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Registration Now Open for the 8th Annual Beer & Food Pairing and Legislative Meeting!

The Beer Industry of Florida will hold its 8th Annual Beer & Food Pairing and Legislative Meeting in Tallahassee, Florida on January 12th and 13th at the Governors Club.

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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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November 13, 2015


Big Tampa Beerfest bringing hundreds of brews to convention center

The Tampa Tribune - November 12, 2015

The boom in craft beer breweries in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area has resulted in a boom in beer festivals such as the inaugural Big Tampa Beerfest Friday and Saturday at the Tampa Convention Center. With more than 260 different beers available for sampling, the event is expected to draw more than 3,000 people, says Craig Johnson, director of Festivals Unlimited which has organized the event.


J.J. Taylor - November 9, 2015

Cycle Brewing has taken the world of stout lovers by storm and has developed a reputation for prowess in the realm of barrel-aging. After all, their Pallet Series was built on the premise that craft beer is accessible to anyone and even the most nuanced flavors can be appreciated by any member of the beer-loving public. Cycle’s annual Barrel-Aged Day is attended by people from around the world that descend on St. Petersburg to try the silky stouts from the Pinellas County craft brewery.

Beer Garden: The perfect beer for Veterans Day

Pensacola News Journal - November 10, 2015

Today being Veterans Day, it’s the perfect time to upgrade to a Rooney’s Veterans Beer instead. Solid, straight-forward and surprisingly tasty! Pale straw in color with a pretty cap of thin bubbles, this German-American hybrid lager exhibits sweet scents of hay, honey and apple skin. More honey shows up on the palate with grassy American-raised Saaz hops and bready malt with a clean finish.

App-based alcohol delivery service launches in Tampa

The Tampa Tribune - November 13, 2015

Add that run to the liquor store to the list of pesky chores that can now be handled on a mobile device or on the web in Tampa. The Boston-based Drizly alcohol delivery company has partnered with ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, Florida’s largest wine and spirits retailer, to launch on-demand delivery of beer, wine and spirits to consumer’s doors through the Drizly app or website. The service started Thursday in Tampa, Drizly’s 18th site nationally. It’s available in a limited area, roughly a north-south swath of the city of Tampa proper, excluding New Tampa but including Northdale, Lake Magdaline, Carrollwood and Town ‘N’ Country.

Orlando Beer Festival to brew at Festival Park Saturday

Central Florida Future - November 13, 2015

More than 200 craft and premium beers from local breweries and around the world are up for sampling on Saturday at Festival Park for the Orlando Beer Festival from noon to 6 p.m. The event will benefit the Milk District Association, and VIP entry is at 11 a.m., which includes a designated VIP area, free entry into the whiskey business tasting station and complimentary gifts and parking.


Broward Palm Beach New Times - November 12, 2015

It's Maple Bacon Coffee Porter time again. The Broward-based Funky Buddha Brewery has set the date for its most sought-after annual release and street festival for January 9. Due to its overwhelming popularity, Maple Bacon Coffee Porter Day is now a ticketed event, says Funky Buddha Brand Manager John Linn. While that might sound less appealing than free access, it's actually good news: Paying attendees are now guaranteed to receive a bottle of the one-time annual Maple Bacon Coffee porter release — and no one will feel the need to camp out in the parking lot at 5 a.m. to snag a spot in line for tickets.



Poll: Ben Carson, Donald Trump tied in Florida, Marco Rubio passes Jeb Bush

The Florida Times Union - November 12, 2015

Donald Trump and Ben Carson are tied in the race for Florida’s Republican primary voters, and Marco Rubio has elbowed past Jeb Bush in the next tier, according to a poll conducted for the Times-Union released Thursday. Trump with 23 percent and retired neurosurgeon Carson with 22 percent are essentially tied by falling within the poll’s 3.4 percent margin of error.

November 6, 2015



J.J. Taylor - November 4, 2015

Move over #FloridaMan, and make way for #FLGREENMan! That’s right beer lovers, Asheville’s Green Man Brewery is bringing their liquid love to the Sunshine State! After brewing beer at Lakeland’s Brew Hub for the past year, and an initial foray into Florida’s northern counties, Green Man Brewery has announced that they will expand their footprint to include all of Florida. And we could not be more excited to announce that they have chosen to partner with us at J.J. Taylor in our 17 county footprint.

