Now that we’ve put Halloween behind us, it’s time to look forward to the next major holiday: Christmas!
Just kidding. This blog is not owned by an international merchandising conglomerate that puts profit before practicality (though I might be willing to at least listen to offers). It’s November in Florida, which means Thanksgiving is on the way and it’s time to break out the fall wardrobe of T-shirts, cargo shorts and flip-flops – depressingly similar to our summer and spring wardrobes.
I’m excited about this weekend’s Cajun Café on the Bayou Fall Craft Beer Festival. This is arguably the best Florida beer festival of the year, and for personal reasons, I’ve had to miss the last few. Back in 2011, I outlined my reasons for anointing it (and the annual spring festival) as the best in Florida in this post. Though the details have changed, I stand by that opinion. More information here.
Earlier this week, Green Man Brewery out of Asheville, North Carolina, announced it will distribute its beer throughout Florida. This doesn’t really come as a surprise: The Asheville craft-brewery pioneer started limited distribution in the Daytona Beach region in August, and Green Man has been making beer at the Brew Hub partner brewery for about a year. It’s always a positive to have such a well-respected brewery recognize the passion of Florida’s craft beer consumers – and they make pretty damn good beer. You can read the press release here.
Florida Brewery news
- Broward-Palm Beach New Times reports that Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park will open Craft Food Counter & Kitchen, an in-house kitchen, on Wednesday, November 11. Read more here.
- I don’t usually post about tap takeovers – there are just too many of them to keep track of – but there is one next week in South Florida that is too epic to ignore. Due South Brewing Company of Boynton Beach is tapping a ridiculous 50 different beers at World of Beer Wellington to celebrate the bar’s fourth anniversary. From the press release announcing it: “Among the beers to be tapped will be some Due South favorites like Caramel Cream Ale and Category 3 IPA, but it’s the single keg, special releases which will be the highlight of the day. And with 50 Due South beers to choose from, there’s surely something for everyone.” More information here.
- Motorworks Brewing in Bradenton recently started canning its Rollcage Red Ale. Look for it on local store shelves where their other beers are sold.
- Speaking of cans, if you haven’t seen it, Forbes.com recently published an article that looks at a recent merger of canning companies – and a tightening of supply at another – that could be trouble for small brewers. There has been no official word from local craft breweries as to how it will all affect them, but there have been some whispers. You can read the Forbes article here.
- Saturday is the American Homebrewing Association’s Learn to Homebrew Day. Find events in Florida by clicking here.
Marker 48 Brewing in Weeki Wachee is having a soft opening on Saturday. In addition, homebrewing club Beer Pressure of the Nature Coast will mark Learn to Homebrew Day with a demonstration beginning at noon. Marker 48’s official grand opening will be November 21. More information here.
- Pinellas Park: Cajun Café on the Bayou Fall Craft Beer Festival, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2 to 6 p.m. Tickets/info here.
- Tampa: River Rock Craft Beer & Music Festival, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2 to 10 p.m. Tickets/info here.
- North Miami: South Florida BrewFest, Saturday, Nov. 7, noon to 4 p.m.
- Orlando: Central Florida Chive Craft Beer Classic, Saturday, Nov. 7, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets/info here.
- Marco Island: Marco Island Craft Beer. Saturday. 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets/info here.
- Jacksonville: Jax Beer Week kicks off Saturday. Event calendar here.
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