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making HEADlines: Florida Breweries Notch Medals at 2018 World Beer Cup

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Seven Florida breweries earn medals at 2018 World Beer Cup Awards


May 3, 2018, Nashville, TN:  The Brewers Association held its annual Craft Brewers Conference, billed as the "Largest Craft Industry Gathering," this week in Nashville, Tennessee. On the final night of the conference, 302 award winners claimed honors in the the bi-annual World Beer Cup Awards.  The numbers: a panel of 295 judges from 33 countries tasted their way through more than 8,000 beer entries (8,234 actually) from 66 countries in determining medalists in 101 categories of beer styles.  


Seven Florida breweries earned medals at the 2018 World Beer Cup! Congratulations to the following: 






Category 8: Chili Beer (57 Entries):
Motorworks Brewing, Bradenton, Silver Medal: Chocolate Datil Pepper Imperial Stout

Category 10:  Chocolate Beer (77 Entries):
Fort Myers Brewing, Fort Myers,  Silver Medal: Somebody Else's Dream Stout

Category 31: Fruited Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer (117 Entries):
Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin, Silver Medal: Ritual Madness

Category 43: Vienna-Style Lager (98 Entries):
Concrete Beach Brewery, Miami, Bronze Medal: Havana Lager

Category 60: French & Belgian-Style Saison (87 Entries):
The Tank Brewing, Miami, Gold Medal: La Finca Miami

Category 66: Belgian-Style Dubbel or Belgian-Style Quad (78 Entries):
7Venth Sun Brewery, Dunedin, Bronze Medal: Belgian Quad

Category 90: Golden or Bronze Ale (121 Entries):
First Magnitude Brewing, Gainesville, Silver Medal: Vega

Not too surprisingly, the IPA category saw the most entries with 377, followed by 196 entries in both the Imperial IPA and Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer categories.  The United States took the most awards (242), while Belgium had the highest winning percentage with 10%, according to a Brewers Association statement. 

Developed by the Brewers Association in 1996 to "celebrate the art and science of brewing," the World Beer Cup competition is held every two years, and has been called "The Olympics of Beer Competitions," in view of its international nature. 

A list of 2018 World Beer Cup medalists can be found here

Congratulations to all!

Cheers!

Linda Johnson,
Certified Cicerone®
www.brewnymph.com


making HEADlines: Proof Brewing, Tallahassee, Relocating

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PROOF BREWING, TALLAHASSEE, ANNOUNCES RELOCATION AND EXPANSION PLANS



March 19, 2018:  Tallahassee brewery Proof Brewing Co. today announced its plans to expand its operations and relocate to a larger facility in downtown Tallahassee, which will allow for a 30,000 barrel production capability -- with room for additional expansion. 

According to a statement released today, Proof Brewing will begin renovations this month at the 34,000sf former Coca-Cola Bottling Company building at 1320 South Monroe St. When all said and done, the new brewery will include an expanded tasting room, retail store, private event space, kitchen and beer garden.  On the brewhouse side of things, the move means efficiency upgrades, a quality control lab and additional fermentation capacity, increasing the possible production to 30,000 barrels. 


Tampa Bay Beer Week is Marchin' In, March 3-11

March 2, 2018: Four words pretty much sum up this next week: Tampa Bay Beer Week. 

In what just might be a MOAB of its own, Tampa Bay Beer Week brings its mother of all beerweeks to the Tampa area March 3-11. Established in 2012, the ginormous week of events dedicated to growing the local craft beer community includes nine official days of virtually nonstop beer-centric events, including three epic beerfests! Looking for a beertrip? You found it.


making HEADlines: Tampa Bay Brewing Co. Update

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TAMPA BAY BREWING CO. ANNOUNCES REFRESHED LOGO, BRANDING AND NEW LOOK FOR CANS AHEAD OF TAMPA BAY BEER WEEK; ANNOUNCES "HOP SILO" SERIES



February 28, 2018, Tampa FL:

Tampa Bay Brewing Co. has announced a refreshed logo and branding, along with a new look for its cans. 

"Like most mature organizations, our brand identity has slowly morphed over time and was due for a more significant refresh to better reflect our spirit and uncorporate culture," said Managing Partner David Doble in a statement released by the brewery. "Furthermore, both internally and on the street, people have been referring to us as TBBC for years ... This was a rare opportunity to embrace the community-given nickname in a manner that was not confusing to our long-standing customers." 


