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October 21, 2016

Braves partner with Terrapin Beer Company

MDJonline.com - October 18, 2016

The Atlanta Braves announced a partnership with Athens-based brewery Terrapin Beer Company on Tuesday, making the locally-brewed beer the headliner at a brewpub and microbrewery at the team's new ballpark in Cobb.

Brew Review - A Hotter Blonde by Big Top Brewing

Florida Beer Blog - October 20, 2016

Big Top Brewing's bomber game is a lot like that.  Sometimes my friends in Sarasota like to take the ingredient train to crazy town.  Just look A Hotter Blonde.

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Rick Scott says state is working hard to 'make sure we have a fair election'

FloridaPolitics.com - October 20, 2016

Gov. Rick Scott shot down questions about widespread voter fraud Thursday, telling reporters in Bonita Springs his expectation is that everyone will "do the right thing" come Election Day.

October 14, 2016

With new owner, MillerCoors focuses on growth

Chicago Tribune - October 11, 2016

The sun rose on MillerCoors' Chicago headquarters Tuesday morning just the same as the day before.  It was, as MillerCoors CEOGavin Hattersley often says, business as usual, but with one small exception.

Brew Review - Roasted Jalapeño Blueberry Porter by Two Henrys Brewing

Florida Beer Blog - October 12, 2016

Once again it is time for a Sip the Sunshine Beer Festival preview.  Todays comes courtesy of one of my favorites, Plant City-based Two Henry's Brewing and Keel & Curley Winery.

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Judge extends Florida voter registration deadline until October 18

CNN.com - October 12, 2016

In a victory for the Florida Democratic Party, a federal judge agreed Wednesday to extend voting registration in the state until October 18 because of the impact of Hurricane Matthew.

 

October 7, 2016

Sam Adams founder: Being a 67-year-old entrepreneur has its benefits

CNBC - October 3, 2016

Despite a cultural idolatry of 20-something entrepreneurs, youth is not everything in the world of building businesses.  Jim Koch launched The Boston Beer Company out of his kitchen when he was 34.

Brew Review - Oktoberfest '16 at Due South Brewing

Florida Beer Blog - October 3, 2016

When it comes to fall, most people love the bright earthy red, yellows, and oranges of the season, from fall vegetables to the changing leaves on trees.  Not for me.  My fall colors are blue and white, when it comes time for Oktoberfest.

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'This Is Not Over': Hurricane Sideswipes Florida Coast

ANC News - October 7, 2016

Hurricane Matthew sideswiped Florida's Atlantic coast early Friday, toppling trees onto homes and knocking out power to more than a half-million people but sparing some of the most heavily populated stretches of shoreline the catastrophic blow many had feared.

September 30, 2016

Sierra Nevada will Introduce Pale Ale and Torpedo Line Extensions in 2017

Brew Bound - September 22, 2016

Sierra, the country's third largest craft brewery according to Brewers Association records, was founded in 1980 in Chico, CA and has long been credited as a pioneer to hop-forward beer styles.


Brew Review - Sunset Beach Bikini Ale by Two Henrys Brewing

Florida Beer Blog - September 27, 2016

Not going to lie, its a bit jarring to see how radically the artwork for today's beer differs from the rest of the Two Henry's lineup.  Everything they make has the classic steampunk-esque historical bent stemming from the inspiration behind their namesakes.

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Zika funds finally pass amid more Florida cases

CIDRAP - September 29, 2016

A day after the Senate and House passed a budget that contained $1.1 billion in Zika funding, reports from Florida and the CDC show the disease is still a threat to much of the Americas.

September 23, 2016

In South Florida, a great pumpkin-beer takeover

Southflorida.com - August 31, 2016

It's pumpkin-beer season at Bangin' Banjo Brewing Company in Pompano Beach, and co-ownder Adam Feingold is not a fan of the gourd.  But that hardly stopped Feingold and his partner, brewmaster Matthew Giani, from making Johnny B. Gourd, a sweet pumpkin al spiced with toasted coconut, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.

Brew Review - Tropical Heatwave by Cigar City Brewing

Florida Beer Blog - September 19, 2016

Cigar City brews and releases a beer to commemorate the day-long music festival, Tropical Heatwave.

