Crooked Can Brewing & Plant Street Market Celebrate Two Years!

Time for a fun celebration at Crooked Can Brewing in the Plant Street Market. They have a number of fun events taking place next week to celebrate their first two years of business.
Crooked Can Brewing & Plant Street Market Celebrate Two Years events

May 4th - "Let the 4th Be With You" Star Wars Themed Party https://vimeo.com/213807103


May 5th - Cinco De Mayo https://www.facebook.com/events/1870153846559525

May 6th - Kentucky Derby Viewing Party: /https://www.facebook.com/events/1152603428183031/

May 7th - 2 Year Anniversary Party and Balloon Drop: https://www.facebook.com/events/679037405635354/


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Celebrate May the Fourth with a Week’s Worth of Star Wars at The Hourglass Brewery

Press Release:

In commemoration of May the Fourth (National Star Wars Day), Hourglass Brewing will be screening the Star Wars films and hosting a weeklong celebration of specials starting on May 1st.



Craft Beer on Florida's Treasure Coast

Headed to Florida's Treasure Coast? There are a few breweries that are quite the gem. From Sebastian down to Stuart, you'll find some great Florida breweries and a couple of craft beer bars worth checking out.
Breweries on Florida's Treasure Coast

Side Door Brewing ~ Pareidolia Brewing

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Fat Point Brewing joins Big Storm Brewing Co under Seaboard Craft Beer Holdings

Press Release:

Punta Gorda, FL – There’s something brewing that Florida craft beer aficionados are going to love.  Punta Gorda-based Fat Point Brewing has finalized a deal to associate with Big Storm Brewing Co. based in Tampa Bay.

The two breweries will be associated together under Big Storm’s parent company Seaboard Craft Beer Holdings.

We are all very excited about our new affiliation with Big Storm, and throughout this process have discovered several similarities in our culture and goals.  Our values and vision have not faltered, which is to continue to deliver a great beer and customer experience,” said Fat Point Brewing founder Bill Frazer.

Earlier this year, Fat Point Brewing announced it would be closing its production facility and taproom in Punta Gorda.  But under the new partnership, the brewery and taproom will remain open and Fat Point will continue production of its fresh, local handcrafted beers.

“We believe in protecting and nurturing the local craft beer industry and it was vitally important we preserve the quality beers Fat Point is producing,” said Seaboard co-founder L.J. Govoni.  “We are truly excited to partner with Frazer and his staff and our main priority will be to support their efforts of producing innovative beers while making sure more Florida consumers are exposed to the Fat Point name and product,” Govoni added.

Frazer, who will remain with Fat Point, says they will continue producing the company’s four signature craft beers which include Big Boca Ale, Reyght Angle IPA, the Belgian-style tripel Bru Man Chu and Going Mintal, a Belgian-style wheat beer featuring subtle hints of lemon and mint.

In February Fat Point celebrated its 2-year anniversary.  The company’s beers are available throughout southwest Florida including Tampa, Fort Myers, Naples and Cape Coral.


Marker 48 Brewing announces sales of its Spring Release Double IPA

Press release:

WEEKI WACHEE, Florida (April 25, 2017) — Myriad wonders exist in Florida’s freshwater springs that bubble to the surface along the state’s Nature Coast.
Shark’s teeth and other fossils from eons ago, when the state was mostly submerged under a saltwater sea. The slow, gentle and endangered West Indian manatees, who seek the warmth of the consistently 72-degree waters in the spring during the colder winter months.

And live mermaids, of course, who perform every day in the underwater theater at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park in the tiny town of the same name, about an hour north of the Tampa Bay area.

Add one more wonder to that list: Beer.

For the second year in a row, Weeki Wachee’s own Marker 48 Brewing will sell to the public bottles of its Spring Release Double IPA that was transferred to Four Roses bourbon barrels and aged for about three weeks 48 feet deep in one of those freshwater springs, located on private property not far from the brewery.

In 2016, after a similar process, the Marker 48 staff transferred the inaugural Spring Release into bomber bottles for sale to the public. The bottles sold out quickly and were well-received by the craft beer community.

This year, about 400 bottles of the 10.9% ABV (alcohol by volume) 2017 Spring Release will go on sale at the brewery, 12147 Cortez Blvd., Weeki Wachee,  on Thursday, April 27, at noon.

