Wynwood Brewing Company has been creating delicious Miami-inspired beers for the last several years. Their beers have received all kinds of awards including the gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival for their tasty porter. We recently were lucky enough to work with these awesome gentlemen in creating a Magic Tea American Pale Ale, using our very own Limonada. We caught up with Mike Kent, brewer extraordinaire and the genius behind the tastiest beer ever (we're a little biased of course).
Us: Thanks so much for creating such a delicious beer! Can you tell us a little bit about the beer you used to create the Magic Tea APA?
Mike: The Magic City American Pale Ale is a traditional pale ale. It is essentially a mix between an IPA and an amber ale and attempts to balance those two flavors. An IPA has a lot of hops and an amber ale has more of a malty profile so the APA blends and balances those two elements to create the beer.
Us: Why did you end up using the Magic City?
Mike: The APA is a good conduit for the tea. It's a lighter beer so it lets the tea flavor come through. I also thought that the maltiness of the beer would compliment the tea.
Us: We obviously agree! Can you describe the process you used to create the brew?
Mike: When making a beer, the pressurization is vital. You don't want any air or foam or you might have a flat beer on your hand. I used a "yeast keg" and filled a muslin bag with some Limonada. I then pressurized the APA from the main keg to the yeast keg and left the muslin bag in the keg for approximately four hours. After, I transferred the newly-steeped beer to another keg for tapping.
Us: Wait, so you cold-brewed the beer??
Mike: Basically! But you couldn't do this at home because you would end up with air in the beer, rendering the beer flat.
Us: Dammit. I guess we'll have to leave it to the professionals. How did you feel about the finished product?
Mike: I really liked it! It was my first time working with tea so I was pleased with how it came out. There were citrusy notes, which were to be expected given the blend, but there were also hints of vanilla which came as a surprise to me.
Us: Can you tell us about any new beers you're working on?
Mike: I am creating a dopplebock now with blackberries. It should be interesting to see how the fruit affects the beer, whether or not the beer changes color, and what it will taste like. I also created a new brew for our monthly Art Walk tapping. It's the La Rubia pale ale infused with Knaus Berry Farm cinnamon rolls...
Us: Wait, WHAT? When? Where? How? Need in our mouths immediately!
Mike: This Saturday, February 14th! Keg will be tapped at 4 pm.
Us: Done and done.
Big thanks to the guys at Wynwood Brewing and Mike, in particular, for generally being awesome and creating such a delicious beer. Be sure to visit them every Tuesday for Treatment Tuesdays. New kegs get tapped at 6 pm!