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Registration Now Open for the 2015 Annual Conference!


The Beer Industry of Florida will hold its 2015 Annual Conference in Destin, Florida on November 3rd & 4th at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. The 2015 BIF Annual Conference will also offer a wide variety of networking and relationship development opportunities. Activities will include a Welcome Reception featuring new and innovative product showcases, Business Session Dinner with important industry updates, and Annual Golf Tournament.

Beer Distributors and Brewers click here to register online. To print the registration form click here.

Product Showcase Participants click here to register online.  To print the registration form click here.

 
Florida Legislature Called Into Special Redistricting Session

Roll Call
By: Emily Cahn

Florida legislators were notified Monday that a special session will be held Aug. 10 to 21 to approve a new congressional district map.

In a memo to members of the state Legislature, state Senate President Andy Gardiner and state Speaker Steve Crisafulli said a map will be drawn and made public before the legislature convenes for the two-week session, where state legislators will have the ability to debate and amend it.

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August 21, 2015

Brew Hub changes craft beer landscape

Tallahassee Democrat - August 13, 2015

You might have noticed that Publix recently offered a buy one-get one free special with a 22-ounce bottle of beer (better known as a "bomber") made in Florida called Keybilly Island Ale. I was curious. My beer-radar was right. I must say, though, that the story behind the ale is much better than the beer itself.

 

A craft beer revolution in Palm Beach County

Palm Beach Post - August 19, 2015

It’s too bad killer whales don’t drinkcraft beer. Last year alone, independently owned Florida breweries produced enough craft beer to fill Shamu’s tank at SeaWorld six-and-half times — nearly 35 million gallons — and have enough left over for the world’s greatest block party.

 

Things to Do Planner: Beer fests, last blast before school, fun at a new water park

Tampa Bay Times - August 19, 2015

Our Ultimate Bar Guide lets you know where to imbibe all year long. But this is an extra-special weekend to be a beer snob.Beerfest at MOSI will give craft beer enthusiasts more than 70 varieties to sample from 35 breweries, with food trucks, entertainment and MOSI exhibits to peruse. It runs 8-11 p.m. Saturday.


American Social To Open West Coast Flagship In Downtown Tampa

PR Newswire - August 19, 2015

American Social (AmSo), the upscale sports bar and "farm-to-table" restaurant that originated in South Florida on Las Olas Boulevard and expanded to downtown Miami, has announced a new location will launch in Tampa, Florida.

 

Playalinda Brewing to expand and add distillery

Florida Beer News - August 18, 2015

Nearly a year since launching Titusville’s first craft brewery, the founding partners behind Playalinda Brewing Co. have announced plans to build an offsite production brewery and distillery, both co-branded as The Brix Project.


Craft Brewing and Distilling News for August 19, 2015

Shanken News Daily - August 19, 2015

Delray Beach, Florida’s Saltwater Brewery is rolling out its flagship Screamin’ Reels IPA in a new canned format following installation of a canning line in July. Six-packs will be available throughout the company’s current Florida distribution territory, which spans from Sebastian to Key West through a partnership with Brown Distributing, with expansion to Orlando and North Florida expected soon.


SUNSHINE STATE POLITICS:

Florida Legislature now has 2 different maps to sort out

Associated Press - August 19, 2015

With time running out, the Florida Legislature now has dueling maps to redraw the state's 27 congressional districts. Either of the rival maps would make dramatic shifts to Florida's political landscape and could likely end the political careers of several incumbent members of Congress.


August 14, 2015

7 ways to get started creating your own beer

Tallahassee Democrat - August 14, 2015

We're out of the dark ages of having to choose between skunked lagers and mass produced ales. You don't have to settle for watered down beer that looks like dish water and tastes even worse. Consumers can now pick a full-bodied stout that has a honey-brown hue and tastes like a caramel cappuccino. Or they can have a lighter beer called a shandy, which is ale combined with an orange peel, lemon or ginger to make a delightful summer treat.

