From Blueberries to Beer


Beer September 4, 2013 No Comments.

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It’s no secret that the craft beer world is booming. Small names, big flavors and unique stories are dominating the business. As a newcomer, Two Henrys Brewing Company might have the most unique story yet.

 

In the spring of 2003, Florida blueberry famer Joe Keel sat in his kitchen trying to figure out what to do with the rest of his harvest. Blueberry season was over and there was only one thing for Keel to do with the rest of his fruit: make wine. Keel and Curley Winery was created that year and now make over ten award winning fruit based wines including Sweet Blueberry, Peach Chardonnay, Black Raspberry and Key West Key Lime.

 

Now, Keel is moving on from wine to the craft beer world opening Two Henrys Brewing Company. The brewery, named after Florida railroad legends Henry Plant and Henry Flagler, will operate out of the original Keel and Curley winery where berries have been replaced by hops and kegs. Recipes for a pale ale, a lager, a stout and an IPA have been developed and Keel plans to add seasonals and flavor varieties to the mix. No word yet if blueberries will be involved.

 

Two Henrys Brewing Company will make its official debut at Biertoberfest on October 19 at the winery. If you can’t wait until then, the beer will be produced in kegs for purchase and tastings starting at the end of the month. Since he’s done it all, Keel also plans to bottle Two Henrys with hopes to distribute throughout Florida and the surrounding area.

 

From blueberries to wine to beer, Keel must be an expert. We’ll give Two Henrys a try.

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