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2016 race tightens in Florida

CNN Politics - September 20, 2016

Florida -- a perennial swing state -- is living up to its reputation ahead of the November elections.  A CNN/ORC poll last week found Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump almost evenly matched.

September 16, 2016

"Florida Man" gets his own brew from Tampa's Cigar City

Palm Beach Post - September 12, 2016

Tampa's Cigar City Brewing has announced a limited-release beer, Florida Man, which will be sold through the month, WLTV reports.  According to the brewery website, the beer is made for "the world's worst superhero" himself, the Florida Man.

Green Spirit Award: SweetWater Brewery Protecting the Hooch One Sip at a Time

CleanEnergy.org - September 15, 2016

As summer is coming to an end, I'm already reminiscing over the best summer activity here in Georgia: floating down the Chattahoochee River.  When shooting the hooch (as we like to call it), there's only one kind of veer you should be sipping on and that's SweetWater.

Eight Major MillerCoors Breweries Earn Landfill-Free Verification

Waste360 - September 13, 2016

All eight of MillerCoors' major breweries have earned landfill-free verification from the global nonprofit public health organization NSF International through its sustainability division, making it the first beverage company to have all of its major breweries verified as landfill-free by NSF international.

September 9, 2016

MillerCoors Launches Monthlong Volunteer Effort to Protect Water

Sustainable Brands - September 8, 2016

MillerCoors is kicking off its largest annual volunteer event to protect beer's most important ingredient: water.  Each year the brewer designates September as "Great Water Month," when thousands of MillerCoors employees participate in projects across the nation to protect local water resources and promote water stewardship.

Check Out Heineken's Eye-Popping Art Project at the Abandoned Miami Marine Stadium

Adweek - September 7, 2016

Heineken and Publicis New York show their can-do spirit in a video that celebrates Miami Marine Stadium.  The landmark structure on Biscayne Bay hosted world-class powerboat races, concerts and other events for 30 years until sustaining damage from Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

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Rick Scott makes emergency loans available to small businesses impacted by Hermine

Florida Politics - September 6, 2016

Gov. Rick Scott Tuesday said he activated Florida's Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program "to support local small businesses impacted by Hurricane Hermine."

August 26, 2016

Bell's Octoberfest is back after 5-year hiatus

Live.com - August 12, 2016

Despite the hot and humid summer, many of us are just not ready for raking leaves, wearing layers of clothes and car pooling the kids.  But in the craft beer world its never too early to start thinking of cool autumn nights - and fall seasonal beers.

MillerCoors investing $60M in Virginia brewery expansion

Milwaukee Business Journal - August 22, 2016

Miller Lite and Coors Light brewer MillerCoors LLC is spending $60 million to expand a brewery in Elton, Va., where it plans to add 27 jobs.

Guinness broadens Brewers Project with new rye pale ale

FoodBev Media - August 23, 2016

Guinness has extended its Brewers Project range of beers with the launch of Guinnes rye pale ale, the latest beer from its brewery at St. James's Gate, Dublin.

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Tropical storm would worsen Florida's Zika outbreak

USA Today - August 26, 2016

Florida braced for a double whammy from Mother Nature on Thursday, with a tropical wave in the Caribbean potentially threatening to balloon into a tropical storm or hurricane just as the region fights outbreaks of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.


August 19, 2016

Lowdown: MillerCoors Planning Alcoholic Aguas Frescas Brand

Ad Age - August 17, 2016

MillerCoors is poised to release an alcoholic version of Aguas Frescas, a traditional mexican drink made with fruit, water and sugar.

Beer Guy: New Belgium starts tours

Citizen Times - August 16, 2016

This is an exciting time at the New Belgium brewery in West Asheville.  The company is hosting a big 25th anniversary party at the new brewery.

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Governors visits South Florida as Zika spreads in Wynwood, Miami Beach

Miami Herald - August 19, 2016

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is scheduled to visit Miami on Friday for a press conference at the county health department at noon, followed by a visit to the Wynwood neighborhood where mosquitoes have been spreading Zika since about June 15, according to state and federal health officials.

