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Floodcraft Brewing Company ‘Inner Strength’ Hazy Double IPA Release

Floodcraft Brewing Company Inner Strength Hazy Double IPA

San Jose’s Floodcraft Brewing Company – located at the Whole Foods Market on The Alameda (777 The Alameda, to be exact) – has just released ‘Inner Strength’ Hazy Double IPA.

According to brewmaster Guy Cameron, Inner Strength was brewed with a Vermont Ale yeast strain plus Citra, Mosaic and Azacca hops.

During my recent visit on its release day, a good crowd had formed before noon, and many looked to be enjoying the new beer.

Inner Strength Hazy Double IPA is flooded <ahem> with ripe citrus, pineapple and melon aromas and flavors, well balanced by a pleasant hop bitterness. It’s a super smooth beer that belies the 8.4% ABV.

A flight of Floodcraft Brewing beers (left to right): Forward Momentum Hazy Pale, Perspective Shift New England IPA, Inner Strength Hazy Double IPA and Song for You Blonde Ale

Inner Strength Hazy Double IPA is the third ‘hazy’ offering from Floodcraft Brewing, with all three having been released within the past couple months.

‘Perspective Shift’ New England IPA, brewed with all Citra hops, comes in at 6.8% and showcases bright aromas and flavors of orange, peach, passionfruit and pine.

‘Forward Momentum’ Hazy Pale, 5.5% ABV, exhibits orange and stone fruit aromas and flavors with a slight hop bitterness.

Additionally, ‘Song for You’ Blonde Ale with Hallertau Blanc (5.6% ABV) is a bright, citrusy beer with floral and peppery notes.

The tap list at Floodcraft Brewing Company featuring ten of their own beers

It’s certainly a busy time for Guy and assistant brewer Ben Wright, as the current tap list features ten of their beers, marking the highest number of Floodcraft Brewing beers on tap at one time.

Inner Strength stands out as my current favorite of the Floodcraft Brewing offerings. I’m struck by its citrus, melon juiciness and smoothness, making for one delicious and memorable Double IPA.

Cheers! Prost! Gunbae!

~Andy

Scenes from the Grand Re-Opening of Floodcraft Brewing Company

San Jose’s Whole Foods Market at 777 The Alameda celebrated the new naming of their brewery and taproom – Floodcraft Brewing Company – earlier this summer with a weekend’s worth of festivities.

Kickstarting the festivities was the grand re-opening kickoff party, which I had the good fortune of attending.

Brewmaster Guy Cameron was busy interacting with the first of many guests that evening.

The friendly bar staff.

On tap were four of Floodcraft Brewing’s own beers:

  • Curry for 3 Triple IPA
  • Solely Simcoe American Pale Ale
  • Nelmo American Pale Ale
  • Mindfulness American Amber Ale

Charcuterie, cheese and fruit platters galore. Plus cupcakes.

My bud Stef enjoying his flight of Floodcraft’s inaugural offerings.

All four Floodcraft beers were tasty, but I especially enjoyed Curry for 3 Triple IPA, a very well-balanced orange juice bomb with notes of tangerine, marmalade and papaya with a smoothness that belied its 10.5% ABV.

It was great – as always – catching up with Guy.

The Whole Foods team and guests expressed their appreciation for Guy’s leadership as well as for his consistently excellent creations.

Whole Foods also celebrated the occasion with their signature ‘breaking bread’ ceremony, which included pretzels that spelled out “FLOODCRAFT.”

Words of appreciation were given – again – to the Floodcraft Brewing Company brewing team, consisting of Guy and assistant brewer Ben Wright (right).

Ben and Guy.

I was grateful to have more than my fair share of the limited Curry for 3 Triple IPA.

In fact, it didn’t take long after the first initial sips to realize that Curry for 3 is one of my all-time favorites of any style.

What a memorable event – delicious food and beer, happy vibes and good times with good folks.

And look for Floodcraft offerings to start appearing at the other South Bay Whole Foods locations with taprooms.

Cheers! Prost! Gunbae!

~Andy