Cigar City Brewing is relentless; they refuse to stop making ridiculously great beer. RateBeer recognizes their Hunaphus Imperial Stout as one of the world's ten best Imperial Stouts, and Big Sound Scotch Ale ranks among the top ten of its style. Then there's Bolita Double Nut Brown Ale, which ranks #1 in the brown ale category on RateBeer - it's the best brown ale currently produced on the planet as judged by a massive group of very critical beer nerds. Yep, in our own backyard, folks. This is truly beer history in the making.
The side of Bolita bottles reads:
Bolita was a type of lottery popular with the working class citizens of the Ybor City district of Tampa. Bolita means, 'little ball' but profits from the illegal (and often rigged) game were anything but little. In the 1920's Tampa native Charlie Wall was the undisputed kingpin of the Bolita racket.
Our Bolita is a Double Northern English-style brown ale that has a complex malt forward character with notes of chocolate, toffee and hints of roasted nuts in the finish. Bolita pairs well with Baklava, Big Band music, cool evenings and robust cigars.
Sounds great. Now check out this variation — Bourbon Barrel Bolita. It begins with Cigar City's Bolita Double Nut Brown. After three weeks of fermentation, the brew is transferred to Maker's Mark barrels. Three months later, it hits the bottling line, where each bottle is filled by hand and then individually numbered. Since this batch of Bourbon Bolita only yielded 221 bottles, it is a pricey beer, but it's completely worth it.