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Monday, June 26, 2017

REVIEW-A-BREW:


Beer: Big Deal Double IPA, 9.5 ABV
Style: Double IPA
Brewery: Darwin Brewing Co., Bradenton FL

Double IPAs (also known as "Imperial IPAs") generally consist of "more." As in more malt, more hops, and, more strength, in terms of a higher ABV, than its hop darling cousin, the IPA (India Pale Ale). Higher malt typically results in a smooth beer that exhibits greater sweetness. For those looking for a beer that's "big," a Double IPA ("DIPA") packs a punch in a smaller size pour -- the style is usually served in a snifter.


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Hurricane Inspires Wicked Barley Brewing's First Bottle Release


Last fall, someone named Matthew decided to make a stop in the Jacksonville area and caused some havoc. Different people have different ways of dealing with such an occurrence. The brewers at Wicked Barley Brewing had one advantage over most of the population dealing with the storm: they hunkered down in their brewpub. Their experiences during that time inspired the brewery's first barrel-aged beer, which also happens to be its first bottle release. Wicked Barley will release its "Isolated Incident" Bourbon-Barrel Aged Imperial Stout with a party and cookout on Saturday, June 24, starting at 11am. 



Wednesday, June 21, 2017

REVIEW-A-BREW:


Beer:           Big Deal Lager, 4.2 ABV
Style:           Helles Lager
Brewery:     Darwin Brewing Co., Bradenton FL

Today just so happens to be the First Day of Summer (officially speaking), so there's no better time to take a look at a beer that will make a great "summer beer." You know the kind: the ones you enjoy on the patio, at the beach or pool, with a BBQ, or, quite simply, anytime you're looking for a lighter, refreshing beer. 


Friday, April 7, 2017

Prepare Now for Jax Beach Weekend Forecast (April 8): Green Room Brewing, Southern Swells Brewing to Make Direct Hit With New Releases

Hey, Jacksonville Beach, prepare now because there's definitely something big brewing at the beach, as two local breweries are ready to make waves with new beer releases over the weekend! Be prepared: drink plenty of water, make sure you have plenty of food.... and ....enjoy!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

That's a First: Bog Brewing Company To Celebrate First Anniversary March 4 With First Bottle Release

[UPDATE, 2/26/2017:  The Anniversary Ale referenced below will be subject to a two-bottle limit, at $15 each. Sales of bottles will begin at the back door of the tap room on March 4, 2017.  Cheers!]



On March 4, 2016, brothers Steve Mendoza and John French quietly opened Bog Brewing Company on West King St. just off of US 1 and downtown St. Augustine (see pre-opening story from this site here).  The brothers opened the 3.5 barrel brewery and tap room in a building that housed a former drugstore and a pawn shop with the intention of bringing a neighborhood brewery to the area. Over the course of the first year in its young existence, they have done just that. Walk into Bog Brewing anytime, and guests are immediately made to feel welcome while enjoying a glass of house-made craft beer (and, yes, this writer speaks from experience).  



Photo by Linda Johnson
Since its opening day 2016, the brewery has brewed more than 30 different types of beers, served on its ten rotating taps. Signature beers include the brewery's Cream Ale, Amber Rye, Session IPA, IPA and Chipotle Porter. In addition, the brewery serves up a few very creative beers, such as  the Smoked Datil Cream Ale. One of this writer's favorite Bog beers is the Oatmeal Coffee Stout, made with local coffee beans. 



Photo provided by Bog Brewing Company
On Saturday, March 4, 2017, Bog Brewing celebrates its One-Year Anniversary to the day in grand style, as it releases its first bottled beer, a limited edition Anniversary Ale, available in 22 oz. bottles. The special beer (9.1%) is a barrel-aged combination of Barleywine and Belgian Brown styles, with a deep ruby color, a vibrant bourbon aroma, and an "assertive, yet balanced" bitterness, according to a statement by the brewery. As if an Anniversary ale weren't enough, why did Bog Brewing decide to take the added step of making that beer the first barrel-aged beer it produces? Says Steve, "we have a good reason to celebrate and only have one chance at a first anniversary." The Anniversary Ale was aged about six months in Barton bourbon barrels and Templeton Rye Barrels and will be blended together. "We did some sampling, and the beer turned out be a very nice balance," says Steve. In addition to  hand-labelling and hand-bottling around 400-450 bottles of the Ale which will be available for purchase at the Anniversary, the brewery is also planning to offer it on tap for the special day. Steve further adds that the brewery is looking to retain some bottles to do vertical tastings in future years. 

