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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.

To register online click here.

To print the registration form click here.

To view the tentative agenda 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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March 25, 2016

 

MillerCoors works to keep Leinenkugel, Blue Moon rising

Chicago Tribune - March 22, 2016

Dick Leinenkugel has logged countless hours in Texas and Southern California lately, spreading the gospel of shandies in locales with abundant sunshine and underdeveloped craft beer markets. "I think we're poised for a very big year," said Leinenkugel, 58, president of the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company.


MEET THE BREWER: DOUG DOZARK OF CYCLE BREWING

J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc. - January 28, 2016

Cycle Brewing has been gaining a great deal of attention in the small span of time since opening in August of 2013 and much of that is attached to the brewing talent of Mr. Doug Dozark, Cycle’s owner and head brewer. Doug has much to say about Tampa Bay’s craft beer scene, Cycle’s place in that beer scene, and the future of Cycle Brewing. We recently sat down to meet Doug and talk beer, brewing, and Cycle, but like many things having to do with Cycle, there is always a new surprise around the corner.


Sabatini crafts unique batch of beer at Sierra Nevada suds school

Times Leader - March 24, 2016

It’s called Beer Camp, and it’s exactly what it sounds like. The three-day experience at Sierra Nevada’s North Carolina brewery has all the makings of a hophead’s dream: A loaded tour of the bicoastal craft brewing company’s sprawling facility, beer classes, visits to the local farms and malt houses who provide the brewery’s raw materials and plenty of free food and drink — all culminating in the hands-on creation of a one-of-a-kind batch of beer.


Terrapin Sound Czech Pils ships

Beer Street Journal - March 24, 2016

Terrapin Sound Czech Pils was last seen in 2010 as a part of the brewery’s Georgia Theatre Series. The Athens, Georgia music landmark was gutted by a fire in 2009. Terrapin Beer Co., the music loving bunch of folks they are, released four beers in the series, celebrating the theatre, while helping raise money to restore the venue. The third release was Terrapin Sound Czech Pils, named for obvious reasons.


Florida one of the biggest states for craft beer growth

Jacksonville Business Journal - March 24, 2016

Craft beer is continuing to grow in market share and volume, even as larger companies are starting to buy up some craft beer brands– and Florida represented one of the fastest-growing states for the industry. Independent craft breweries now represent 12 percent market share of the beer industry as a whole, according to data released this week by craft beer advocacy group the Brewers Association.


Born in a dream, look for Bell’s Quinannan Falls Special Lager coming in June

Florida Beer News - March 22, 2016

Bell’s Brewery is proud to announce a new addition to our specialty packaging lineup this year. Bell’s Quinannan Falls Special Lager Beer (6.3% ABV) will debut in 12 oz. cans, packaged in six-packs, this June. “Quinannan Falls” pronounced “҆Kwi-ni-naan,” or Q-Falls as it affectionately known at our pub, has been an Eccentric Café favorite since 2009.

 

SUNSHINE STATE POLITICS:

FLORIDA’S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DIPS TO 4.9 PERCENT

Florida Politics - March 25, 2016

Florida’s unemployment rate is at its lowest point in eight years. The state’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.9 percent in February, down from 5.6 percent a year earlier. That’s significantly down from December 2010, when the state’s unemployment rate was 10.7 percent. In a statement Friday, Gov. Rick Scott said the “unemployment rate is at the lowest it has been in eight years at 4.9 percent.”


March 18, 2016

 

Searching for better beer, UF researchers to try growing hops in Florida

Tampa Bay Times - March 17, 2016

After making his own beer for a few months, Brian Pearson wanted fresher hops. Good hops, he realized, were key to good beer, since they shape its flavor and aroma. But fresh hops were nowhere to be found in Florida. Most of North America's crop is grown in the Pacific Northwest, and conventional wisdom suggested it would not do well so far south. But Pearson, a University of Florida researcher, wondered if anyone had tried. A horticulturist by training, he checked scientific journals and found nothing. A few online forums suggested it could be done, so he bought a few plants and gave it a try. His small-scale tests seemed to work. "As a horticulturist, I thought, 'Wow, I need to look into this more,'" Pearson said. Now, he's getting a chance to. Pearson is part of a group of UF researchers that plans to test how well hops grow in Florida with a two-year study in Hillsborough and Orange counties.


Beer events in Orlando and Central Florida: Things to do in March

Orlando Sentinel - March 16, 2016

"Spring" in Florida can seem a lot like summer, but on those milder days before the real heat of the summer kicks in, grab a beer and enjoy the outdoors and maybe bring your pup along. Here are some beer events are headed our way as spring starts in Central Florida. Two beers and dogs events are happening in March. The first on March 6 is at a pet charity fundraiser at Orlando Brewing. And then on March 19 head to Sanford for the Pints n' Paws Craft Beer Festival at the West End Trading Company. The annual event will include craft beers by more than 70 breweries, best dog trick and costume contests, and other vendors. Proceeds from this event will benefit Dolly's Foundation and Pet Rescue by Judy.


Victory Brewing is re-releasing two fan favorites

Florida Beer News - March 14, 2016

Victory Brewing Company (Victory) announces the long-awaited return of Kirsch Gose, their refreshingly imaginative cherry fruit session ale and Sour Monkey, their sharp twist on their Belgian-style Tripel, Golden Monkey. Sweet, tart, salty and refreshing, Kirsch Gose incorporates natural tart cherry juice with a classic German-style gose while Sour Monkey incorporates multiple fermentations via three different yeasts to create an exhilarating flavor combination. The introductions of Kirsch Gose and Sour Monkey last year made waves in the craft beer world when both existing sour beer lovers and newcomers to the style embraced the new seasonals. The new brews quickly became sought after, in demand warm weather beverages.


Spring Beer Fling moves location due to threat of rain

The Tampa Tribune - March 16, 2017

You already knew that this year’s Spring Beer Fling is taking place in St. Petersburg instead of Tampa, but now there’s another location change. Because of the possibility of inclement weather on Saturday, organizers announced in a press release Wednesday that they are moving the event from Vinoy Park to the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N. The new venue will provide indoor and outdoor space for the participating breweries, food vendors and live entertainment, which all remain unchanged. “Giant inflatables will be reduced, however a few of the most popular games will still be available at the Coliseum,” the release states. Because the Coliseum has a smaller capacity, VIP tickets are considered sold out, and only a limited amount of general admission tickets remain. General admission is $17 in advance and $20 at the door, if available.


Behind Cigar City's sale: An irreverent craft beer brewery grows up

Tampa Bay Times - March 18, 2016

It's fun to create tasty local beers with funky names like, in Cigar City's case, Florida Cracker or A Beer Named Sue. Other craft breweries boast even wackier beer names like Son of a Peach, Naked Pig and Polygamy Porter. Only 25 years ago there were fewer than 300 craft breweries in the country. Now that number is edging past 4,000. That's an average of 80 per state. That's a heck of a lot of brewery product to sustain. Consolidation is coming. Cigar City founder Joey Redner is learning what all start-ups must come to terms with — if they are as talented and as lucky as he has proved to be just to make it to the next step. Growing a business can be expensive and eventually demands serious money to pay for the next stage. Managing a bigger company can be very different from starting a company, often requiring different skills and often times different people to make it work.


Get paid to drink and travel all summer with this 'beer opportunity of a lifetime'

WHIO - March 18, 2016

Are you a social media-savvy beer lover who hopes to spend summer traveling and drinking extensively? If so, a Florida-based bar chain may be willing to pay you to share your stories. Until March 26, World of Beer will accept applications for three open internship positions described as the “beer opportunity of a lifetime.” “Adventure seekers and storytellers, beer experts or novices, brewery nerds and foodie fans all open to apply,” the company wrote on its website. In an official job description for the company's Drink It internship program, World of Beer said it's looking for three interns to share their experiences while traveling the globe to visit breweries and World of Beer taverns. To be considered for the internship, beer lovers must share a one-minute video explaining his or her “passion and interest for the position.”

