4th Annual Coastal Art & Craft Beer Festival in New Smyrna Beach

Head out this Saturday, April 29 at the 4th Annual Coastal Art & Craft Beer Festival in New Smyrna Beach (New Smyrna Marina -200 Boatyard St, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169) The festival will feature 100+ craft beers, a free local art show, live music and more! The movie Read more

Bold City Downtown opening this Friday! (April 21)

The Bold New City of the South just got even BOLDER! Bold City Brewery opens their new second location in downtown Jacksonville TO THE PUBLIC THIS FRIDAY! (April 21) starting at 11 am to 11 pm! This exciting addition to Bold City is located at 109 E. Bay Street. Regular hours will Read more

Party of the Decades to benefit the Junior League of Jacksonville

Travel through time at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery on Friday, April 28 for the Party of the Decades to benefit the Junior League of Jacksonville. The event is a progressive party that starts in the Roaring ‘20s, moves into the Groovy ‘60s and finishes in the Rockin’ ‘80s. Dress the Read more

Tree Fest at Swamp Head Brewery - Sat. April 15

This Saturday (April 15) 12 pm -11 pm at Swamp Head Brewery (Gainesville, FL) when you drink you'll be planting 5 trees ... no, really! Tree Fest 2017 is a FREE family friendly event put on by Solar Impact and Swamp Head Brewery with games, live music with Jordan Read more

$3 Craft Drafts

We're all looking for a little happy during the week! $3 local drafts during Happy Hour (Mon - Fri, 4 - 7pm) at Hoptinger - Five Points and their Jax Beach location. If you're in 5 Points - Jax Hawkers 5 Points has $3 craft drafts and $3 app Read more

It's Baseball Season! Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, Amazing Cuisine & Craft Beer! Yes ... Craft Beer!

“Before the Rangers, there were the Spurs.” Companion had been providing a timeline of the growth of his hometown (Arlington, Texas) including the addition of General Motors, Six Flags over Texas, the Texas Rangers Major League Baseball Team and more recently, the Dallas Cowboys. His fondest childhood memories were associated with Read more

Celebrate National Beer Day - April 7

The end of Prohibition was anxiously anticipated by many in the US and President Franklin Roosevelt signed into law a bill which allowed people to brew and sell beer on April 7, 1933. This was regarded as one of the major first steps in getting rid of a heavy-handed Read more

Crooked Can Brewing Co. Celebrates American Craft Beer Week - May 15

Start prepping your liver for American Craft Beer Week! To all my Winter Garden and Central FL peeps, Crooked Can Brewing Company will be kicking off ACBW with an event on Monday, May 15 featuring 20+ breweries including a couple of Jacksonville's own local brews! Tickets are $35 and Read more

Hyperion Brewing Co. Grand Opening May 19

An advocate of human rights, James Freeman Clarke, once said, “I can do small things in a great way” – a very pithy statement from this 19th century theologian and outspoken liberal minister. It is obvious Alexandra "Alex" McKeown, Owner and co-founder of Hyperion Brewing Company is taking that thought Read more

Charity Pint Night for FFB & Free Live Music with FWTR

Come out to Bold City Brewery and support Foundation Fighting Blindness and enjoy free live music by Firewater Tent Revival Friday, April 14, 7 – 11 pm! For each pint purchased Bold City will donate $1 to the Jacksonville VisionWalk via MOMS for sight. There will be a Silent Auction Read more

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Tree Fest at Swamp Head Brewery – Sat. April 15

This Saturday (April 15) 12 pm -11 pm at Swamp Head Brewery (Gainesville, FL) when you drink you’ll be planting 5 trees … no, really! Tree Fest 2017 is a FREE family friendly event put on byswamhad tree fest Solar Impact and Swamp Head Brewery with games, live music with Jordan Burchel and The Delta Troubadours and more.

Each beer purchased throughout the day will donate enough money to plant 5 trees with the Alachua Conservation Trust.

The more you drink, the more you plant! Just make sure you and your Woodland Friends designate a driver if you plan on planting a forest.