There is a limit of two of the 750ml bottles per person, per day, while supplies last, and the cost is $20 per bottle. In addition, one sixtel keg of the beer will be tapped that day at noon for those who want to try the brew while it’s as fresh as possible.

For more information on the release, check the Marker 48 Facebook pageTwitter accountInstagram or call (352) 606-2509.

Marker 48 Brewing is a 7-barrel craft brewery with a 32-tap tasting room in Weeki Wachee, Florida, founded by Hernando County natives Maurice and Tina Ryman. John Myers is the award-winning head brewer. Regular hours are Wed-Thurs., noon to 10 p.m.; Fri-Sat., noon to midnight; and Sun. noon to 8:30 p.m.

A Brewery Visit to Sailfish Brewing in Fort Pierce Florida

Last fall I wrote about my brewery visit to Sailfish Brewing in Fort Pierce. I had been to the original Sailfish Brewing a couple of times. I really liked the laid back beachy feel about the place. Then I heard they were opening up another location downtown a few blocks and I wondered if it will still have the charm of a small brewery?

It turns out the new brewery is going to be THE  brewery, not an additional one. 

So no more enjoying beers in the lovely beer garden.😡 It turns out that Sailfish had quite the demand for beer and their 3 barrel system couldn't keep up with the demand. They decided to go all out and now they have a 20 barrel system at their new location in the heart of downtown Fort Piece.
Saiflfish brewing patio


I was quite shocked to see how big the brewery and the tasting room were! It reminded me of how The Hourglass Brewing went from a small home to their larger brewery.

There was lots of seating everywhere. The Sunday we were there we saw many folks young and old enjoying their visit to the tasting room.
sailfish brewing tasting room


With a much larger system, Sailfish is able to distribute. I've seen their beers on tap in and around Orlando.
sailfish brewing


There were about 20 beers on tap. Half of them being their beers and the other half being local Florida breweries.  They have some wine and ciders on the menu as well.

Bryan and I got some light ales to drink first and then we shared a Low Vis Imperial Stout (10% ABV). This beer was delicious! It was brewed with cocoa, toasted coconut and lavender. It worked and you could taste all of the flavors.
craft beer at sailfish brewing

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Our visit came mid-afternoon and we were hungry. You can bring food into the brewery to enjoy. There are many eateries in walking distance. A lot of them are closed on Sunday so plan ahead.

The brewery may be saying goodbye to their original location, but it looks like there will be lots of fun to be had at the new tasting room.  It seemed like many of the locals came out and enjoyed an afternoon at the brewery. The service was top notch, some of the friendliest people at a brewery. I hope to come back with a group of friends and hang out and enjoy beers together.

They are celebrating 4 years this Saturday (4/29) and it sounds like a great way to continue on their Florida beer journey.🍻


City: Fort Pierce
Website
My favorite beer: Low Viz Imperial Stout
Guest taps or bottles: ✔
Their beer sold in cans or bottles: ✔
Crowlers: No
Food: No
Patio:✔
Patio vs Bar: Either
Kids:✔
Dogs:✔
Tours:?
Visits: 1
Setting: Downtown
Vibe: Large tasting room with all ages enjoying hanging out.
Reviews from the web: Google 4.9 ~ Untappd 3.74
What I enjoy: The downtown location makes it nice for exploring. They have a nice selection of beers on tap and service was very friendly.
Local spots nearby to check out: P.B. Cobb General Store, Uncle Carlos Gelato & Fort Pierce Farmer's Market

Craft Beer on Florida's Treasure Coast



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A Brewery Visit to Side Door Brewing in Port St. Lucie Florida

I've been to my share of breweries and I have to say I'm pretty sure Side Door Brewing in Port St. Lucie is the smallest brewery I've been too.



I stopped by the brewery with a group of friends. We were spending a Sunday hitting breweries along the Treasure Coast of Florida. Side Door Brewing was the perfect stop on our way up to Vero Beach coming up US 1 from Tequesta.

Our group did a couple of flights and split them among the group. We got to try a nice variety. When we were leaving they gave us a sample of their Jamaican Me Jittery Coffee Stout that was amazing!



