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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: Beer Makes the Headlines ... in 1933

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NATIONAL BEER DAY CELEBRATES THE RETURN OF BEER .... in 1933


April 7, 1933:  Washington, D.C.


Not sure that anyone today can relate -- after all, with over 6,000 breweries in the US now, we sure do like our beer! Get a beer in your hand on Saturday, April 7 to toast National Beer Day! And, yes, it would be ... "a good time for a beer" ...


On this day in American history, sales of beer (and wine) became legal again (as long as it was under 4% ABV; 3.2 alcohol by weight). What's now known as National Beer Day celebrates the return of beer into the public marketplace on April 7, 1933, following passage of the Cullen-Harrison Act, signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on March 22, 1933. The law went into effect on April 7, 1933, and it allowed people in this country to legally buy, sell and drink beer again for the first time in 13 years following Prohibition! 



Stock photo from Google Images

When FDR signed that law, he proclaimed: “I think this would be a good time for a beer,” the now-famous quote.  Later that year, on December 5, 1933, Prohibition officially ended, with the ratification of the 21st Amendment and Repeal of Prohibition.

So, raise a glass, bottle or can, and make a toast to beer,  FDR and National Beer Day on April 7. (And, if you're an Untappd follower, there's a badge for that!)

Cheers!
Linda Johnson
Certified Cicerone®

www.brewnymph.com



making HEADlines: Brewers Association Releases 2018 Beer Style Guidelines

making HEADlines: Brewers Association Releases 2018 Beer Style Guidelines; Adds New Categories, Including Juicy/Hazy Ales

 Boulder, CO, March 20, 2018:   The Brewers Association has issued its revised Beer Style Guidelines for 2018. Updated annually, the Guidelines are used as a "model resource" for brewers and competitions, and these revisions will be in effect for this year's Great American Beer Festival (GABF). 

The new Guidelines include "hundreds of revisions, edits, format changes and additions," according to a statement issued by the Brewers Association today. In addition, several new categories have been created to respond to current trends. Most notable is perhaps the formal recognition of Juicy or Hazy Ale Styles, generally known as New England IPAs or West Coast Hazy IPAs. The three official styles are identified as "Juicy or Hazy Pale Ale," "Juicy or Hazy IPA," and "Juicy or Hazy Double IPA" in the new Guidelines.

Other modifications include the addition of "Contemporary American-Style Pilsener," a category which reflects commercial sessionable lager beers with higher hop aroma than found in pre-Prohibition style beers; and a restructuring of the Australian Pale Ale category into separate styles of "Classic Australian-Style Pale Ale" and "Australian-Style Pale Ale," which generally address the differences in color and hop aroma- and flavor-forward characteristics. The Guidelines also edit the Gose and Contemporary Gose categories. 

The Brewers Association points out that factors in revising the Guidelines include historical significance, authenticity or a "high profile in the current commercial beer market." Major changes, such as style additions, are the result of "research, analysis, consultation and consideration of market actualities." Further, current commercial products may not fit within the historical parameters, but rather represent a modern version of a style, explains the statement. 

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. 


making HEADlines: Legacy Ale Works, Jax, Announces Location

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LEGACY ALE WORKS, JAX BREWERY-IN PLANNING, ANNOUNCES LEASE SIGNING FOR NEW LOCATION

March 2, 2018, Jacksonville, FL:

Legacy Ale Works announced via its website and social media on March 1 that it has signed a lease on 3300 SF of space in the City's Bartram Park neighborhood, at 14965 Old St. Augustine Rd., at the intersection of US 1 in the Shoppes of Durbin Creek plaza. Owners Matt and Liz Jacobs had initially searched for properties in the Mandarin area, but after a lengthy search decided on the Bartram Park area.


Plans for the neighborhood brewery and tap room include a 1000-SF brewery operating from a 3.5-barrel brewhouse, and a 2300-SF tap room. Matt has already conducted several tastings around the area and has appeared at several beerfests to introduce the public to Legacy Ale Works and its beers. The beers cover all different styles. 

The brewery now begins the permitting stage. 

Read the March 1 news release here.

For a personal look at the couple behind the new brewery, read the Q&A on this site from last summer. 

Congratulations to Legacy Ale Works!