For more information visit: http://swamphead.com/events/tree-fest/

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Crooked Can Brewing Co. Celebrates American Craft Beer Week – May 15

Start prepping your liver for American Craft Beer Week! To all my Winter Garden and Central FL peeps, Crooked Can Brewing Company will be kicking off ACBW with an event on Monday, May 15crooked can featuring 20+ breweries including a couple of Jacksonville’s own local brews! Tickets are $35 and you will get to sample all the fine brews and receive a nift glass to keep!

For more information and tickets visit:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/american-craft-beer-week-tap-takeover-tickets-33284851888

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6th Annual Hogtown Craft Beer Festival – Gainesville, FL

Make plans for the 6th Annual Hogtown Craft Beer Festival happening on Saturday, April 22 from 1 – 5 pm at Tioga Town Center, Gainesville, FL! Hogtown2017

Sample beers from various local, regional, and national breweries and learn more about the amazing diversity of beer produced at the local and regional level!

For more information and tickets, visit:
http://www.hogtownbeerfest.com/beerfest/index.cfm

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10th Annual Brews Around the Zoo – Sanford, FL

Lions and Tigers and Beers, oh my! The 10th Annual Brews Around the Zoo 2017 is happening this Saturday, April 8 from 6 – 10 pm (3755 NW Hwy. 17-92 Sanford, FL 32771).brews around the zoo

This wildly popular annual beer and wine tasting event, benefitting the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, will feature a wide variety of beers, home brews, and wine. Light fare from more than 20 local restaurants, live music, special animal encounters and more will add even more fun to this adults-only night at the Zoo.

For tickets and more information visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/885392471587274/

AND
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brews-around-the-zoo-2017-tickets-31540655951

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7th Annual Brews with Attitude – Tampa, FL

Get your tickets for the 7th Annual Brews with Attitude hosted by Pepin Distributing Co. at the TPepin’s Hospitality Centre (4121 N 50th St. Tampa, FL 33610) Tuesday, April 4 from 6 – 10pm.brews with attitude

Over 100 Beers, Ciders and Wine (one wine booth) to sample from, Tampa’s favorite Food Trucks, Live Entertainment, One-off craft beer releases, Variety of hand rolled cigars and more!

For more information and tickets visit:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brews-with-attitude-2017-tickets-31232868350

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4th Annual Brick City Beer & Wine Festival

Make plans for the 4th Annual Brick City Beer & Wine Festival Saturday, April 15, 2pm – 6pm at Citizens Circle (151 SE Osceola Ave, Ocala, Florida 34471). This year’s festival will benefit brick cityKimberly’s Center for Child Protection.

The festival features a full day of beer and wine sampling from some of Central & North Florida’s best breweries, wineries and distributors. Enjoy live music from R-Style, food trucks and sales vendors throughout the day. This all takes place under the beautiful oaks and shade of Citizens’ Circle.

Tasting is from 2:00pm to 6:00pm.
Concert is from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

For more information visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/554883478039838/

For tickets:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brick-city-beer-wine-festival-2017-tickets-29757803391

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Daytona Tortugas 11th Annual Beer Fest

Make plans this Saturday (April 8) for Daytona Tortugas 11th Annual Beer Fest from 4 – 7 pm at historic Jackie Robinson Ballpark!Daytone Tortugas Beer Fest 2017

The proceeds of this event will benefit Tortugas Care Charity Foundation. There will be a variety of local craft beer vendors available for your sampling. In addition to sampling tons of great beer, there will be live music for your listening pleasure!

For more information and tickets, visit:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/daytona-tortugas-11th-annual-beer-fest-tickets-31544512486

Radiology Associates Field At Jackie Robinson Ballpark
105 E. Orange Ave, Jackie Robinson Ballpark
Daytona Beach, FL 32114

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Florida SMASH Beer Festival – Longwood, FL

The 2017 Florida SMASH Beer Festival is happening on Saturday, May 13 from 2 – 6 pm in Longwood, FL.SMaSH17

With the spirit of SMASH brewing so heavily steeped in the home brewing tradition, this incredible Festival will feature a friendly competition between brewers, judged solely by the attendees.

