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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

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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!




making HEADlines: Cigar City Brewing Updates

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CIGAR CITY BREWING INTRODUCES NEW LOGO AND 2018 DISTRIBUTION CALENDAR

November 17, 2017, Tampa FL: 

Tampa brewery Cigar City Brewing announced its new logo today, along with its 2018 Distribution Calendar.

In a statement released today,  the brewery reported that its refreshed logo is the effort of "months of collaboration" with North Carolina agency The Brandit. The new identity program rolls out today, and is now displayed on CCB's website and social media platforms. 


The new logo will make its way through the marketplace in the coming weeks, and is identified on the brewery's latest bottle release, Café con Leche Sweet Stout. The new identity and branding is "one of the multiple exciting developments slated for Cigar City Brewing in the coming months," according to the statement. 

Main & Six Brewing, Jax: Neighborhood-Inspired Brewery Brews Up November 4 Opening Date

November 1, 2017: 
When Dennis Espinosa opens the doors to Main & Six Brewing Company on Saturday, November 4, it will already be an anniversary in the new brewery's life. It was a year ago to the day that he and brewery co-owner Cindy Lasky (who also happens to be his mom) closed on the purchase of the building at 1636 North Main Street in the Springfield neighborhood of Jacksonville, just north of the city's downtown. 
[Ed. Note, 11/5: Check out some "after" photos and comments about the beer and the crowd from the Soft Opening on Friday night, 11/3, and the Grand Opening, 11/4 on the Photos page! Photos and info you saw here first!]


Dog Rose Brewing, St. Augustine: It's Opened Up!

Dog Rose Brewing, seen at sunset
October 29, 2017: 
Dog Rose Brewing quietly opened just off of downtown St. Augustine Friday night. After months of working on construction, permitting, and licensing matters, owner Doug Murr brewed the first batches of beer. Opening weekend features six house beers on tap, with more on the way. 

The area's newest brewery offers a spacious, open tap room and might be described as casual-upscale. The former art gallery property has been transformed into a comfortable, intimate, yet friendly and interactive local bar, with beers that will appeal to any type of palate. 

PHotos: Pinglehead Brewing & Brewer's Pizza

PHOTOS: BECAUSE IT HAPPENED!



The date: 10.28.2017

The place: Brewer's Pizza/Pinglehead Brewing, Orange Park/Jax

Congratulations to Pinglehead Brewing and Brewer's Pizza, as they marked seven years of pizza and "Beer With Attitude" at the annual PHobia PHest celebration of beer, pizza and Halloween. 

Yes, that infamous Pinglehead Clown was watching over the crowd all afternoon. 

The brewery released four new barrel-aged beers in the new Crowlers: Rum Barrel-Aged Banana Pancakes Breakfast Ale, Port Barrel Barleywine, Bourbon Barrel Mind Drive Imperial Porter, and Double Oaked Bourbon Barrel Mind Drive Imperial Porter. 

It was a devilishly, haunting good time at Brewer's Pizza! Cheers to another year!

For background about Pinglehead Brewing, check out the 2016 anniversary story. And, see the October 28 edition of the "Let's Get a Beer, Florida" video (on the brewnymph.com homepage), which was recorded here, too!

Check out some photos ---- PHOTOS: BECAUSE IT HAPPENED!

Cheers and Happy Halloween!

Linda Johnson,
Certified Cicerone®

(all photos by Linda Johnson)



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making HEADlines: Atlantic Beach Brewing

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ATLANTIC BEACH BREWING FIRST BOTTLE RELEASE, NOVEMBER 3, A REAL EYE-OPENER

Atlantic Beach, FL:  Giving new meaning to "wake up and smell the coffee" is the first bottle release from Atlantic Beach Brewing Company, the Cafecito de Cuba, a bold, Cuban coffee-inspired Imperial Stout.  The beer will be available in 22-oz. bombers on November 3, beginning at 11am. 