 

SUNSHINE STATE POLITICS:

Marco Rubio says he's not running for governor and won't be VP candidate

Tampa Bay Times - March 17, 2016

Sen. Marco Rubio on Thursday ruled out running for governor in 2018, ending speculation he would jump at the next big opportunity. "I'm not running for governor of Florida," Rubio said in Washington, returning for work after ending his presidential campaign following a huge Florida primary loss to Donald Trump. He also said, "I'm not interested in being vice president." Rubio would not speculate beyond that. He said he'll finish his Senate term "and then I'll be a private citizen in January." There was widespread talk Rubio would eye a return to Tallahassee, but it also seemed unlikely. For starters, it would emphasize Rubio jumping from one thing to the next.


March 11, 2016

 

Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference

Tampa Bay Update - March 9, 2016

The 2016 Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference takes    place July 8 – 10 in Tampa Bay, Florida at the Marriot Waterside. Approximately 150 Beer Media from around the US and even a few from abroad will attend the sixth annual event. The event offers great networking, educational and marketing opportunities for Florida breweries, among other things. Conference content will include, information related to beer marketing making this an important event for anyone at the brewery who represents marketing decisions. The event is structured to allow plenty of time to network with the attendees. Click here to learn more about registering as an attendee of this event. The conference also offers several excellent opportunities for breweries to share and market their brews. Click here to see a complete list of the remaining marketing options for breweries. Marketing packages usually include a full-conference registration. Breweries should reach out directly to Reno@ZephyrConferences.com or call him at 800-758-8687 x:704  with any questions about the event and/or the marketing options it offers your brewery.


Panama City Beach bans alcohol on beach during spring break 2016

KWTX News 10 - March 8, 2016

Local college campuses are nearly deserted this week for spring break. While Florida State, Florida A&M and Tallahassee Community College students aren't on campus, that doesn't mean that they've traveled a few hours west to the beach, either. This time of year in Panama City Beach has a different look to it than it has in the past. A quick look in a trash can on the beach reveals mostly water bottles and potato chip bags, not empty beer cans that may have been present in the past. That's because there have been several changes the popular spring break destination over the past year, including an alcohol ban once your feet touch the sand. Panama City Beach locals seem to have mixed reaction when it comes to the new rules. Some say they like it and some say they are worried about the ramifications it could have.


House approves beer-at-Bragg bill

Tallahassee Democrat - March 8, 2016

The Florida House approved Monday a measure allowing beer to be sold at Florida A&M University sporting events. The proposal by Rep. Alan Williams, D-Tallahassee, extends a downtown district where temporary alcohol licenses are available to Wannish Way, where Bragg Memorial Stadium and the Lawson Center are. The bill would allow caterers and vendors working with not-for-profit groups like boosters and the Urban League to offer beer and liquor at events. The move could be worth as much as $50,000 to Rattlers' football boosters, according to a House analysis from last year. Williams said the bill  revises a 2008 law that permits three-day alcohol licenses for a designated part of the downtown district. That district currently starts at Park Avenue and stretches south to Orange Avenue but bypasses Bragg Stadium and the Lawson Center, home of the FAMU basketball team.


Fort Myers Brewing Co. named best brewery in Florida

News Press - March 7, 2016

The win, at first, didn’t register. Rob Whyte and Jen Gratz knew they’d done well. Their Fort Myers Brewing Co. crew had nabbed five medals for their beers at the Best Florida Beer Championships’ Brewers Ball in Tampa Sunday, including golds for the Chocolate Stout and theIncognito, an American-style black ale. But when time came for the big honor, Best Large Brewer in Florida, a title awarded in past years to such heavy hitters as Southern Brewing in Tampa, Whyte and Gratz never dreamed it could be theirs. Until it was. “I’m not sure, even now, if it’s completely sunk in,” Gratz said while driving from Tampa to Fort Myers Monday, medals and trophies in tow. “It doesn’t get any better. It’s truly an incredible feeling.” Fort Myers Brewing’s win capped a huge day for Lee County craft brewers.


Craft beer boom spurs demand for close-to-home barley malt

The Tampa Tribune - March 6, 2016

Dennis Nesel converts barley to malt the way it was done hundreds of years ago, spreading the water-soaked grain on his malt house floor and turning it with a shovel as it germinates to release the sugar needed for fermentation. "This is old-school heritage malting," says Nesel, whose "micro malt house" uses barley from a nearby farm and returns some of it as malt to the farm's craft brewing operation, which turns out small batches of beer sold at farmer's markets and local pubs. Nesel's Hudson Valley Malt, 100 miles north of New York City, is one of dozens of small malting businesses that have sprung up around the country over the past few years to serve a growing thirst for locally crafted beer and whiskey that reflect a region's climate and soils. "Wine people call it terroir," Nesel said. "We call it flavor of the field."


Miami's first craft beer brewery is looking for a second location

South Florida Business Journal - March 8, 2016

Wynwood Brewing Co., Miami's first craft beer production company, has outgrown its 7,200-square-foot space in Miami, and the owners want to expand the business at a second location, the Business Journal has learned. Founder Luis G. Brignoni and his father and co-founder Luis "Pops" Brignoni say they're looking for suitable sites in Miami-Dade County for an additional 30,000 square feet of space where they can open up another taproom and produce more beer to meet the demand."More people want our beer and, unfortunately, we have to turn them away,"Luis G. Brignoni said. "We hate doing that." Wynwood Brewing is on track to produce about 5,000 barrels of craft beer this year, with heightening demand for local craft beer and strong partnerships with big businesses such as Norwegian Cruise Line. With the new facility, the duo says they can produce more than 30,000 barrels.

 

SUNSHINE STATE POLITICS:

Political Prediction Market: Marco Rubio drops to 1%

CNN Politics - March 8, 2016

Marco Rubio is now down to a one-in-a-hundred shot to win the Republican nomination, according to CNN's Political Prediction Market. Informed by a combination of polling and forecasts from more than 100,000 users, the live probabilities generated by Pivit have the Florida senator's odds of prevailing in the GOP race at 1% -- down from a high point of 56% on February 5. Rubio is at 11% to win his home state, which votes on March 15. Pivit is an online prediction market that tracks polls and other factors and will change as the public weighs in on the increasing or decreasing chance that a candidate or party wins an election. The company has a partnership with CNN for users to play and predict the outcome of the 2016 election. The market is bullish on Donald Trump, the winner in Michigan and Mississippi, taking him up to 70% from 63% to claim the nomination.

March 4, 2016

 

Funky Buddha Brewery releases their 2016 calendar

Florida Beer News - March 2, 2016

Funky Buddha Brewery, based in Oakland Park, Florida has announced its 2016 release schedule. This long-awaited lineup will include a new year-round beer to add to the brewery’s portfolio of boundary-pushing craft brews, in addition to a whole year’s worth of entries in the “Little Buddha Small Batch” series.Hop Stimulator Double IPA will join Hop Gun IPA and Floridian Hefeweizen as the third of Funky Buddha’s flagship beers. Generously hopped with Amarillo, Centennial, Citra, and Cascade hops, Hop Stimulator boasts intense passionfruit, grapefruit, orange peel, and pineapple aromas with a crisp, balanced malt body.


Florida to sell alcohol at football, men's basketball games

The Tampa Tribune - March 2, 2016

Florida is the latest school to start selling alcohol at sporting events. The University Athletic Association, the school's fundraising arm for athletics, announced Wednesday it will offer beer and wine sales in premium seating at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and at men's basketball games in the O'Connell Center beginning this fall. Like other programs around the country, the Gators are looking to create a new revenue stream at a time when costs are on the rise as schools pay athletes a monthly stipend. Alcohol sales have become common on college campuses. At least 34 schools sell beer at football games.