Cheers,
Linda Johnson,
Certified Cicerone®
www.brewnymph.com




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." 


making HEADlines: Florida Nominations in USA Today "10 Best" Awards Polls

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FLORIDA GETS NOMINATIONS IN USA TODAY'S "10 BEST" READERS' CHOICE POLLS


February 26, 2018: Last week, USA Today announced that it was turning its attention to craft beer in its latest rounds of Readers' Choice "10 Best" polls. The poll includes 20 nominees from across the nation in each of seven categories: Best New Brewery, Best Brewpub, Best Beer Scene, Best Brewery Tour, Best Beer Festival, Best Beer Bar, and Best Beer Label. Florida received nominations in four of the seven categories.  Voting ends March 19 and the winners will be announced on March 23. Shout-out to the following Florida nominees. Links include a list of nominees and voting information:

making HEADlines: Tampa Bay Brewing Co. Launches in Jax

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TAMPA BAY BREWING CO. ANNOUNCES DISTRIBUTION IN JACKSONVILLE; LAUNCH EVENTS WEEK OF FEBRUARY 19


 February 16, 2018, Tampa, FL:  One of Florida's oldest independent craft breweries, Tampa Bay Brewing Company ("TBBC")has announced expanded distribution plans as it heads into the greater Jacksonville market beginning the week of February 19. TBBC has partnered with Champion Brands to bring its beers to Northeast Florida, and introduction of the TBBC beers will take place at launch events around the area. 

TBBC was established in Tampa in 1995. Its original brewery and brewpub is located in the heart of Ybor City.  In 2015, TBBC opened a second production brewery and brewpub in Northwest Tampa, with a 30-barrel brewhouse and packaging line capable of producing nearly 20,000 barrels per year. It is on schedule to exceed 16,000 barrels in 2018. TBBC is a mainstay at beerfest events around the state. 


On-site photo at TBBC, Ybor City
(photo by Linda Johnson)
Its core brands, Reef Donkey American Pale Ale and Old Elephant Foot IPA, are available in draft and in cans in the Tampa area as well as other markets. These will now make their way into the on-premise and retail accounts throughout the Jacksonville market, along with seasonal releases, including Quat, a golden kumquat ale. TBBC earned a Bronze Medal at Great American Beer Festival in 2014 for its Reef Donkey Pale Ale, a citrus/tropical ale, which is named after a slang term for the amberjack fish. 


"We sold our first keg via distribution in November 2011," said David Doble, TBBC Managing Partner in a statement obtained by this site. "Since then, we have taken a steady, organically driven approach towards opening new markets throughout Florida." While TBBC saw "pent-up demand" for its products through Florida and even beyond, TBBC has been "careful not to rush, taking our time to find the right distribution partners, and most importantly, to ensure that the quality of our product and service we provide does not suffer at the hands of growth for growth's sake," Doble added. 

Members of the TBBC team, including David Doble, Head Brewer John Rankin and Director of Sales Nicole Calvin, will be in Jacksonville during the week of February 19 during the rollout events. 

On the partnership with Jacksonville-based Champion Brands, Doble expressed excitement to work with the distributor "due to the reputation, experience, and commitment to supporting independent craft breweries" that Champion brings. "They are continually innovating and have a culture that aligns with ours, casual but serious."

Launch events taking place around the Jacksonville area include:

February 19 at Beer:30 San Marco, 5pm; and Grape & Grain Exchange, 7pm;

February 20 at Mellow Mushroom Southside, 5pm; and 
Mellow Mushroom Jax Beach at 7pm

February 21 at Really Good Beer Stop, Jax Beach, at 6pm; and at an additional location to be announced. 

Welcome Tampa Bay Brewing to Jax!

Cheers!
Linda Johnson,
Certified Cicerone®
www.brewnymph.com


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.” 

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."




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. 






Making HEADlines: Jacksonville Jaguars Serving Teal at Playoff Game

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JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS SERVING TEAL BEER AND TEAL FOOD AT PLAYOFF GAME SUNDAY, JANUARY 7


[Ed. Update, 1/7/2017: Yes, those really were "buns of teal": at the game on 1/7:




Sunday's Teal Beer at EverBank Field
(photo provided by Delaware North Sportservice)
January 4, 2018: The Jacksonville Jaguars and Delaware North Sportservice, the official EverBank Field food and beverage provider, have announced that teal beer and teal food will be on the menu at this Sunday's AFC Wild Card Playoff game between the Jaguars and the Buffalo Bills. 

In a statement obtained by this site, Donald Versace, Delaware North General Manager at EverBank Field said: "Jaguars fans are the best in the country. We wanted to bring something different to Jacksonville, something they’ve never seen before, to celebrate the team and the team’s colors. It’s a fun way to share in the excitement and thank them for the season!"


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.


making HEADlines: Goose Island and Black Friday

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BLACK FRIDAY MEANS BEER


Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout 2017 variants
(photo from Goose Island Beer Co.)
November 21, 2017:
Jacksonville, FL: The day after Thanksgiving might mean different things to different people: maybe it's a day off of work, or a day to visit stores along with millions of others, or simply a day to recover and let the effects of the tryptophan continue doing its thing. 