 

Jacksonville is next in line to get Funky (Buddha)

Florida Beer News - August 14, 2015

Funky Buddha is launching in the greater Jacksonville area on August 18th, as well as Gainesville, Tallahassee and the rest of North Florida on September 1. Funky Buddha draft and bottles will be available starting on those dates in retailers, restaurants, and bars throughout the area. Brown Distributing will be handling all sales and distribution, which will see Funky Buddha distributed statewide throughout Florida for the first time.

 

Budweiser truck spills beer all over highway in Florida

Daily News - August 11, 2015

The beer was flowing in Florida after a Budweiser truck went bottoms up early Tuesday. Beer cans cluttered the roadside of southbound Interstate 75, just north of Tampa at around 7:30 a.m., when a trucker lost control of the behemoth vehicle, Florida Highway Patrol told the Tampa Bay Times. The driver, Malcolm Jamal Wilcox, said he was distracted by his small dog and lost control of the rig, authorities said.


Running and beer: An unlikely marriage

Florida Today - August 13, 2015

Running and beer might seem like an unlikely duo. Though with new chapters of organizations like Running for Brews popping up faster than you can say “pint please”, that perception is changing rapidly.


SUNSHINE STATE POLITICS:

Florida House panel OKs congressional map despite criticism

The Ledger - August 13, 2015

Despite sharp criticism from a Florida congresswoman that it would disenfranchise black voters, the Florida House is moving ahead with a substantial overhaul of the state's 27 congressional districts. A House panel split along party lines on Thursday and approved a proposed map that would substantially alter the state's political landscape and which could lead to the defeat of several incumbents now in office.

August 7, 2015

The spirit of IPA Day: try something new

Florida Beer News - August 6, 2015

 

Every year IPA Day comes around and many folks regard it with the same affection that they regard so-called Hallmark Holidays. In the case of craft beer, IPA Day is like going to an art museum with a new pair of glasses. There is that tap handle that has always caused curiosity, but has never wound up your glass.

 

Drink of the Week: Cigar City Brewing White Oak Jai Alai beer

Tampa Bay Times - August 3, 2015

 

Ask non-Floridians to name the first Florida beer that comes to mind, and many will likely say Cigar City Jai Alai. The iconic Florida IPA, a citrused-out take on the popular East Coast style, is a staple in bars, restaurants and refrigerators across the state.

 

26 Degree Brewing Co. Opening Soon in Pompano Beach

Broward Palm Beach New Times - August 5, 2015

 

"Brewing beer was always a hobby," says Greg Lieberman at his Pompano Beach-based brewery. "I never thought that one day I would actually open a brewery." Like many people in the growing South Florida craft brewing industry, 36-year-old Lieberman decided to follow his dreams.


Dogfish Head/World of Beer Nationwide Simultap Event

J.J. Taylor Blog - August 7, 2015

Our pals over at Dogfish Head have partnered with World of Beer locations nationwide to debut their Choc Lobster oyster-style stout. This rare brew has only previously been available at the Dogfish Head Brewpub located in Milton, Delaware so yeah, this is kind of a big deal.


Toast of the Coast: Crafting the perfect brew pairing

Florida Today - August 7, 2015

 

Shiloh’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant has joined forces with Titusville’s Playalinda Brewery for a five-course beer dinner that begins at 6 p.m. Aug. 12 at Shiloh’s, 3665 S. Washington Ave., Titusville. Playalinda brewmaster Ron Raike has handpicked the brews, which he will discuss during dinner.

Beer Garden: When it comes to good beer, sharing is caring

Pensacola News Journal - August 4, 2015

I’ve been in the service industry for a very long time now, and I’ve noticed a thing or three about customers’ tastes and beverage selection processes. In a restaurant environment, large-format beer bottles have a tough time selling.

SUNSHINE STATE POLITICS:

12 Florida takeaways from the Republican presidential candidates' debate

Associated Press - August 7, 2015

Debate moderators pressed former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and his one-time protégé, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., inviting them to disagree. They didn't take the bait, at least not much. "Do you agree with your friend?" Bush was asked. "He is my friend," Bush acknowledged. Rubio avoided direct comparisons with his friend Bush, but said the campaign needs to be "about the future, not the past."

