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May 22, 2017

The Brew Review: Cueni Brewing Co. in Dunedin, FL

The Brew Review: Cueni Brewing Co. in Dunedin, FL Craft Beer | Brewery | Florida Breweries http://www.sunkissedindecember.com/2017/05/22/cueni-brewing-co-dunedin-fl/

 

Ok, before you read this entire post pronouncing Cueni in your head as quey-nee, I’ll make your life easier real quick. It’s pronounced Q-knee and as they say, “the name is difficult to say, the beer is harder to resist.” True.

So if you haven’t been to Dunedin yet, or you’re not a FL local, let me just say that you NEED to put it on your list as a day trip. Dunedin is the cutest little beach town full of shops, markets, and what is referred to by locals as the Beermuda Triangle of breweries. These days, the area has grown from the original three breweries into five or six, but the more breweries the merrier right?? I’ll be honest, my friends and I spent a whole day exploring the Beermuda Triangle, taking photos and exploring, and then I accidentally deleted ALL of the photos from that day (crying inside.) But nonetheless, all the reason to go back for more. My mom was in town for the weekend from Buffalo, NY, so we took a little day trip!

With their grand opening just in December of 2016, Cueni Brewing Company is one of the new kids on the Dunedin beer block. That said, they’re bringing some fire competition with their lineup of beers and easy breezy atmosphere. The outdoor area is lined with pretty painted picnic tables and palm trees, while the interior is bright, open and quirky. With the relaxed Key West vibe, Cueni is the perfect spot to meet up with friends and hang out. Oh PLUS they allow dogs inside (Harley loved laying on the cool finished concrete floors.)

 

The Brew Review: Cueni Brewing Co. in Dunedin, FL Craft Beer | Brewery | Florida Breweries http://www.sunkissedindecember.com/2017/05/22/cueni-brewing-co-dunedin-fl/

The Brew Review: Cueni Brewing Co. in Dunedin, FL Craft Beer | Brewery | Florida Breweries http://www.sunkissedindecember.com/2017/05/22/cueni-brewing-co-dunedin-fl/

The Brew Review: Cueni Brewing Co. in Dunedin, FL Craft Beer | Brewery | Florida Breweries http://www.sunkissedindecember.com/2017/05/22/cueni-brewing-co-dunedin-fl/

The Brew Review: Cueni Brewing Co. in Dunedin, FL Craft Beer | Brewery | Florida Breweries http://www.sunkissedindecember.com/2017/05/22/cueni-brewing-co-dunedin-fl/

The Brew Review: Cueni Brewing Co. in Dunedin, FL Craft Beer | Brewery | Florida Breweries http://www.sunkissedindecember.com/2017/05/22/cueni-brewing-co-dunedin-fl/

The Brew Review: Cueni Brewing Co. in Dunedin, FL Craft Beer | Brewery | Florida Breweries http://www.sunkissedindecember.com/2017/05/22/cueni-brewing-co-dunedin-fl/

 

The Brews: Cueni Brewing Co.

For being a pretty small brewery, Cueni has a surprisingly large menu of unique beers to choose from. Luckily, they offer 4oz, 8oz and 16oz pours so you can try a lot of different types! I was instantly drawn to the “Blu Bru Blueberry Wit” and the “Summer Session Ale” and as a rule of thumb I typically like to start with lighter beers first. These were both delicious – the Blu Bru not being too sweet and the Summer Session was light and fresh, perfect for how dang hot it already is here in Florida!

After we finished the initial beers, there was no way I could leave without testing a few more. The owner, Bren Cueni, helped me to pick a diverse selection of beers for my flight and each one was as palette pleasing as the last. The “Black Velvet IPA” was a lot darker than a typical IPA, but still very smooth and delicious just like the name implies. The “Orange Trail Cream Ale” was one of my favorites (clearly I have a thing for fruity beers) as it was sweet and light, and not bitter at all. As far as pale ales go, in my opinion they are pretty standard but the “Dry Hopped Pale Ale” was the perfect amount of hoppy and crisp. The “Drunken ‘Monk’e” is perfect for anyone who likes a good strong dark beer (not usually me) and the “Monkey Skull Porter” is equally as tall dark and handsome, winning bronze at the Best Florida Beer competition!

