Fresh off its one-year anniversary in April, Ybor City’s Zydeco Brew Werks has released some of its best beer yet, proving that it has more to bring to the table than a bustling location.
There’s a Blanton’s bourbon barrel-aged English-style barleywine and a hop-laden hazy IPA brewed in collaboration with Coppertail and Oxbow Brewing companies. The best of the bunch, however, is the Paloma, named after the famous Mexican cocktail: a blanco-tequila highball with grapefruit-flavored soda.
In Zydeco’s beer-based riff, Paloma starts as a blend of sour wheat ales, which are then aged in tequila barrels and flavored with grapefruit purée and grapefruit and lime zest. It’s a surprisingly effective combo, with the beer providing a mildly sweet and moderately tart backdrop for crisp grapefruit and citrus flavors, rounded out by peppery tequila.