Personalized copies of Florida Breweries now available for shipping

2014041095210211 Personalized copies of Florida Breweries now available for shipping

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Now that the initial-release signings for “Florida Breweries” have come and gone, and I have somewhat of an idea of how many copies I’ll need to have on hand, I’m ready to release details on how you can get your hands on a signed copy if you live elsewhere or can’t make it to any of the signings.

Simply send an email to gerard@beerinflorida.com, and we’ll figure out the best way to make it happen for your situation. If you want it personalized in a particular way, I can do that, too. (Remember. Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are both coming up soon!)

Payment including shipment may vary a little depending on where you live, but in most cases it will be $24.95 per book, and most forms of payment will be available.

 Personalized copies of Florida Breweries now available for shipping Personalized copies of Florida Breweries now available for shipping Of course, “Florida Breweries” is still available from the publisher’s website, stackpolebooks.com, Amazon.com Personalized copies of Florida Breweries now available for shipping and at the usual suspects. You can find a current list of scheduled signings here.

Here’s a Q and A about the book if you want to learn more.

I’ve continued to be overwhelmed by the support from the craft beer community, especially in Florida, and am extremely grateful for all of it.

Cheers!

Gerard

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Florida Breweries book officially released – no joke.

 Florida Breweries book officially released   no joke. Florida Breweries book officially released   no joke.
When my editor at Stackpole Books told me that the release date for my book “Florida Breweries” would be April 1, 2014, I hesitated. After all, I have been known to write an April Fools’ Day post in years past, and I didn’t want readers to get confused.

But it’s no joke. It’s official. It’s here.

I’ve had a lot of questions from folks interested in buying or stealing a copy, so here’s a FAQ to answer some of those. (Some of it is boilerplate copy from the promotional material. I’ll put that part between quotation marks).

Q: What is “Florida Breweries”?

A: It’s a book.

Q: I know that. Tell me more details, you smartass.

A: “The craft brew revolution has spread south. This all-new guidebook profiles 66 of the Sunshine State’s breweries and brewpubs. Entries include each brewery’s story, styles of beer brewed, tours, and special features.  Author’s “Pick” on the best beer to try at each site. Special features on beer chains, beer in theme parks, container sizes, and beer festivals”

Q: What makes you qualified to “Pick” the best beer to try at each site?

A: Nothing. It’s just the beer that I tried during my visit that I most enjoyed at that particular time. Feel free to disagree.

Q: You really visited them all? Like, in person?

A: Yes.

Q: Why are there only 66 chapters on breweries? Florida has more than that.

A: That is true. The short answer is “deadlines.” You can read more on this in my interview with Central Florida Top 5. I tried to make it as current as possible, but the Florida brewery scene is in such an exponential growth mode that I would still be writing the book if there wasn’t a deadline. My editor was gracious in allowing me to extend the deadline a few times, but he really wanted me to finish it. There’s a list of 40-plus breweries in the back that have not opened/did not opened by deadline. Can I say deadline again? Deadline.

Q: Ok, how can I get a copy of this?

A: There are a few options.

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Look  left.

 

 

 

Q: Signings? Where?

A: Your best bet is to check my presumptuously sounding Amazon Author Page, where there is a calendar that I will keep updated. Also, I will do occasional “pop up” signings at venues that I will announce on the Beer in Florida Facebook page and Twitter account as far in advance as possible. Also, if you’ve already purchased a copy, bring it along and I’ll be happy to sign it.

Q: I want to buy one of the very first copies from YOU! How can I do that?

A: The book launch party will be Thursday, April 3, at Copp Brewery and Winery in Crystal River, where I live. I don’t want to stray too far. I’m nervous.

Q: I don’t live in Florida, but I would like to have an autographed copy in case you ever become famous beyond your allotted 15 minutes. How can I get one?

A: Again, a couple of options.

  • Buy a copy and hire a private detective to track me down to sign it. (Tip: Print out the picture above to help the gumshoe spot the bird).
  • Be patient. I plan on making signed copies available to ship after the initial hubbub settles, if there is in fact any hubbub.