August 8, 2016

First Look: New Belgium Cider

BeerStreetJournal.com - July 29, 2016

New Belgium Brewing has almost completed their Asheville, North Carolina brewery build.  With that project near completion, the brewery is already looking into a new chapter.  Hard Cider.

As megabrew deal looms, MillerCoors continues slow march toward goals

Chicago Tribune - August 2, 2016

Give him this much: MillerCoors CEO Gavin Hattersley has been remarkably consistent in his messaging as he guides the Chicago-based joint venture through major changes into a new era of ownership.

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Poll: Marco Rubio has double-digit lead over Patrick Murphy

Florida Politics - August 4, 2016

The survey showed Rubio is walloping Republican Carlos Beruff, with 62% of likely Republican voters saying they were leaning toward voting for Rubio in the primary.


July 29, 2016

How MillerCoors Plans to Shrink Its Water-to-Beer Ratio by 2020

Environmental Leader - July 25, 2016

You can't brew beer without water, says MillerCoors' director of sustainability Kim Marotta.  That's one of the reasons why the second largest brewer in the US takes its water management commitments so seriously.

Heineken helps sponsor recycling at soccer matches

Recycling Today - July 29, 2016

White Plaiins, New York-based Heineken USA has teamed up with The Recycling Partnership to determine which team's soccer fans are "the greenest" at 3 International Champions Cups events taking place in the US in July and August 2016.

And the Valley Drinks: Cigar City Invasion

And the Valley Drinks - July 27, 2016

Still working through one of Florida's finest breweries, this time with a more traditional Pale Ale, Cigar City's Invasion: Brought hime a six-pack of cans on a recommendation.

July 22, 2016

MillerCoors to Acquire Majority Stake in Georgia Craft Brewery

Chicago Tribune - July 22, 2016

Terrapin, known for beers such as the Hopsecutioner IPA and the Wake N' Bake Coffee Oatmeal Stout, will join the MillerCoors' craft and imports division known as the Tenth and Blake. MillerCoors first bought a minority interest in Terrapin in 2012. Terms of the deal, which is expected to close in August, were not disclosed.

The Power of Beer Dinners: Good for Breweries, Restaurants, and Beer Lovers Alike

Broward Palm Beach New Times - July 21, 2016

"The primary idea of beer dinners is to promote local brewers," Arroyo says, adding that it's where craft beer meets the culinary world. Arroyo works with Gold Coast Beverage Distributors' Phil Reese - who happens to be a neighbor and a friend - planning dinner menus designed to pair with selected beers from its portfolio. For his seventh beer dinner this Monday, Arroyo is featuring a five-course dinner paired with beers from Miami's the Tank Brewing Company.

New Belgium's Kim Jordan Talks About What It Takes To Be America's Richest Female Brewer

Forbes - July 16, 2016

Co-founder of Colorado's craft brewery New Belgium, Kim Jordan is worth an estimated $225 million, just $25 million shy of making Forbes' list of America's top 60 richest self-made women in the country but still easily putting her in the ranks of most successful female entrepreneurs in the country.

Lagunitas Beer Circus Is Returning To Chicago In September

Time Out - July 18, 2016

In addition to brewing tasty beer and hosting one of our favorite brewery tours in Chicago, the folks over at Lagunitas take time out of their busy schedules each year to throw a giant party. This morning, we learned that the Lagunitas Beer Circus will be returning for its third Chicago-based celebration, setting up in the brewery's parking lot (located near Douglas Park) for an afternoon of drinking and entertainment.

Ales, Lagers, & Fermentation: Online Certified Beer Server Prep Course

Tallahassee Community College - July 22, 2016

Ales, Lagers, & Fermentation is a 40 hr. course. Students are free to move through the course materials at their own pace, provided all course requirements are met before the course end date (90 days from date of registration).

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Zika Is Draining Funds

U.S. News - July 22, 2016

Florida mosquito control officials worry they won't be able to keep up their efforts to contain the bugs that carry Zika without federal funding, even as concern mounts that the first infection from a mosquito bite on the U.S. mainland is near.