With roughly 80 beers to sample including one-offs from every brewery involved, there will be something to please everyone. With proceeds going to the Sharing Center, this is the perfect chance to enjoy some amazing delicious craft beer while supporting a great cause!

Celebrating 30 years of caring, The Sharing Center, focuses on preventing hunger and homelessness for families and individuals in crisis.

For more information, please visit:
http://floridasmashbeerfestival.com
https://www.facebook.com/FloridaSmashBeerFestival/

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SweetWater 420 Fest – Atlanta, GA

SweetWater 420 Fest returns to Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park, April 21-23, 2017 with four stages hosting a varied lineup of jam, rock, alternative, hip hop, EDM, local artists and2017 420 fEST
comedians.

SweetWater Experience will serve unique craft beer samplings by SweetWater Brewing Co., Planet 420 will teach eco-friendly tips while celebrating Earth Day, Lyrics & Lautgher will keep you laughing and 420 Disco will keep the party going.

For all details and to purchase tickets visit
www.sweetwater420festival.com

Follow on Twitter/Instagram at @420Fest or on Facebook
at facebook.com/420fest

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The Assault on Florida’s Microbreweries

Herbert Hoover – no, not the inventor of a vacuum cleaner – but the 31st President of the United States – once HerbertHooversaid,

“Competition is not only the basis of protection to the consumer, but is the incentive to progress.”

Amen … Well said, President Hoover.

Maybe a more familiar celebrity to you, Walt Disney, was once quoted,

“I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn’t know how to get along without it.”

Competition is a good thing. Of course, it is. Even the Federal Government only allows a limit to open Walt_Disneycompetition under special circumstances and programs. Who would ever want to limit competition? Think about it, the best … sorry … hold on, there’s someone at the door.

*Knock-Knock*

Q: Who’s there?
A: “The Florida Independent Spirits Association, the Florida Retail Federation and the beer wholesalers’ lobbying organization.”

Q: The Florida Independent Spirits Association, the Florida Retail Federation and the beer wholesalers’ lobbying organization WHO?
A: “Quit asking questions! Big Beer called and said, “We’re losing market share!”

Q: Go away. We don’t want any.
A: “Hey, shut up! We’re more important than you. We represent Big Beer and our friends include some big retail companies. You don’t understand – we’re only concerned about you, the consumer.”

Q: Is that so? … In what way?
A: “Well, you know – that whole thing about allowing microbreweries to sell their products to customers who want them inside their establishments. It’s hazy – it needs clarification. Without clarification, the consumer might buy something he or she likes while cutting out the distributor. It makes for a more affordable product and helps the microbrewery stay in business. We can’t have that.”

Q: Why not? Sounds pretty good to me. Plus, our local distributors’ reps don’t have a problem with the way it is now.
A: “Are you stupid? The microbreweries are able to create delicious beer using whatever ingredients they want and can afford. Big Beer can’t do that – they’re stuck using an industrial process to produce a beer which used to be the only product around – they’re on TV a lot, by the way. Look for some great new commercials in the near future! But, back to the issue at hand …

Big Beer has really been trying – they have spent a lot of money creating beer names and labels which sound like a microbrew. Labels – THAT should be enough to maintain their market share – all our in-house experts tell us so – they’re on TV a lot, by the way. Look for some great new labels coming out in the near future! … But, back to the issue at hand … why are you not opening the door?”

Q: Do you think your decreasing market share might be due to the quality of the product underneath those labels? … Why not make changes in your system to provide better products?
A: “BLASPHEMY! … how DARE you? … what do YOU know? … you’re not a shareholder! … Big Beer is too big to fail! … they can’t change their system – it would be too difficult and their leadership is not concerned enough to do so. We can’t ask their top management to start a new initiative in developing better tasting mass-produced beer- their more sophisticated business acumen would prevent that. Plus, their workforce couldn’t do it anyway – they’re too busy batching what they do now to fund top management’s salaries and benefit packages. Hey, if you won’t open the door, why don’t you meet us for Happy Hour? You can get a large bucket full of bottled Big Beer and a hot dog for $2.99! IT’S BIG BEER TIME! …Drink responsibly … did we tell you about the commercials coming up?”