When asked what has been most challenging during the first year, Steve replied, "What hasn't been?" "We want to give 110% effort and never rest on one good batch or get complacent." Says Steve, he and John have "not let up" since opening last year and have been going non-stop.

So, what does Year Two hold for the brothers and Bog Brewing? "We are looking to continue to hone our craft and at small growth," adds Steve. There's a possibility of adding several new styles of beer to the menu board, such as German beers. With respect to growth, the brewery is looking at possibly acquiring another fermentation tank. 

The public is invited to stop by the brewery on March 4, beginning at noon, to meet co-owners/brewers Steve and John. Pie 95 food truck will serve wood-fired pizza starting at 12:30pm. 



Photo by Linda Johnson
Bog Brewing, or simply "The Bog," as it is called, serves only craft beers brewed on site, along with wine. Patrons may purchase glass growlers of Bog beer in quart and half-gallon sizes.  The tap room is family and pet-friendly, and the venue also features a beach-like picnic area (complete with sand) at the back of the tap room.  Food trucks are on site regularly.  

Bog Brewing is located at 218 West King St., St. Augustine, and is open six days a week, beginning at 4pm Tuesday-Thursday, and at noon, Friday thru Sunday.







Yes, you can find this writer at Bog Brewing frequently! The tap room is cozy, the staff is friendly, the beers are solid, and there's always someone willing to strike up a conversation! Congratulations to Bog Brewing, and Cheers to many more years!

As Florida beerfest season continues to rock along, and many more special events continue to find their way onto events calendars, I'll see you around a beer in Florida Somewhere! Thanks for reading!

Til next time,
Cheers,




Linda 








Linda Johnson, Certified Cicerone®

original posting date: 2/21/2017


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Monday, February 6, 2017

making HEADlines:

February 6, 2017: COPPERTAIL BREWING, TAMPA, BEGINS DISTRIBUTION IN JACKSONVILLE, NORTH FLORIDA MARKETS



Tampa, FL:  Jacksonville and North Florida craft beer fans will be able to sip beer from another Florida brewery, as Tampa’s Coppertail Brewing enters the local distribution market. Distributed by Champion Brands, Coppertail’s beers will be available throughout Jax beginning with introductory spotlight events this week. Coppertail Brewing announced the Official launch events today via its social media pages, as follows:


Tuesday, Feb. 7:

Mellow Mushroom (Airport), 6pm; Amelia Tavern (Fernandina Beach), 8pm.

Wednesday, Feb. 8:

Kickbacks Gastropub (Riverside), 5pm; European Street Market (Park St.), 7pm; Mellow Mushroom (Riverside), 8pm.

Thursday, Feb. 9:

Intuition Ale Works (Downtown), 3pm; Mellow Mushroom (Jax Beach), 6pm; Mellow Mushroom (Southside), 8pm.

Friday, Feb. 10:

Prohibition Kitchen (St. Augustine), 6pm.




This writer is no stranger to Coppertail Brewing, located in the Ybor area of Tampa. Coppertail opened in 2014, founded by Kent Bailey, a former attorney and homebrewer. Casey Hughes is the Brewmaster. At first, the tap room occupied space in an adjacent building. The brewery occupies a two-level structure across from the IKEA Store in Ybor, and the new tap room opened in Spring 2015. Built for production with a 50-barrel brewhouse, the brewery also boasts four 50-bbl fermenters; four 150-bbl fermenters; a 150-bbl brite tank, and a 50-bbl brite tank. There’s also a 15-gallon pilot system (the little homebrew system). Two grain silos provide the grains to the brewhouse mash tun. The main downstairs tap room is a large, open space with high ceilings and a view of the brewhouse. Upstairs is an event space, which features a second bar and a balcony. Although food is not currently served at the brewery, food trucks are often onsite.