For many beer enthusiasts, however, Black Friday means beer and beer releases. In particular, there's one beer release series that sends folks across the country into a frenzy each year: the Goose Island Beer Co. (Chicago) Bourbon County Brand Stout.  This year, the iconic barrel-aged Imperial Stout includes the original and five variants. The original Bourbon County Brand Stout is aged in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels. In addition, the 2017 variants are: Barleywine, Coffee (made with Intelligentsia Black Cat Espresso), Northwoods (blueberry and almond), The Prop (bananas, cassia bark and roasted almonds), and Reserve (aged in 11-year-old Knob Creek barrels). 


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. 

making HEADlines: Jax Beer Week

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JAX BEER WEEK 2017: NOVEMBER 4-11


Jax Beer Week kicks off November 4 at Jacksonville PorchFest. The Springfield music fest will also offer a beer garden, highlighting beer from local Jacksonville breweries. Over 20 different beers in a variety of styles will be available. Beer trucks will pour beer in Klutho Park, and the beer can be enjoyed while walking around the neighborhood listening to the music on front porches. 

The main beer list at PorchFest includes local favorites from Bold City Brewery, Engine 15 Brewing, Green Room Brewing, Aardwolf Brewing, Veterans United Craft Brewery, Intuition Ale Works, Pinglehead Brewing, Zeta Brewing, Wicked Barley Brewing and Atlantic Beach Brewing. Several beers by popular Florida breweries Cigar City Brewing and Funky Buddha Brewery will also be served. Additional beverage options include ciders from Engine 15 and Cigar City, and a variety of wines. Beer will be available from noon-9pm. Beer will be sold by ticket per individual cup, at $5 each. 


Collaboration Beer: Local Jacksonville area breweries, including Hyperion Brewing, Veterans United Craft Brewery, Atlantic Beach Brewing and Zeta Brewing, recently brewed a Jax Beer Week collaboration beer, the SouRed Society, at Intuition Ale Works. According to Intuition Head Brewer Andrew Cattell, the beer is a dry-hopped sour red ale, similar to last year's collaboration beer. The beer is expected to be available at PorchFest, and look for it around Jax.

In addition, Jacksonville brewery-in-planning Legacy Ale Works will offer complimentary samples (while supplies last) of two of its beers, a spiced red ale and a dunkelweizen, according to brewery co-owner Liz Jacobs. For a Q&A interview with Matt and Liz Jacobs before their first local tasting earlier this summer, click here

PorchFest Sponsors and donor Patrons will also enjoy a designated VIP seating area near the main stage. Between 5-6pm, the VIP tent will offer a complimentary VIP Happy Hour featuring hors d'oeuvres and beer tastings from local breweries-in-planning Legacy Ale Works and Strings Sports Brewery, along with Hyperion Brewing and Main & Six Brewing. 

PorchFest hosted a pre-party at Sweet Pete's Candy in Downtown Jax on Thursday evening, November 2, which featured beer samplings by Legacy Ale Works, Strings Sports Brewery, and Hyperion Brewing. 


With Matt and Liz from Legacy Ale Works:
Dunkelweizen and Spiced Red Ale in hands.

 
With Colby and Trevor from Strings Sports Brewery.
That could be a go-to Blonde Ale right there!

Sweet Stout with Troy of Hyperion Brewing. Sweet!

Also happening on Saturday, November 4: new brewery Main & Six Brewing Company officially opens its doors to the public with a Grand Opening celebration, beginning at noon. Check out the new brewery before you even get there, with a behind-the-scenes pre-opening early look, along with an interview of co-owner Dennis Espinosa.  The brewery held a soft opening on Friday night, November 3, to get ready for the huge opening day ahead:

Irmafest: Oktoberfest beer named after, well, you know.
A malty marzen with a nutty character.

Finished tap room: see the before photos.
Tables are all refinished now.
Note the hexagon floor -- see the pre-story!

We need a beer!
Big Jim California Common:
named after the local steam whistle.
Malty and hoppy at the same time.

Look for tappings, takeovers, and tastings all over Jacksonville and Jax Beach throughout the week. A calendar of events can be found on the "Tap This" page right here on brewnymph.com. 

On Sunday, November 5, join the crew from the up-and-coming Strings Sports Brewery at Hyperion Brewing, where both breweries will introduce their collaboration beer, a Sweet Potato Brown Ale. Also on Sunday, Alewife hosts its annual Jax Beer Week Bottle Share. 

And, going retro for a minute: there were two new beer releases on Friday, November 3: Atlantic Beach Brewing's first bottle release of its new Cafecito de Cuba; and Southern Swells Brewing's first can releases: Truth Juice DIPA, and In a Galaxy Really Really Close By IPA - check those out on the new video "Let's Get a Beer, Florida!"

That's just for starters, and there are even more events going on all week. Your weekly calendar just filled up!

Happy Jax Beer Week!  See you around Jax this week!

Cheers,
Linda Johnson,
Certified Cicerone®


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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.