Q: Yes, you did – and no thank you about the Happy Hour. I have two quart-growlers of one style of beer and a gallon growler of another style from one of our awesome local microbreweries. I would have bought a half-gallon of it, but in Florida it’s against the law to sell beer in half-gallon sizes – for some stupid reason.
A: “Don’t even go there, friend – we’re willing to allow half-gallon growlers given approval of our clarification of the present law. Remember it’s best for you if we get clarification. Don’t worry about the reasons – we’re smarter than you.”

Q: Well, thanks any way for stopping by – no clarification needed from the consumer end, though – just leave it alone.
A: “Okay – but remember Big Beer has great labels and names – and hot lookin’ ladies in their commercials, too! Have a cold Big Beer and you’ll get the ladies! Drink responsibly.”

Okay, sorry about that – I’m back now.

According to a recent article in www.jacksonville.com:

“Florida liquor stores and beer distributors are challenging the way the state issues licenses allowing craft breweries to sell their products in tasting rooms, a move that brewers say could put dozens of breweries out of business or, at the very least, halt rapid growth in the industry.

The Florida Retail Federation is suing the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, and the associations that represent Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors distributors have asked to intervene in support of the suit. Separately, the Florida Independent Spirits Association filed a challenge with the agency. The association includes ABC Fine Wine & Spirits chain, which is the state’s largest liquor store chain.

The groups said they aren’t trying to shut down the brewery tasting rooms, but rather to clarify the law that allows the brewers to serve draft beer to drink on site and cans and bottles to take home.”

“Clarify the law”??? … Honestly??? …

First, let’s take a look at who is behind the lawsuit.

According to their website:

Florida Independent Spirits Association, Inc. is a Not For Profit corporation in the State of Florida. FISA was created by a dedicated group of independent alcohol retailers in December of 2013 to combat legislation proposed by Florida grocery chains to put liquor on the shelves of grocery stores.”

Visit their web page and read all the way to the bottom:
http://www.floridaindependentspiritsassociation.com/index.php/about-fisa

Another page on their website gives an indication of what they’re after:
“We were successful in defeating Wal-Mart & Target’s proposed legislation last session that would have placed spirits (hard liquor) directly on grocery shelves. FISA’s lobbyist, Scott Dick and his team, were successful in keeping the current restrictions in place!”
http://www.floridaindependentspiritsassociation.com/index.php/legislative

It’s easy to get on the bandwagon of Walmart-haters. Allegations of Walmart hurting locally owned businesses and killing jobs are thrown about like empty cans of Coors Light. I wonder what the local folks who work at these Walmarts feel about being vilified.

What FISA is really saying is “Limit our competition’s ability to provide what the customer wants in a manner more convenient for them. Screw the customer – make them buy from us.”

Although the Florida Retail Federation supports craft brewers in being willing to sell growlers to go if the product is brewed on the premises (including the “evil” half-gallon size), they oppose brewers selling other malt beverage products not brewed on the premises.

There’s that “make them buy from us” showing up, again …

According to their website:

The Florida Beer Wholesalers Association (FBWA) is a not-for-profit trade association of over two-dozen independent licensed beer distributors throughout Florida. For over 25 years, we have been providing hundreds of fresh, quality beers to licensed retailers in our state, from Pensacola to Key West.

The FBWA is dedicated to educating policy makers, licensees and the general public about the societal value in regulating the manufacturing, the independent distribution of, and the retail sale of alcoholic beverages.”

Read that as – “You need education, you rube-like consumer. You’re just ignorant of our industry.”

On their website, there is an article written by Mitch Rubin, FBWA’s Executive Director. In part, Mr. Rubin states, “It is not our intention to shut down tasting rooms. In fact, we support every brewery’s right to have a tasting room and to sell growlers of beer brewed on the premises.”