West Palm Beach Brewery & Wine Vault: A Winning Recipe

February 18, 2018:  No matter how you mix, blend, brew, slice, dice, or pour it, based on a recent visit, West Palm Beach Brewery and Wine Vault has created a winning recipe!  

The brewery, one of Palm Beach County's newest, opened in mid-December 2017. A Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Celebration takes place on February 19 at 5:30pm. 



Situated in downtown West Palm Beach on Evernia Street, the venue is the creation of West Palm Beach attorney John Pankauski. With a passion for wine, along with ownership of a Napa Valley vineyard, and a private label wine collection, Pankauski turned his attention to craft beer and set out to design a place where craft beer and fine wines could harmonize under one roof. With those elements in mind, he brought in Head Brewer Joel Kodner and Chef Andrew Castardi to lead the brewing and kitchen operations, respectively. Add in experienced General Manager Bruce Edel to the mix, and the new craft brewery has the ingredients for a unique neighborhood establishment. 


Game On! Jupiter Craft Brewers Festival was a Winner

January 31, 2018:  With baseball season right around the turn of the calendar page, and as spring training gets underway in South Florida, the 12th Annual Jupiter Craft Brewers Festival on Saturday, January 27, was a game-winner! 

Once again, the pavilion grounds of Roger Dean Stadium at the Town Center in the Abacoa community of Jupiter played host to the South Florida beerfest with over 50 breweries and more than 175 craft beers in the lineup.

Preceding the beerfest was the Ninth Annual Field of Beers brewery and chef food pairing event on Friday night, held inside the field. As in years past, tickets to Field of Beers sold out almost as fast as they went on sale in December (usually pretty close to immediately). The event was named the fourth best beer festival in the nation in a USA Today Readers' Choice poll in 2016. 

Making HEADlines: Florida Breweries Earn RateBeer Best Awards

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January 30, 2018: FLORIDA BREWERIES  CYCLE BREWING, CIGAR CITY BREWING, AMONG TOP TEN "BEST BREWERS IN THE WORLD" AT RATEBEER BEST 2017; ADDITIONAL FLORIDA BREWERIES TAKE HONORS IN CATEGORIES



Santa Rosa, CA: RATE BEER, the well-known beer rating  site,  has released its annual "Rate Beer Best" Awards of 2017, after tallying millions of site reviews. Rate Beer began publishing lists of category winners last week. Additional category winners were announced on January 30, 2018, including the results of the "Top 100 Brewers in the World."

A number of  Florida breweries earned Rate Beer Best Awards for 2017, most notably two which ranked in the Top Ten of the Best 100 Brewers in the World category. Congratulations to the following Florida breweries and businesses:


making HEADlines: Walking Tree Brewery Expands Distribution to Jax Area

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WALKING TREE BREWERY, VERO BEACH, ANNOUNCES DISTRIBUTION TO METRO JACKSONVILLE AREA IN FEBRUARY


 January 26, 2018, 
Vero Beach, FL:  

Award-winning Florida brewery Walking Tree Brewery has announced that it will begin distribution in the greater Jacksonville area in February 2018. 

[Ed Note, 2/27/ 2018: The area Launch Events have been announced, beginning in St. Augustine on February 28, then in Jacksonville March 1, and Fernandina Beach March 2. See the "Tap This" page on this site for details.]

The brewery has partnered with Jacksonville-based Champion Brands to bring the Walking Tree Brewery beers to the markets of Duval, Nassau, Clay, Putnam, Baker and St. Johns counties. “Walking Tree has a reputation for making great beer that precedes their arrival to the Northeast Florida market.  We’re fortunate to partner with such an awesome group of people as we continue to grow craft beer in our area," said Earl Sutton, Champion Brands Off-Premise Craft Brands Manager in a statement released by the brewery.  "Between the shared values of our companies and the unique offerings for our market, we can’t wait to get these beers on tap around town.” 

Heck Yeah, Haze and Barrels: Southern Swells Brewing, Jax Beach, Turns One, January 27

January 24, 2018:  Southern Swells Brewing in Jacksonville Beach rolls into its First Anniversary on Saturday, January 27 at noon, with six new beers in can and bottle releases brewed especially for the occasion. While they brew a variety of different beer styles, co-founders Corey Adams and Jay Varney have stormed onto the Jax craft beer landscape with their hazy New England-style beers and unusual beer names.

