Darwin Brewing Co. tapping its beer in Tampa

Just got this in from Darwin Brewing Co. in Bradenton. The launch events begin tonight, Friday, Oct. 17, at the Mermaid Tavern in Tampa.

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 TAMPA – Award-winning Bradenton-based brewery, Darwin Brewing Co, will release their signature beers to the Tampa area in partnership with Pepin Distributing with a series of launch events in October and November at local bars:

  • 7 p.m., Fri., Oct. 17: Mermaid Tavern, 6719 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa
  • 6 p.m., Tues., Oct. 21: World of Beer Westchase, 9524 W Linebaugh Ave., Tampa
  • 7 p.m., Fri., Oct. 24: Datz, 2616 S MacDill Ave., Tampa
  • 7 p.m., Thurs., Oct. 30: Citrus Park House of Beer, 8552 Gunn Hwy, Odessa
  • 6 p.m., Wed., Nov. 5: The Independent, 5016 N Florida Ave., Tampa

Darwin Brewing Co. produces lagers and ales with ingredients inspired by the flavor profiles of South America’s Amazonian and Andean regions.

Born out of Darwin’s on 4th gastropub in Sarasota, Darwin Brewing Co. opened in May 2014. Year-round beers include San Juan Tropical Lager, Summadayze IPA (2013 Best Florida Beer Championship – gold medal winner), Circa 1926 Tangerine Wheat and Pirata Pilsner.

More information is available at darwinbrewingco.com

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Clearwater’s first craft brewery celebrating its first year

pair odice logo 150x150 Clearwater’s first craft brewery celebrating its first yearA little more than a year ago, Clearwater had no commercial craft breweries to call its own. That changed with the opening of the Pair O’Dice production brewery, and on Saturday, Oct. 25, it marks its first anniversary with a day of entertainment and the release of a monster of a beer.

Julia and Ken Rosenthal are the couple behind the concept. I’ve seen them around the area during the past year, and have sampled their tasty concoctions at brew fests and special events, and tap at select accounts in the Tampa Bay area. However, I’m a bit embarrassed to say that I have not yet been to the brewery itself yet, though I’ve heard others sing its praises as a fun and comfortable spot to tip back a few pints.

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Julie and Ken Rosenthal.

“We’ve always believed that the key to our success would be to focus on beer and to let our product speak for itself,” Julia Rosenthal said in a news release announcing the anniversary celebrtion. “We are thrilled to have the craft beer community of Tampa Bay supporting us every step of the way.”

The Rosenthals, whose brewery name is a play on one of Florida’s favorite nicknames – “Paradise” – focus on fresh, aromatic, and flavorful hop forward ales inspired by the West coast.

The celebration will kick off at noon, local bands Between Bluffs and Fowler’s Bluff will play from 1 to 10 p.m., and food trucks will provide munchies beginning at noon.

There is no charge for entry, but tokens will need to be purchased for beer.

The brewery is at 4400 118th Avenue North, Suite 208, Clearwater, Fla. 33762.

Oh, and that monster beer? It’s an inaugural anniversary release of The Pit Boss, a Triple IPA (13% ABV).

Yikes!

For more information, call 727-755-DICE (3423), or go to the Pair O’Dice website or Facebook page.
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Baytowne Beer Festival kicks off this weekend

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I’m very happy to share that the Baytowne Beer Festival at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort will host the first signing of “Florida Breweries Baytowne Beer Festival kicks off this weekend” I’ll be doing a short presentation at 2 p.m. on The Baytowne Live Stage, followed by the book signing.

This festival has been on my radar since I started this site, and I’m thrilled to finally be able to attend. And at only $25 for tickets in advance, and $30 at the door (if there are any left), it’s one of the best-bang-for-the-buck festivals of this size in the state.

The resort is offering overnight lodging deals that are pretty good, especially considering that your room will be a short walk or tram ride from the festivities.

Here’s more information from the organizers:

Popular Northwest Florida Beer Festival Expected to Sell Out

Miramar Beach, Fla. (Oct. 15, 2014) – Sunny skies and good times are predicted for the upcoming Baytowne Beer Festival at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. The two day festival includes a beer bingo walkabout on Friday, October 17 and a craft beer tasting with more than 200 selections on Saturday, October 18.

On Friday at 6 p.m. guests can participate in the first Beer Bingo at the Village and have the chance to win several great prizes; such as a custom YOLO board, Grizzly cooler, free fly board session from Power Up Sports, Adventure Zone gift card and more.

  • On Saturday from 2-6 p.m., the Village will transform into a taster’s paradise with tents and nearly 200 domestic and international beers provided from more than 40 on-site craft brewers, some will even debut never before tasted fall brews. A sample of the brewing companies featured at this year’s festival includes: Blue Point Brewery, Kona Brewing Company, Grayton Beer Company, Woodchuck Ciders, Sweetwater Brewery, Back Forty Beer Company and many others from across the country. Brewery representatives will be available to discuss the different types of lagers and ales, teaching beer lovers about the variety of styles.
  • Native Run, who recently toured with multi Grammy award winning Lady Antebellum, will provide live entertainment from the Event Plaza from 4-6 p.m. The Owlsley Brothers will take the Village stage from 2-4 p.m.

