We’re excited to showcase the third brewery in this series, one of the newest we’ve brought into Oregon, Tripping Animals Brewing out of Doral, Florida. Historically speaking, a brewery that’s only 2 years old, yet already shipping their beer across the country to Oregon, would seem extremely unusual. Yet when you consider their lengthy home brewing background, their quick rise to popularity, the breweries they routinely collaborate with, and our current pandemic reality, it’s not that far fetched.
The four friends & founders – Daniel Chocron, Ignacio Montenegro, Iker Elorriaga, and Juan Manuel Torres, started home brewing in Caracas, Venezuela around 2010-2011. A combination of world travel and a want for something more than a locally produced industrial Lager created a desire to push the creative boundaries through experimentation. Their ever growing kitchen-brewed batches necessitated house parties to keep the beer moving, enabling even more creative concoctions.
Montenegro headed to the St Louis area in 2012 to finish his undergraduate studies, during which he worked as a Brewmaster’s Assistant, then as a Brand Ambassador for O’Fallon Brewery. Soon all four linked up again, this time in Doral, FL, which Montenegro describes as a “Little Venezuela.” Tripping Animals Brewing started as a project in 2017, eventually opening for the public in 2018.
Their focus on community, family, and independence, all with a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor, define Tripping Animals as a uniquely defined entity in today’s crowded craft beer market. Another strength is their focus on collaboration with other local breweries & those around the country, such as J. Wakefield Brewing, Civil Society Brewing, Forager Brewing, Hidden Springs Ale Works, and Hoof Hearted Brewing, among many others. This has not only helped get their name out around the country, it’s also bolstered their chops in innovation by learning from contemporaries who’re also pushing the envelope of what beer is and can be.
While this is only our first time bringing Tripping Animals to the Beaver State, we’re quite excited to have them here and be able to feature five of their canned beers, as well as two draft options. The one most readily available, in cans and on draft, is a newer release, Limonada Rosada, “a Sour ale inspired by Pink Lemonade, conditioned with Raspberry, Strawberry, and Lemons.” Another stand-out beer we just received is Jack-Ass, a Hazy Triple IPA “brewed with/ Galaxy, Citra, El Dorado Hops, and Florida Orange Blossom Honey.”
Other more limited availability cans include No Mames, a Mexican Style Lager; It’s Showtime, a “Berliner Weisse Style Sour Ale conditioned w/ Pineapple, Peach, and Florida Honey” – a collaboration with Corporate Ladder Brewing; Dancing Shoes, “a Tropical India Pale Ale hopped with Mosaic, Sabro, Cashmere, and Citra, conditioned on Pink Guava, Pineapple, and Açaí” – a collaboration with Hoof Hearted Brewing; and Tyrannosaurus (draft only), a “Sour ale conditioned w/ Blackberry, Blackcurrant, Marshmallow, Vanilla, and Milk Sugar.”
Be sure to look for them around Oregon over the next week and find them while you can – they won’t last long!
Special thanks to Hop Culture for their article on Tripping Animals, a primary source for content in this article.