Funky Buddha Brewery set to open Craft Food Counter & Kitchen

Florida Beer News - November 5, 2015

Craft Food Counter & Kitchen is freshly baked and ready to serve! Funky Buddha Brewery’s fast casual kitchen will debut on Wednesday, November 11th featuring scratch-made pub fare with a crafty focus. Also slated to open in conjunction with the kitchen is Funky Buddha’s new private events suite, a full-service catering and events facility designed to accommodate groups of all sizes as well as beer education, training, dinners, and more. “The opening of Craft Food Counter is a dramatic next step in the evolution of the brewery,” says KC Sentz, Funky Buddha’s co-owner and general manager. "We simply can’t wait to share it with everyone.”

Beer Garden: Blonde Bomber is a beer worthy of a Prez

Pensacola News Journal - November 3, 2015

I’m sure The Prez would be willing to share a Props Brewing Blonde Bomber with me if I asked nicely. This modest Fort Walton Beach business represents the can-do attitude of America, expanding from home brewing to brewery and grill in just a few short years. Our neighbors’ artwork stirred my patriotism while the beer captured my palate. Usually, blonde ale is boring, but Props’ is hazy gold with a whipped egg white head. Our President also has a home brewing kit in The White House. His chefs make three different beers for him and his staff, putting to use honey collected from beehives on the property’s South Lawn!

3 Daughters Brewing beer honors veterans

Florida Beer News - November 5, 2015

3 Daughters Brewing, the largest craft brewery in St. Petersburg, is launching its fourth can, this time as a tribute to United States veterans. The can celebrates 3 Daughters Brewing’s inaugural My Hero series, with all proceeds being donated to the Navy SEAL Foundation. Code named Tango Yankee (military shorthand for TY or “Thank You”), the beer is an American Wheat Ale available in a limited edition can. The first can in the series is especially meaningful to 3 Daughters Brewing, as it will feature Bruce Wells Harting, grandfather to the three girls who inspired the name for the brewery.

Hot weather is now affecting Belgian beer too

The Tampa Tribune - November 6, 2015

One of the most renowned Belgian beer brewers says it is a victim of climate change because increasingly high temperatures have shortened the brewing season by a month since the 1950s. The Cantillon gueuze brewery needs to cool its hot brew in open vessels so that the natural yeasts in the air can help produce the sour beer that has developed a niche following throughout the world. However, with temperatures staying as high as 15 C (59 F) at night the past days, Cantillon has shut down brewing since it doesn't want to use artificial refrigeration.

Dining planner: Beer fest, new 3 Daughters can and foodie gift ideas

Tampa Bay Times - November 4, 2015


The Cajun Café on the Bayou's 10th annual Craft Beer Festival gears up Saturday at 8101 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park. Beer lovers can work their way through more than 200 craft ales, including great American craft beers, European imports, home brews and more.


3 Daughters Brewing has launched its fourth can, this time as a tribute to U.S. veterans. The can celebrates 3 Daughters Brewing's inaugural My Hero series, with all proceeds donated to the Navy SEAL Foundation.


Feeling harried already about the upcoming Turkey Day? Outsource. Uhuru sells holiday pies every year, from apple crumb to pumpkin, sweet potato and pecan and chocolate pecan.



Sen. Joe Negron wins Florida Senate presidency race

TC Palm - November 5, 2015

Sen. Joe Negron announced Thursday he's won the Florida Senate presidency, putting an end to a bitter dispute and giving his rival a powerful committee post in return. Negron and opponent Sen. Jack Latvala stood next to each other in the Senate chamber in Tallahassee to declare the truce in their two-year leadership battle. Latvala signed a pledge card to support Negron and has told his allies to rally behind him as well.

October 23, 2015


College's new class: Beer science 101

Herald Tribune - October 22, 2015

At 11:15 a.m., the bar area of Big Top Brewing Company was packed with college students. They weren't cutting class to drink with their buddies. Instead, they peered at amber liquid poured into mouthwash cups. More than 20 University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee students are enrolled in the school's new Introduction to Beer Science class, in which they learn about how beer is made and distributed across the country.

Beer Garden: Sweet potato brew hits the seasonal spot

Pensacola News Journal - October 20, 2015

Here’s a brewery that feels our pain, has empathy for our pumpkin plight. What do you do when you wish to craft an “anti-pumpkin pie” beer?  Shoot for another iconic savory/sweet baked offering from the Thanksgiving table, that’s what. This is Funky Buddha Brewing and their Sweet Potato Casserole Ale.