CAPE CORAL BREWING INKS DISTRIBUTION DEAL WITH J.J. TAYLOR

J.J. Taylor - March 2, 2016

Southwest Florida is one of Florida’s up-and-coming craft beer communities, with tourists and locals thirsty for fresh, local beer. For too long, the city of Cape Coral had smelled the barley cooking from other communities, but could not get hopping as it lacked a brewery of its own. No longer. As of September 2015, Cape Coral Brewing Company has been pouring beer in their tap room for thirsty friends. Now, the craft brewery has taken the next step and signed a distribution deal with J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc. Cape Coral Brewing Company makes beer in the Waterfront Wonderland of their hometown on it’s 7-barrel, American-made brewhouse. All available beers are poured in the brewery’s 155-seat tasting room. The tap room features weekly events and is located in the ‘South Cape’ at 839 Miramar St, Cape Coral, 33904.


Beer, sun and fun in Naples

J.J. Taylor - March 2, 2016

It's time for beer, sun and fun at this weekend's Naples Craft Beer Fest. The 5th annual celebration will take place Saturday at Bayfront in Naples and is a charity fundraiser for the Naples North Rotary Club. More than 120 beers will be offered, including eight breweries new to the festival. Brewers include Shock Top, Kona Brewing Co., Magic Hat, Orlando Brewing and Fat Point Brewing. Craft beers will be paired with food offerings from local restaurants and chefs. "It's all about the food and the beer and how it works together," explained co-director Heather Milner. The Naples Craft Beer Fest runs from noon to 4 p.m. at Bayfront (436 Bayfront Place, Naples).


AVERY BREWING COMPANY TRIUMPHANTLY RETURNS TO FLORIDA

J.J. Taylor - March 1, 2016

It was a sad day for Florida beer circa 2010-2011, Avery Brewing Company realized that they needed to pull their beer out of the Sunshine State. The brewery had “capacity constraints,” and was forced to make some tough decisions. It has been a while since Avery left, but with a new brewing facility that has been online for a year now in place, Avery decided it was time to make their glorious return. Plans were put into motion, trucks were loaded, beer was brewed, and dates were set. And finally, after years of longing, Avery Brewing is returning to Florida. Avery will once again be available in the Sunshine State beginning this week and they are excitedly bringing out some of their best and brightest new beers from their new brewery to coincide with the relaunch.


Irish pubs and clubs serve up traditional grub for St. Patrick’s Day

The Tampa Tribune - March 2, 2016

Where will you and the family be on St. Patrick’s Day? Whether enjoying Irish pub grub at one of several Irish sports bars or dining on corned beef and cabbage at home, people in the Brandon area celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with family and friends. Hector Pescio, one of the managing partners for O’Brien’s Irish Pub, 701 W. Lumsden Road, said the restaurant has its largest lineup of bands and entertainment for this St. Patrick’s Day since opening 15 years ago. Pescio said the fun begins March 5 with a kilt party featuring the New World Celts. “Wear your kilts and cheer on Conor McGregor as he defends his UFC Title,” Pescio said. He said the St. Patrick’s Day events continue March 13 from 3 to 7 p.m. with “St. Puppy’s Day,” which benefits the Second Chance Boxer Rescue and Four Lucky Dogs Pet Rescue. He encourages families to bring their puppies and compete for best dressed female/male pet, best owner/pet look alike, best of show. Event includes live music, vendors, and pet adoptions.

 

SUNSHINE STATE POLITICS:

It's Florida or bust for Marco Rubio

Miami Herald - March 1, 2016

It’s Florida or bust for Marco Rubio. He hadn’t won a single primary or caucus, at least not yet, Super Tuesday. And so his Election Night speech focused instead of the big, looming primary in two weeks. “Florida, I know you’re ready,” he told several thousand supporters gathered at Miami’s Tropical Park. “The pundits say we’re underdogs. I’ll accept that. We’ve all been underdogs. This is a community of underdogs. This is a state of underdogs. This is a country of underdogs. But we will win. And when we do — and when we do, we will do what needs to be done.” The raucous crowd, perhaps unaware of all the results, cheered excitedly. Rubio stood next to his photogenic wife, Jeanette, and their four children. “Stop Insanity — Vote Rubio” read a large sign nearby.

February 26, 2015

 

Tampa Bay Beer Week means tastings, dinners, special brews, pub crawls and more

The Tampa Tribune - February 25, 2016

Get your taste buds ready. The biggest annual craft beer event in Florida is almost here. Tampa Bay Beer Week 2016, from March 5 to 12, will feature a cornucopia of beer-related happenings throughout the area. There will be beer tastings, beer dinners, special brews, tap takeovers, pub crawls, music, food, mini-festivals, barbecue eating contests, meet-and-greets with brewers, beer bingo game nights, trivia nights, much partying and more at breweries and beer pubs throughout Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk, Pasco, Manatee, and Sarasota counties.This Super Bowl of Beer also involves just about every brewer in the state because it coincides with the annual Florida Brewers Guild Craft Beer Festival on March 5 and the annual Brewers Ball on March 6, two outdoor, open-to-the-public events that bring thousands of beer fans to town. TBBW, the Mardi Gras of Brew, ends on March 12 with the annual Hunahpu Day festival at Cigar City Brewing in Tampa.


CIGAR CITY AND HAVEN ARE BREWING UP GREAT THINGS FOR TBBW

J.J. Taylor - February 23, 2016

Cigar City Brewing’s reputation for barrel-aged beers has grown significantly over the span of six years.Hurst has recently entrusted Cigar City Brewing with a tequila barrel in which to ply their trade. This collaboration beer will be one that combines the brewing prowess of CCB with the pallet and spirit selection of Hurst. The result will pour forth at Haven during this year’s Tampa Bay Beer Week festivities.The only place to try this beer is on draft at Haven, and the restaurant will have an extremely limited supply. The first keg will be tapped during Tampa Bay Beer Week at one of Haven’s two Cigar City Craft Beer Pairing Dinners held on Monday, March 7th and Tuesday, March 8th.


Tampa in running for ‘Best Beer Scene’ in America award

The Tampa Tribune - February 23, 2016

Tampa’s beers and breweries continue to get national attention as some of the best in the country, with another nod from USA Today. A panel of beer writers, critics and business people have again selected Tampa as one of 20 contending for the annual Best Beer Scene award (formerly the Best Beer Town award) in the 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards, promoted by USA Today. Tampa is up against big-time beer cities such as Denver, Portland, Philadelphia, Boston and Cleveland as readers vote for the vote on the award at 10best.com/awards/travel/best-beer-scene/leaderboard/. As of this writing, Tampa is ranked No. 4 on the list.


Beer sales a success at Howser Stadium

The Tallahassee Democrat - February 22, 2016

It was a successful opening weekend for the Florida State baseball team. The Seminoles swept the series over visiting Rhode Island; more than 14,000 fans attended the three-games; and beer sales for the first time at Howser Stadium went smoothly. Rob Wilson, Associate Director of Athletics for Communications at FSU, said that vendor Aramark reported sales of just over 2,000 cans of beer over the three-game opening weekend baseball series. Aramark reported no issues related to beer sales, and FSU Police confirmed to athletics that it had no alcohol-related incidents over the three game series as well.


7venth Sun announces another Hunahpu Hangover Day

Florida Beer News - February 23, 2016

This year, the annual day-after-Hunahpu Day celebration, dubbed Hunahpu Hangover Day, will have a brother.This year for Hangover Day, we thought we would christen our new location with a lot party in honor of you. Since we are still in the process of building out for the new facility, the parking lot will host the event. And because Dunedin is where it all started and what you made possible, we are also going to continue the tradition of Dunedin Hangover Day, too. Hunahpu Hangover Day will take place at the 7venth Sun Seminole Heights and 7venth Sun Dunedin locations on Sunday, March 13th 2016.


