How about a tall glass of guava pastelito?
The Oakland Park brewery that created a beer called Maple Bacon Coffee Porter, which tastes like a pancake breakfast with a side of bacon, has created possibly the Most Miami Beer Ever: Guava Libre!, a beer that tastes like a pastelito de guayaba.
Funky Buddha Brewery, started by a pair of Boca Raton-raised brothers who grew up pounding pastelitos, collaborated on this cream ale with a well-regarded California brewery, The Bruery, which also creates culinary-inspired brews.
South Floridians can taste it Saturday, on draft at Funky Buddha during a special event, where they will also pour other Bruery beers including a variant, Pink Snow, which includes coconut flavor. Bottled versions of Guava Libre! hit stores such as Total Wine & More next week.
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What does it taste like? Given Funky Buddha’s track record making beers that taste remarkably like blueberry cobbler and French toast, count on Guava Libre! tasting like the tropical-sweet pastry. They used vanilla and guava in the brew, as well as lactose to give the beer a creamy texture.
They even offer pairings on the bottle. “Perfect with: fried yucca patties, papas rellenas, shrimp empanadas, a Cuban guava pastry. Starting a small business in an unassuming location off a highway.”
“We tried to make it as close to a pastelito as we could,” said John Linn, the brewery’s brand manager. “This was a really fun one to do.”
There was one hitch: The brewers from the Bruery had never tasted a pastelito. (Gasp!) So the Funky Buddha team scoured Google to find a bakery near Placentia, Calif., and the west coasters took a 30-minute road trip to Los Angeles to find some.
Californians got the first taste, since Funky Buddha owner/head brewer Ryan Sentz flew there to brew Guava Libre! at the Bruery, where it was available to their beer club members.