Last call for discounted tickets to Saturday’s popular craft beer tasting is October 17. Tickets can be purchased for $25 through Friday, but can also be purchased at the gate on Saturday for the full price of $30. All ticketholders will be provided a Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival tasting glass for sampling. Tickets are available online at baytownewharfbeerfestival.com/tickets/.

Proceeds from the event will support The Fisher House, a worthwhile organization that provides free or low cost lodging to veterans and military families receiving treatment at military medical centers, and Sandestin Foundation for Kids, making a meaningful and positive difference in children’s lives.

The #BaytowneBeerFest is a pitcher perfect reason for a getaway this season, and Sandestin makes it easy with its specially priced Beer Fest package (Code BEER14). Overnight rates start from only $145 and include two complimentary tickets to Saturday’s tasting and savings of more than $50. Special military and Florida resident rates are also available. Simply call 1-866-912-3224 or visit www.sandestin.com/beer.

For more information on events and tickets visit baytownebeerfestival.com. Use the hashtag #BaytowneOnTap during the event and be eligible for special prizes to be awarded during Saturday’s tasting.

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From beer to beef: Finding feed from fermentation

By Jack Payne
Guest writer

If you’re a brewer and haven’t already done so, consider visiting a local cattle ranch. That’s not shilling for ranchers. It’s a business tip.

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Photo courtesy of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

The Swamp Head Brewery in Gainesville feeds dozens of University of Florida cattle every time its crew makes a batch of Stump Knocker Pale Ale.

Our cattle drink it out of Hol-steins.

Sorry, couldn’t resist.

For two years, the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Beef Teaching Unit in Gainesville has been supplementing its feed with the wet spent grains from one of our local microbreweries.

Here’s the way it works. The brewery makes daily batches of beer. One of the byproducts is spent grain, discarded after it has been used to produce a sweet liquid called wort. The wort is then boiled and transferred into a fermentation tank where yeast feed on the sugars and turn the wort into beer. An IFAS employee brings a pickup truck to the loading dock, loads several 32-gallon Rubbermaid buckets filled with the grains, and drives it the three miles back to the unit. It then gets mixed in with our forage as a nutritional supplement.

The best solutions address two or even three challenges at once, and that’s what we have here. In this simple transaction, we have multiple great results.

  • Economic development: By selling its waste, a small business converts a cost for waste disposal into a revenue stream. That gives a locally-owned startup a boost.
  • Environmental stewardship: IFAS’s purchase of the spent grain diverts several tons a week from the local landfill and instead puts it to use in support of beef production.
  • Fiscal prudence: Feed costs account for 44 percent of the operating budget at our Beef Teaching Unit, by far its largest expense. The competitive price we get on the spent grains has reduced our feed bill substantially.

Luke Kemper, who owns Swamp Head, calls it a no-brainer. The way he sees it, why would he throw something in a landfill that another business could use? Although it helps his bottom line, it’s certainly not what makes or breaks his business. One of his company’s core values is sustainability.

Sending the grain to IFAS, Kemper says, is simply the right thing to do. I agree.

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At the moment, we can take all the spent grains Swamp Head produces. We’re both small enough operations that we can adapt on the fly to production fluctuations. When we’re running low on feed, Swamp Head can brew an extra batch a day or two ahead of schedule. Conversely, when Swamp Head has a busy week, we’re able to take more than our usual supply. And our Brahmans don’t seem to mind whether we’re pouring the grains from a honey cream ale or an oatmeal coffee stout!

This might only work if you have a ranch in your community. But the explosive growth of the craft beer industry means the chances are better and better that you’ve set up shop somewhere that a rancher is looking for spent grains. According to the Brewers Association, 21 breweries opened in Florida in the past two years.

One thing you may have heard is that the Food and Drug Administration has proposed increasing regulations on brewers’ marketing of grain to animal producers. The beer industry opposed such regulations as unnecessary and costly. The FDA has yet to act on final regulations, but beer industry officials are cautiously optimistic that any rule changes won’t be burdensome enough to drive brewers to dump their spent grains in landfills.

Jesse Savell, an academic coordinator who runs the Beef Teaching Unit, recommends to the ranchers we serve that they analyze the spent grains for nutritional content and dry matter percentage before cutting a deal.

If the analysis yields good results, going with the grain can lower the rancher’s feed costs and raise a brewer’s profile as a recycler.

Cheers.

jack payne med2 150x150 From beer to beef: Finding feed from fermentationJack Payne is Senior Vice President
for Agriculture and Natural Resources,
University of Florida Institute
of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

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