Drink of the Week: 21st Amendment Sneak Attack Saison beer

The Tampa Bay Times - February 22, 2016

Saisons aren't generally considered winter beers, but that doesn't matter to California's 21st Amendment Brewery, creators of Sneak Attack, its January-March winter seasonal. Further challenging convention, Sneak Attack is available in cans, an unusual packaging option for this rustic Belgian style. A canned saison seems like a home run in, say, the middle of August. But, even in February, it's surprisingly great. In fact, it's perfect timing for 21st Amendment, which rolled out distribution in the bay area last month. It may not be the optimal cold weather beer, but for a mild Florida February, it could be just the thing.

 

SUNSHINE STATE POLITICS:

Trump crushes Rubio in Florida

Politico - February 25, 2016

Marco Rubio is getting clobbered by Donald Trump in home state of Florida, where a Quinnipiac University poll shows the frontrunner is polling at an all-time high in the Republican race for president.  Trump's 44-28 percent lead over Rubio reflects the momentum of the New York billionaire’s string of first-place finishes in the last three early state races, and it blunts the Florida senator's argument that he's the only candidate who can defeat the frontrunner in a one-on-one race.  However, later Thursday, the Associated Industries of Florida -- which produces some of the most-reliable surveys in Florida politics -- released a poll showing Trump with a far-lower lead over Rubio, 7 percentage points.

February 12, 2015

 

Tampa Bay Brewing Company has a different chocolate for Valentine’s Day

Florida Beer News - February 12, 2016

Tampa Bay Brewing Company (TBBC) knows that chocolate is a traditional Valentine’s Day gift. This year, the Tampa Bay craft brewery has decided to put a different spin on traditional chocolate, specifically the kind in a bottle. This special Valentine’s Day version of our Iron Rat Imperial Stout was brewed with cocoa nibs to give it that special something for that special someone – or just enjoy it for yourself! Available at both TBBC locations for a limited time – Happy Valentine’s Day.


FSU baseball, AMC movies and beer

Tallahassee Democrat - February 10, 2016

Beer connoisseurs in Tallahassee know what I’m talking about. This is one of the fastest-growing craft-beer cities in what has to be the fastest-growing craft-beer state in the nation. Two craft breweries opened in Tallahassee in 2015, joining Proof, and more are rumored to be in the works. Which brings me to the movies, specifically AMC Tallahassee 20 at the mall. The theater chain started selling beer and wine and such a couple of years ago, but I only recently decided to inquire about what was on tap. It was what I figured: Eight handles dominated by Big Beer, with a Samuel Adams season added to the mix. It turns out there’s a cooler behind the bar with bottles of Sierra Nevada and Lagunitas ales, just waiting for the discriminating beer drinker to ask for them. A secret stash, so to speak.


Bar review: The Beer Shed, a classic dive on the Alafia River

The Tampa Bay Times - February 10, 2016

One of the more interesting outings I made last year was to the Anclote River Boat Club in Tarpon Springs, an impossibly shabby riverside dive that has been a well-kept secret amongst locals for decades. Imagine my delight when I discovered its Hillsborough counterpart, efficiently named the Beer Shed. Like the Boat Club, the Beer Shed has a longer "official" name: The Alafia River Beer Shed. Naturally, it's located right on said river, which permits traffic by boat. This is unquestionably a locals bar — a neighborhood bar. In fact, it's located in the middle of a neighborhood, right behind a row of trailers, and the view from the river is of sleepy waterfront residential properties.


Beer Garden: Sixpoint's superior cream ale

Pensacola News Journal - February 9, 2016

Case in point is their most recent Cycliquid; C.R.E.A.M. Stylistically speaking, cream ale is usually a very boring beer barely a step up from American macro lager, even among the best out there. Not this one. I can’t tell if it’s the malt base or the addition of coffee that’s making this so silky and smooth! Translucent gold fills the glass while bold scents of fresh-roast coffee and vanilla bean come off the moderate head cap. Without being overloaded with coffee, it definitely steers the rig while buttered biscuit rides shotgun with hazelnut and vanilla hanging out in the back seat. The carbonation balances out the slick texture just right and drinks easy.


THE BREW BUS PURCHASES FLORIDA AVENUE BREWING COMPANY, EXPANDS PRODUCTION

Broward Palm Beach New Times - February 10, 2016

This week, Brew Bus, the Tampa-based tour operator who does brewery tours in South Florida, announced that they have purchased Tampa-area’s Florida Avenue Brewing Company and will be converting to space to their own Brew Bus “Terminal” tasting room and brewery. According to the tour operator and 2015 Great American Beer Festival silver medalist, the Brew Bus will continue to produce the brands of Florida Avenue while putting in nearly $250,000 worth of renovations to the space. “2015 was a rough year for them,” Brew Bus president Anthony Derby told New Times. "We want to bring the Florida Avenue brand to a manageable level, and at the end of the year do new recipes, a new brand in the portfolio.” For the past few years, Brew Bus has been brewing beer by contract, first with Cigar City Brewing and now with Brew Hub.


World of Beer to open taverns in China this year, India and the Philippines are next

The Tampa Bay Times - February 11, 2016

World of Beer is about to become an international brand. This year the Tampa-based tavern chain known for its extensive craft beer offerings will open its first overseas bar in Shanghai, CEO Paul Avery said. After that, World of Beer is headed to India and the Philippines. For Avery, a 20-year veteran of the Outback Steakhouse chain, the move to open franchisee-owned taverns overseas is the next logical step for the brand's growth. "I am very confident that World of Beer will do well in international markets," Avery said. "Craft beer is already there. But no one out there offers what we do."

 

SUNSHINE STATE POLITICS:

Bush: I've got the 'you-know-what' to go after Trump

Politico - February 11, 2016

Jeb Bush has a message for Republican leaders worried about a circular firing squad in South Carolina: Chill. The former Florida governor is looking to drown John Kasich with Obamacare and is stomping on an already wounded Marco Rubio over his readiness to be president. That won't sit well with a party establishment worried that whoever emerges from that three-man scrum will be too battered to take on a candidate they can't stomach: Donald Trump. But Bush says he has plans aplenty for Trump, too: "I’m the only guy who’s got the you-know-what to go after him," Bush said.

 

February 5, 2015

 

Sweetwater Brewing is sending Hash Session IPA to Florida

Florida Beer News - February 3, 2016

Sweetwater Brewing, the Atlanta-based brewery who brought the world Hop Hash DIPA and Hash Brown Ale to the world are hashing another beer into the lineup: Hash Session IPA. "They say Spring is a time for new beginnings. No idea who “they” are, but they’re right about the new part. Get ready to get low with HASH SESSION IPA, a groovy 4.2% ABV session IPA loaded with a gigantic Amarillo hop hash dry hop." Sweetwater says. "Hash Session will be cruising onto shelves February 8th in six packs and the Spring Tackle Box. Prefer aluminum? Look for the Spring CAN Tackle Box featuring this guy and a few friends."


Beer Garden: A perfect beer for Mardi Gras season

Pensacola News Journal - February 2, 2016

Only to be found on tap in exclusive accounts, this strong gold lager version of the popular core brand isn’t quite the shade of purple to augment my previous paragraph, but it is a cool hue of orange-red with a slowly disappearing egg-white head. The barley/wheat combination in the malt bill gives the beer a lemon scent quality with a little bit of hay and fresh bread plus crushed berries. German Perle hops lend a hint of spicy pepper plus floral notes while the raspberry comes off as tart instead of sweet. I’ll be on our balcony enjoying a Triple Haze while the parades roll past this weekend; yet another nice facet of Carnival to enjoy. Getting warmer!


