When the folks at Wicked Barley Brewing Company made up their minds to create a couple citrus-driven Seasonals for the summer, they stood true to their commitment to “using local, fresh ingredients in [their] handcrafted brews” whenever possible by forming a “homegrown partnership” with another Florida company, Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company. Natalie’s Blood Orange Juice and Natalie’s Natural Lemonade, two “renowned high-quality citrus” juices from Natalie’s, were selected by Wicked Barley to inspire and star in these new Seasonal brews:
Natalie’s Blood Orange IPA: A refreshing summertime beer, brewed with fresh Natalie’s Blood Orange Juice and zest from fresh blood oranges and lemons. The crushable 6.5% IPA is a celebration of all things Florida and can be enjoyed on tap during the summer months at both Wicked Barley’s bar and Keg & Coin, Jacksonville’s video game bar.
School in the Summertime: A refreshing summertime lemon shandy made from tropical American wheat, brewed with lemon drop hops, and mixed with Natalie’s Natural Lemonade during the pour.
“We’re really excited to have discovered Natalie’s Juices,” said Wicked Barley co-owner and brewmaster, Philip Maple. “Their juices bring the exact, true, citrus notes we were looking for when crafting our special ales for summer. The lemon shandy has been so popular with our customers, we’ve had to return to production for additional brewing time!”
“Our minimally processed, minimal ingredient juices let the fruit do the talking,” said Natalie Sexton, VP of marketing and namesake of Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company. “And it’s that authentic citrus taste that makes our award-winning juices enjoyable on their own, in cocktail recipes, and in this case, as part of a wonderfully refreshing Wicked Barley summer ale. We love this collaboration and the opportunity to introduce craft beer lovers to our family of distinct, squeezed fresh juices.”
Natalie’s Blood Orange IPA and School in the Summertime will both be available on draft throughout the summer months. Natalie’s Blood Orange IPA will be on tap in Wicked Barley’s taproom and at Keg & Coin. School in the Summertime will be available exclusively at Wicked Barley Brewing Company. Prost!
Since first opening its doors in July 2016, Wicked Barley Brewing Company has quickly established itself within the craft beer community of Jacksonville. Not only has the brewery – which includes a taproom, restaurant, large outdoor beer garden, and a boat – become a favorite destination for local craft beer lovers, but their beers have also recently received quite a bit of recognition at the 2017 Best Florida Beer Championships: Dortmunder Export SB took Gold in the European Dark Lager/Ale category and was named “Best Small Batch Beer in Florida”; Wicked Barley Gose took Gold in the Gose category; Orange Blossom Mead took Silver in the Mead category; and the brewery was named “Best Brewpub in Florida”.
This success and the brewery’s steady growth has now made it possible for Wicked Barley Brewing Company to ease itself into distribution. The brewery has entered into an agreement with Cavalier Distributing to begin distribution of “draught versions of . . . Left Leg Lager, The Eradicator DIPA, and seasonal/limited releases as available, in the Florida counties of Duval, Clay, St. John’s, Nassau, and Baker.” To properly celebrate this new milestone, Wicked Barley and Cavalier Distributing will host the following launch events in the Jacksonville area:
If you are in the Jacksonville area, be sure to check out one (or many) of the events above and raise a glass with Wicked Barley Brewing Company in celebration of their continued growth and success. Prost!