Move over margaritas, BrickHouse Brewery has brewed up their own lime refreshment. Lima Libre, a wheat beer flavored with fresh lime and agave nectar, is currently on tap at the brew pub. 44 pounds of limes are zested and juiced by hand to brew one batch of Lima Libre.
“It drinks really well. It’s just a great summer beer,” says Arthur Zimmerman, head brewer. The idea came to him and brewer Paul Komsic when they were looking to fill a void in their beer menu. “We wanted to do something light and refreshing,” says Komsic.
Though BrickHouse doesn’t normally brew consecutive batches of their limited beers, Lima Libre has been such a hit that more will be coming soon. In addition to being on tap at BrickHouse, Bubbas Burritos in Islip has already gone through three kegs in two weeks. “This beer goes so, so well with tacos it’s unreal,” says Komsic.
If you’re looking to step up your evening a bit, the brewers suggest ordering a 5 oz. tasting glass of Lima Libre to use as a chaser for tequila shots. “You don’t even need the lime and the salt,” says Zimmerman.
The beer will be making its out of state debut at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. GABF, as it’s known, is the largest beer festival and competition in the United States. Lima Libre will be competing for a title in the fruit beer category.
Luckily, you don’t have to travel nearly that far to get a taste. BrickHouse Brewery is located at 67 West Main Street in Patchogue.
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