Beer of the week
Beer: New Belgium Ranger IPA
Style: India pale ale
Alcohol: 6.5 percent by volume
Price: About $3 a 22-ounce bottle at Whole Foods Markets
Story: New Belgium Brewing Co., based in Fort Collins, Colo., began distributing its beers in Florida last week. They’re available now in 22-ounce bottles, with draft beer and 12-ounce bottles due next month. A highlight of New Belgium’s portfolio is Ranger IPA, a golden-tinged amber beer named for the employee-owned brewery’s sales reps. Three types of hops — Simcoe, Chinook and Cascade — give it bursts of citrusy and piney aromas and flavors.
Pairing: Ranger’s punch of bitter hops pairs well with rich, spicy or acidic food. Try one with a barbacoa beef or cochinita pibil taco at Jacalito Taqueria Mexicana in Little Havana; it cuts through the fatty meat juices and amplifies the salt and spices.
Evan S. Benn
Beer of the Week, a new feature, spotlights locally available craft beer.