July 15, 2016

Beer Distributors, Brewers and Bloggers Share Stories at Writers Conference

NBWA.org - July 11, 2016

Beer bloggers, journalists and beer industry writers gathered at the 2016 Beer Bloggers and Writers Conference July 8-10 in Tampa Bay, Florida, to meet, learn, taste and share.

Calorie Counts Are Coming To A Beer Near You

Miami Herald - July 13, 2016

If you're unaware of the calorie count and nutritional value of most beers (it varies widely), it's not totally your fault. Beer companies actually weren't allowed to provide that information on labels until the U.S. Alcohol Tax and Trade Bureau ruled in 2013 to let alcohol beverage companies add serving facts on their labels.

Sierra Nevada's Founder Ken Grossman Talks History, Experimentation and Beer Camp

Paste - July 7, 2016

"The first beer camp festival we did was a could of years ago, to celebrate the opening of the Mills River Brewery," Sierra Nevada's founder Ken Grossman told Paste outside of the fourth stop on the tour in San Francisco.

#FloridaBeerFriday: The Lager From Cigar City Brewing

Broward Palm Beach New Times - July 13, 2016

This week, I'm moving back to basics and starting up the beer style ladder with a look at the lager, a type of beer that is popular among many and one that has been dominated in this country by a few large producers.

Blue Moon Launches White IPA

The Shout - July 15, 2016

The beer is now available in independent retailers and from the next month will be ranged in Dan Murphys and Vintage Cellars.

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Florida Delegation Looks To Unite At GOP Convention

CBS Miami - July 15, 2016

A year ago, some Florida Republicans dared to dream that one of the state's own would be accepting the GOP presidential nomination in Cleveland at next week's convention.


July 8, 2016

Yuengling Completes $8 Million Environmental Project

BrewBound - July 1, 2016

D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc. has installed an $8 million state-of-the-art wastewater pre-treatment system at its historic Pottsville brewery, a key component of an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice announced today.

Make Way for the Tally Brew Bus

Tallahassee Democrat - June 9, 2016

The local beer scene just got cooler. Starting June 10th, beer aficionados can hop on the Tallahassee Brew Bus for a tour of local breweries. The idea is the brainchild of Growler Country Owner Bobby Carbonell.

Beer Man: Stone Brewing Makes Impressively Arrogant Wis. Debut

First Coast News - June 26, 2016

Stone Brewing CO. just started distributing its beers in Wisconsin, and they are a welcome addition to the store shelves.

Beer Plus Yoga? Local Breweries Say Yes With Classes

Tampa Bay Times - July 5, 2016

The trend has spread rapidly over the country in the past 18 months. Starting in California, Oregon, and New England, microbreweries and beer bars have begun offering regular yoga classes. This is proof positive that millennial women are willing to do anything, including wearing spandex, in order to be near them.

How Florida's Beer Industry is Working to Become More Eco-Friendly

Florida Beer News - June 21, 2016

Guest post: In 2014, the beer industry as a whole contributed $252.6 billion dollars to the United States economy - that's twice the contribution of the wine industry. With such a huge impact on the economy, what kind of impression are beer companies making on the environment? Here's how Florida breweries incorporate eco-friendly practices wile they develop our favorite hoppy drinks.

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Florida's Toxic Algae Bloom Now Visible from Space; What you Need to Know About this Algal

Nature World News - July 8, 2016

What used to be bustling Florida beaches during summers turned to ghastly ghost towns, as a thick, foul-smelling, green sludge of toxic algae took over its waterfront and waterways. The algae invasion has been so widespread that it can actually be seen from space.


July 1, 2016

Inside Sierra Nevada's 2016 Beer Camp

Paste - June 30, 2016

This year, Sierra Nevada once again traveled the United States for Beer Camp Across America, a series of beer festivals put on by the brewery in states around the country. The event was held at sic different locations this year: Tampa, Seattle, Milwaukee, Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.


Finally, a Visit to Bell's Brewery

Milwaukee Magazine - June 13, 2016

I've been waiting a long time to get to Bell's brwery in Kalamazoo. It finally happened last week when I visited the Eccentric Cafe - the Bell's version of a taproom. It's only a four-hour drive (if Chicago cooperates) from Milwaukee, and I recommend staying overnight.