July 31, 2015

$14 billion Florida beer industry means big business

Tampa Bay Times - July 28, 2015


Florida loves a cold brew — a lot, according to a new study that says beer pumps $14 billion into the state's economy every year. The beer industry accounts for more than $5 billion in wages and benefits for more than 125,000 jobs in the state...

 

Tampa Bay craft beer scene growth fizzles this year, Nielsen numbers show

Tampa Bay Business Journal - July 29, 2015


Tampa Bay has earned a reputation as a region to watch in the national craft beer scene. But despite regular openings, no city in Tampa Bay, let alone Florida, made a set of market growth rankings by consumer research firm Nielsen. In fact, Nielsen’s numbers show the region’s craft beer scene growth has slowed in the past year, according to a Nielsen spokeswoman.

 

Things to do in Fort Myers-Naples area July 31-Aug. 9

News-Press - July 24, 2015


Featured: Friday, July 31•Blue Moon Party: 'Blue Moon' beer and live music. Buy a 'Blue Moon' draft and receive a 'Blue Moon Brewing Company' glass to decorate. See how your glass stacks up to others with prizes awarded.


Beer Garden: Fairhope’s S’Wheat Home ale takes center stage

Pensacola News Journal- July 28, 2015


The local brewing scene just keeps on growing. It’s getting to the point where in less than an hour’s drive, you’re going to run into a Southern brewery. Well, traveling east or west, anyway. Suffice to say, the Panhandle is flush with the good stuff.


Bar review: Ford's Garage in Brandon goes all the way with its car theme, beer list

Tampa Bay Times - July 22, 2015


Of the various bar themes I expect to run into in the wild, "old-timey service station" is not one of them. But it seems to be working quite well for the Ford's Garage chain, which has just opened in Brandon, its fourth Florida location.


SUNSHINE STATE POLITICS:

Florida Legislature will return to redraw Senate maps

Associated Press - July 24, 2015


The Florida Legislature will go into special session in October to redraw the state's Senate districts. House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Senate President Andy Gardiner called for the special session on Tuesday. It will be the third special session of the year.

July 31, 2015

$14 billion Florida beer industry means big business

Tampa Bay craft beer scene growth fizzles this year, Nielsen numbers show

Things to do in Fort Myers-Naples area July 31-Aug. 9

Beer Garden: Fairhope’s S’Wheat Home ale takes center stage

Bar review: Ford's Garage in Brandon goes all the way with its car theme, beer list

SUNSHINE STATE POLITICS:

Florida Legislature will return to redraw Senate maps

July 24, 2015

Make room for a new craft beer taproom

Beer Garden: Coffee-fueled beer imparts taste without jitters

Brew U- FIU's Beer Brewing Class

Florida Beer: Wheat Stoke from Coppertail Brewing

July 10, 2015

Florida beer guide: Pull up a growler to these microbreweries

Florida Beer: Diver Down Imperial Red Ale from the Brew Hub Collection

Beer Garden: Summer Pils is German beer done right

Craft sake is the latest trend that's brewing in US

July 3, 2015

New Florida law allows sale of 64-ounce beers

Florida Beer: Wheat Stroke from Coppertail Brewing

Founders Brewing to send reDANKulous IPA to Florida

Miami ranks as one of world's most expensive cities for beer

June 26, 2015

J.J. Taylor Sponsors Social Media Day Tampa

Beer Garden: Classic Pilsner makes everything old new again

Beer Nut: Craft beer lovers look to Florida Festival

Ybor City craft beer maker Coppertail toasts added retailers, end to Florida growler ban

June 19, 2015

J.J. Taylor Earns 2015 Sustainable Business Award

Siesta Key-based Drum Circle Distilling finds way around alcohol sales regulation

Victory Brewing is sending some new beers for summertime

Florida cattle industry inspires new beer

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