Beer Knights: Crooked Thumb Brewery opens with local love for Safety Harbor

The Tampa Tribune - October 22, 2015

The beer tap handles are made from chunks of oak salvaged from trees that once shaded the parking lot at the Safety Harbor Resort. One of the beers on tap has a crisp citrus flavor, a tribute to Florida’s first grapefruit crop cultivated in Safety Harbor in the 1830s. Even the name of the place, Crooked Thumb Brewery, comes from a line in “A Brief History of Safety Harbor, Florida” by local residents Laura Kepner and Warren Firschein. It describes Pinellas County as hanging off Florida’s west coast “like a crooked thumb.”

Whole Foods Market, Funky Buddha partner for Floridian Spent Grain Sourdough Bread

Florida Beer News - October 21, 2015

One of Whole Foods Market’s bestselling beers is getting a revamp this season for people of all ages to enjoy. Beginning Wednesday, October 21, 2015, America’s healthiest grocery store will debut its new Floridian spent grain sourdough bread made in partnership with South Florida’s popular Funky Buddha Brewery.David McAndrew, Whole Foods Market’s Bakehouse Facility Team Leader and the mastermind behind the new bakery creation, knew he wanted to partner with a local brewery to create an innovative bread to add to the selection shoppers already know and love.

Celebrate beer in Florida, microwbrews are suddenly opening all over the state

Around Osceola - October 20, 2015

Little more than a decade ago, Florida was pretty much a desert for those seeking good local brew. That has all changed and seemingly overnight, microbreweries are opening in just about every part of the state. Even Osceola County is about to get its first microbrewery in just a matter of weeks. Celebrate the Beer, the county’s first beer festival, held at Osceola Heritage Park last weekend, offered more proof that the time of the microbrew has arrived in Florida. Of the more than 80 brewery/vendors serving up sample-sized brews during the two-day event, nearly a dozen call Florida home.

JDub’s Brewing to celebrate Oktoberliner Fest 2015

Florida Beer News - October 20, 2015

On October 24th and 25th, JDub’s Brewing Company will host a two-day “Oktoberliner Fest” at the brewery. On Saturday and Sunday, from 2pm-6pm, 20 varieties of Berliner Weiss styles will be available in 6oz serving glasses. The cost per pour is $3.50,10 tickets for $30 or unlimited pours throughout the weekend for $75. Various styles of German beers will also be available for purchase in our taproom. Follow our social media pages for details.



Despite surge in polls, Rubio behind Bush on fundraising in Florida

Tallahassee Democrat - October 21, 2015

Sen. Marco Rubio is outshining former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in the presidential polls, but Bush continues to hold a commanding lead over his one-time protégé in the dash for Florida cash. New fundraising numbers show Bush has amassed more than $4.7 million from in-state contributors since entering the race in June, according to Federal Election Commission reports covering activity through Sept. 30.

October 16, 2015


Prohibition on Pensacola Beach?

Pensacola News Journal - October 16, 2015

A proposed ordinance prohibiting alcoholic beverages in public areas of Pensacola Beach appears to only be a formality at this point.The Board of County Commissioners spent about 55 minutes Thursday morning discussing the proposed ordinance at their committee workshop. Commissioner Grover Robinson IV (District-4), citing the wishes of beach residents and business owners, presented an ordinance written to prohibit the possession, consumption or sale of alcoholic beverages in public areas on the beach in an effort to promote a family-friendly atmosphere.

Barrel-aged beers: How and why they taste so distinct

Tampa Bay Times - October 14, 2015

Bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout. Rum barrel-aged quad. Blackberry sour ale aged in pinot noir barrels. None of these sound particularly exotic to serious beer drinkers, but most of today's barrel-aged beers are a recent development. In fact, the history — and purpose — of barrel-aging beer remains a mystery to many of the people who enjoy them.

World of Beer opens its 75th location

The Tampa Tribune - October 14, 2015

Jim Guse of Grand Prairie, Texas, is a self-proclaimed beer buff. He’s made it a priority during business and family travels to visit 32 of the 75 of the World of Beer locations scattered across the country. Moreover, he’s tasted 1,149 different brews. In Guse’s view, the recently opened World of Beer at 2815 E. Fowler Ave. is tops among all the taverns of the same name he’s patronized. The 6,000-square-foot building — with three outdoor patios — is the company’s first-of-its-kind flagship pub.

Beer Garden: Hoist a Sam Adams Fat Jack — if you can

Pensacola News Journal - October 14, 2015

Still, we age, and with getting older come new games and activities. Case in point is the German beer hall tradition of Masskrugstemmen. You may know it as Stein Hoisting. Hold a full, glass liter mug of beer out in front of your body at a 45 degree angle without bending your arm, supporting your arm or spilling any beer for as long as you can. Go ahead, try it out. It’s much harder than it looks. Hopjacks and Sam Adams Brewing hosted this competition last year; one of a few throughout the region. We’re bringing it back Wednesday night for another round downtown at 8 p.m.

