Weeki Wachee brewery's new IPA celebrates storied UFO sightings

You're familiar with The John Reeves Incident, right?

click to enlarge This year, Marker 48 Brewing's John Reeves Incident release is a hazy double IPA. - MARKER 48 BREWING
Marker 48 Brewing
This year, Marker 48 Brewing's John Reeves Incident release is a hazy double IPA.

Apparently, Brooksville was, at one time, known as the “UFO Capital of the World.” That esteemed title (it is, you know) came to be — at least in part — through the frequently reported UFO sightings of resident John Reeves.

Marker 48 Brewing plans to pay homage to this Florida man during Memorial Day weekend by releasing another take on one of its signature beers, The John Reeves Incident, and throwing another out-of-this-world party. After all, the seven-barrel Weeki Wachee brewery and tasting room isn’t far from where the local legend had his first extraterrestrial encounter.

As the story goes, one day in the ’60s, Reeves stumbled upon a disk-like object and its strange inhabitants (read: aliens!) in some well-shaded woods near his home — then many times over thereafter. He also claimed to be the first earthling to step foot on the moon, an accomplishment made possible by his otherworldly homies and their aircraft, of course.

Marker 48’s John Reeves Incident made its inaugural debut in 2017 as a black IPA. This year, the release is a hazy double IPA brewed with Galaxy and Simcoe hops, plus several experimental varieties. The brewery describes the latest John Reeves Incident — weighing in at 9.2 percent ABV — as both balanced and delicious, with citrus and tropical flavors.

Beginning at noon Sunday, a limited amount of 750-milliliter bottles are on sale in taproom for $20 each. Marker 48 also expects to feature The John Reeves Incident on tap throughout the day, though the beer is available while supplies last either way.

The party doesn’t officially begin until 6:30 p.m. — when live music, an alien/UFO-themed costume contest with prizes, food trucks and a free photo booth take over the beer garden. But get there early for the spacey suds.

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