Q: I really, really, really want you to sign books and/or do a presentation at my beer joint. How do I arrange that?

A: Contact me directly at gerard@beerinflorida.com. If you want to buy bulk copies at wholesale for either a signing or to sell out your shop,  contact Sarah Wolf at Stackpole Books, swolf@stackpolebooks.com, or call her at 717-796-0411 x126

Q: I’m a representative of a major/minor/barely noticeable media outlet, and I’d like to interview you for/have you appear on/become a guest host for my show/network/blog/world domination group. How can I arrange that?

A: For now, send me an email at the above address.

Q: Wait, no one’s mentioned the cost? How much will I need to fork over for this?

A: Suggested retail price is $19.95. Some of the online outlets offer a discount. At the signings, for now, the SRP will be the cost. If a venue has purchased copies for resale, I want to support them so buy from them first. I should have copies of my own for sale if the venue doesn’t, or if they run out. Cash is preferred.

Q: Who is this “Gerard Walen”?

A: “Gerard Walen is the author of ‘Florida Breweries,’ a former editor and writer for the New York Times Regional Media Group, and a contributing writer for Beer Advocate, All About Beer, and Paste Magazine. Born in Tampa, he lives in a little house in Crystal River, Florida, a stone’s throw from the Withalacoochee River, where he can often be found on his deck enjoying a locally crafted beer.”

Q: Weird name. How do you pronounce it?

A: Jurr-ARD WALL-in. Or if you’re a pirate, GerARRRRD Walen.

Now we shall go to the mailbag, which really shocked me when I found out I had one.

Dear Gerard, Do you have a publisher? Do you? DO YOU??? – Stustin Jange

Why, yes, Stustin. The publisher is Stackpole Books out of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. “Florida Breweries” is not their first foray into chronicling a state’s beer scene. They’ve published several, including Colorado Breweries Florida Breweries book officially released   no joke. by Dan Rabin, California Breweries North Florida Breweries book officially released   no joke. by Jay R. Brooks, and Indiana Breweries Florida Breweries book officially released   no joke. by John Holl and Nate Schweber. You can find them all here Florida Breweries book officially released   no joke..

Dear Gerard, Are you available? – The Ladies

Yes.

Dear Gerard, I want and will buy your book, but I feel that you might need more money to support your travels throughout the state because there’s only so much room at the top for us billionaire authors. Is there a way to help? – Keven Sting

In fact, there is PayPal “Donate” button on the side of the home page here. Thank you for asking, Keven.

Dear Gerard, Will there be a second edition? – A New Florida Brewery That Did Not Make It In The Book.

Dear ANFBTDNMIITB, Stay tuned.

I am extremely grateful to a lot of people who helped me along this journey. I hope to see you soon to thank you in person.

Cheers!

- Gerard

 

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Ales for Anglers celebrates fun in the Florida sun

Ales For Anglers Logo 300x298 Ales for Anglers celebrates fun in the Florida sunA new festival debuting this weekend in South Florida celebrates three of the finest perks of living in Florida: Beer, music and fishing.

Ales for Anglers will be Saturday, March 29, from 2:30 to 9 p.m. at the Suncoast Cove Ampitheater in Boca Raton.

The Beer: Ten Florida breweries are scheduled to pour, including Cigar City Brewing, Due South Brewing Co., and Funky Buddha, as well as nearly a dozen local homebrew clubs. See the complete list here.

The Music: JJ Grey & Mofro will headline the day of music, with openers Thomas Wynn & The Believers, Have Gun, Will Travel, and Forrest Hoffar. Two of the bands have beers produced for them by Rock Brothers Brewing Co., a company that uses the Cigar City facilities in Tampa:  JJ Grey’s “Nare Sugar Brown” Ale, and Have Gun, Will Travel’s “High Road Ale”. (Both will be poured at the festival).

Fishing: Festival proceeds will primarily benefit the nonprofit Snook and Gamefish Foundation, a group of anglers dedicated to protecting Florida fisheries.