According to Rory Malloy, the brewery's Operations Manager and Brewmaster, the beer was brewed with Cafe Bustelo® Supreme espresso coffee, cold brewed in the beer from the fermenter. The unique feature of Cafecito Cuban coffee is the sweet "crema" that floats over the strong coffee. Not to be confused with milk-based "cream," the crema is a foam made from sugar, briskly blended with coffee-- in this case, Demerara Sugar Crema (also known as espuma or espumita). All of that might be a mouthful, and Malloy describes the beer as having a "nice warmth," with notes of stonefruit, chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, and tobacco. Further, he says, although the crema is a large part of what makes the beer, it is not overly sweet, and it is backed by the substantial body and mouthfeel of the beer. The Imperial Stout clocks in at 10.8 ABV and 47.6 IBU. 

making HEADlines: Walking Tree Brewery

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WALKING TREE BREWERY, VERO BEACH, RELEASES BOTTLES OF TWO NEW BOURBON BARREL-AGED BEERS, OCTOBER 27



Vero Beach, FL:  Award-winning brewery Walking Tree Brewery releases bottles of its two latest beers from the brewery's  barrel-aged program on Friday, October 27, at 4pm, in the Vero Beach tap room.  



Walking Tree's Barnacled Manatee Barleywine is the reigning Best Beer in Florida, as named by the Best Florida Beer competition held in Tampa in March. For the brewery's First Anniversary this past July, the brewers  released a red wine-barrel aged version of the beer aged in French Oak red wine barrels for eight months. According to a statement from Daniel Rey, Operations Manager, another portion of the base beer was aged in bourbon barrels for eight months. Barnacled Manatee Barleywine is brewed once each year. 

The Proof is in the Beerfest: Florida Tap Invitational Held at Proof Brewing, Tallahassee

October 4, 2017: 
Tallahassee brewery Proof Brewing Co. hosted its 5th Annual Florida Tap Invitational beerfest, on September 29-30, with a Kickoff Party on Friday night at Madison Social in the city's College Town entertainment district, followed by an all-Florida beerfest at the brewery on Saturday afternoon. 

The unique beerfest featured 47 Florida breweries. The catch? The beers were rare, limited release, or tap room-only brews, with some having been tapped for the first time anywhere at this fest. Brewers highlighted creativity in beers that many have not tasted before, and the craft beer-lovin' crowd sampled beers in many different styles, flavors, and colors. 


Tap Into Dirty Oar Beer Company, Cocoa Village

September 28, 2017:
For well over a year, the crew from Dirty Oar Beer Company had attended beerfests and beer events sampling their house-brewed small batches and handing out logo stickers for their up-and-coming new brewery in Cocoa Village. No longer a "brewery-in-planning" as of this past summer, Dirty Oar Beer Company is now up-and-running with a fun neighborhood tap room and outdoor beer garden -- and, their own house beers on tap.



Co-owners and brewers Pat Buonomo and Chris Hughes met while both were bartenders at Bugnutty Brewing Company in Merritt Island. Just so happens, that's where I met each of them for the first time several years ago - they're the kind of guys with whom you just start talking beer. Since then, they began homebrewing together and then branched out and explored opening their own brewery. During the Spring of 2016, they started popping up at beerfests with Dirty Oar beer and/or stickers in hand. The process of opening the brewery included demolition, design and construction of the former King Street furniture store site, which they had acquired in early 2016. 


making HEADlines: Southern Swells Brewing

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SOUTHERN SWELLS BREWING HOLDS FIRST BOTTLE RELEASE ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1: "AWKWARD MORNING" NEW ENGLAND STYLE TRIPLE IPA



 Jacksonville Beach, FL:   Just about eight months after openingSouthern Swells Brewing Co. is making waves with its first bottle release. At noon on Sunday, October 1, the Jax Beach brewery will release its "Awkward Morning" New England-Style Triple IPA in bottles and on draft in its tap room. Bombers of the beer will be on sale for $20 each, with a two-bottle limit. The supply is limited, with approximately 200 bottles available.

To accommodate local craft beer enthusiasts accustomed to waiting for bottle releases via "bottle shares," where they bring and share bottles of beer as the clock counts down to the official release time, Southern Swells will open its tap room at 10am to provide early-birds with indoor seating and additional beers on tap until the release at noon.