Okay. I, for one, actually believe him. But I think he would be able to get to the “common ground” he seeks quicker if he just simply said, “The breweries’ distributors deserve their cut. Cough it up.”

Keep in mind, the alcohol industry’s political strength comes from the beer distributors, not the Big Beer corporations themselves. The main group representing these beer distributors is the National Beer Wholesalers Association.

Here is an article by its President:

http://www.nbwa.org/news/insider-columns/maintaining-a-system-that-works-the-power-of-grassroots

The system mentioned is the Three-Tier System. For more basic info about the Three-Tier System, read a quick Wiki, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three-tier_%28alcohol_distribution%29

What Mr. Purser has said in the NBWA article assumes a system not tinkered with politically or influenced by deep pockets. In essence, Mr. Purser alleges any misgivings the public has about the Three-Tier System can be assuaged by education. In other words, they’re smarter than we are – we’re ignorant of all the value the system has brought and continues to bring to the table.

Education again.

He states in the website-published article, “Thanks to an independent, three-tier distribution system that is unique to the United States, American consumers have access to the most choice and variety of any country in the world – with retailers selling thousands of labels of beer from more than 3,000 breweries. This system allows brewers and importers open access to an independent distributor tier, making our system efficient and balanced.”

Efficient and balanced? More like, “Where’s OUR cut?” … How would continuing to allow microbreweries to sell their creations in their own taproom without selling it first to a distributor undermine the fabric of our country? Answer – it won’t.

It is not surprising that over time, there have been ways found to take advantage of the Three-Tier system for alcohol distribution – by guess who? … those with deep pockets. Here is a great article which highlights both pros and cons of the Three-Tier System.

http://drinks.seriouseats.com/2014/01/craft-beer-three-tier-system-pros-cons-distributor-retailer-debate.html

It has been said, “In identifying manure, ‘nose’ is better than ‘ear’ …”. Sniff it out – follow the money.

Big Beer has been losing market share slowly over the past few years – and the corporate business gurus at these organizations still don’t get it.

Read this article – http://adage.com/article/news/a-b-inbev-millercoors-losing-share-fix/244178/

The telling paragraph to me is:

“It all boils down to positioning,” said MillerCoors Chief Marketing Officer Andy England. As other beers get heavier, Coors Light — which is marketed as “the world’s most refreshing beer” — is the perfect choice “on a hot day or following a hoppy, malty brew when you want something that is a little lighter to wash that down,” Mr. England said.”

Corporate speak. I’m sure he got a bonus for saying that.

The problem is – is that it DOES boil down to positioning – but the positioning is something that in this case needs to be determined resolutely by the consumer on a DAILY basis – not by the jaded marketing staff and consultants of Big Beer implementing a 5-Year Plan. In a somewhat stagnant market, their “positioning” efforts can be effective and a valid course of action. But in an emerging, slowly maturing but rapidly changing market like craft beer? I think their “positioning” will be the product’s high water mark attained collectively by the beer drinkers – a mark driven SOLELY by taste perception EVERY visit – EVERY day. Respectfully, Coors Light is NOT the perfect choice on a hot day or following a hoppy, malty brew. And I think you know that, Andy.

Look, I don’t have a problem with Coors, Bud, Miller, etc. – and you beer geeks out there had better be careful denigrating the mass-produced beverages too much … why? … because it will be just simple human nature for those who religiously drink Bud and such (around 75% of the beer-drinking market, mind you) to take offense at what you’re saying – they’ll take it personal. When they do, what chance do we have of luring them into the craft beer world? Answer: Zilch. (oh my, that would make a great new Big Beer name – Zilch Lite, but I digress)

Staying at odds with Big Beer drinkers cannot help the craft beer industry – especially right here in Jacksonville. By being satisfied with the current number of craft beer lovers in our community is sort of like a small island having one casino and no tourists coming in to gamble. The locals all visit and the same dollars are circulated in and out of the casino – in to gamble, out in salaries and support agreements. Little to no growth … nothing to get really excited about. Do we want that in the Greater Jacksonville Craft Beer Community? Hell, no. May it never be!

