With the Brew Hub under construction, Lakeland Brewing Company securing funding, and various rumors of future Lakeland craft beers floating around our little city, it was only a matter of time until us Lakelanders could truly “drink like a local” outside a Lakeland Brewers Guild meeting. Happily, this new era of locally-brewed beer has officially begun thanks to the Red Door Wine Market and their new red ale.
Red Door’s owner, Richard DeAngelis, and head chef, Jason Boniface, crafted the red ale’s recipe together. They then took it to Portland, Maine where it is currently being contract brewed by Shipyard Brewing. Plans are already underway to move brewing to Lakeland, and I’m betting we’ll eventually see more door-knocker tap handles at the Red Door.
Red Door celebrated the launch of their first craft beer Saturday, August 24th with an absolutely delicious New England Beer and Food Fest. Check out event photos below from our friend Ryan at The Ride Photography.
So how is the Red Door’s first craft beer? It’s a sweet, malty red with notes of caramel and dark fruit flavors. As it warms, citrus-y hops pleasantly become more noticeable. It’s an easy-to-enjoy ale that should appeal to both seasoned beer drinkers and to newer palates.
I’ll leave the rest of the reviewing up to you; I want to know what you think!
If you need more reasons to try this red ale, consider that this is the only Lakeland-made craft beer you can (currently) buy, and it gives you an excuse to indulge yourself at the Red Door Wine Market! Pair it with one of Chef Boniface’s amazing dishes. No doubt, you, like me, will find yourself still enjoying the red after a few rounds.