Jay Gator Pale Ale, produced by a unique partnership focused on hops, debuts this month. The beer is a product of the collaboration between the University of Florida’s agricultural research station in Jay and Pensacola’s Redneck Riviera Brewing Project.
The University of Florida’s agricultural station is in its first year of experimental hops production and has worked with Redneck Riviera to produce a wet hopped pale ale. The ale is made with undried Florida Centennial hops — hops are usually dried for storage, but the process costs them some of their aromatic and flavorful essential oils.
During the release event for Jay Gator Pale Ale, UF agro-economist Matt Smith will be on hand talking about the overall project. Specifically, he will be discussing the process by which the project’s hops are being produced, as well as challenges facing hop growers in the region.
The release event begins at 6 p.m. at Goat Lips Chew and Brewhouse, located at 2811 Copter Road in Ellyson Industrial Park area.