We had some great service during our visit. The tasting room might have been a bit cozy, but I thought they did such a nice job with the space. You could tell the locals that were there were happy with their local watering hole. It really is a brewery made for the locals and that's something to cheers about.🍻



City: Port St. Lucie
Website
My favorite beer: Jamaican Me Jittery
Guest taps or bottles: No
Their beer sold in cans or bottles: No
Crowlers: No
Food: No, but you can BYO
Patio: ✔
Bar vs patio: Bar
Kids: None during my visit
Dogs: No
Tours: ?
Visits: 1
Setting: Small strip mall
Vibe: Chill
Reviews from the web: 5 Google - 3.8/5 Untappd
What I enjoy: It's quaint in a cool way. Friendly people and tasty beers.
Local spots nearby to check cut: Oxbow Eco-Center


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Craft Beer on Florida's Space Coast

Headed to Florida's Space Coast? Are you into craft beer? Here are the places you can go and enjoy some local beer and a good selection of craft beer. Click on the map for more info including brewery visits and pictures.

Space Coast Breweries




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A Brewery Visit to Florida Beer Company in Cocoa Beach

I've been wanting to check out Florida Beer Company ever since they opened their location in Cape Canaveral in 2014. It took a while, but the timing finally worked out. Hubs and I were in the area on a Monday evening. I was a happy lady to find out the brewery was open. I don't always have luck with Mondays and breweries being open.
The brewery is close to the port, in a bit of a warehouse area. Pulling up you could see what a big brewery it was.
Florida Beer Company


When we got to the brewery their weekly running group was getting ready for their run. There were about 25 in the group and the weather was perfect for them.

Florida Beer Company has one of the largest tasting rooms that I've been to. There is a bar in the middle with seating all around. Tables scattered about and a couple of couches to chill and drink too. They have a half dozen or so picnic tables out front. I usually prefer to sit outside when the weather is nice, but it was one of those rare chilly evenings so we grabbed a table close to the window.
Florida Beer Company



I'm familiar with all the beers that the Florida Beer Company brews. I've had them all. I was hoping that they might have a couple of specialty beers that you could only find on tap here, but they didn't. You won't find any of the Universal Orlando beers that they make for the parks on tap either.
Florida Beer Company


Bryan and I decided to go halfsies and split a Mackeson milk stout and a Swamp Ape Double IPA. We only had time for a quick beer since it was getting close to hungry time. They do have some snacks and you can order or bring food in, but we were headed out to eat.

There is plenty of beer to take home with you or I guess sneak on that cruise or take to the beach⛱
Florida Beer Company
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I'd like to time out my next visit to when there is a rocket launch. The location would be a good one to enjoy beers on the patio and take in the view. 🚀


City: Cape Canaveral
Website
My favorite beer: Mackeson
Guest taps or bottles: No
Their beer sold in cans or bottles: ✔
Crowlers: No
Food: Snacks
Patio:✔
Patio vs Bar: Either
Kids:✔
Dogs:✔
Tours:✔
Visits: 1
Setting: Large stand-alone brewery
Vibe: Large brewery
Reviews from the web: Google 4.6 ~ Untappd 3.41
What I enjoy: Good tasting room for large groups. They have cases filled with their beer to go. Get the milk stout and enjoy.
Local spots nearby to check out: Cherie Down Park, Canaveral Meat & Deli & Zarella's


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Easter KEG Hunt at Crooked Can!

Press Release:
Looking for something unique to do this holiday weekend? Head down to Crooked Can Brewing Company's Annual Easter Keg Hung! Enjoy specialty beer tappings. Brewers on the hunt for some of our finest Kegs to be released specially to YOU!! And here is what they came up with:

Friday, April 14
•The release of our Coffee Common.

Saturday, April 15:
•Barrel Aged Imperial Stout is coming back.

Sunday, April 16:
•Double Dry-'Hopped' Highstepper IPA •Barrel Aged Vintage Blend Baltic Porter




A Brewery Visit to Pinellas Ale Works in St. Petersburg Florida

One of my favorite things to do is brewery hop. When I can do it by foot or bike I'm especially happy. I always enjoy visiting St. Pete. I .love how it's a walkable city with a great array of local shops, eateries and of course breweries. 


Bryan and I went brewery hopping with some friends. We started out at Urban Comfort for brunch. Ready to continue on with our beer drinking we discovered Pinellas Ale Works was just about a half mile away, perfect for strolling over for some beer. 
Pinealla Ale Works
Let's get some beers!


Our visit was early afternoon on a Sunday. PAW had just opened, so we were some of the first guests of the day. 

