The morning of Saturday, May 28th, 2016 had been just like any other, but for one thing. I wasn’t waking up to take care of my son, which I do every morning. I was waking up to head 15 minutes north to the Civil Society Brewing Company for their first official can release. Civil was releasing Pulp for the second time through a special release. The first time it was released in 32oz crowlers and if interested you can read about that release here. This time around Civil was also releasing Fresh in cans for the first time. Both would be released in four-packs of 16oz cans for $16.00. The limit was set at a reasonable twelve cans of each beer per person. A total of 165 cases of Pulp and 150 cases of Fresh were available for the release.
Now that I’ve got your curiosity up let’s talk about the beers being released. Pulp is an American Wheat Ale double dry hopped with copious amounts of Mosaic hops and comes in at 6.3% abv. If you didn’t know any better you would swear it’s an IPA. On beeradvocate.com Pulp has a rating of 97 and is listed at #14 on the list of the top 250 beers for the state of Florida. Ratebeer.com lists Pulp at a healthy 96. Fresh, on the other hand, is Civil’s flagship IPA and it comes in at 6.2% abv. It is brewed with Columbus, Amarillo, and Citra Hops. Beeradvocate.com lists Fresh as an 87 while ratebeer.com lists it at 94. After the release and through the weekend I heard that this is the best batch of Fresh to date.
I arrived at about 9:15am to find 10-15 people already in a half ass line. It was really more along the lines of my share group with a couple of guys I hadn’t met yet and a few other folks who had their chairs set up in line. After the usual top of the mornings I broke out my Cigar City snifter and poured my first beer, which was ‘Need a Hug’ from Fonta Flora followed by ‘Big Shrug’ from the same brewery. Twenty-two different beers later the one that stuck out the most was a 14% Imperial Breakfast Stout brewed with coffee, maple syrup, and vanilla by Transient Artisan Ales called ‘Buckley’. Talk about an absolutely delicious beer. Everything came out perfectly and the 14% was dangerously hidden. It was definitely a great way to spend the time before the doors opened. At 11:55am, five minutes before the doors opened, there were 107 people in line which is forty more than the first release. Just like the first release everything went very smooth. Folks filtered through the line at a decent pace and proceeded to grab a seat at the bar. I gave Pulp a try and I’m happy to report the original haziness is back. I also tried Life Skillz, which was Civil’s latest Double IPA and just like everything they throw hops at it was delicious. I left at about 1:15 pm with the line still moving. If I was to guess there were another 50 people added to the line after I counted.
I think it’s safe to say we all had a great morning between the beer share and release. If I had to complain about something, it would be that Civil didn’t have a treatment of their Milk Stout, Gary, on tap. It definitely wasn’t a bad day if I’m just complaining about a beer that wasn’t there.
Did I miss anything or is there something else you would like to know about the Civil Society Brewing Company and the release of Fresh and Pulp? Please don’t hesitate to leave me a comment below.