JDub's Brewing Co. tests its brews with tasting at Growler's Pub

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  • JDub's Brewing Co.

    (Provided by JDub's Brewing Co.)

    JDub's Brewing Co., the Sarasota production brewery that hopes to open at 1215 Mango Ave. before the end of the year, held a public tasting tonight.

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    (Staff photo / Alan Shaw)

    Growler's Pub, 2831 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota, was the host. This was the second tasting (the first was Sunday at World of Beer), and founder Jeremy Joerger says more are coming soon at other local beer bars. Joerger says he's using these tastings to get feedback and fine-tune his brewery's recipes.

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    (Staff photo / Alan Shaw)

    Brewing license

    I wonder who this truck belongs to? But seriously, the JDub's crew got to Growler's well in advance.

  • JDub's Brewing Co. head brewer Tom Harris, right, with founder Jeremy Joerger at Growler's Pub. (Staff photo / Alan Shaw)

    (Staff photo / Alan Shaw)

    JDub's crew

    JDub's founder Jeremy Joerger, left, and brewer Tom Harris prepare their beers for tasting. They served the draft brews through a jockey box, which is basically a cooler filled with ice that you snake the beer lines through. That way the beer cools off on its way to the tap and you don't have to have a refrigerated keg, though JDub's did have their kegs (barely visible beside Harris) on ice, too. Everyone who tasted the beers was asked to fill out a comment card. The brewery's beers got a warm welcome, with cheers and applause for each.

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    (Staff photo / Alan Shaw)

    IPA

    JDub's first beer was an India pale ale, which founder Jeremy Joerger stressed was getting close to his vision for the brewery's flagship beer, Up Top! IPA, but was still in need of tweaks. It had big tropical fruit aromas, along with an herbal and cool (almost like wintergreen) hop flavor that finishes very clean without the huge bitter aftertaste of some American IPAs. And didn't JDub's bring the cutest glasses?

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    (Staff photo / Alan Shaw)

    Honey habanero altbier

    JDub's second beer was a honey habanero altbier, a major twist on a classic German ale. The habanero peppers were quite apparent in the aroma and taste, but JDub's kept the heat under control. It plays right along the edges of being too hot, but doesn't go too far. The Germans would say putting peppers in beer is verboten, but I like this. This isn't one of those novelty beers that dares you to finish it. JDub's will be holding tastings at the Cock & Bull Pub and The Beer Box soon, Joerger says. I wonder what beers they will serve?