Coppertail has already entered other markets in Florida, and you may or may not be familiar with its four core brews: Free Dive IPA (5.9 ABV), hoppy with citrus and pine, yet well-balanced; Unholy American Trippel (9.0 ABV), brewed with Belgian yeast and American hops; Wheat Stroke American Wheat (5.0 ABV), brewed with citrus peel, a refreshing wheat beer for warm days; and, my personal favorite of the bunch, Night Swim Porter (6.2 ABV), a rich, roasty, chocolaty, tasty libation. All of the core beers are available in bottles at retail. Coppertail bottles its beers onsite. In addition to the core beers, the brewery brews constant one-offs in a number of different styles. The brewery won a Silver Medal at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival in the Field Beer category for its Slam Piece Berliner Weisse. For a look behind the scenes at the brewery from my first visit there in 2015, take a look at this link.

Welcome Coppertail Brewing to Jax!


Cheers,
Linda Johnson, Certified Cicerone®

(photos by Linda Johnson)



Friday, January 27, 2017

making HEADlines:

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

Boynton Beach, FL: Due South Brewing Co. is set to release its Spring seasonal IPA, Hopicana, on draft and in six-pack cans on February 1. 

Hopicana is a Rye IPA brewed with local honey and fresh oranges.  Brewed for the Spring season every year, the ale features aromas of a freshly peeled orange, "full of bright orange sweetness and pithy bitter orange character." Pouring a copper-yellow color, the addition of rye malts to the beer provides "a complimentary peppery note that works well with the sweet citrus of the oranges and the North American hops," according to a press release issued by the brewery. “The use of honey and oranges in Hopicana creates an incredibly juicy beer that's full of great tropical hop character,” says Doug Fairall, Due South Brewing Co.’s Brand and Marketing Manager. “It's a beer we get asked about often.” 

In further describing the beer, Due South adds: "Oranges are hand-zested and then juiced before being added to the beer, while the honey used is sourced from an apiary in Loxahatchee giving Hopicana all the flavor of Florida." Hopicana weighs in at around 7.1% ABV. 

Just last week, Due South Brewing Co. released its annual award-winning Imperial  Stout, Mariana Trench®, at its "Trench Day" beerfest, which featured a number of Due South beers along with rare beers from additional Florida breweries. For a recap of the Trench Day festivities (which this writer attended), click here

Due South Brewing also recently added an additional 12,000 square feet of space to its brewery facility in Boynton Beach, and plans are underway to add a new tap room, beer garden, barrel space and offices.  

Due South Brewing is located at 2900 High Ridge Rd., Boynton Beach, just off I-95 at the Gateway Blvd. exit. 

Cheers!
Linda Johnson
Certified Cicerone®

Monday, January 23, 2017

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). 



The crowd of roughly 300 people enjoyed plenty of space to roam around, and easy access to six beer tapping areas, each of which offered 7-10 different beers. While Trench Day features the yearly release of the namesake brew on draft and in bottle, the fest also offered a number of Due South house beers and variants. Rounding out the beer list was an impressive selection of guest taps that poured rare or rarely-seen beers from additional Florida breweries. While many of the beers were stouts or porters, there was something for everyone, as the beers also included IPAs, Weisses, Belgian Ales, barrel-aged beers, and lighter beer styles. There were additional timed tappings halfway through the event.


Upon entry, guests picked up an event tasting glass and tap list and made their way to the beer sampling area. First stop: 2017 Mariana Trench! I've been a fan of this beer all along, and this year's version is amazing: deep chocolate with vanilla, and a hint of bitterness. Coming in at 9.8%, the stout isn't "boozy," and is very smooth. If you're lucky enough to pick up a bottle or two (it's sold in the tap room only), picture yourself relaxing with, and savoring, this rich, deep brew. Your taste buds will thank you.




The "Left" and "Right" Bars

It was tough to decide which beer to try next, and with the number of stouts, imperial
Mariana Trench and Page 1 of the beer list...
Oh, decisions, decisions!!!
stouts and porters available, these weren't beers to chug. Rather, with all of the intense flavors flowing through the taps, I wanted to really experience each one! 