The Brew Review: Cueni Brewing Co. in Dunedin, FL Craft Beer | Brewery | Florida Breweries http://www.sunkissedindecember.com/2017/05/22/cueni-brewing-co-dunedin-fl/

Left: Blu Bru Blueberry Wit, 5.3% ABV. Right: Summer Session Ale, 4.8% ABV.

The Brew Review: Cueni Brewing Co. in Dunedin, FL Craft Beer | Brewery | Florida Breweries http://www.sunkissedindecember.com/2017/05/22/cueni-brewing-co-dunedin-fl/

The Brew Review: Cueni Brewing Co. in Dunedin, FL Craft Beer | Brewery | Florida Breweries http://www.sunkissedindecember.com/2017/05/22/cueni-brewing-co-dunedin-fl/

Left to Right: Black Velvet IPA, 6.6% ABV. Orange Trail Cream Ale, 5.25% ABV. Dry Hopped Pale Ale, 5.8% ABV. Drunken ‘Monk’e, 9.5% ABV. Monkey Skull Porter, 5.8% ABV.

The Brew Review: Cueni Brewing Co. in Dunedin, FL Craft Beer | Brewery | Florida Breweries http://www.sunkissedindecember.com/2017/05/22/cueni-brewing-co-dunedin-fl/

The Brew Review: Cueni Brewing Co. in Dunedin, FL Craft Beer | Brewery | Florida Breweries http://www.sunkissedindecember.com/2017/05/22/cueni-brewing-co-dunedin-fl/

The Brew Review: Cueni Brewing Co. in Dunedin, FL Craft Beer | Brewery | Florida Breweries http://www.sunkissedindecember.com/2017/05/22/cueni-brewing-co-dunedin-fl/

The Brew Review: Cueni Brewing Co. in Dunedin, FL Craft Beer | Brewery | Florida Breweries http://www.sunkissedindecember.com/2017/05/22/cueni-brewing-co-dunedin-fl/

The Brew Review: Cueni Brewing Co. in Dunedin, FL Craft Beer | Brewery | Florida Breweries http://www.sunkissedindecember.com/2017/05/22/cueni-brewing-co-dunedin-fl/

 

If you’re ready to take on the Dunedin Beermuda Triangle or you just want to sit back and relax outside with a refreshing brew, be sure to add Cueni Brewing Co. to your itinerary. Between the variety of craft beers, the relaxed atmosphere and the awesome staff, it’s definitely a must-stop spot in Dunedin! They also have a wide variety of ciders, snacks and wine to accommodate those who aren’t into beers or are gluten free.

 

The Brew Review: Cueni Brewing Co. in Dunedin, FL Craft Beer | Brewery | Florida Breweries http://www.sunkissedindecember.com/2017/05/22/cueni-brewing-co-dunedin-fl/

 

If you have a brewery you’d like to see featured on The Brew Review, I’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments below!

Cheers!

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5 Comments

  • J Darras Dubich

    started with one brewery oldest craft brewery in Fl. Dunedin Brewery. Now we have 7 going on 8. Only one market and that is only 2 half days a week. Cueni is my favorite for taste. Woodwright is second and has bluegrass music on every other Thursday.

    May 22, 2017 at 5:35 pm Reply
    • alexandra

      I’ve been to a few different markets in different areas that were all day – maybe they were special occasions. And didn’t know there were that many breweries! Nonetheless, I do also love Woodright!

      May 22, 2017 at 6:28 pm Reply
  • Ray

    As a Dunedin resident, I spend a good amount of time doing quality assurance (lol) around the Beermuda Triangle – and I have to say that Cueni is my favorite place! Jon’s beers are amazing, and he and Bren have created a very inviting atmosphere that makes you want to come back and bring friends. One thing to me that is noticeably missing and I really appreciate is a TV! No TV and the music is always at a good level to sit and have a conversation – the only distractions really are the dogs, and since we are also called Dogedin, that’s a welcome sight! Since you’re a fruity beer person, if you find out that they’ve put the Peaches n Herb Saison back on tap, you HAVE to come back! 🙂

    May 22, 2017 at 6:03 pm Reply
    • alexandra

      Ray – you make great points!! I didn’t even notice the fact that there are no TVs at Cueni, probably because that alone adds to the atmosphere! Less zoning out and more chatting with friends 🙂 plus that peaches n herb saison sounds mouth watering!!

      May 22, 2017 at 6:25 pm Reply
      • Ray

        I’ll post again if it ever comes back in tap ☺

        May 22, 2017 at 11:52 pm Reply

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