Word of the new brewery surfaced via social media in April 2016, taking the local area by surprise. The following January, the brewery opened with guest taps while the house beers were still in the works. Almost a year to the day of the initial brewery announcement, eight house beers made their way onto the taps. "We were just hoping to put out a few good beers to start," said Corey in an interview. "It's been incredible that it's been a year."

Due South Brewing Trench Day 2018: A Voyage Through Renovations and Dark Brews

Mariana Trench® Imperial Stout 2018
January 23, 2018: In the Western Pacific Ocean lies the deepest part of the world's oceans, the "Mariana Trench," reaching a depth of over 36,000 feet. Inspired by that depth and darkness, Due South Brewing Co. brews its Mariana Trench® Imperial Stout only once each year. And, what better way to celebrate the award-winning beer than by hosting an annual "Trench Day!" 

On Saturday, January 20, Due South Brewing released its 2018 version of the beer at its fourth annual Trench Day beerfest. Held onsite at the brewery, the beerfest is an "intimate" gathering of around 300. Not only does this beerfest take place indoors so that weather is not an issue, the limited number of tickets provides attendees with an enjoyable experience with plenty of options for seating, standing or moving around -- and, without long beer lines!

Making HEADlines: Cigar City Brewing New Can Designs

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CIGAR CITY BREWING INTRODUCES NEW CAN DESIGNS FOR 2018


The old (top) and new (bottom) designs
(photo provided by Cigar City Brewing)
January 18, 2018, Tampa FL:  

On the heels of a new logo announced this past November, Cigar City Brewing has introduced a "refreshed look" for all of its packaging, including a new Jai Alai IPA 12-pack. In a statement released today, CCB Creative Manager Tiffany Cox explained that "[b]y refreshing, we were not looking to reinvent the wheel, but instead optimize it and make it work more efficiently. We had a lot of successful elements in the previous designs but lacked overall harmony. Our creative goal was to make these new designs feel like a natural evolution of their predecessor, for a look that definitively screams Cigar City Brewing."




From 1 to 10,000: Southwest Florida Beer Geek Goes Uber on Untappd

January 14, 2018:
It began with a Sam Adams Zeus IPA at 4:12pm on May 7, 2011. It made the Epic halfway point with a Copperhead Brewery Bourbon Barrel Black Venom with Cocoa Nibs (Batch #001) on September 9, 2015. It reached an Uber proportion on January 13, 2018, just after 6pm, with Just The Beginning Russian Imperial Stout at Bury Me Brewing, in Fort Myers, Florida. 

If you're a fan of the Untappd beer check-in app, you already know that we're talking about a trek toward a rare and prized status of checking in 10,000 unique beers on the popular beer tracking system. Southwest Florida beer geek Ricky Potts did just that on January 13, 2018. Not only did his check-in unlock the Uber Badge, but he did it with a beer that he and Bury Me Brewing Brewmaster/Co-Owner Bill Vaughn brewed in October especially for the occasion. 


Making HEADlines: Funky Buddha Brewery Updates

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FUNKY BUDDHA BREWERY RELEASES 2018 DISTRIBUTION SCHEDULE, ANNOUNCES NEW PRODUCT, PACKAGING, AND CANS

January 10, 2018, Oakland Park, FL:  Funky Buddha Brewery has announced a revamped distribution schedule for 2018, along with revealing new packaging and new beers to its lineup. 






January Means Beerfest Season in Florida!

Hello, Florida Beerfest Season!
A view of this author's partial collection of beerfest glasses:
no cenosillicaphobia here (or is there?) 
January 4, 2018: 
The party hats, noisemakers, holiday decorations, and Santa, reindeer and elves have come and gone, and here we are with another New Year and another January. It might not mean flip flops and bare toes these days with the cold wave that's descended on the Sunshine State, but January does mean the start of a new Beerfest Season in Florida! Snap up those tickets, and hold on to your souvenir glasses, because there's a beerfest (or two) almost every weekend from now through April. If you're looking for a beertrip, tie in a beerfest and brewery visit, up your Untappd checkins, and try some new beers. And, yeah, get a room!


