By: J.J. Taylor Blog
J.J. Taylor was honored to receive a Sustainable Business Award yesterday at the 7th Annual Sustainable Business Awards, a Program of the Sustainable Business Coalition of Tampa Bay, Inc., The Sustany Foundation and The University of Tampa Center for Ethics. The Sustainable Business Awards is an annual event that recognizes and honors for-profit businesses in the Tampa Bay Area that engage in practices that not only increase economic opportunities but also improve the environment and community.
The Florida Legislature loosened regulations on distilleries last session, but they might get a bit more than they bargained for, at least from Sarasota-based Drum Circle Distilling. The governor signed a bill into law in May that allows distilleries to sell two bottles per label per calendar year directly to consumers.
By: Florida Beer News
Victory Brewing Company (Victory) announces two refreshingly drinkable additions to their second annual Variety of Victorys Summer Selections – Kühl Kölsch and Whirlwind Witbier. Available only in the variety pack, along with Summer Love Ale and Prima Pils, they give new fans a complete overview of the best the brewery has to offer and invite existing fans to experience new flavors.
By: The Tampa Tribune
Nearly a decade into the craft beer boom, the trend shows no signs of slowing down. Breweries keep popping up across the state and country, beer keeps flowing, and people keep sidling up to the bar. Also growing: The pressure to come up with new brews and new tastes. And if the brewmaster can do that and find a way to connect with the local area and its history, so much the better.
By: Orlando Sentinel
Looks as if we'll be making a lot more visits to Artegon Marketplace this month. Comic-book superstore Gods & Monsters makes its long-awaited debut at the artisan mall on June 13, but we'll whet our appetite in the meantime with the latest installment of the Art of Beer. This monthly fest features free light bites, live music from area bands and free beer samples from local brewers such as Orlando Brewing. As the saying goes: It may not be art, but we know what we like.
By: Florida Beer News
Proof Brewing Company of Tallahassee is giving away their tap lines. Well, temporarily. The craft brewery is celebrating the oncoming summer with an event that will see the brewery’s taps share with the likes of Founder’s Brewing, Cigar City Brewing, and 7venth Sun Brewing to bring some very unique beers into Florida’s capitol city.
By: Pensacola News Journal
It's always fun to see new breweries bring their wares to town. Sure, the typical styles will all be there — nothing really new under the sun, you know — but we get to check out their interpretations of ale and lager. And it's always nice to be the first in Pensacola to introduce said beer to our guests.
By: The Tampa Tribune
Drinking alcohol on the sand is illegal on this beach that is rated as one of the top family-friendly vacations in Florida. That doesn’t stop drunken brawls from breaking out among spring breakers who pour out of the city’s beach bars onto the sand, nor has it kept retired residents at neighboring condos from pouring beer into a solo cup to watch the sun set.
By: First Coast News
A subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch is considering a major expansion of its Westside can manufacturing plant in Jacksonville. Metal Container Corp. is promising to spend $170 million and hire 75 new employees at an average salary of $75,000 a year. The proposed incentive package from the city is up to $12,045,000, according to legislation being filed with the Jacksonville City Council. Almost all of that, up to $12 million, is in the form of relief from 75 percent of the additional property taxes that the project would generate for 12 years after completion.
By: The Boston Globe
After four years, Boston Beer Co. chairman Jim Koch is ready to crack open a bottle or two from his side project, developing new lines of craft beers. And you won’t find the Samuel Adams name anywhere on the labels. Four brands developed or acquired by a business incubator that Koch created within Boston Beer are all having breakout moments. One, a line of fruit-flavored beverages known as shandies, just launched a national rollout, while two of the smaller labels are in the midst of opening breweries.
By: Tampa Bay Times
Most people are surprised to hear the term "vegan beer." But animal products can make their way into brews (and wine and liquor), so it's something vegans need to keep an eye on. Here are tips for folks who want to keep their booze animal-free..
By: Orlando Sentinel
Brewers and beer drinkers can rejoice – the 64-ounce container known as a “growler” will soon be legal in Florida. Gov. Rick Scott signed SB 186 Thursday, legalizing the new container size and setting up a firm legal framework for craft beer breweries to operate. “By making the sale of 64 ounce growlers legal in Florida, we are eliminating another burdensome regulation and allowing more Florida businesses to succeed. We are pleased to continue to create a world class business environment where all businesses, including breweries, can succeed,” Scott said in a prepared statement.
The same measure that made Florida the last state to allow 64-ounce beer containers known as growlers also included a gift to the state's craft distillers. Now that it's official, an "explosion" of homegrown liquor production likely will follow, one distiller says. Gov. Rick Scott last week approved a new law authorizing the most popular size of growler — the containers used to take home craft beer on tap.
Before he became an impresario of the local craft beer scene, before he founded Cigar City Brewing, Joey Redner made sure that wherever he traveled he knew where all the microbreweries were. "You want to experience things you can't have back home," he said. "That's the fun of it." Beer tourism is an old concept that has come roaring back in recent years. In fact, craft beer has become a thing, especially in the bay area.
Proof Brewing Company of Tallahassee has been working hard to keep titilating those Tallahassee tap lines, and the brewery keeps flowing with fresh ideas and new treatments of their beers. The brewery announced earlier this month that they would begin working on having a new and exciting beer on at the Railroad Square location every Thursday from then on.
By: The Daytona Beach News Journal
A legal cloud overshadowing Florida’s craft beer boom would be lifted under a bill that seems likely to pass the Legislature this spring, but brewers also would face unpopular new restrictions. nThe bill creates short-term stability for the industry but could threaten long-term growth, some say. The compromises in the legislation are causing a rift in the craft beer industry. “We got steamrolled,” said Eddie Leon, an acclaimed Miami brewer who decided not to renew his membership in the state’s largest brewer’s association because of its support for the legislation.
Delray Beach Center for the Arts celebrates art and culture in many forms, including the art of a well-crafted beer. On May 8, the city will welcome the return of the Delray Beach Craft Beer Fest — formerly known as the Old School BeerFest — the Center for the Art's signature fundraiser supporting community programs and outdoor concerts. Now celebrating its 25th anniversary season, Delray Beach Center for the Arts offers art through events, theater, exhibits, and classes.
Baseball season is back, so cue the usual grumblings about how Maritime Park and the stadium are "unwanted boondoggles." For some reason, there are folks in these parts who act anti-progressive and don't want the trappings of modern city life. We've heard the arguments. It's too expensive, no one likes baseball, what do they use the stadium for when it's not baseball season… Well, flip the coin over and see the accolades, the job creation and the attention of well-known sports figures native to our neck of the beach.
I've always enjoyed my visits to downtown Winter Garden with its compact but diverse set of restaurants and shops. But cobblestone streets or no, I'm going to have to stop calling the area "sleepy." Winter Garden's brand-new brewery is the centerpiece of a local-centric marketplace still under construction, and so far there is nothing lazy about either operation. Crooked Can aims straight for the beer gut in Winter Garden. Early last year, we began hearing the buzz about Plant Street Market, a cluster of artisan shops that would extend the reach of Winter Garden's commercial district.