5 locally brewed fall beers worth tasting

Tallahassee Democrat - October 14, 2015

Fall has arrived in Tallahassee. As the color of leaves become darker so does the shades of the beer. These cool nights require a toasty beer that provides warmth. Cinnamon, coriander and chocolate flavors replace the citrus flavored summer beers. Autumn is a craft beer drinker's Christmas providing more robust beer. Stouts, porters, marzens and barrel aged beer that would be too heavy to drink on a hot day are perfect for tailgating or relaxing after a long day at work.

Drink of the Week: Ninkasi Ground Control beer

The Tampa Bay Times - October 12, 2015

Oregon's Ninkasi Brewing Company is a staple on the West Coast, and with its distribution range now expanded to Florida, expect to see a few of the brewery's aggressively hopped brews on the shelves of your local retailer. (Total Wine seems to be the place to find them at the moment.) One of the more ambitious beers in Ninkasi's profile is Ground Control, an imperial stout brewed with Oregon hazelnuts, star anise and cacao nibs. Oh, and yeast that has traveled to outer space and back.



Jeb Bush raises $13.4 million, more than Rubio and Cruz

Politico - October 15, 2015

Jeb Bush’s campaign raised about $13.4 million in the third quarter, outpacing both Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz but falling far short of Ben Carson's reportedly $20 million haul. Bush’s campaign said he had $10.3 million in the bank – providing a stark contrast with fellow Floridian Rubio’s campaign, which raised only $6 million last quarter but reported having $11 million cash on hand. Cruz's available cash at the end of the quarter was larger still at $13.5 million.

October 9, 2015


Shelton Brothers releases the tap list for The Festival

Florida Beer News - October 6, 2015

When Shelton Brothers Importers announced that The Festival would be in Saint Petersburg this year, many people looked up the information and sought out tickets. On Monday, October 6th, Shelton Brothers released the tap and bottle list for The Festival and destroyed any doubt that this was an event of titanic proportions.The Festival will be held at The Coliseum in Saint Petersburg on October 16th and 17th, 2015.


JJ Taylor - October 5, 2015

While the world waits in anticipation for the next chapter in the lives of the intrepid group braving the post-apocalyptic landscape in AMC’s The Walking Dead, Athens, Georgia’s Terrapin Beer Companyhas partnered with Skybound Entertainment to slake the thirst of eager fans.Terrapin’s creation, The Walking Dead Blood Orange IPA, will soon bring its bitter bite to the Tampa Bay area and beyond.

Beer Garden: Aviator Pumpkinbeast lights the way

Pensacola News Journal - October 6, 2015

Pumpkin everything, especially craft beer, is all the rage this time of year. Now, how’s about a beer with creepy imagery and fits two styles apropos to the season?  Aviator Pumpkinbeast offers a pretty garnet/burnt umber glow with a nice, dense, bubbly head. Comforting scents of caramel and pie spice provide notes of cinnamon, praline, nutmeg and honey wheat bread. Real pumpkin and sweet malt combine for flavors of toast, pie spices, vanilla and roasted nuts with a faint, noble hop bitterness and a long and memorable finish.

Winter Park Distillery plans to open new “Brewstillery”

Florida Beer News - October 5, 2015

The Co-Founders of the Winter Park Distilling Company unveiled expansion plans which will combine a craft distillery, brewery, taproom and retail showroom all at a new location in the City of Winter Park. Dubbed the “Brewstillery”, this new concept will be the first-of-its-kind in the State of Florida and will be open to the public as well as feature regular tours on a daily basis. Housed within the refurbished and redesigned State Auto Body building on Orange Avenue, north of highway 17-92, the Brewstillery will be the latest addition to the eclectic mix of businesses that line this iconic gateway to the City of Winter Park.

New Belgium bringing limited beers, short films to downtown Tampa

The Tampa Tribune - October 8, 2015

It will be a night of beer and movies under the stars at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park on Oct. 29 when New Belgium Brewing’s Clips Beer & Film tour returns to Tampa.The annual tour featuring short films ranging from documentaries to animation will wrap up its 20-city 2015 run with the local stop to raise funds for Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful. Admission is free.


JJ Taylor - October 5, 2015

While pairing beer with food can transform a normal meal into an experience or a snack into a sensation, beer pairing should not be left only to food. As the weather begins to cool (as much as it does in Florida), and clocks are about to Fall behind, here is a look at a few October activities made even better when paired with a quality craft beer.



