The trio behind South Florida's KVJ Show, personalities Kevin Rolston, Virginia Sinicki, and Jason Pennington, is teaming up with Twisted Trunk Brewing to create a new and unique beer for each of the cohosts that incorporates an aspect of themselves.
This past Thursday saw the first beer to be released at the brewery by the WRMF-FM (97.9) team, Vicious V — a watermelon mint saison named for Virginia Sinicki.
It pours a cloudy and hazy yellow-orange, reminiscent of a warm and sunny afternoon. On the nose, there are moderate mint and herbal spice notes, but it's a subdued character and not particularly overwhelming like a mint candy. It drinks with an interplay between mint and watermelon, with the watermelon flavors really taking hold toward the end, and comes together with a crisp mouthfeel.
"Luckily, we have the experts here," Sinicki says of the brewers. "They already had some watermelon-flavored beers, so it wasn't really complicated. We just said, 'What can we add to it?' so we thought about some different things. We went through jalapeño, rhubarb, strawberry, and some other flavors, but we settled on mint, because it's summer.
"So it's refreshing, it's got a nice finish, a clean finish, and who doesn't want to feel refreshed in that Florida summer, which is ridiculously hot?"
"We all love to drink," Rolston said at the launch event, "so this gave us an excuse to keep coming up [here] and drinking. Twisted Trunk is awesome."
One of the reasons they went with Twisted, he said, was a close connection with one of the brewers. Specifically, cohost Pennington grew up playing baseball with Twisted Trunk Sales Guru, Jason Hutton.
Still, Rolston could give only love to other local breweries, naming Funky Buddha Brewery and Due South Brewing Company as two he enjoyed.
Proceeds from certain beer sales will go to benefit Little Smiles, a nonprofit organization that provides toys, computers, special events, tickets, and celebrity meet-and-greets for children in local hospitals, hospices, and shelters.
There are release events scheduled for the next few weeks:
- June 9th from 6 to 8 p.m. at Benny's on the Beach (10 S. Ocean Blvd., Lake Worth)
- June 16th from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mulligan's Beach House (10 S. Ocean Blvd., Lake Worth)
- June 23rd from 6 to 8 p.m. at Burger and Beer Joint (550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach)
- June 30th from 6 to 8 p.m. at Craft Bar Kitchen (1061 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter)