Description:The Cracker Cowboys of Florida were colonial-era settlers,
often of Scots-Irish descent, who arrived in Florida when Spain traded their
territory of La Florida to the English. The term Cracker in Florida usage
relates to the whip these "cow hunters" used to herd cattle in
Florida’s Palmetto Prairies. Called Quáqueros by the Spanish, these hardy and
hard working Cracker Cowboys helped to shape the history of Florida, the
nation’s oldest cattle raising state. We brew Florida Cracker White ale with
unmalted wheat, orange peel and coriander and then ferment it with a French
Saison yeast strain to give it a spicy and dry finish. Perfect for a warm day
on the Palmetto Prairie. — Cigar City Brewing
Random thoughts: I’ve long heard about Cigar City Brewing. But since they
don’t distribute in the West, I’ve never had the chance to taste their beer.Gerard Walen, writer of Beer in Florida,
brought some Cigar City beers to the Boston Beer Bloggers Conference this
summer and graciously gifted a few cans for me to sample. Thanks Gerard!
The tasting: Stamped with a canned on-the date of July 16, 2013. Pale
yellow in color, clear, with a white head that dissipates very quickly. I
realized I should have gently rolled the can to release the yeast settled at the
bottom. After I did that, and poured the rest of the beer into the glass, it
turned cloudy. Aroma of wheat and coriander. Taste starts with tangy wheat.
In the middle, of a rush of spicy notes comes through—coriander, white pepper,
and a touch of clove. Light earthy hops are present in the middle, but overall
hop bitterness is low. Alcohol is not noticeable in aroma, but a touch is
present in the middle. Florida Cracker is light bodied, very softly carbonated, and
finishes tangy with pepper and spice.
4 star. Really Good! I want this again! Although I'm writing about this beer in the fall, I actually tasted it near the of the summer—and it’s ideal for the season. I loved its tangy and dry finish!
My first Cigar City experience did not disappoint. I’ve got their Jai Alai IPA
and Maduro Brown Ale in my fridge. I expect they’ll be just as good!