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Old Coast Ales, St. Augustine, Set to Share the Beer on Opening Day, February 1

For Jon Boisclair and Matt Hooker, the past three-plus years of planning, building and crafting their local, community-inspired brewery are about to give way to the reality of opening their doors to the public. 

On January 30, Old Coast Ales, 300 Anastasia Blvd., held a "soft opening" preview night and will make it official on Wednesday, February 1, when the long-awaited Opening Day finally arrives. 

Jupiter Craft Brewers Fest Knocks It Out of the Park

Saturday started off a bit chilly for most South Floridians, with temps in the upper 40's
early on (this writer shelved a 5k around Abacoa after one mile and headed indoors for the treadmill). Eventually, the hazy sky gave way to bright sunshine and comfortable low-70°weather ... perfect for the 11th Annual Jupiter Craft Brewers Festival at Roger Dean Stadium! 

The Jupiter Saturday afternoon beerfest featured over 50 breweries, many from across Florida. The award-winning Field of Beers beer and food pairing event once again took place inside the Stadium on Friday night. (See last week's preview story here.)  Tickets for both events sold out online, and there were 1200 tickets available at the gate for Saturday's fest. Portions of the proceeds benefit Autism Project of Palm Beach County and Surfers Healing. 



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January 30, 2017: FLORIDA BREWERIES  CIVIL SOCIETY BREWING, CIGAR CITY BREWING, CYCLE BREWING EARN "BEST" AWARDS  AT RATEBEER BEST 2016


Southern Swells Brewing Makes Landfall in Jax Beach

The newest brewery to hit the Jacksonville craft beer scene has made landfall in Jax Beach. Word of the brewery-in-planning surfaced last April, after permits were already in place. The co-owners immediately began renovations on a space formerly occupied by a dance hall/restaurant/martini bar, and the transformation began to take shape over the course of 2016. 

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January 25, 2017: DUE SOUTH BREWING SET TO RELEASE SPRING SEASONAL, HOPICANA IPA, FEBRUARY 1


Take Me Out to the ... Beer Fest! Jupiter Craft Brewers Festival On Deck

Here it is the third week in January, and Beer Fest Season in Florida is off and running! There already have been several beerfest and beer release events in South Florida (see events on this site), and this week is South Florida Beer Week, featuring tastings and events from Treasure Coast to Dade County. 

On deck this weekend is the 11th Annual Jupiter Craft Brewers FestivalAbout 3000 lucky craft beer fans will convene at the grounds of Roger Dean Stadium in the Abacoa Town Center of Jupiter between 1-5pm to sample craft beers from around the state and beyond, meet brewers, dance, and in general, have one rockin' time. Take a look at my 2016 recap story, and you'll see why this fest is a home run.




Due South Brewing Trench Day: Dark Is Good

2017 Mariana Trench Imperial Stout
The picture on the bottle -- a tall ship silhouetted against the glow of a full moon over the deepest of waters on a dark night --  summons up a mystique of darkness that is Mariana Trench Imperial Stout. On Saturday, Due South Brewing Co. tapped the rich, dark stout and released a limited supply of bottles at its annual Trench Day fest. 

The three-hour beerfest was held inside the Due South Brewing production facility, indoor beer garden and tap room. The brewery intentionally keeps the fest tickets at a lower count than most fests to enhance the experience of the attendees (see last week's preview story). 

Due South Brewing Goin' Deep for Trench Day 2017

It's the middle of January, and there's nothing like an Imperial Stout to warm things up. But, let's make that a Gold Medal-winning Imperial Stout, with its own release day fest in South Florida. Add in some additional stellar brews from the house brewery and a few brewery friends from around the state. Put that all together, and you have "Trench Day" 2017, brought to you by Due South Brewing Co. 


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January 17, 2017: FUNKY BUDDHA BREWERY ANNOUNCES LOCATIONS FOR MAPLE BACON COFFEE PORTER "DRAFT DAY" TOUR JANUARY 26; ANNOUNCES NEW SPECIAL BEER RELEASE


If It's January.... It Must be Florida Beer Fest Season!

Cenosillicaphobia? Not at a Florida beerfest!
Tis the season! (photo by Linda Johnson)
(edited January 13, 2017; originally published January 8, 2017):

It's the first weekend of the New Year! That means various things. First, there's that cold wave gripping most of the nation, and even here in North Florida, we're swapping the flip-flops for closed-toe shoes for a few days (except those really hardy types who refuse to give in to Mother Nature). NFL Playoffs are underway. And, of course, when the calendar turns to January, it's BEER FEST SEASON in Florida! Over the next few months, suds will be flowing at beerfests all over the state, starting with events in South Florida, which is usually fairly warm in January - no parkas here. Unless you dig the snow (trust me, I've been there) and subfreezing temperatures in January and February, there's no better place to be than at a beerfest in Florida.

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January 12, 2017: CIGAR CITY BREWING ANNOUNCES DISTRIBUTION TO TENNESSEE


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January 11, 2017: CIGAR CITY BREWING AND PERRIN BREWING ANNOUNCE ONE-TIME JAI ALAI IPA RELEASE IN MICHIGAN


Upstart Brewery Hyperion Brewing Company, Jacksonville, Offering Pre-Construction Tour Saturday, January 7

Following a final vote and Land Use Zoning approval in December, Hyperion Brewing Company is wasting no time in moving ahead with its construction plans. The new nano-brewery, located at 1740 N. Main Street, just north of downtown in Jacksonville's Springfield area, is taking over property occupied by a former pawn shop. According to Alexandra ("Alex") McKeown, Hyperion owner, the space is essentially empty, and any remaining demolition work should be minimal, paving the way for the build-out.

Last year, McKeown and head brewer/partner Troy Orton held several free tastings around Jacksonville where the public sampled some of the upcoming brews that the brewery will feature once opened. At this stage, Hyperion intends to pour its house beer from 12-15 taps. McKeown isn't committing to an opening date just yet, allowing the construction to dictate when the doors will formally open and thereby avoiding opening delays. 

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FORBIDDEN ROOT BREWERY (CHICAGO) BEGINS DISTRIBUTION IN FLORIDA


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FUNKY BUDDHA BREWERY TO RELEASE NEW FLAGSHIP BEER YEAR-ROUND; 2017 DISTRIBUTION AND TAP ROOM CALENDAR RELEASED