FSU to sell beer at baseball games this season

Tallahassee Democrat - January 30, 2016

For the first time, beer will be sold at Florida State baseball games at Howser Stadium this season. After considering the move the past two years, the decision was approved following joint discussions between the university, vendor Aramark and the Florida State Police Department. Season-ticket holders were alerted of the decision in a letter mailed Friday that explained the “operational improvements” and “new fan amenity” for FSU baseball in 2016. FSU opens its season with a three-game home series against Rhode Island starting Friday, Feb. 19.


Beer forecast: cloudy with the taste of Julius and Northeast IPAS

The Tampa Bay Times - February 3, 2016

So is it all hype, or is there something to this hazy IPA craze? As usual, it's a bit of both. You don't need turbidity to capture some of the vivid, juicy, orange-and-apricot flavors that these beers are prized for, but you also can't quite replicate them without it. If you leave them in the fridge for a month, they'll clear up some, just like any other beer. But they won't taste quite the same. The haze isn't everything, but it's very certainly something. And although you might not be able to get your hands on fresh cans of Heady or Julius, you can always wheel on down to Cycle Brewing in St. Petersburg to try Crank, a Citra hop-based brew that owes much to the current turbid IPA trend in the Northeast. It looks like orange juice and it tastes a bit like it, too.


#FLORIDABEERFRIDAY: A-10 HOPHOG RED IPA FROM COPPERPOINT BREWING COMPANY

Broward Palm Beach New Times - February 5, 2016

This week I'm sweeping through Palm Beach County and hitting up Copperpoint Brewing Company, nestled in the Brewery District of Boynton Beach, and checking out their A-10 Hophog, a 7% ABV red IPA.  As a red India Pale Ale, it's a dutifully malt-packed brew, full of Mosaic hops which push forward bright tropical flavors. The style is considered an 'other', one of the emerging sub-categories of IPA according to the Brewer's Association, which states that they will be "brewed at a higher strength and hopped like an IPA. Typically, redder in color than an IPA, with deep ruby hues." It pours a rich crystal clear red that radiates out to a deep orange around the edges. Perhaps the colors of red IPAs is a huge factor in my enjoyment of them.


Orlando area breweries pour forth to celebrate the Bach Festival

Florida Beer News - February 3, 2016

The highly anticipated Branderburger Bock, a limited edition beer from Cask & Larder in collaboration with the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, will be released at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13, kicking off a festive, music-filled event featuring releases from a chorus of local breweries. Paying homage to famed 18th-century composer Johann Sebastian Bach, a noted beer lover, the second annual release party will treat attendees to live performances by members of the acclaimed Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra and a special German-themed food menu, along with other Bach-inspired beers from Redlight Redlight, ten10, Central 28, Crooked Can and Red Cypress.

 

SUNSHINE STATE POLITICS:

Marco Rubio becomes the main target of GOP rivals trying to block his rise

Los Angeles Times - February 4, 2016

With the New Hampshire primary poised to cut down the Republican field, candidates are sharpening their knives in a desperate bid for survival that on Thursday resembled a group attack on Sen. Marco Rubio, the freshman senator from Florida. Ted Cruz, the Texas senator, has been telling crowds that Rubio agrees with Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton about giving amnesty to immigrants in the country illegally. Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, gave Rubio a back-handed compliment, calling him a “great speaker” who appears incapable of making a tough decision. Then there is New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who seemed to be competing for a prize in aggressiveness, calling Rubio the “boy in the bubble” who is sheltered from tough questions and portraying him as too callow to serve as president. Rubio's side took some shots of their own. In response to Cruz's charges about amnesty, the campaign said in a statement: "Cruz is lying. Marco opposes amnesty."

January 29, 2015

 

World of Beer to open in Tampa's West Shore business district

The Tampa Bay Times - January 25, 2016

World of Beer, the chain of bars known for its wide selection of craft beer, broke ground Monday on a location in West Shore's Avion Park. The restaurant and bar in Tampa's West Shore district will be the company's sixth tavern to open in the Tampa Bay area when it opens in May. Tampa-based World of Beer operates 80 taverns around the country. Paul Jacobs, World of Beer's joint venture partner, and Paul Avery, World of Beer's CEO and president, joined local officials to celebrate the groundbreaking Monday morning. In recent years, the chain has expanded its menu to include liquor cocktails, and some taverns also serve food.


Riptide Brewing Company brings craft beer flavor to the heart of Naples

Naples Daily News - January 25, 2016

In late November — Black Friday, to be exact — three friends, now business partners, opened Riptide in a converted shop at the corner of Third Avenue North and 10th Street North in Naples. It's the first brewery in the city limits, but at least the ninth to open from Punta Gorda south in the last few years. Naples Beach Brewery opened on Enterprise Avenue in unincorporated Collier County in 2012. The Riptide brewery and taproom have an industrial feel, mixing cool metals with warm woods. The 10-barrel brewing system is located behind the U-shaped bar so customers can watch the brewing process.


Drink of the Week: Yuengling IPL beer

The Tampa Bay Times - January 25, 2016

A new seasonal offering is one of these rare additions. Yuengling IPL is a subtle nod to the company's recognition as a craft brewery. IPL — India Pale Lager — is an emerging style that has picked up steam in recent years, brewed by nanobreweries and large producers like Magic Hat and Boston Beer Company alike. Compared to the American Pale Lager, an IPL is generally a bit stronger and is always more generously hopped. In this case, Yuengling is brewed with a blend of classic and new-school hop varieties — Bravo, Belma, Cascade and Citra — and is also dry-hopped, which adds a pronounced floral aroma to the beer.


Mad Beach Craft Brewing offers family fun and a new menu

The Tampa Tribune - January 28, 2016

Mad Beach Craft Brewing Company opened in October 2014 as a taphouse only, featuring an eclectic selection of house-brewed craft beers, ales, ciders and local wine. In late December 2015, it morphed into full-blown brewpub with the addition of chef Tyson Williams, formerly of the Baystar Restaurant Group. The venue is cavernous, boisterous and industrial-chic, with miles of stainless bars, long communal tables and four-tops. This is not a romantic date-night destination or a place to rendezvous for serious conversation. With its multiple jumbo flat-screen TVs, pool tables, air hockey, dart boards, giant Jenga, live music and more going on, it’s a veritable Chuck E. Cheese for grown-ups where the “littles” are also welcome (a kids menu is available). The menu offers Caribbean- and Southern-inspired pub and comfort food classics — beer-infused whenever it makes sense.


Founders Brewing’s first Backstage Series release of 2016 is…

Florida Beer News - January 26, 2016

Founders announced today that it will release Mango Magnifico con Calor, a fruit beer brewed with mango and a touch of habaneros, as the first Backstage Series beer of 2016. This is the second time Founders has released Mango Magnifico in bottles as part of the Backstage Series, the first being in June of 2013. Mango Magnifico is a high-gravity fruit beer brewed with mango and a touch of habaneros to add just the right amount of heat. The delicate flavors imparted by the sweet richness of the mango are punctuated perfectly from the subtle heat of the habaneros, proving that fruit beers do not have to be one-note.


Wynwood’s The Butcher Shop Beer Garden & Grill coming to West Palm Beach

Palm Beach Post - January 29, 2016

A hot restaurant from Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood is making its way to downtown West Palm Beach, bringing both a meat market and an eatery to a historic old building. The Butcher Shop Beer Garden & Grill is opening its second South Florida location this coming September at 209 6th Street, between Olive Avenue and Flagler Drive. Igor Niznik is from Russia, so Fred said the food and beer reflect his Eastern European roots. He called The Butcher Shop a “fusion” of Eastern European and German influences, including the German and Czech beers they to serve. Niznik said he and his father also are big supporters of local breweries, “and we definitely want to incorporate that into our new location.”

 

SUNSHINE STATE POLITICS:

Who Won the Republican Debate? Critics Call Ted Cruz Flat but Jeb Bush Better

The New York Times - January 29, 2016

With Donald J. Trump absent from the debate stage, critics had a chance to focus on the rest of the Republican field. While the verdicts varied, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas was seen as starting strong but fading late, while Senator Marco Rubio of Florida had his moments but grew testy at times when faced with tough questions. Some thought Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, had one of his most energetic performances, while the retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson barely registered.