I was surprised to see how big their patio was. I bet it looks inviting at night when it's lit up. 
Beer Garden at Pinellas Ale Works
Nice size beer garden

Coming down to the tail end of our trip it took me a while to figure out what to order. This was my eighth brewery for the weekend. I was getting a little burned out on beer. 😜 I went with a half pour of Stay their Pale Ale.
Tap menu at Pinellas Ale Works
Lots of 🍺Choices

I enjoyed my beer. I usually like to do flights at the first-time visit, but I like that they offer half pours so I ended up doing a couple of those instead. My friend got a beer flight and I tried his Peanut Butter Cup milk stout and really liked that👌
Cheers!

Even though it was a beautiful day our group ended up staying inside. The music they were playing was nice and chill. We had our dogs with us and they were happy to lay down inside and enjoy a couple of doggie treats that they have at each table.

There are a bunch of board games. They also have darts, Jenga, and cornhole. You could easily spend an afternoon here sitting back with friends enjoying beers.
Dog Rules at Pinellas Ale Works
Enjoy bringing in your 🐶

They have a cooler of their beer to go. There were plenty of growlers for purchase as well. There are a couple of TV's to catch the day's game.

Bring in some food from one of the nearby restaurants and you're set. Settle in or continue on with exploring St. Pete's brewery scene.


City: St. Petersburg
Website
My favorite beer: Peanut Butter Cup
Guest taps or bottles: No
Their beer sold in cans or bottles:✔
Crowlers: No
Food: No
Patio:✔
Patio vs Bar: Either
Kids:✔
Dogs:✔
Tours:?
Visits: 1
Setting: Former auto body shop
Vibe: Chill, nice Biergarten.  Good for groups.
Reviews from the web: Google 4.4 ~ Untappd 3.68
What I enjoy: Love the dog theme going on. Very doggie friendly. Beers were good too.
Local spots nearby to check out: The Burg Bar & Grill, Brooklyn South & Swah-Rey



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Hourglass Brewery Under the Rose Release Party.

Press Release:
Hourglass Brewery, a craft brewery and taproom that prides itself on its world-class beers, and Subrosa, the unique creator of complete BMX bikes and products, will be teaming up on April 8th for their newest collaboration. In honor of Subrosa’s new bike debut at its Under the Rose release party, Hourglass Brewery will be unveiling a new brew just for the event – a crushable pale ale brewed with rose hips.

The release party will take place at Hourglass Brewery in Longwood and will feature hand-painted bikes, Subrosa’s new 700C line, multiple prizes and giveaways and of course, Hourglass’ “Under the Rose” pale ale.

A Brewery Visit to Cage Brewing in St. Petersburg Florida

If you know me then you know I'm a big fan of the more the merrier when it comes to breweries. Having lived in Denver where there are dozens and dozens downtown I have seen that having more options leads to more visitors. 

On a recent trip to St. Petersburg Bryan and I had done some brewery hopping with friends. We hit three breweries each day starting on Friday. Come Sunday afternoon you start to get a little "beer'd" out (is that a word?) Anyhow we had been to two breweries earlier that Sunday morning/afternoon. We chowed down at Urban Comfort so we were a bit maxed out. As we left Pinellas Ale Works we saw that Cage Brewing was just across the street and even though the thought of drinking more beer wasn't on my mind the thought of skipping a brewery that was literally across the street wasn't going to happen.
Cage Brewing

There seem to be a few ways to get into the brewery. We wandered off to the side where the beer garden was welcoming us.
Cage Brewing Patio


There is a large covered patio with seating and a sort of "kids/game" area and this is where they all congregated. We opted for the yard area further out back. There were a couple of shaded picnic tables for us to enjoy our beers with our pups.
Cage Brewing Patio


There were a few families visiting that afternoon. The brewery has a funky/fun vibe that families could be drawn to. There are a handful of video games inside to play appealing to kids of all ages.
Cage Brewing


They had about a dozen and a half of their beers on tap with a nice variety of styles. I went with a Mango Crush Double IPA because nothing says you're tired of beer like a DIPA! Truthfully I love mango and I love DIPA's so I went with it. It was a great beer to enjoy on the patio.
Cage brewing Mango IPA



We had a nice time chatting with others and enjoying beers on that beautiful Sunday afternoon. I had a great time exploring breweries in St. Pete. and look forward to crossing more off on my next visit. Though I can easily see doing another Sunday brewery crawl along Central Avene🍻