I won't list each beer that found its way into my glass, but more than a few offered up a taste especially worth mentioning. Due South's Chocolate Coffee Doppelbock had a wonderful coffee aroma and flavor to match. The "Two Pump Chump" Coffee Hazelnut Porter from Tampa's Angry Chair Brewing was so smooth, and the named flavors blended together very well. Due South's Mocha Stout was a roasty, chocolaty glass of goodness. J Wakefield Brewing offered its Here Kitty, Kitty Imperial Stout with Vanilla and Coffee that also featured an intense amount of chocolate. The Coffee Mexican Standoff from Due South presented a variety of flavors: coffee, peppers, a hint of cinnamon that made your taste buds take notice. And, those were just a few! 


Cookies and Cream Trench awaits..
and, the photobomber! 
One of the timed tappings that generated quite a bit of attention was the Cookies and Cream Mariana Trench. It looked like quite a few folks had this one circled on their lists, as the line at the "Right Bar" grew steadily before 4:30. It was well worth the wait: this treatment was a bit sweeter than the original, again with a full chocolate flavor -- delightfully delicious! 

After that, it was on to more tastings from the double-sided tap list.





Cookies and Cream Trench

Trench Day 2017 also gave attendees a look at the new space that Due South has recently added to its brewery facility, increasing its original 15,000 square feet by another approximate 12,000 square feet. In 2016, the brewery acquired the adjacent space on the "other side of the wall," and it intends to construct an all-new indoor beer garden and air-conditioned tap room, together with more room for barrels and offices, according to several of the Due South staff. In other words -- more, more, more -- more room for more beer and more beer lovers!


The new space at Due South hosted two pouring stations and
the Brown Distributing mini-van


Some of the guest taps ...
and a pretty cool shirt

And, then, just before 6pm, there were those words that a beer fest attendee may or may not be ready to hear: "Last Call." 


Oh, no! Last Call!! One more Mariana Trench...

Trench Day was an awesome day at sea with Mariana Trench and the Due South Brewing crew! The staff was pretty busy all afternoon, but I did get to chat with Doug and Brian, and Joel stopped long enough to take a photo for Twitter. 

And, yes, I did get another photo with that Mariana Trench poster .... this time with a Mariana Trench in hand.




The Due South crew put on a really cool fest, and the Mariana Trench is a great reason for a beer fest!  I think I'm already looking forward to Trench Day 2018.

Due South isn't waiting around much longer for its next limited beer release. Its Hopicana IPA (Rye IPA with honey and oranges, 7.1 ABV) will hit soon. 

Hey, Florida beerfest season is rolling along. And, it's South Florida Beer Week (January 21-28). Jupiter Craft Brewers Fest is this weekend! ... There's more to that story, so stay tuned!  See you around a beerfest and a beer in Florida Somewhere!

Cheers!
Til next time,





Linda 







Linda Johnson, Certified Cicerone®



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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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. 


What a coincidence.... look at that.
Onsite at Due South Brewing. (photo by Linda Johnson)
On January 21, Due South celebrates the annual release of its Mariana Trench® Imperial Stout, inspired by the deepest part of the world's oceans in the Western Pacific. (In case you're wondering, the Mariana Trench measures to a depth of over 36,000 feet.) Due South earned a Gold Medal at the 2014 Best Florida Beer Championships for this stout, which features chocolate malts and roasted barley, along with flaked oats, cocoa and Madagascar Vanilla beans -- resulting in a deep, rich beer that captures the dark essence of the namesake. (Kinda makes you want one right about now, doesn't it? And, yes, this writer has enjoyed the stout a time or two.)  


"Trench Day" 2017 happens Saturday, January 21, from 3-6pm at the Due South brewery in Boynton Beach. Tickets ($50 each) are again limited to 300 attendees "to maintain the ambiance of the event" says Doug Fairall, Due South Brand Marketing Manager. The fest offers attendees unlimited samples of a number of new and unique beers from Due South and additional Florida breweries. In addition to the 2017 Mariana Trench Imperial Stout, attendees can also enjoy the 2016 version, as well as rum- and bourbon barrel-aged varieties, and a "cookies and cream" treatment (Hello). The tap list is pretty deep, too. Take a look at the current beer list here. Each ticket also includes one bottle of 2017 Mariana Trench. Vintage and cellared versions will be available for purchase. Tickets for Trench Day are available here.


