Born in Tampa, Florida, the Daniel L. Jacob & Company Beer of the Week is the India Pale Ale Jai Alai.
Jai Alai, a game native to the Basque region of Spain, is played on a court called a fronton. Jai Alai players attempt to catch a ball using a curved mitt whilst the ball travels at speeds up to 188mph! Proving they have a sense of humor the Spanish dubbed this game, with its ball traveling at racecar speeds, “the merry game.” Tampa was once home to a bustling Jai Alai fronton but sadly all that remains of Jai Alai in the Tampa Bay area is this India Pale Ale that we brew in tribute to the merry game. The India Pale Ale style of beer has its roots in the ales sent from England to thirsty British troops in India during the 18th century. Pair Jai Alai India Pale Ale with beef empanadas, deviled crabs and other spicy dishes.
An intense bouquet of tangerine and candied orange peel entice the nose while flavors of clementines, Valencia orange and subtle caramel provide counterpoint to an assertive bitterness and rich malt character. Bold hop flavor and aroma from six different hop varietals is front and center in this flavorful American IPA.
Jai Alai has won Best Florida Beer Championship Gold Medal in 2010 and Best Florida Beer Championship Silver Medal in 2011. Untapped gives Jai Alai a 4.03 overall, Ratebeer is 99 overall and BeerAdvocate gives Jai Alai A- overall.
See the DLJ & Co. Beer of the Week on The Bart Hawley Show on JTV this week. Look for Jai Alai at your favorite store and establishment!