City: St. Petersburg
Website
My favorite beer: Mango Crush
Guest taps or bottles: No
Their beer sold in cans or bottles: No
Crowlers: No
Food: No
Patio: ✔
Patio vs Bar: Either
Kids:✔
Dogs:✔
Tours:?
Visits: 1
Setting: Warehouse
Vibe: Chilling at the Biergarten
Reviews from the web: 4.6 Google ~
What I enjoy: There is a lot of space at this brewery. You can enjoy beers inside or out. An eclectic brewery serving up tasty beers.
Local spots nearby to check out: Haslam's Book Store,  C A Cafe & Love Food Central


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Craft beer takes center stage at revamped The Taste in Inverness, Florida

Craft beer takes center stage at revamped The Taste in Inverness, Florida.
The Citrus County Beer Experience will offer unlimited samplings at the food and beverage showcase

Craft beer takes center stage at revamped The Taste in Inverness, Florida



Press Release:
The City of Inverness decided to revamp its annual Taste of Inverness in 2017 to enhance the enjoyment of residents and visitors. The premier addition to what is now called The Taste is the Citrus County Beer Experience, a massive tent under which a wide variety of craft beers from regional breweries and home brewing clubs will be available for unlimited sampling.

The Taste will take place Saturday, April 8, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Liberty Park, 286 N. Apopka Ave., Inverness, Florida, and will benefit the Citrus County Education Foundation.

Local entrepreneurs Kemper Willcut and LouAnn Jacobs, owners of Pine Street Pub and The Cove Pub and Grub, both in Inverness, collaborated with the City of Inverness in conceiving the idea of integrating craft beer into the annual showcase. And it won’t be the last time the Citrus County Beer Experience tent will be raised.

“The Beer Experience was put together specifically to coordinate and conduct beer events throughout Citrus County and the Central Florida area,” Willcut says.
And the homebrew clubs participating will be entering their brews into a judged competition for prize packages.

“I want the homebrewers to be a big part of this,” Willcut says. “We are giving away cash prizes and awards — that’s a big deal. “  
Those prizes are:
·            1st place:  $100 cash plus $100 gift certificate from Pine Street Pub
·            2nd place:  $50 cash plus $50 gift certificate from Pine Street Pub
·            3rd place:  $30 cash plus $30 gift certificate from Pine Street Pub
Those attending who wish to participate without sampling the craft beer will be able to enter the festival for only $5 to enjoy music from local bands, an art show and a la carte food sampling from at least 10 local restaurants and 10 specialty food trucks. None of the food offerings will cost more than $6, and beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.

But craft beer fans who want the full Citrus County Beer Experience will pay only $20 more for unlimited sampling of the commercial and home brews throughout The Taste.

These are the commercial breweries already confirmed as participating. More will be added:
Florida breweries
·            Cigar City Brewing (Tampa)
·            Copp Brewery (Crystal River)
·            Nature Coast Brewing Co. (Crystal River)
·            Infinite Ale Works (Ocala)
·            Swamp Head Brewery (Gainesville)
·            Backyard Barn Winery & Microbrewery (Wildwood)
·            Brooksville Brewing Company (Spring Hill)
·            Miami Brewing Co. (Homestead)
·            Funky Buddha Brewery (Oakland Park)
·            Barley Mow Brewing Company (Largo)
·            Green Bench Brewing Co. (St. Petersburg)

Other breweries
·            New Belgium Brewing
·            Samuel Adams
·            Sweetwater Brewing Company
·            Abita Brewing Company
·            Terrapin Beer Co.
·            Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
·            Founders Brewing Company
·            Left Hand Brewing Company
·            Oskar Blues Brewery
·            Guinness
Plus numerous local homebrewing clubs.

WHAT: The Beer Experience at The Taste beer & food festival

WHERE: Liberty Park, 286 N. Apopka Ave., Inverness, Florida

WHENSaturday, April 83 to 8 p.m.

WHY: Food, beer and fun! Plus, a portion of proceeds will benefit the Citrus County Education Foundation. Its mission is to support Citrus County public schools in order to enhance learning and improve personal development for present and future generations.

HOW MUCH: $5 for admission to the festival; $25 includes general admission and unlimited sampling of craft beers.

INFORMATIONTasteofInverness.com