crisp mouthfeel. It's quite clean and fairly dry, with a lingering grassy and floral note.
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Per the brewery, this beer is built with German Pilsner Malts, British Crystal Malts, Czech Saaz Hops, and German Ale Yeast to create a formidable European light blonde beer. At 5 percent alcohol by volume, it falls close to the top of the style spectrum but is lower on IBUs (International Bitterness Units), making this quite approachable and pairable with almost any type of food.
La Rubia is available in 12-ounce bottles at most big-name beer stores and at many craft-beer bars and the brewery taproom in Miami.
Wynwood Brewing is located at 565 NW 24th St., Miami. Call 305-982-8732, or visit wynwoodbrewing.com. Taproom hours are noon to 10 p.m. Sunday and Monday and noon to midnight Tuesday through Saturday. You must be 21 or over after 7 p.m.
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.