Mark my words, Big Beer will be coming on strong in the near future with commercials making craft beer drinkers out to be smug, stuck up snobbish villains putting down real hardworking Americans who drink the mass-produced varieties. Invite a Big Beer drinker out for an evening. Respect your friend’s palate – and look for a “beginner” craft beer. Consider springing for it. We need to gain more loyal craft beer enthusiasts – and it’s time to focus on that.

So what can we do about this lawsuit thing?

The Florida Brewers Guild has set up a crowdfunded legal defense fund. It is estimated that $100,000 will be needed to fight this in the legal realm. The opposition is funded with those with “deep pockets”, so this is a reasonable approximation of the necessary amount.

Here is a link to the site:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/save-florida-s-craft-breweries

Any contribution will help as the Florida Brewers Guild is literally fighting for the life of the Florida craft brewing industry.

Also,

Contact the opposition:
Florida Retail Federation (850) 222-4082
Beer Industry of Florida (850) 222-8960
Florida Beer Wholesalers Association (850) 224-2337
Florida Independent Spirits Association (850) 421-9100

Ask them why they believe breweries should be required to first sell the beer they serve in their own taprooms to their distributor before offering to their customers.

Remember … sniff out the manure – and follow the money. At the end of the day, it is still about Big Beer trying to limit competition.

Another celebrity of sorts, Fidel Castro once stated:Fidel-Castro

“I find capitalism repugnant. It is filthy, it is gross, it is alienating… because it causes war, hypocrisy and competition.”

Fidel Castro. Limits competition. Hates the American spirit. His leadership has worked so well for the Cuban people, hasn’t it? Good role model for competition-haters everywhere.

Hey! Now THERE’S an idea for the folks who the Florida Independent Spirits Association, the Florida Retail Federation and the beer wholesalers’ lobbying organization represent! … a new mass-produced beer … a brand new label!

I can see it now during a future commercial break:

The Dictator – an Imperial Reddish Pale Lite India Lager Pils – a new girl-getter – the Official Beer of Communism! Available only at friends of The Dictator. Drink responsibly.

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25 Craft Breweries in America … Maps and Apps

Planning a road-trip or vacation? See if any of these breweries are in your radius. The Daily Meal just listed their choice for 25 best Craft Breweries in America. View the slideshow HERE.

And check out CraftBeer.com’s Beer Map

BreweryMap.com offers an online tool for searching craft breweries and an app you can download for Apple and Android devices.

And we have our very own Beer Map in Florida, thanks to Gerard Walen which you can view HERE but I highly suggest you take along a copy of Mr. Walen’s new book, Florida Breweries and can be purchased on Amazon HERE.

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World’s Strongest Beer

Okay … I’ve got to try it … who’ll be the first in Jacksonville to carry it?

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2013/10/24/theres-new-worlds-strongest-beer/

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And then it got weird …

The police REALLY screwed up on THIS one … it should all depend on what TYPE of beer the man was seeking:drunk mower

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/10/29/maine-man-charged-with-driving-drunk-on-lawn-mower-to-store-to-buy-beer/

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Man risks life for beer …

This man deserves a medal! … talk about loyalty!
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/10/26/georgia-man-runs-into-burning-home-to-get-beer/?intcmp=latestnews

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Controversial brews …

From the land of the thin-skinned, I really had trouble associating “rape culture” to the obvious innuendo in the subject dallas_blondephrase:

Read more below:
http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2013/10/22/brewer-criticized-for-blonde-beer-that-claims-goes-down-easy/

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The perfect diet plan …

Finally, a diet I can follow … religiously! … the Beer and Sausage Diet. Companion is still jumping up and down:beer and sausage diet

http://video.foxnews.com/v/2748460725001/man-loses-weight-on-beer-and-sausage-diet-/

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Craft Beers for Raleigh, NC

Want an idea for a nice weekend getaway? … How about Raleigh, North Carolina? … Companion and I spent a few days there last December and we found some righteous beer! … check out this article dealing with good Fall beers in that area:

http://www.wral.com/local-craft-beer-perfect-for-fall/12997648/

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You really can drink to your health!