Groups such as the SGF work behind the scenes to make sure that our gamefish populations remain healthy and sustainable enough to ensure that The Sunshine State’s waters remain a paradise for sportfishers from around the world.

One of the most important issues facing the sportsfishing industry is an attempt to repeal the 1994 “net ban.’ For those of you who weren’t around in those days, Florida was facing a severe decline in population of popular gamefish such as snook, seatrout and redfish in near-shore waters.  Research showed that one of the major contributors were the gill nets used by fishermen to capture such species as mullet and Spanish mackerel. Unfortunately, other species were becoming victims of “by-catch.”

A constitutional amendment was put on the ballot to ban gill nets out to three miles in Atlantic waters and out to nine miles in the Gulf. It passed, and with other new conservation techniques implemented, the gamefish populations rebounded. Hand-thrown cast nets were still allowed in near-shore waters.

Those net fishermen whose livelihood was threatened by the ban were given the opportunity to train for new careers through programs offered by the state. One such example of its success is the thriving clam-farming industry in Cedar Key.

Back to today: In November 2013, Leon County Circuit Court Judge Jackie Fulford overturned the net ban, briefly allowing the gill nets to return. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which enforced the ban, filed an appeal. The ban returned until the case is resolved, and the Snook and Gamefish Foundation joined in the appeal as a “friend of the court.”

End history lesson, and back to the festival.

Organizers have gone above and beyond to make this an ecologically friendly “green” event. Among the initiatives:

  • Environmental friendly napkins and plates provided by Whole Foods.
  • Canned water provided by Canned Water 4 Kids.
  • Free booth space for 11 nonprofit organizations.
  • No single-use plastic products.
  • Free EventBrite app to help eliminate paper tickets.
  • Recycling receptacles.

Limited tickets are $35 in advance or $100 for a four-pack and available here. Tickets at the gate will be $40, if any are left.

During the first hour, the homebrew clubs will pour free, unlimited samples of their creations until it’s gone.

The craft brews will cost $6 per 12 oz. pour, but in keeping with the sustainable aspect of the festival, there will be 16-oz. commemorative mugs available for $6, which can be filed for $6 each as well.

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A Central Florida brewery closes its doors

Lagniappe sign 300x225 A Central Florida brewery closes its doorsLagniappe Brewery, a small Lake County brewery that produced the Effinheimer brand of beers, has closed.

A reader of Beer in Florida tipped me off to this in a comment on another post, and I called a friend who lived close to the Minneola brewery to confirm it and shoot a couple of photos.

“We are CLOSED for good!” a hand-lettered sign on the tasting room door reads.

Lagniappe closed 150x150 A Central Florida brewery closes its doorsThe brewery was founded in 2009 by Brad Banker, who had put his electrical engineering career on hiatus and took his homebrewing hobby pro to open Lagniappe, a word from his roots in Louisiana that translates from French/Cajun to “a little something extra.”

When I visited Lagniappe last year for its chapter in my “Florida Breweries A Central Florida brewery closes its doors” book, taproom manager and assistant brewer Ricardo Altmon told me they had sold their original 8.5-barrel brewing system and downsized to a 55-gallon system because the larger system was “overkill” for their needs.

At the time, Banker had returned to electrical engineering and had left the day-to-day operation in the hands of his staff.

I first wrote about Lagniappe during a temporary blogging gig I had with Visit Kissimmee in August 2010. At the time, it was doing pretty good business and distributing their beer to several local pubs and restaurants, including some on Walt Disney World property.

This is the third brewery to shutter in the past few months, but the first that was locally owned. The others were the Shipyard Brew Pub in Winter Park and the Gordon Biersch location in downtown Miami.

The good news is that though we’ve lost those three, we’ve gained far more in recent months. Florida should soon hit the 100-brewery mark.

As for Lagniappe, I used to live in nearby Clermont, and I visited the taproom every so often. It was a friendly, welcoming place that served some good beer. I’m sorry to see it go.

I’ve sent an email to Banker for comment, and if he replies, I will update this post with his comments.


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