Well, I didn't get Mariana Trench on my last visit
to Due South, but I did get a photo with the poster
(and one of my favorite Due South beers)
Due South Brewing operates a 15-barrel brewhouse at its Boynton Beach location. The main tap room shares space next to the brewing equipment within the 15,000 square foot warehouse facility, along with a separate, climate-controlled tap room. Due South has garnered a number of medals for its beers, including three Best Florida Beer Championship awards for its "Category 5" Imperial IPA, which took Gold in the Imperial IPA category in 2014, along with a 2nd Runner Up for Best in Show that year. Currently, the brewery is undergoing expansion.

It's always a good time for a good stout in this writer's opinion! But .... Winter in South Florida? Once-a-year release of an award-winning Imperial Stout? Sounds pretty good. 



(photo by Linda Johnson)
Due South Brewing is located at 2900 High Ridge Rd., Boynton Beach (Exit 59, Gateway Blvd. from I-95). The tap room is open six days a week, at noon each day (closed on Mondays). Due South also cans a number of its beers, which are available at retail locations around the state and in the tap room. 






Things are heating up in South Florida in more ways than one, with South Florida Beer Week on the way next week (but .... that's another story). 

Keep enjoying Florida beer, and I'll see you around a beer ... in Florida Somewhere.

Cheers!

Til next time,




Linda








Linda Johnson, Certified Cicerone®


(Mariana Trench fact source: Wikipedia)


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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

making HEADlines:

[Ed. Note, 1/23/2017: Since the initial publication of this story on January 17, the list of tappings has been revised by the brewery.  The link has been updated to reflect the amended list.]

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


Oakland Park, FL: On the heels of the Maple Bacon Coffee Porter Fest held at Funky Buddha Brewery on January 14, comes the MBCP "Draft Day" Tour on January 26. The brewery releases its award-winning and highly popular "MBCP" each January, accompanied by a fest and bottle release onsite (this writer attended the 2016 fest). For the first time, the brewery is also sending limited supplies of MBCP into distribution on draft, followed by limited bottle releases statewide.  In addition, earlier this month, the brewery also announced the upcoming release of its new year-round flagship beer, Pineapple Beach Blonde Ale, which will be available at retail in six-pack bottles beginning February 1. See prior story here.  

Today, the brewery released a list of establishments statewide where MBCP will be available on draft on January 26 for MBCP "Draft Day." If you didn't attend the MBCP Fest, or simply want more of the brew on draft, you'll have your chance to taste the 2017 batch. Take a look at the full listing from the brewery here. The new Pineapple Beach Blonde Ale will also be on tap. 

Locally, in the North Florida/Jacksonville areas, look for the tapping of the Funky Buddha beers for "Draft Day" at the following craft beer spots on January 26 (according to the published list, subject to change):  

Atlantic Beach: Brewz, The Filling Station; Jacksonville/Jax Beach: Mellow Mushroom, Avondale, Southside, Airport, Jax Beach; Kickbacks Gastropub; Dahlia's Pour House; The Garage Riverside; Beer:30 King St. and San Marco; Alewife; Rain Dogs; European Street Cafe on Park St. and Jax Beach; Silver Cow on Edgewood; Taps on 210; Hoptinger at Jax Beach; Really Good Beer Stop, Jax Beach; V Pizza, San Jose; and Engine 15 Brewing, Jax Beach.  St. Augustine: Brewz 'n Dawgz, Mellow Mushroom. Fernandina Beach: Salty Pelican. Tapping times may vary. 

Lastly, in other news, Funky Buddha also has announced another new special release beer to be available in 22 oz. bottles: the Saint Toddy, a double barrel-aged Belgian-style Tripel, that is intended to be served warm. Bottles will only be available at the brewery, and release dates are forthcoming. 

Cheers,
Linda Johnson,
Certified Cicerone®





Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Making HEADlines:


FORBIDDEN ROOT BREWERY (CHICAGO) BEGINS DISTRIBUTION IN FLORIDA

Chicago, IL:  Look for beers from Forbidden Root Brewery, Chicago's first botanic brewery, to sprout up around Florida in mid-January. 