Trenton MillerCoors Brewery Toasts 25 Years

Dayton Daily News - June 24, 2016

MillerCoors celebrates 25 years in Butler County this year and long-time employees say it's managed to be more than just an economic boon, it's like family.


Your Handy Guide to Drinking while Shooting the 'Hooch'

AJC.com - June 30, 2016

What better way to celebrate our country's independence this weekend than with Atlanta's favorite summer pastime: shooting the 'hooch'. For the uninitiated, that means a lazy afternoon floating down the Chattahoochee River in the hot sun sipping drinks you've iced down in the floating cooler trailing behind your makeshift 'floatilla' city. Ah, America.


Red, White, and Brew! Brooklyn's American Ale!

Brooklyn Daily - July 1, 2016

"The Brooklyn brewer developed the new beer for the Norse market in 2009", said Hindy naming it "American Ale." But the beer only became available in its namesake country in 2015. "It was another wildly popular beer, the Brooklyn Summer Ale, that made the brewers realize a lighter beer could work closer to home", said Hindy.


Abita Releases Blueberry Wheat

BrewBound - June 13, 2016

Abita Brewing Company has announced Blueberry Wheat as the next brew in its Abita Harvest Series. Blueberry Wheat will hit shelves begining June 6 and be seasonally available June through September.

 

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In Florida, the Politics of Zika Matter

BostonGlobe.com - June 26, 2016

Anxious residents are looking to health experts to help them cope with the dangers of Zika, a virus that can result in devastating birth defects. In a presidential election that Democrats hope will hinge n questions of competent leadership, Hilary Clinton is pouncing on the public health threat.


June 24, 2016

How Ford, MillerCoors, Hershey Are Helping Suppliers Innovate for Sustainability

Sustainable Brands - June 8, 2016

In this Tuesday afternoon panel, representatives from Ford, MillerCoors, and Hershey described how their companies are leveraging a variety of partnerships to innovate for sustainability across their global supply chains.


Swamp Head Brewery Earns Green Spirit Award for Dedication to a Sustainable Florida

CleanEnergy Footprints - June 2, 2016

Given the unique geological characteristics of Florida, swamps surrounded by salt water, high humidity, and porous limestone protecting much of the state's fresh water supply, it's not surprising that sustainability is important to many of these breweries.


Brews, Branding and Budgets: A Sit-Down with Jim Meier from MillerCoors

Business 2 Community - May 29, 2016

Jim Meier, Senior Director, Marketing Finance, MillerCoors, and I have been on a few rodeos before including speaking at the C-Suite Conference, and a few apropos beers here and there. Nothing but MIllerCoors' brands, to be exact.


Brewery Visit - Escape Brewing @escapebrewing

Florida Beer Blog - June 23, 2016

In the wilds of Northern Pasco County is a tiny little hamlet called Trinity. It's a lawless hellscape, where packs of ravenous wolves pick the bones of people too foolish to venture this way. Okay, I'm totally making it up. Trinity's actually quite nice, and it's maybe an hour Northeast of Tampa. The obviously-titled Trinity Blvd. runs right through the center of the city. Along that road, nestled among some of the very well-off subdivisions, lies a little strip mall. And in that strip mall lies Escape Brewing.


The Best Beers I Drank at Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp

VinePair - June 23, 2016

Despite some initial misgivings about devoting a hot, sunny afternoon to drinking several dozen 2-ounce beer samples with a couple thousand sweaty strangers, I spent Saturday afternoon at the Boston rendition of Sierra Nevada's roving Beer Camp festival, and I'm glad I did.


Broad Brook, Cigar City Brewing Collaborate On 'Made In The Shade' IPA

CTNow - June 1, 2016

Later this month, Broad Brook Brewing is set to release its project with Cigar City Brewing, a popular destination brewery on Florida's west coast. The "Made in the Shade" IPA is a collaborative recipe developed by Broad Brook's head brewer Tom Rossing and Cigar City brewmaster Wayne Wambles.

 

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In Reversal, Marco Rubio to Seek Re-election to Senate

The New York Times - June 22, 2016

Senator Marco Rubio of Florida said Wednesday that he would run for re-election, abandoning plans to pursue a more lucrative career in the private sector and jolting a competitive race that is crucial to Democrats' plans to retake control of the Senate.