Rick Scott: ‘We’re bigger than New York now’

Politico New York - October 7, 2015

“We're bigger than New York now," Scott said. "From 1992 to 2013, about $80 billion of annual income has moved out of New York. The number one place they're moving to is Florida. And in the same time frame we've added $116 billion of annual income that moved to our state. We're bigger than New York, we're adding about 200,000 people per year, so people are moving because there's a better business climate and they can compete globally because their taxes are lower, their regulations are less, it's a better place to do business.”

October 2, 2015


It's pumpkin beer season, a time for flavorful brews

Tampa Bay Times - October 1, 2015

Now that my summer-long tradition of steadfastly ignoring their existence has come to an end, it's time to acknowledge the presence of the heavy hitters of the seasonal beer game: pumpkin beers. They used to be exciting, goes the common lament. I hear you! It's tough to get pumped about a "seasonal" release intended to evoke the flavors and colors of fall when every brewery in the country has near-identical spins on the pumpkin-vanilla-spice formula pouring come the first day of July.

Oktoberfest lives in St. Petersburg

Bay News 9 - October 1, 2015

Oktoberfest wraps up in Germany this weekend. But, the party is just getting started a little closer to home. Behind the walls of a former 1920s-era cafeteria in St. Petersburg awaits a taste of Bavaria. "This Hofbräuhaus, I think, is very similar to the traditional one in Munich," proudly states Hermann Nachbar, a musician from Germany. "Oktoberfest in Germany means that people go where they are happy." Each autumn, the city of Munich is home to a festival that celebrates good food, good beer and good friends.

Beer Garden: Wrap up Octoberfest with Maibock

Pensacola News Journal - September 29, 2015

With Oktoberfest wrapping up this weekend, I’ll be down in Orlando celebrating in my preferred fashion; going upside down really fast on theme park rides. But before I take my leave, I thought I’d make sure there’s something nice waiting for you. We’re hosting a Pint Night Thursday at both of our Hopjacks locations. We’ll be featuring the panhandle’s only kegs of Ayinger Maibock. Wait. Maibock? That’s a spring beer!

Beer aficionado tunes up stein ways for Tampa Oktoberfest

The Tampa Tribune - October 1, 2015

Jonathon Alderman knows how to hold his beer —in a hefty glass stein that weights about seven pounds when full of lager. A five-time champion of stein hoisting at the annual Tampa Oktoberfest, Alderman is getting ready to defend his title again this month when the event cranks up Oct. 9-11 in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. This is the month when Oktoberfest events are in full swing throughout the Tampa/St. Petersburg area.

Orlando bar's solution to UCF football woes? Free beer

Tampa Bay Times - September 30, 2015

At some point during UCF's 31-14 loss to South Carolina last week, Brandon Geers looked around the dive bar he co-owns in Orlando and counted about 30 people - down from the 200 fans who used to frequent The Basement during Knights games. "It was kind of just depressing..." said Geers, 29. "It was very real that the Blake Bortles days are over, and we've got to do something to spark these Knight fans up again." The solution: free beer.


Broward Palm Beach New Times - October 1, 2015

Want an hour early entrance, an awesome commemorative gift and access to the Brew Master Beer Garden? Tell us what you would call your own personal flavor of craft beer and we'll choose a lucky winner for two Brew Master tickets (value: $130) on Saturday, October 10.Since most of us know nothing about the hard work and sacrifice that goes into building a brewery from scratch — and even less about the actual day-to-day running of a brewery, never mind the ingredients and steps required to brew a beer — most of our fantasies probably revolve around what we would call our various brews.



Senate could drop Confederate flag from seal

The News Service of Florida - September 30, 2015

State senators are scheduled next week to begin considering whether to keep the Confederate flag on the Senate's official seal, another sign of a growing national tide against icons of the South's rebellion in the 1860s.The Senate Rules Committee will meet Oct. 8 to begin re-examining the current emblem of the chamber.


September 25, 2015


Green Man Brewery comes to Florida

Florida Beer News - September 21, 2015

Green Man has partnered with S.R. Perrott Inc. to debut their Legendary Ales in Florida and will continue to expand distribution throughout the Southeast. Green Man Brewery, out of Asheville, NC has added a fourth state to their distribution footprint, launching in Daytona and Ormond Beach.

Craft Brewing and Distilling News for September 23, 2015

Shanken News Daily - September 23, 2015

J.J. Taylor Distributing Company of Minnesota Inc. is set to acquire Day Distributing Company, expanding its geographic distribution area and brand portfolio. Terms of the deal, which is expected to close by the end of October, weren’t disclosed.