WooHoo! … Health Benefits of Beer! … drink up, bitches!

http://video.foxnews.com/v/2723847243001/bottoms-up-beer-may-be-good-for-you/

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Colorado sixth-grader’s beer-making experiment headed for space

Companion said he wants to shake this kid’s parent’s hands …

Read more below:
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/10/08/colorado-sixth-grader-beer-making-experiment-headed-for-space/

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Hopped on the High Seas Caribbean-style IPA

As many of you know, companion and I used to live in the Caribbean. Cigar City

Brewing ended up going about 90 miles away from where we lived to create a collaboration with Cervezas del Sur in Ponce, Puerto Rico called Hopped on the High Seas Caribbean-style IPA. http://cigarcitybrewing.com/index.php?option=com_easyblog&view=entry&id=52&Itemid=37

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Excuse me sir but there is ‘government’ in my beer!

Yes, that’s what we need … more government in the craft beer industry … more politics. Jiminy cricket … I understand the motivation behind the bill, but “jeez-oh-pete”, do we REALLY need politicians involved in this?
http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2013/10/07/bill-would-require-each-beer-pint-have-16-ounces/?intcmp=features

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New Dogfish Head brew is out of this world

“Halfway around the world” – a phrase indicating the furthest point on earth measured from any point of reference (11,500 miles or so). It would also indicate the furthest a brewery could go to get any ingredient to incorporate in to their latest creation … no wait … how about around 240,000 miles?

What is 240,000 miles away ? … the moon.

Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales has created an Oktoberfest ale made with moon dust! … check out this article about their “Celest-jewel-ale”:

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2013/10/03/dogfish-head-creates-beer-made-with-moon-dust/

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Craft Beer and the Shutdown

Read this article about the impact the government shutdown could have on the craft beer industry:

http://www.arlnow.com/2013/10/04/your-beermonger-craft-beer-and-the-shutdown/

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Louisiana Craft Beer Trail

It’s time for me to whip up a batch of my crawfish etoufee! … I garr-on-tee, hooboy! … how ‘bout this USA Today article about the debut of a Louisiana Craft Beer Trail! … look for an upcoming JBB Blog Post about this, complete with an interview with one of the breweries:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/experience/food-and-wine/news-festivals-events/beer/2013/09/24/louisiana-debuts-craft-beer-trail/2860827/

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“He Said”

I am sure someone out there will be saying, “Now, why didn’t I think of that?” … a

pumpkin-spiced Belgian-style Tripel. This one is a collaboration between Elysian Brewing and 21 Amendment Brewery named “He Said”. Check out 21st Amendment’s description on their website:
http://21st-amendment.com/beers/he-said-tripel/

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Terrapin Beer Company will host its Fourth Annual Hop Harvest


ROAD TRIP! … Terrapin Beer Company will host its Fourth Annual Hop Harvest

Festival on October 19 (Saturday) at their brewery in Athens, Georgia. At that time, their 2013 Fresh Hop Beer – the “So Fresh & So Green, Green” will also be released.

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Ska Brewing Stout Series

Last December, companion and I were traveling to Connecticut via Raleigh, North Carolina and visited the World of Beer there … well, a number of times. One amazing beer we had was Ska Brewing (Colorado) Mole Stout. We ended up ordering it a number of times during the time we spent in Raleigh.

Here is Ska’s Press Release about the kickoff of their Seasonal Stout program:

DURANGO, CO—On September 21st Ska Brewing will begin the second year of its Seasonal Stout program—featuring a different canned stout released near the equinox or solstice of each of the four seasons—with the second annual release of Autumnal Molé Stout.

The Autumnal Molé Stout is an ale brewed with cocoa nibs, spices and three varieties of chile peppers: Ancho, Guajillo and Hatch green chiles, (also known as Anaheim Peppers.) This beer checks in at 5.8% ABV (Alcohol By Volume) and 15 IBU’s (International Bitterness Units).