 

June 17, 2016

 

Samuel Adams Summer Beer Dinner Series Kicks Off at Deck 84 in Delray Beach

Broward Palm Beach New Times - June 15, 2016

Deck 84, one of Delray Beach's more appropriately 'Florida' waterfront dining spots, will be hosting one such local-friendly event with a Samuel Adams paired four course dinner on Thursday, June 23 beginning at 6:30 pm. Keeping up with the continued realization that craft beer does pair well with fine food, the restaurant is forgoing wine for beer and giving the chefs something a little different to work with. Diners will be joined by esteemed Samuel Adams representative and Cicerone (that's the beer equivalent of a sommelier) Mike Soto, who will guide patrons through each course, providing expert commentary about how the flavors match up.

 

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Florida Politicians at Odds over Orlando Shooting and Response

Politico - June 14, 2016

The massacre in Orlando is heightening political passions in one of the most important electoral regions in the country - and already, political leaders in Florida's I-4 corridor are nearly as divided on the path forward as they are in Washington.


June 10, 2016

 

MEET THE BREWER: GARRETT OLIVER OF THE BROOKLYN BREWERY

J.J. Taylor - June 8, 2016

One of the original craft brewers in the United States, the Brooklyn Brewery has been under the leadership of Brewmaster, Garrett Oliver since 1994. Oliver took the reins of Brooklyn’s premiere brewery ten years after he brewed his first batch of beer. Since then Garrett has added the titles of Author (The Brewmaster’s Tableand The Oxford Companion to Beer) and 2014 James Beard Award Winner to his resume, he is a jovial and affable soul ready to recount many points and lessons from then until now.


Brewery Visit – Cage Brewing @cagebrewing

Florida Beer Blog - June 9, 2016

In the shadow of Tropicana Field, a few blocks away from 3 Daughters Brewing (literally), is the corner of 1st Avenue South and 20th Street South. On the southeast corner is the brand new Pinellas Ale Works. Directly across, on the northwest corner, is the relatively new Cage Brewing. Look for the octopus and you can’t miss it.


#FloridaBeerFriday: Anniversary Duo From Funky Buddha Brewery

Broward Palm Beach New Times - June 10, 2016

As many of you beer aficionados may know, this Saturday, June 11 is Funky Buddha Brewery's third year anniversary festival taking place at Jaco Pastorius Park in downtown Oakland Park from 2 to 10 p.m. During this time, they will be releasing a couple of new beers that will interest any lover of the craft. First up is the Three Years & Brewing Anniversary IPA, an India pale ale brewed with Mosaic and Vic Secret hops, a dosing of real mango, and fermented with Champagne yeast. This is a beer in which the hops and mango play a starring role. It's yellow in color, with a stark white head.


Brew Review – Beach Permit Blonde Ale by Grayton Beer Co. @graytonbeer

Florida Beer Blog - June 6, 2016

Located just off US-98 (State Rd. 30A) halfway between Panama City Beach and Destin in the panhandle of Florida, Grayton Beer Co. was started in 2011 by Jamey and Candace Price and their brewmaster Shank (Seriously. It even says Shank in the promotional materials). They took one of their beers, 30A Blonde Ale, and canned it for beach consumption. But they decided to rebrand the beer as Beach Permit Blonde Ale (Blonde Ale, 4.6% ABV, 13 IBU). And the image on the can, that I am totally digging, is the actual $140-per-year permit to take 4×4 trucks onto Walton County beaches.


Beer Garden: A Beer Guy's learning is never done

Pensacola News Journal - June 7, 2016

Abita went one step farther and aged their special-release Alt in Bourbon casks for eight weeks. The result is a nice mahogany color with a fluffy head that settles to a milky cap with sticky, spotty lacing. Big-yet-mellow scents of raisin, carob, caramel and whiskey abound while a smooth body delivers even smoother notes of toffee, oak, a little butterscotch and rum cake.