Taptoberfest benefit spreads craft beer joy on Gaines

Tallahassee Democrat - September 23, 2015

There are plenty of reasons to recommend the second annual Taptoberfest taking place this Saturday at the Brass Tap Downtown on Gaines. After all, how often does a craft beer-centric event also include activities for kids with a portion of the proceeds going to a deserving local nonprofit, the Children’s Home Society?

Discover ‘Magic Kingdom’ for craft beer lovers

The Advertiser - September 23, 2015

Ask most any serious beer drinker what their dream vacation would be and they’d answer “To be given a name tag that I can hang around my neck that would allow me to drink as much free craft beer as I wanted for three days.”

Yuengling tries to survive craft beer craze by staying in the middle

Tampa Bay Times - September 24, 2015

When Richard "Dick" Yuengling bought the former Stroh's brewery in Tampa Bay in 1999, no one was talking about blueberry wheat beers or India pale ales. The then fast-growing Pennsylvania brewing company, D.G. Yuengling & Son, was ready to expand its footprint and start selling its signature lager in the Southeast.

Fall festivals flourish on Emerald Coast

NWF Daily News - September 24, 2015

Round 2 of “festival season” is upon us here on the Emerald Coast! (The first was in spring.) Fill your weekends with food, live music, and fun. Keep this calendar handy for the next seven weeks to better plan your fall entertainment.



Hearing to finally settle Florida congressional districts set to begin

My Palm Beach Post - September 23, 2015

Three years and two maps after Florida’s Republican-led Legislature first came up with congressional boundaries that were supposed to last for a decade, the battle over district lines goes Thursday before a judge, who will play a key role in the so-far elusive goal of determining a final version.

September 18, 2015


Hofbräuhaus opens in St. Petersburg as part of growing beer industry

News Channel 8 - September 16, 2015

This week Hofbräuhaus opened in St. Petersburg, becoming part of Florida’s growing beer industry. “It’s a destination location. It’s where we want families to come,” Travis Horn of Hofbräuhaus said. Hofbräuhaus was founded in 1589 in Munich, Germany. The company is now expanding into some American markets.

Follow Your Folly With New Belgium's Road Brewer Event Series

J.J. Taylor Blog - September 17, 2015

Fort Collins, Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing brings their Road Brewer Series to Tampa Bay! Join Brewer, Patrick Murfin for a series of events across The Bay area where he will be pouring beer, talking beer and pairing beer for four straight days. From St. Pete, to Ybor City to Brandon, Murfin will take a guests on a trip into the depths of beer and treat them to some new and rarely seen liquids from one of Colorado’s finest breweries.


Broward Palm Beach New Times - September 14, 2015

Five years ago, 26° Brewing Co. cofounder Greg Lieberman began making beer as a hobby. Today, the self-taught brewer is making more than 900 gallons per batch at his Pompano Beach brewery, set to open later this week. Finally, after more than a year of renovations and preparations, thirsty patrons awaiting the official opening of 26° Brewing Co. can breathe a sigh of relief. Lieberman and fellow brewery owners Yonathan Ghersi, Oscar Olikowicz, and Billy Silas have decided on a date.

Orlando Brewing celebrates Oktoberfest

Florida Beer News - September 17, 2015

Central Florida’s only local, organic microbrewery will commemorate over 200 years of German tradition at their 9th annual Oktoberfest celebration. At 1pm on September 19th, a ceremonial tapping of the brewery’s 2015 organic Oktoberfest märzenbier will commence festivities. The celebration will continue throughout the day with German food, traditional German music by Dan Witucki & Mein Heimatland Musikaten [party polka], general revelry, and of course, beer.

Beer Garden: Hoist a Sea Dog to help a dog in need

Pensacola News Journal - September 15, 2015

This weekend finds us wrapping up our third annual Dog Days of Summer fundraiser. This year, however, we’re doing things a little different than before. It all began when my Sea Dog sales rep and long-time friend Melissa Beacham (née Carroll, now) approached me about featuring her beer as a summer promotion. I heard the old phrase “Dog Days of Summer” in my head and instantly started planning out three special events to pepper the season’s months at our cross-town locations. The promotion ended with a “Pug” Crawl across our (then) three downtown establishments.

Victory Brewing’s Moonglow Weizenbock is returning to Florida

Florida Beer News - September 17, 2015

Hitting shelves now through the end of November, Victory Brewing Company, the Philadelphia area based craft brewer, is bringing back their popular seasonal Moonglow Weizenbock through November. Hitting shelves now through the end of November, Victory Brewing Company, the Philadelphia area based craft brewer, is bringing back their popular seasonal Moonglow Weizenbock through November. This beloved seasonal ‘bock’ beer originates from German brewing tradition.