Around Ska Brewing’s location in the high desert of Southern Colorado, chile peppers—especially the famous Hatch (aka Anaheim) Green Chiles—are as important to fall as raking leaves and football.

“Humans are seasonal beings,” said Dave Thibodeau, Ska President and co-founder. “I mean, fortunately we don’t die in the fall and need replanting in the spring, but what we eat, drink, and play changes with the seasons. The seasonal stouts are the 12 oz. embodiment of that.”

The beer’s release will be celebrated near the date of the autumnal equinox at Ska Brewing World HQ in Durango, but according to Thibodeau “we just assume that all fall equinox celebrations in our nine markets are celebrating this beer’s release.”

The series will continue as it did last year, with the release of the other three stouts in the series: Hibernal Vinifera Stout on the winter solstice, and the Vernal Minthe Stout and Estival Cream Stout in 2014

http://www.skabrewing.com

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Stone’s CEO will trim down for charity …

Another example of why the craft beer industry is being embraced more and more …

Stone Brewing Company co-founder and CEO Greg Koch is set to cut his hair and beard for charity!

http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=5ec5334c4de0485ce1a0cb338&id=8cae12efef&e=af28b2a732

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Rogue’s Big Ass Box of Ales

If any of you were wondering what to get me for Christmas this year … just get me a BIG ASS Box – from Rogue Ales, that is!

The BIG ASS Box comes with 6 bottles of our BIG ASS Black Berry, BIG ASS Braggot or BIG ASS Brewers Ale and arrives sealed. Any merchandise bought alongside the box will be shipped outside it unless otherwise requested.

Check out their store page with more details about this great gift idea:

http://rogue.com/store/products/The-BIG-ASS-Box-.html

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First Drafts: Funky Lafayette an overnight craft beer boom town

I often get asked if I think Jacksonville has room for another microbrewery – especially when I mention I know of three more in various stages of funding and development.

The answer I give is always affirmative since I know that MOST beer-drinking Jacksonvillians have not been properly introduced to craft beer – which is my personal goal, of course.

What do YOU think? … before you answer, check out this article about a 26,000 person town in Colorado:
http://www.denverpost.com/fitness/ci_24053721/funky-lafayette-an-overnight-craft-beer-boom-town

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Why Aren’t There More People Of Color In Craft Brewing?

I came across an interesting NPR online article about the scarcity of people of color involved in the craft beer brewing business:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/09/06/219721800/why-aren-t-there-more-people-of-color-in-craft-brewing

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The States With The Best Access To Great Craft Beer

Joe Satran of the Huffington Post posted a thought-provoking article with a list of states with the best access to craft beer (no, Florida is not in the top 10) :

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/11/best-craft-beer-states_n_3908860.html

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Boulevard Brewing Company in Kansas City


Multimedia Journalist Victoria Craig prepared an excellent article about Boulevard Brewing Company in Kansas City. Wow! … check out the journey its founder, John McDonald, took to bring his dream to fruition:

http://www.foxbusiness.com/business-leaders/2013/08/26/believing-in-boulevard-founder-taps-midwest-mentality/

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Mikkeller Beer can now bring all the boys to the yard …

Oh, holy! … you know I like me an Oatmeal Stout and Vanilla Milk Shake! … look at the newest member of the Mikkeller Beer Geek family:

http://shop.mikkeller.dk/beer-23/mikkeller-beer-geek-vanilla-shake-330ml-478.html

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Young Veterans Brewing Co.

Young Veterans Brewing Co.

Young Veterans Brewing Co.

How far would you go to support our war veterans? … how about a little over 600 miles? … there is a new brewery opening in Hampton Roads, Virginia not far from the main runway of the US Navy’s East Coast master jet base – AND its founders are two Iraq War veterans! … check out the FoxNews.com article about Young Veterans Brewing Company:

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2013/08/21/iraq-vets-brewing-freedom-in-their-craft-beers/

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