Beer: Anchor Liberty Ale
Style: Pale ale
Alcohol: 5.9 percent by volume
Price: About $9 a six-pack of 12-ounce bottles at Publix
Story: Best known for its easy-drinking Anchor Steam, California’s Anchor Brewing has a long history of making other stellar beers including its revolutionary Liberty Ale. Introduced in 1975 to commemorate Paul Revere’s ride, Liberty was the first U.S. craft brew to use Cascade hops, which provide a big dose of citrus aroma and flavor. And it brought back the practice of dry-hopping, in which fresh hops are added to a beer while it’s aging. Not quite as bitterly hoppy as an IPA, Liberty stands out among pale ales for its champagne-like bubbles, creamy head and crisp flavor.
Pairing: Liberty Ale won’t overpower delicate fish dishes, and its grapefruit notes are a perfect match for foods with a little citrus. The swordfish carpaccio with Florida citrus at Macchialina in Miami Beach simply sings with a bottle of Liberty Ale.
Evan S. Benn
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