King of Beers: Makers of Budweiser, Miller eye global merger

Tampa Bay Times - September 16, 2015

The makers of Budweiser aren't satisfied with being the kings of beer. They want an empire. Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's biggest brewing company and the owner of Budweiser, announced Wednesday it wants to buy SABMiller, the second-largest brewer and the maker of longtime rival brand Miller Genuine Draft.


Florida takeaways from Republican presidential debate

Sun Sentinel - September 17, 2015

Floridians were front and center, literally, at Wednesday night's high-stakes presidential debate, which could reshuffle the Republican presidential field. As the leader in public opinion polls, part-time Palm Beach resident Donald Trump was at center stage — and was the center of attention from questioners and fellow candidates.

September 11, 2015


Emerald Coast Beer Festival is a beer lover’s paradise

Pensacola News Journal - September 9, 2015

Beer lovers are set to invade Seville Quarter on Friday, as the Emerald Coast Beer Festivals annual Beer Tasting takes over all seven rooms and two courtyards of the historic entertainment complex. Boasting one of the area’s largest and most popular beer tastings, the event, which is presented by the Escambia Bay Homebrewers, will offer beers from microbreweries, specialty bottled beers and homebrewed beers for tasting.

MiraBay club makes it easy to brew your own beer

The Tampa Tribune - September 9, 2015

The title brewmaster is earned by being a little bit chemist, magician and artist. In MiraBay, Tom Tanner is all three. The 35-year-old does more than park his car in his garage; he brews craft beer there. Lots of beer. “I have five different beers on tap right now,” he said. “My passion is brewing.” Tanner started the MiraBay Homebrewing Club early last year to bring together both brewers and those who appreciate beers crafted by hand at home.

Drink of the Week: Sixpoint Brewery's new Jammer gose beer

Tampa Bay Times - September 8, 2015

When Brooklyn's Sixpoint Brewery debuted its Jammer gose earlier this summer, feedback wasn't promising. Drinkers used to over-the-top domestic interpretations of this archaic German wheat beer style weren't impressed with Sixpoint's more traditional approach, which favored nuance and balance over enamel-stripping sourness and mouth-desiccating salinity levels.

3 Daughters Brewing renames beer to celebrate USF anniversary

The St. Petersburg Tribune - September 7, 2015

Fans of brew and the USF Bulls have something to celebrate this month as the St. Petersburg campus marks a milestone. St. Petersburg-based 3 Daughters Brewing is releasing a special edition remake of its most popular beer — Beach Blonde Ale — to commemorate University of South Florida St. Petersburg’s 50th anniversary.

Brewers from around the world to converge on Saint Petersburg for The Festival

Florida Beer News - September 8, 2015

Brewers from around the world will converge on Saint Petersburg for Shelton Brothers’ The Festival. The Festival, presented by Shelton Brothers, is an annual craft beer and cider festival in a different city every year, and this year we’re bringing it to the Tampa area. The craft beer scene in Florida — and specifically the Tampa/St. Pete area — is one of the best and most up-and-coming in the country, and we’re thrilled to be hosting our event there this year.

Beer Garden: Pumpkin beer is here, and this one’s a winner

Pensacola News Journal - September 8, 2015

It’s that time of year again. I’m sure you’ve already seen the memes online. Actor Sean Bean’s Ned Stark character from “Game of Thrones” leans on the hilt of his sword, his eyes squinting into the distance. “Brace yourself… Pumpkin everything is coming.” While it’s true that breweries keep releasing their pumpkin beers earlier and earlier each year, two items should be taken into consideration: People gladly buy these beers in August and breweries are getting better at making them.


Scott signs executive order tracking mental health services

The News Service of Florida - September 9, 2015

As the state Department of Children and Families convened its annual child-protection summit Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott signed an executive order aimed at better coordinating mental health services --- something DCF Secretary Mike Carroll said will help his agency provide improved care for children.


September 4, 2015


Tap into Sunshine State's exploding craft beer scene

Tallahassee Democrat - September 2, 2015

Florida's craft beer world continues to grow at warp speed, a microcosm of what has happened in this state over the past half century. New breweries are opening virtually every month. It is almost bizarre, because it seems highly unlikely that all of them will be able to survive for too long.