Drink of the Week: beer cocktails for summer

Tampa Bay Times - June 6, 2016

Between the drinkability of cheap beer and the insurgence of flavorful craft brews, the beverage is as varied as it is delicious. So varied, in fact, that it can add a surprising boost of flavor to some of summer's most traditional drinks. Here are three ways to incorporate cheap, or craft, hops into your cookout cocktails.

 

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House Passes Bill to Help Ease Puerto Rico's Debt

ABC News - June 9, 2016

The House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a rescue package for debt-stricken Puerto Rico, clearing a major hurdle in the ongoing effort to bring relief to the U.S. territory of 3.5 million Americans. The strong bipartisan vote was 297-127 for the legislation that would create a financial control board and allow restructuring of some of Puerto Rico's $70 billion debt. The measure now heads to the Senate, just three weeks before the territory must make a $2 billion payment.


June 3, 2016

 

Craft Beer Company Looks to Make Fish-Friendly Packaging

NBC News - June 1, 2016

A small craft beer company in South Florida is trying to make a big impact on oceanic pollution with biodegradable, edible packaging in an ecofriendly twist to protect marine life.The edible rings are made from wheat and barley used during the brewing process. The spent grains, normally sold off as cattle feed, are treated with additives and pressed to form the rings. The molding process, says Gove, is proprietary and the company has filed for patents.


'Beer Mile' tour hits Orlando this weekend

Orlando Sentinel - June 1, 2016

Now runners of any level can take part and see how fast they can drink a beer, run a quarter-mile, and repeat three times. Four beers and four laps (or quarter-miles) gets you to the beer mile and all the love on Instagram - #beermile. The "National Beer Mile" tour rolls into the Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando on Saturday, June 4.


Funky Buddha Brewery Turns Three June 11, Takes Over Jaco Pastorius Park

Broward Palm Beach New Times - June 2, 2016

Funky Buddha Brewery has been growing like a teenager since they opened the doors to their Oakland Park production facility in 2013, and the time has come for another birthday celebration. The South Florida brewery, most famously known for their highly rated and coveted Maple Bacon Coffee Porter (which won a Gold Medal in Specialty Beer at the coveted 2016 World Beer Cup), will be hosting an eight hour festival event at Jaco Pastorius Park across from the tap room from 2 to 10 p.m. on Saturday June 11.


Grayton Beer Company releases cans of 30A Beach Blonde

Florida Beer News - May 31, 2016

Grayton Beer Company recently announced that the beer currently packaged as 30A Beach Blonde Ale is now available in 12 oz. cans as Beach Permit Blonde Ale. Appropriately named, the new aluminum packaging allows the popular local brew to be iced down and taken to the beach. The shiny new packaging of the blonde ale will be an obvious choice for beachgoers heading to the glass-free beaches.


Drink Up: Burger 21 Opens Store with Full-Service Bar

QSR - June 3, 2016

Burger 21, an award-winning, “beyond the better burger” fast-casual franchise, recently unveiled its first free-standing restaurant with a full-service bar and outdoor patio. “We’re thrilled to have unveiled our long-awaited first restaurant with a full-service bar, and knew Ocala was a great market to launch the brand’s specialty cocktails and shaketails,” says Mark Johnston, Burger 21 founder and president.


Beer sales at Howser prohibited for regional

Tallahassee Democrat - June 2, 2016

By all accounts, beer sales during Florida State baseball games at Howser Stadium this season was a success. However, fans attending this weekend’s NCAA Tallahassee Regional won’t be able to enjoy a cold beer during games under NCAA rules. The longtime policy prohibits the sale of alcohol to the general public in conjunction with the 2016 NCA Division I Baseball Championship at the regional and super regional levels.

 

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Donald Trump to meet with Florida Gov. Rick Scott

CNN Politics - June 2, 2016

Donald Trump is set to meet with Florida Gov. Rick Scott at Trump Tower on Monday. The Scott and Trump camps on Thursday confirmed the meeting, which comes as speculation mounts about who Trump might choose as his running mate. But a Scott aide said the sitdown would center on Trump's general election campaign in Florida, a perennial battleground state. "Governor Scott looks forward to meeting with Mr. Trump to discuss his campaigns in Florida and how he thinks Mr. Trump will have a big win in the state in November," Melissa Stone said.

 

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