No Sun? No Rain! No Problem: Florida Brewers Guild Warmed It Up at Barrel-Aged, Sour & Cider Fest, Jax

December 14, 2017:
Holiday music on the radio while travelling north on I-95. Gray skies. A temperature reading of 48° at 1pm at Intuition Ale Works. Non-tropical breezes skirting over the river. Aromas from the coffee manufacturer a block away. Santa could have been lurking in these un-Florida-like holiday conditions. What's that about bourbon, whiskey, and staying warm? The Florida Brewers Guild hosted its third annual Barrel-Aged, Sour & Cider Fest in the backlot at Intuition Ale Works in Jacksonville on Saturday, December 9, under cloudy skies in a climate that could have evoked an image of a St. Bernard with a barrel. 




making HEADlines: Bog Brewing Bottle Release

making HEADlines:

BOG BREWING, ST. AUGUSTINE, SET FOR SECOND BOTTLE RELEASE DECEMBER 16


December 10, 2017

St. Augustine, FL: 

Seven days after making its inaugural beerfest appearance at the Florida Brewers Guild ("FBG") Barrel-Aged, Sour & Cider Fest, Bog Brewing Company is set for its second bottle release on December 16, at its tap room in St. Augustine. 


Bog Brewing will release its "Light in the Dark" Belgian Tripel, aged in bourbon barrels from St. Augustine Distillery. The brewery introduced its new barrel-aged beer at the FBG Fest in Jacksonville on December 9. In a statement, the brewery described the beer as having "a golden color and vibrant bourbon aromas, with a warming finish," at 9.9 ABV.  "I love the interaction of wood and beer, because it creates flavors and nuances that you can't get from a stainless steel tank," said Steve Mendoza, co-owner and head brewer. Aging the beer in St. Augustine Distillery's bourbon barrels is a "match made in heaven," and "it will only get better with age."

making HEADlines: Big Storm Brewing Acquires Tap Room

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BIG STORM BREWING ANNOUNCES NEW TAP ROOM IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA


December 4, 2017
Clearwater, FL: In a media release today, Big Storm Brewing Co. announced plans to open a new tap room in Cape Coral. The brewery, which operates breweries and tap rooms in Clearwater (Pinellas) and Odessa (Pasco), will open its newest tap room in the former Cape Coral Brewing location, at 839 Miramar St. by February 1, 2018.


Rollin' Out the Barrel: Florida Brewers Guild Barrel-Aged, Sour & Cider Fest Rolls Into Intuition Ale Works

December 4, 2017:
When the Florida Brewers Guild rolls out the third edition of its annual Barrel-Aged, Sour & Cider Fest on Saturday, December 9 at Intuition Ale Works in Jacksonville, attendees can expect "more breweries, more beers" this year, according to Sean Nordquist, FBG Executive Director. The unique fest is set to host over 35 Florida breweries bringing the smooth tastes of barrel-aged beers along with the funk of sours, the tartness of Berliner Weisses and Goses, and the fruitiness of ciders. For those who savor the words "bourbon," "rye," and "whiskey" when describing barrels, and get thrown into a frenzy at the mention of "Brettanomyces" and "Lactobacillus," the fest is certain to tempt tastebuds!

IRMA IPA Lands in Jax

IRMA IPA 
(Photo: Linda Johnson)
November 28, 2017: 
It's a name that no one in Florida will soon - if ever - forget. Irma. By the time the mammoth hurricane reached the southern part of the state in mid-September 2017, it had already inflicted severe damage to island nations. As it began and ended its this-way-and-that-way trek through the Sunshine State, all of Florida was affected in one way or another, sadly with some areas sustaining major damage and impacts never before seen. From the pre-storm warnings and computer forecasting models, evacuations, flooding and wind, caravans of out-of-state utility vehicles, water shortages, to repair and recovery, it was an experience made of historical proportions, and for some, the story still has not reached its final chapter. 

St. Augustine Breweries Light Things Up With Nights of Pints

November 2, 2017: The four St. Augustine breweries are lighting things up this holiday season by introducing the first "Nights of Pints" celebration of local beer in the historic city during the annual Nights of Lights tradition. 

Ancient City Brewing, Bog Brewing Company, Old Coast Ales and Dog Rose Brewing have teamed up to highlight the city's craft beer presence and give locals and visitors alike a fun way to experience their breweries -- and, receive a complimentary pint of beer at each. To participate, just purchase the special-edition Nights of Pints commemorative t-shirt ($25) at any of the four breweries, get your beer passport, and get ready to explore!