|It was more than a one-day party!|
Back in April, I made the drive to Gainesville for my third annual visit to Hogtown Craft Beer Fest (see blog post here). Being that First Magnitude was the new brewery kid in Gainesville, there was no doubt that I would also include a stop there. I was really glad I did -- check out my initial blog post here.
First Magnitude Brewing is located on Veitch St. just on the outskirts of downtown Gainesville and University of Florida. It was pretty obvious by the number of cars surrounding the place that the best place to park was on Main St. -- just a short walk to the brewery.
The brewery opened at noon, and the party was in full swing when I arrived around 4pm. A band was playing outside, people were playing cornhole inside in the brewery area, people were ordering beer at the bar inside, people were ordering beer outside at the tent. Two food trucks were on site. In short, lots of activity inside, outside and all around!
|John was workin' hard pouring beer out there!|
Meg was running around behind the inside bar, too
"Pavo Pils is a crisp and refreshing German style pilsner with exceptional hop flavor balancing the classic grainy pilsner malt character. A perfect companion on a hot summer day, Pavo will delight you with wonderful floral hop notes from imported noble hops. The name is a nod to Wes Skiles Peacock Springs as well as the constellation of the same name. Pavo is the Latin word for peacock. Our first lager-style brew pours a rich golden color with a creamy white head. This bird is a beauty of a beer. 5% ABV 31 IBUs"Ok, then, I couldn't have said it better myself. Indeed, the beer has a good amount of hoppiness, and it was quite refreshing. Just a good-tasting, fresh, crisp beer. I really liked it. And, you're in luck, because they brewed a bunch of this, so it should still be available in the tap room for a while.
Given my penchant for Black IPAs, I had both of the above pilot batches (around 4.5 ABV). These probably aren't available by time this article is published, but the brewers hit the mark here. I especially went a little crazy over the Black IPA with Citra. The two black ales were definitely a contrast with each other. The Hallertau batch was more on the mild side, with light coffee notes. The Citra batch was an all-out surge of coffee and citra on the nose -- you know what I'm talking about if you like this kind of thing (and I do). The flavor was also right on -- good blend of coffee and bite from the hops. Hey, John, please make more of this!
|Black IPA with Citra...... almost left me speechless...|
Dark, hoppy goodness
I missed out on the milk stout on cask (it didn't last too long). I don't see too many breweries with a California Common style beer, so the special batch of Scott's CaliFlorida Common (5.2 ABV, 32 IBU) was a must-do.
|A CaliFlorida what? "CaliFlorida" Common...|
There may have been a seat or two open at one time:
I think there were just a few happy people over here last Saturday...
And, well, why not? When you have some good people making some good beer like this, it's pretty easy to support 'em. And, of course, a couple of full growlers made the trip back, too (those didn't last long).
|Hello, new 64 oz growler!|