Sun Life Stadium Offers 16 Local Beers On Tap

Miami New Times - August 31, 2015

Dolphin fans not only have a pretty good team to watch this year — they have good food and craft beer. The team bettered the Atlanta Falcons Saturday night 13 to 9 and the offense looked solid, particularly quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who is 33 of 41 for the preseason.

Destin Wine World Hosts 5th Annual Beer Festival

Digital Journal - September 2, 2015

Festivals in Destin, Florida are some of the most anticipated events around the year. The fall season brings beer, wine, and seafood festivals which attract many visitors to the Emerald Coast. Saturday, September 26th is this year’s date for the 2015 Beer Festival held at Chan’s Wine World in the Paradise Key Shopping Center.

USF St. Pete to celebrate 50th anniversary with beer

10 News - September 1, 2015

The 50th anniversary of the founding of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg will be rung in with a specially brewed beer courtesy of 3 Daughters Brewing. The school announced on its website Monday that the honorary brew, Bayboro Blonde Ale, will be served at the school's Community Block Party held on campus on September 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Beer Garden: Funny name disguises seriously good beer

Pensacola News Journal - September 1, 2015

Beers these days sure have some funny names, don’t they? Cue the Shakespeare quote and let’s talk about whether or not a “rose by any other name” might “smell as sweet.” It’s getting harder for breweries to come up with names for their product that haven’t been used before. The last few years has even seen brewery pitted against brewery — brother against brother — over similarities of names.

New Belgium Brewing to Tweak Abbey and Trippel Recipes

Craft Beer  - September 2, 2015

Two of New Belgium Brewing’s longest running beers, Abbey Belgian Style Dubbel and Trippel Belgian Style Ale, are being reimagined and updated for a new era. Both beers started life as homebrew recipes more than 25 years ago and new developments in hop and malt manufacturing have been incorporated.


Biden has strong Florida ties, but few see plausible path to presidency

Tampa Bay Times - September 1, 2015

Few national Democratic figures have more longtime friends in Florida than Joe Biden, who returns to the Sunshine State today amid growing chatter that he could enter and upend the presidential race. The vice president's visit to South Florida — to discuss the Iran deal with Jewish residents, speak at Miami Dade College, and raise money for Democratic U.S. Senate campaigns — is his first high-profile trip since the prospect of him challenging Hillary Rodham Clinton for the nomination ceased to seem far-fetched.

August 28, 2015


Beer Garden: Grape beer is prep for beer/wine dinner

Pensacola News Journal - August 25, 2015

It’s been a while since Hopjacks has done a beer dinner, but that’s no sweat for us. We’re a restaurant, after all. If anything, there’s the trepidation of putting a special menu out there and hoping I’ve picked the best beer possible to go with each course. Now, let’s kick that up a notch.


Funky Buddha introduces new Sweet Potato Casserole in bottles

Florida Beer News - August 26, 2015

Drop the dressing and ditch the pumpkin: Sweet Potato Casserole Strong Ale is debuting in 4-pack, 12 oz bottles and on draft starting on September 1.[The much loved Funky Buddha Sweet Potato Casserole should be out soon in 4-packs.]The much loved Funky Buddha Sweet Potato Casserole should be out soon in 4-packs.


Things To Do Planner: Beer Challenge, WWE Raw in Tampa, Rodeo Fest

Tampa Bay Times - August 26, 2015

Lifting weights 12 ounces at a time will get you in shape for The Great Beer Challenge coming Saturday to the courts of the Mirror Lake St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club. Beginning at 2 p.m., teams of four will compete in beer-centered games including corn hole, flip cup, a stein holding competition and even shuffleboard to honor the location for the inaugural event.

Spirited events on tap for September, beyond

NWF Daily News - August 27, 2015

September looks to be a “spirited” month. There are three back-to-back weekends crammed with events centered on spirits or beer. As a bonus, all of the events benefit local organizations. We’ve kicked off this roundup with an extra event that isn’t in September, but does take place tonight!

Amber Waves: Good gourd, it's too early for pumpkins, so let's get Funky

The Florida Times-Union - August 26, 2015

When we stagger through the autoclave that is a Florida August, the last thing we want is a big, boozy, sweet, spicy pumpkin beer. Yet liquid pumpkin patches have already sprung up at many beer retailers, with pumpkin beers taking over shelves, aisles and end caps.


Negron says he’s locked up votes for Senate president, 2017-2018

Palm Beach Post - August 26, 2015

Sen. Joe Negron, a Stuart Republican whose district includes northern Palm Beach County, said Wednesday that he has locked up enough votes to be Florida Senate President next year. But Negron’s rival for the title, Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, quickly dismissed the claim.


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.


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.

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