Craft Beer of the Week: Keybilly Island Ale is a lightly hopped, lightly wheated ale brewed with a kiss of Key lime juice by Brew Hub in Lakeland.
Story: Islamorada homebrewer Pat Kennedy, a Fort Lauderdale native, came up with the original recipe for Keybilly, which won him awards at various homebrew competitions. He collaborated with Brew Hub to scale up the beer, which was released this year in cans and on draft. As of this week, Keybilly Island Ale also is available in 22-ounce bottles, exclusively at Publix.
Pairing: Keybilly is an easy-drinking beer that will enhance, not get in the way of, most anything you’re eating, and its moderate 5.4 percent alcohol by volume allows you to enjoy a few without getting schnocked. In other words: Perfect for Fourth of July cookouts by the pool with burgers and hot dogs and Key lime pie.
Price: $4.99 for a 22-ounce bottle (currently buy one, get one free) at Publix and in cans and on draft at retailers throughout South Florida, including Mendez Fuel, 3201 Coral Way, in Miami.