January 25, 2015

 

Tampa Bay Beer Week events begin to trickle in

Beer in Florida - January 21, 2016

Announcements of Tampa Bay Beer Week 2016 events (March 5-15) are beginning to bubble to the surface. The official kickoff each year is the Florida Brewers Guild Craft Beer Festival, which has been held on the waterfront in Tampa the past few years. Many of the state’s breweries will represent, and brewery owners, brewers and other staff will be behind the booths to pour beer and talk about their businesses. If you can attend only one event – and you weren’t fortunate enough to land a Hunahpu’s Day ticket – this is the one.


Beer Garden: Saint Arnold's IPA is a real work of art

Pensacola News Journal - January 20, 2016

One such American IPA happens to be Art Car by Saint Arnold Brewing out of Houston, Texas. This beer was inspired by the work of graffiti artist GONZO247 — who hand-painted four cars for the brewery — and brings together old and new hop traits. Art Car’s canvas is a honey-gold body topped with a foamy head of whipped egg white. Columbus and Cascade hops lay down a base coat of pine scents while newer varietals — Simcoe and Mosaic — add depth and perspective through citrus and tropical tones. A trio of malted grain provides a sweet compositional balance to the brightness of spruce, grapefruit, papaya and tangerine.


Cajun Cafe on the Bayou Cider & Mead Festival is pouring soon

Florida Beer News - January 19, 2016

Cajun Cafe on the Bayou is well-known for world-class beer festivals. Festivals at the Cajun Cafe boast short lines for a pour and great company and conversation in addition to outstanding food on the day of the event and beyond. In 2015, Cajun Cafe began a new festival during the fleeting winter weeks of the new year: a cider and mead festival. In typical Cajun Cafe style, owner Paul Unwin has been busy stocking up for festival day and he has racked up an attendance list as well.


Coconut ale, coconut porter, yup, it's the year for coconut beer

Florida Beer News - January 20, 2016

A newer release that's making waves is Oskar Blues Death by Coconut from Colorado. It's an Irish-style porter aged on dried coconut and cocoa. This one's also a limited release (brewed once a year in small batches), but it's not tough to find in four-packs around town. While you're picking up your Death by Coconut, you should also grab the Toasted Coconut Porter from Orlando's Orange Blossom Brewing. This beer used to be contract-brewed in South Carolina at the Thomas Creek Brewery, but as of last year, it's a bona fide local brew, produced at Lakeland's Brew Hub. It's a year-round release, so it should keep your coconut levels up when the rest of the coconut-tinged seasonals disappear.


Green Bench gets bigger and cannier

Florida Beer News - January 21, 2016

Saint Petersburg’s Green Bench Brewing Company has made a name for themselves in “The Burg,” and in their recent newsletter announced that they have made some changes, expansions, bottles, and cans for the beer drinking public in the Tampa Bay area. "At the end of October we completed an expansion of our brewing facility that included the additions of a new glycol chiller, three new 30 BBL fermenters, one 60 BBL brite tank, and most exciting of all one 90 hecotliter oak foeder. This essentially doubles our capacity and will allow us to both brew more of our core brand beers and expand our oak fermented farmhouse brands in both bottle and keg formats."


Florida Orchestra makes music from beer kegs and donkey jawbones

The Tampa Bay Times - January 19, 2016

Grissom and three other longtime percussionists for the Florida Orchestra were practicing Third Construction, a 12-minute piece they will perform this weekend at the orchestra's Mozart and More masterworks concerts. The musicians will make music on everything from animal bones to beer kegs. Dave Coash has painted houses before, but he used the row of paint cans on the table before him for music. Grissom enjoys a good beer now and then, but these kegs were empty when he bought them on eBay.

 

SUNSHINE STATE POLITICS:

Bush and Rubio tied for third in New Hampshire, poll shows

The Tampa Bay Times - January 20, 2016

Jeb Bush has climed to third place in New Hampshire, tied with Florida rival Marco Rubio, according to a new poll. The CNN/WMUR poll shows Bush and Rubio with 10 percent of the vote each. That's still far behind leaderDonald Trump, who has 34 perecnt. Ted Cruz is second with 14 percent. Chris Christie has 6 percent, as does John Kasich.

 

January 8, 2015

 

Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp is coming to Tampa

Florida Beer News - January 6, 2016

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. will host its second Beer Camp Across America (BCAA) festival tour in June 2016 with stops in Tampa, Fla., Seattle, Milwaukee, San Francisco, Boston and Los Angeles. BCAA festivals will offer craft beer fans the opportunity to sample specialty brews from hundreds of local and regional brewers while interacting with some of the most influential names in craft brewing. Every craft brewery is invited to pour at any of the six festival locations. Each event will also celebrate and serve six limited edition collaboration beers – each one created by a different regional team of five breweries alongside Sierra Nevada.


The Cicerone: Beer server certification makes you a better consumer

The Tampa Bay Times - January 8, 2016

What's a Cicerone? Think sommelier, only for beer. These are people who want to know everything there is about beer: what it's made of and what each ingredients might contribute; what the different styles are and how they relate to each other; how to brew it, store it, serve it, and even pair it with food. The tiers of the Cicerone program range from entry-level server certification, which is intended primarily for professionals working in the beer serving biz, all the way to master — a prestigious title currently held by only 11 individuals.If you're serious about beer, I'd recommend at least pursuing the first level of Cicerone certification; it's well worth the modest cost and time investment, and you don't need to be an industry professional to benefit from it.


Beer Garden: A non-stout stout to start the year

Pensacola News Journal - January 5, 2016

This calls for something completely new. I’d like to turn to Tony Magee and his masters of all things hoppy at Lagunitas Brewing. Their latest One-Hitter Series is a non-stout stout. Okay, that sounds confusing. Here’s the deal: It’s a stout by technique minus the roasted grains, so no dark color and flavors. Non-roasted malted oats were used in place of malted barley to provide the distinctive sweetness while truck-loads of hops bring the bitter balance. The abundance of ultra-sticky hop oil leaves nebula-like lacing while releasing strong, pleasant scents of citrus and tropical fruits. This golden-blonde head-scratcher is a neutron bomb of hops with a creamy dose of oat sweetness. Mango, grapefruit, pine, lime, caramel, pineapple and a faint drop of maple all stand at the X-Y-Z axis of a graph pointing to all things everywhere at once. Bitter Oats’ body belies its appearance; a little slick and chewy with moderate carbonation.


Funky Buddha celebrates Maple Bacon Coffee Porter Saturday

Florida Beer News - January 7, 2016

It’s back! South Florida’s most sought after annual release, Maple Bacon Coffee Porter, returns in bottles on January 9, 2016! Maple Bacon Coffee Porter Day will be an epic celebration and continued enhancement of Funky Buddha’s annual street festival. This year’s fest will take place in spacious Jaco Pastorius Park in Oakland Park, Florida and be limited to 4000 attendees. All ticketed attendees are guaranteed bottles of the once-a-year release of Maple Bacon Coffee Porter, which are picked up upon exit from the festival grounds. There’s no need to wait in line for bottles or purchase them on site – just come out enjoy over 100 unique beers on draft throughout the day, live music by Brotherly Love Productions, field games, the best food trucks in South Florida plus Craft Food Counter & Kitchen, and so much more! Fort Lauderdale’s biggest and baddest beer event is back!


