March 19th, 2016 forever changed the beer landscape in Jupiter, Florida. This was the first of what will be many bottle and/or can releases for one of the newer breweries to grace the South Florida horizon. A woman walking by asked me what the line was for. I proceeded to explain how Civil Society Brewing was having their first bottle release, which in this case was in the form a 32oz crowler. 375 crowlers (3 per person) would, in fact, be released to fans who had come from as far away as Miami.
What is Pulp you ask? Well, it is an American pale wheat ale that comes in at 6.3% abv. Civil takes the wheat beer to a whole new level by lovingly caressing it with Columbus and Mosaic hops, which give it the sweet smell and taste of a myriad of citrus flavors. Pulp pours with just the slightest of yellow haze with a hefty white creamy head that laces the glass as you drink it down. At the time of this posting, Pulp is ranked #11 on Beeradvocate.com’s Florida top 250 list.
I arrived outside of the brewery a couple of minutes after 10 to meet up with a few buddies for a pre-release bottle share. We opened a growler of Tree House Brewing’s Double Shot, a bottle of Hardywood Park Craft Breweries Foolery, and a bottle of Casey Brewing’s East Bank. By the time 11:00am had rolled around the line had reached 67 craft beer loving souls. The doors were opened and ID’s were checked. The whole process ran very smooth. Folks waited in line for a few minutes until reaching the front where they chose a wristband which was color coordinated with the number of crowlers they were purchasing. Once the wristband was received, we were able to purchase something from the tap menu. Other than Pulp the two hits of the morning seemed to be the two treatments of Gary. Gary is Civil’s milk stout, which was treated with Hazelnuts for ‘Gary goes nuts’ and with bananas foster for ‘Gary goes bananas.’ I’m usually not a big fan of hazelnut beers, but ‘Gary goes nuts’ was delicious. ‘Gary goes bananas’ was also very good, but the hazelnut took the win for me. The last crowler of Pulp was sold just before 2:00pm to finish off Civil’s first release with flying colors.
Civil pulled this release off perfectly. It’s all too easy to over complicate a release as I’m sure most of you reading this have experienced. If I had to pull one complaint out, it would be that Pulp had lost its haziness from the first batch to the second. Now it was still a delicious beer but for me personally a beer named Pulp should be hazy to the point of not being able to see through it, like a glass of orange juice. I am pretty sure the next time Pulp is released it will have the haze that we were missing.
Did I miss anything or is there something else you would like to know about the Civil Society Brewing Company and the release of Pulp? If so, please don’t hesitate to leave me a comment below.