In November 2016, Forbidden Root announced that it had partnered with Cavalier Distributing to bring the brewery's nature-inspired beers to the Sunshine State in 2017, following initial distribution of the beers in Illinois and Ohio in late 2016.  According to Carolyn Graham, North Florida District Sales Manager for Cavalier, Forbidden Root will introduce its beers through a tour of the state, with the "East Coast" tour starting on Monday, January 9, in Miami.  Forbidden Root Sales Manager Lincoln Anderson will meet with the area distributing teams prior to launch events where the public can sample the botanic beers.  Forbidden Root will hold tastings in Palm Beach/Broward on January 10, then move through Orlando on January 11, before visiting Jacksonville on Thursday, January 12.  For those in the Jacksonville market, the brews will be available at Coastal Wine Market & Tasting Room at the Nocatee Town Center in Ponte Vedra, beginning at 6pm on January 12.


Forbidden Root, which opened its brewery and restaurant in Chicago in February 2016, is unique in several ways.  As a "Benefit Corporation," it donates 100% of profits from its non-consumable merchandise to charity. The current beneficiary is Chicago's Green City Market. In addition, the brewery dedicates one of its on-site taps as the "Love Handle," which features a beer from a partner brewery, through which $2 from each glass of beer sold is donated to a charitable cause selected by both breweries. The "Love Handle" partner breweries have included Smuttynose Brewing, Three Floyds Brewing, Right Bee Cider, Firestone Walker  Brewing, and Half Acre Brewery. 




The brewery's core beers include fresh botanicals, resulting in creative flavors which complement the four main ingredients of beer. Sublime Ginger, a creamy wheat beer with botanicals and lime juice (3.8 ABV), is a "refreshing breeze Key West Style." Money on My Rind, is a "laid-back" Witbier with juniper berries, grapefruit and grains of paradise (5 ABV). The WPA (Wildflower Pale Ale; 5.6 ABV) is inspired by the Works Progress Administration of the 1930's (you history buffs will recognize that), and features marigold, elderflower and sweet osmanthus flowers.  Forbidden Root's beer lineup also includes a Belgian Dubbel, an Old Ale with cherry stems and almonds, and a chocolate stout.



Forbidden Root's namesake beverage, a hard root beer, was the inspiration for the brewery, as its founder, Robert Finkel, set out to create a "true-brewed root beer." The idea morphed into brewing beers with botanical ingredients. 

As the brewery likes to point out, "we didn't invent botanic beer, we simply embraced it."


Forbidden Root beers will be available on draft and at retail at locations across Florida. 



Welcome Forbidden Root to Florida!


Cheers,


Linda Johnson

Certified Cicerone®

Making HEADlines:


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

Oakland Park, FL: Funky Buddha Brewery has started off 2017 by announcing the addition of Pineapple Beach Blonde Ale as a new entrant into its year-round lineup of flagship beers. Created to be an "ideal beach beer," it's a "refreshing blonde ale kissed with gnarly waves of juicy pineapple." The packaging artwork was inspired by Fort Lauderdale beaches. The beer will be featured during the upcoming "MBCP Draft Day" statewide tour, beginning January 26 (details about the Draft Day tour to follow). Distribution of the new Pineapple Beach Blonde Ale in six-pack bottles will begin statewide in Florida at the beginning of February. Story here.


Funky Buddha will host its Maple Bacon Coffee Porter Festival on January 14, 2017 at the backlot of the brewery in Oakland Park. See my event posting on the "BeerSPHERE" Events page for more info and links regarding the the Fest.

The brewery also released its 2017 Tap Room and Distribution Schedule last month (for those of you who like to plan these things out). The calendar features monthly "Little Buddha" Small Batch releases, seasonals, and limited drafts. 






Cheers,

Linda Johnson,
Certified Cicerone®

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Making HEADlines:

CIGAR CITY BREWING RELEASES 2017 DISTRIBUTION CALENDAR:

Tampa, FL: Cigar City Brewing has announced the line-up of its distribution portfolio for 2017.  The list includes tried-and-true fan favorites, as well as several new offerings. The 2017 calendar kicks-off in January with the Nitro Series release of El Coco Coconut Flan Ale and a Special Series release of White Oak Jai Alai IPA. 

Cigar City beers are currently distributed in six states: Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York.  Additional territories are currently in the works, with a new state to be identified in early 2017.  CCB also exports its beers to Denmark. 


Cigar City will host its annual Hunahpu's Day on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park in Tampa, from 11am - 4pm.  Attendance is by advance ticket only consisting of three available options.  All three ticketing tiers are currently on sale. 

Cheers,
Linda Johnson
Certified Cicerone®