Year of beer: Craft craze means more options in 2016

Tallahassee Democrat - January 6, 2016

Before the recent craft beer renaissance, there weren't a lot of options for Tallahassee consumers looking for something other than a skunked lager. A small band of beer lovers desired more from their malted beverage than mundane, mass-produced, watery suds. They demanded dynamic flavors. Sadly, they couldn't find bold beers in local liquor or grocery stores. When connoisseurs wanted a stout with rich, chocolate flavor or full-bodied IPA, they had to find a bar. Most local bars seemed unwilling to sell craft brews. "It's great to see Tallahassee becoming a craft beer town," Larsen said. "I'm glad we have a hand in the growth." Times have changed since Larsen started brewing at Momo's. Bars like Andrew's, Growler Country, The Brass Tap, Madison Social and Fermentation Lounge have also become destinations for craft beer fans.


Orlando Brewing releases Mo’mo Browne Ale, a tribute to local art

Florida Beer News - January 7, 2016

Orlando’s organic microbrewery will raise a glass to local art with their new Mo’mo-Browne Ale on Saturday, January 9th. For nearly ten years, the Orlando Brewing taproom has been a venue dedicated to showcasing original music. The company will celebrate Central Florida’s vibrant art culture with this limited release artesian ale. Deep malt harmonizes with the smooth hop notes of the 6.8% organic brown ale. The ale’s name tributes local duo, Mo’mo-Browne. Mariah Lynn & Ben Browne discovered a mutual love for blues & beer after meeting at Orlando Brewing in 2012. The pair has been crafting music together since.

 

SUNSHINE STATE POLITICS:

Jeb Bush rules out third-party bid if he loses GOP nomination

CBS News - January 7, 2016

Jeb Bush won't run as a third-party candidate in 2016, even if Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination. When asked at a New Hampshire campaign stop if Bush would consider an independent bid if the billionaire real estate developer -- who Bush has insisted is a "jerk" -- was named the GOP nominee, the former Florida governor answered in the negative. "No. I'm not going to run as a third-party candidate, no matter who wins the nomination," Bush said late Wednesday. "I've been supporting Republicans since Richard Nixon." Despite his promise to back Trump if the business mogul does end up on the GOP's general election ticket, Bush did not hesitate to continue his criticisms of the current Republican front-runner.

 


December 22, 2015

 

Growlers, beer regulations bill heads to Gov. Scott

Orlando Sentinel - April 24, 2015

Beer lovers, raise a glass. Legislation to allow 64-ounce containers known as “growlers” and relaxing regulations for craft beer brewers is headed to Gov. Rick Scott’s desk. The House voted unanimously for SB 186 on Friday, which has already passed the Senate. In addition to growlers, the bill allows craft breweries to operate up to eight manufacturing sites and resolves a potential legal dispute between large beer distributors and the new craft beer entrepreneurs. “By passing this bill this is our chance to stand up together for the little guy, the little guy being 110 craft brewers here in Florida,” said Rep. Dana Young, R-Tampa.


AB InBev Buys SABMiller for $107 Billion as U.S. Deal Agreed

Bloomberg Business - November 11, 2015

Anheuser-Busch InBev NV made a formal $107 billion offer for SABMiller Plc, sealing a long-anticipated deal that combines the world’s biggest brewers into a company controlling about half the industry’s profit. To gain regulatory approval, Molson Coors Brewing Co. will acquire SABMiller’s 58 percent stake in MillerCoors for $12 billion, giving it full control over brands like Coors Light and Blue Moon. The Budweiser maker plans to slash annual costs by $1.4 billion, one third of which will come from overlapping head-office roles. The companies didn’t say what the new entity will be called, or whether SABMiller’s senior management team will remain.


Inside Anheuser-Busch’s craft beer deals

CNBC - July 26, 2015

The global brewing giant recently spent an estimated $200 million dollars buying four craft breweries to add to its already extensive brand portfolio. "If you look at craft right now, it's playing a very important role in the industry, and while around 80 percent of consumers still enjoy and drink domestic large lagers, the craft piece of the business is really growing," said Andy Goeler, CEO of craft for Anheuser-Busch InBev's Anheuser-Busch division. "It's adding a lot of excitement and so our strategy is really simple, it's to participate in the excitement that's going on in craft."


SOUTH FLORIDA'S MOST ANTICIPATED BREWERY OPENINGS OF 2015

The New Times - January 14, 2015

If you thought last year was busy with craft beer, 2015 is set to blow your socks off. With more breweries than we can count (we didn't do well in math, hence the writing bit), South Florida will finally close the gap of breweries per capita. Here, though, is a list of breweries that we're looking forward to seeing open in 2015. To the best of our knowledge, they are places that will open this year. Of course, anything can happen, but let's pursue an exercise in optimism. Is it all-inclusive? No. There are a lot of folks about to put out some amazing beers. Here is a selection to get your mouths salivating with the thoughts of new and awesome breweries in South Florida.


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. I can't imagine any other state in the country is enjoying an explosion of new craft breweries at anything like the rate that it's happening in Florida. Is this a good thing? Of course it is. Competition will hopefully inspire and motivate each brewery to never settle for making anything less than terrific ales. Some will do well because they have a niche or they're in a great location, but for those hoping to see their beers on tap at Growler Country or on the shelves at supermarkets, there's going to be a discerning audience that will only buy what's very, very good.

December 11, 2015

 

GREEN MAN BREWERY OFFICIAL LAUNCH PARTIES

J.J. Taylor - December 9, 2015

Asheville’s Green Man Brewery is officially on draft and on shelves in the Sunshine State! Haven’t had a chance to get your hands on some yet? Join us this weekend as the crew from Asheville hits the Tampa Bay Area for a series of Launch Parties… #FLGreenMan has arrived! Green Man will launch three year-round flagship beers, IPA, ESB and Porter, statewide in both six packs and draft, but the Asheville crew are bringing some special treats with them! See the list of Official Launch Parties below to see which locations will be serving up specialty beers.


Quench quest: Visiting nine Tampa breweries in 12 hours

The Tampa Tribune - December 11, 2015

Apparently, Tampa’s thirst for beer still isn’t quenched. By spring there should be at least 17 places making beer in Tampa. Only seven of those existed two years ago, and only two of them, Yuengling and Tampa Bay Brewing Co., existed in 2009 when Cigar City Brewing opened and kicked this whole thing into gear. So we couldn’t have a beer at every Tampa brewery in a single Saturday — due to logistics, human stomach capacity and my own personal sanity — but, with Uber serving as designated driver, we did go to nine of them in 12 hours to learn about the city, its beer and the people who make it.


Beer Garden: Light up the night with Abita Coffee Stout

Pensacola News Journal - December 8, 2015


Well, Abita has done some growing up since then. I can only wish that their Bourbon Street Coffee Stout was available when I was living there. Abita has a barrel-aged series of dark beers that are perfect for this time of year. This current offering is a coffee stout that, according to ratebeer.com, was aged for eight weeks in Pappy Van Winkle barrels. Its roasted malt base includes oats to boost the natural sweetness and provide balance to the bitter coffee. The result is this chestnut-brown ale that smells like a fresh cup of French roast with underlying notes of baker’s chocolate, dulce de leche and butterscotch. Slightly burnt, slightly sweet, very indulgent.


RipTide Brewing taproom opens in Naples

Naples Daily News - December 8, 2015

The first craft brewery with a taproom in the city of Naples is now pouring. RipTide Brewing Co. opened Black Friday on Third Avenue North in the former space of Naples Resale Shoppe near the corner of 10th Street North. The 10-barrel, 310-gallon brewery creates its own beers on site, and features guest taps from local breweries such as Momentum in Bonita Springs. The local brewhouse will offer about 10 of its own beers, but some India pale ales, Belgian brown ale, amber ale and blonde ale will always be on tap.


A Year in Beer: The Jax Ale Trail Turns 1

Market Wired - December 7, 2015

Time flies when you are having great craft beer! Visit Jacksonville is thrilled to mark the one year anniversary of the very successful Jax Ale Trail and its Craft Beer Passport. Since its inception in December 2014, more than 20,000 people have used their Jax Ale Trail Craft Beer Passports, and almost 900 craft beer enthusiasts from 39 states and five countries have completed their Jax Ale Trail Craft Beer Passports surpassing all expectations and projections. While the local community has really embraced the concept, the Jax Ale Trail has proven to be a big tourism draw as well, with 30 percent of all Craft Beer Passports completed by out-of-town visitors.


A Florida brewery closes its doors

Beer in Florida - December 11, 2015

One of the Tampa Bay area’s most beloved breweries has shuttered its doors. The rumors about the impending closure of Three Palms Brewing began circulating on social media channels earlier this week, and on Thursday founder and owner Randy Reaver confirmed it in an email sent to the members of Three Palms’ bottle club, which read in part:

"It breaks my heart to bring you this very unfortunate and sad news, but due to various circumstances, we had to close Three Palms Brewing effective immediately.We have made so many great friends over the past years, with majority of you on this very list! It has been an honor to serve you, as well as seeing you enjoy our beers over the past years."

 

SUNSHINE STATE POLITICS:

Marco Rubio nabs another big donor

CNN - December 10, 2015

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio picked up another big-name donor in the presidential race on Thursday, this time one from North Carolina. Art Pope, a philanthropist and CEO of Variety Wholesalers, said he would support Rubio's campaign in the GOP primary and in the general election. Pope said he'd been meeting with many of the Republican candidates and made up his mind this week. "I think Sen. Marco Rubio is both the most qualified, has the best all-around experience, and I agree with him more so on the issues than all the other candidates," Pope told CNN.

December 4, 2015

 

Hunahpu’s Day 2016 will be full of firsts

Florida Beer News - December 4, 2015

Recently, Tampa’s Cigar City Brewing announced some major changes related to Hunahpu’s Day celebration. The major question from inquiring minds is: “How will this year’s festival be different from past years?”

1. More space. The festival is moving off site for the first time in its history. Not only did Cigar City Brewing outgrow the space, but the parking lot is going to get smaller thanks to some construction plans the brewery has in place.

2. More beer. The new space will allow Cigar City Brewing many liberties in the planning stages, namely inviting more breweries. The festival will now include over 140 breweries bringing their beer to serve to attendees. As if that was not enough, the Cigar City family (Cigar City Brewing, Brewpub, Cider & Mead, and Airport) will be bringing at least 75 taps of beer to this event. Numerous breweries from around the world are attending for the first time, including the Dunedin Brewery.

3. More food options. The CCB team confirms that “substantially more food options” will be available at the new Hunahpu’s Day. Each attendee will receive four tapas tickets to redeem from over a dozen food vendors.


UBER-FRESH IPA’S JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

J.J. Taylor - December 1, 2015

Escondido, California’s Stone Brewing Co. “Enjoy By”  series showcases the tastiness of uber-hoppy IPAs when they are sent and enjoyed as fresh as possible. “Enjoy By” fresh IPA’s are only available in certain markets chosen by the brewery, and these markets vary for each release. The newest “Enjoy By”, “Enjoy By 12.25.15,” has finally arrived! Be on the lookout, as this mammoth hop monster will be spreading hoppy holiday cheer for a limited time.


Grasslands takes over its own taps this Saturday

Tallahassee Democrat - December 2, 2015

On Saturday, Grass and his crew at Grasslands plan a tap takeover of his brewery to show off his wares. The recently formed brewery will have a grand(er) opening, which will feature 19 beers from the first year business. Normally, at a tap takeover a bar or tap house will have nearly all taps taken over by one brewer. It is a time honored tradition that allows a brewery to introduce itself to a new market. You don't typically do a tap takeover at your own place, but the Grasslands owner took a longer road to be able to sell its product and wants to commemorate the moment in a big way.


Beer Garden: Celebrate with Sierra Nevada

Pensacola News Journal - December 1, 2015

Now, about that beer that ties it all together. It’s been three years, so I thought we’d re-visit Sierra Nevada’s Celebration Ale. Actually one of their earliest recipes from way back in 1981, Celebration is a freshly hopped ale, meaning that non-dried, whole-cone hops are used directly after being picked; same thing as wet-hop ale, just as long as the hops are put to use in less than 24 hours of being collected off of the bines. The hop oils are at their brightest acidity and impart intense flavor to their beer. Celebration’s color changes with the light, going from copper to reddish-orange.


Dining Planner: Repeal Day, Beers on the Pier, Food + Art and more

The Tampa Bay Times - December 2, 2015

BEERS ON THE PIER

If cocktails and bubbly aren't your bag, you can sip something else entirely at Beers on the Pier, a craft beer festival overlooking the downtown waterfront that features brews from more than 25 beer crafters, from Colorado to California, along with local favorites, plus Beer Talk with the brewers, food trucks and live music. The ticket price of $35 in advance and $45 day of includes unlimited beer sampling, museum admission and a commemorative sampling cup. Must be 21 or older. St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 894-1052. 6 to 10 p.m. Friday.


12 DAYS OF GIVEAWAYS!

J.J. Taylor - December 3, 2015

‘Tis the season for giving, and boy are we in the giving spirit! As a thank you to each and every one of your for your support of J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc. in 2015, we’ve decided to purge our closets and round up some excellent craft beer goodies to help cross a couple people off your holiday gift list. Koozies, Glassware, Coffee, Bottle Openers and more, we have everything you need for the beer lover in your life!

Here’s how it works…

1. Simply fill out the form below and you’re automatically entered to win

2. One winner will be chosen at random each day starting Monday, Dec. 7th

3. Winners will be contacted via phone/email, if you do not respond within 24 hours another winner will be chosen at random.

 

SUNSHINE STATE POLITICS:

Bump For Trump As Carson Fades In Republican Race

Quinnipiac Polls - December 2, 2015

Eleven months before the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump is the undisputed leader in the Republican field, as Dr. Ben Carson, in a virtual tie with Trump four weeks ago, drops to third place, according to a Quinnipiac University National poll released today. Trump gets 27 percent of Republican voters today, with 17 percent for Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, 16 percent each for Carson and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and 5 percent for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. No other candidate tops 3 percent, with 8 percent undecided. Last month, Trump had 24 percent, with 23 percent for Carson. Among Republicans, 26 percent of voters say they "would definitely not support" Trump, with 21 percent who would not back Bush.

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.


CYCLE BREWING JOINS FORCES WITH HAVEN TO CREATE A HEAVENLY STOUT

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.


FUNKY BUDDHA ANNOUNCES MAPLE BACON COFFEE PORTER STREET FESTIVAL

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.

 

SUNSHINE STATE POLITICS:

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

 

GREEN MAN BREWERY COMES TO THE SUNSHINE STATE & INKS DISTRIBUTION DEAL WITH J.J. TAYLOR

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

FEELING THIRSTY: CRAFT BEER, CAJUN FLAVOR

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.

A BREW WITH A MISSION

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.

THANKSGIVING HACK: BUY PIE

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.

 

SUNSHINE STATE POLITICS:

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.

 

SUNSHINE STATE POLITICS:

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.

 

SUNSHINE STATE POLITICS:

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.


TERRAPIN’S WALKING DEAD BLOOD ORANGE IPA WILL BE LURKING AROUND TAMPA BAY SOON!

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.


PAIRING CRAFT BEERS WITH THE MANY ACTIVITIES OF HALLOWEEN

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.

 

SUNSHINE STATE POLITICS:

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.


WIN A PAIR OF BREW MASTER TICKETS TO NEW TIMES' BEERFEST

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.

 

SUNSHINE STATE POLITICS:

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.

 

SUNSHINE STATE POLITICS:

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.


26° BREWING CO. OPENS FRIDAY; MEET THE BREWERS IN THIS VIDEO TOUR

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.


SUNSHINE STATE POLITICS:

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.


SUNSHINE STATE POLITICS:

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.

 

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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.


SUNSHINE STATE POLITICS:

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.


 



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