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The Beer Industry of Florida will hold its 2015 Annual Conference in Destin, Florida on November 3rd & 4th at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. The 2015 BIF Annual Conference will also offer a wide variety of networking and relationship development opportunities. Activities will include a Welcome Reception featuring new and innovative product showcases, Business Session Dinner with important industry updates, and Annual Golf Tournament.

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Florida Legislature Called Into Special Redistricting Session

Roll Call
By: Emily Cahn

Florida legislators were notified Monday that a special session will be held Aug. 10 to 21 to approve a new congressional district map.

In a memo to members of the state Legislature, state Senate President Andy Gardiner and state Speaker Steve Crisafulli said a map will be drawn and made public before the legislature convenes for the two-week session, where state legislators will have the ability to debate and amend it.

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October 2, 2015


It's pumpkin beer season, a time for flavorful brews

Tampa Bay Times - October 1, 2015

Now that my summer-long tradition of steadfastly ignoring their existence has come to an end, it's time to acknowledge the presence of the heavy hitters of the seasonal beer game: pumpkin beers. They used to be exciting, goes the common lament. I hear you! It's tough to get pumped about a "seasonal" release intended to evoke the flavors and colors of fall when every brewery in the country has near-identical spins on the pumpkin-vanilla-spice formula pouring come the first day of July.

Oktoberfest lives in St. Petersburg

Bay News 9 - October 1, 2015

Oktoberfest wraps up in Germany this weekend. But, the party is just getting started a little closer to home. Behind the walls of a former 1920s-era cafeteria in St. Petersburg awaits a taste of Bavaria. "This Hofbräuhaus, I think, is very similar to the traditional one in Munich," proudly states Hermann Nachbar, a musician from Germany. "Oktoberfest in Germany means that people go where they are happy." Each autumn, the city of Munich is home to a festival that celebrates good food, good beer and good friends.

Beer Garden: Wrap up Octoberfest with Maibock

Pensacola News Journal - September 29, 2015

With Oktoberfest wrapping up this weekend, I’ll be down in Orlando celebrating in my preferred fashion; going upside down really fast on theme park rides. But before I take my leave, I thought I’d make sure there’s something nice waiting for you. We’re hosting a Pint Night Thursday at both of our Hopjacks locations. We’ll be featuring the panhandle’s only kegs of Ayinger Maibock. Wait. Maibock? That’s a spring beer!

Beer aficionado tunes up stein ways for Tampa Oktoberfest

The Tampa Tribune - October 1, 2015

Jonathon Alderman knows how to hold his beer —in a hefty glass stein that weights about seven pounds when full of lager. A five-time champion of stein hoisting at the annual Tampa Oktoberfest, Alderman is getting ready to defend his title again this month when the event cranks up Oct. 9-11 in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. This is the month when Oktoberfest events are in full swing throughout the Tampa/St. Petersburg area.

Orlando bar's solution to UCF football woes? Free beer

Tampa Bay Times - September 30, 2015

At some point during UCF's 31-14 loss to South Carolina last week, Brandon Geers looked around the dive bar he co-owns in Orlando and counted about 30 people - down from the 200 fans who used to frequent The Basement during Knights games. "It was kind of just depressing..." said Geers, 29. "It was very real that the Blake Bortles days are over, and we've got to do something to spark these Knight fans up again." The solution: free beer.


Broward Palm Beach New Times - October 1, 2015

Want an hour early entrance, an awesome commemorative gift and access to the Brew Master Beer Garden? Tell us what you would call your own personal flavor of craft beer and we'll choose a lucky winner for two Brew Master tickets (value: $130) on Saturday, October 10.Since most of us know nothing about the hard work and sacrifice that goes into building a brewery from scratch — and even less about the actual day-to-day running of a brewery, never mind the ingredients and steps required to brew a beer — most of our fantasies probably revolve around what we would call our various brews.



Senate could drop Confederate flag from seal

The News Service of Florida - September 30, 2015

State senators are scheduled next week to begin considering whether to keep the Confederate flag on the Senate's official seal, another sign of a growing national tide against icons of the South's rebellion in the 1860s.The Senate Rules Committee will meet Oct. 8 to begin re-examining the current emblem of the chamber.


September 25, 2015


Green Man Brewery comes to Florida

Florida Beer News - September 21, 2015

Green Man has partnered with S.R. Perrott Inc. to debut their Legendary Ales in Florida and will continue to expand distribution throughout the Southeast. Green Man Brewery, out of Asheville, NC has added a fourth state to their distribution footprint, launching in Daytona and Ormond Beach.

Craft Brewing and Distilling News for September 23, 2015

Shanken News Daily - September 23, 2015

J.J. Taylor Distributing Company of Minnesota Inc. is set to acquire Day Distributing Company, expanding its geographic distribution area and brand portfolio. Terms of the deal, which is expected to close by the end of October, weren’t disclosed.

Taptoberfest benefit spreads craft beer joy on Gaines

Tallahassee Democrat - September 23, 2015

There are plenty of reasons to recommend the second annual Taptoberfest taking place this Saturday at the Brass Tap Downtown on Gaines. After all, how often does a craft beer-centric event also include activities for kids with a portion of the proceeds going to a deserving local nonprofit, the Children’s Home Society?

Discover ‘Magic Kingdom’ for craft beer lovers

The Advertiser - September 23, 2015

Ask most any serious beer drinker what their dream vacation would be and they’d answer “To be given a name tag that I can hang around my neck that would allow me to drink as much free craft beer as I wanted for three days.”

Yuengling tries to survive craft beer craze by staying in the middle

Tampa Bay Times - September 24, 2015

When Richard "Dick" Yuengling bought the former Stroh's brewery in Tampa Bay in 1999, no one was talking about blueberry wheat beers or India pale ales. The then fast-growing Pennsylvania brewing company, D.G. Yuengling & Son, was ready to expand its footprint and start selling its signature lager in the Southeast.

Fall festivals flourish on Emerald Coast

NWF Daily News - September 24, 2015

Round 2 of “festival season” is upon us here on the Emerald Coast! (The first was in spring.) Fill your weekends with food, live music, and fun. Keep this calendar handy for the next seven weeks to better plan your fall entertainment.



Hearing to finally settle Florida congressional districts set to begin

My Palm Beach Post - September 23, 2015

Three years and two maps after Florida’s Republican-led Legislature first came up with congressional boundaries that were supposed to last for a decade, the battle over district lines goes Thursday before a judge, who will play a key role in the so-far elusive goal of determining a final version.

September 18, 2015


Hofbräuhaus opens in St. Petersburg as part of growing beer industry

News Channel 8 - September 16, 2015

This week Hofbräuhaus opened in St. Petersburg, becoming part of Florida’s growing beer industry. “It’s a destination location. It’s where we want families to come,” Travis Horn of Hofbräuhaus said. Hofbräuhaus was founded in 1589 in Munich, Germany. The company is now expanding into some American markets.

Follow Your Folly With New Belgium's Road Brewer Event Series

J.J. Taylor Blog - September 17, 2015

Fort Collins, Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing brings their Road Brewer Series to Tampa Bay! Join Brewer, Patrick Murfin for a series of events across The Bay area where he will be pouring beer, talking beer and pairing beer for four straight days. From St. Pete, to Ybor City to Brandon, Murfin will take a guests on a trip into the depths of beer and treat them to some new and rarely seen liquids from one of Colorado’s finest breweries.


Broward Palm Beach New Times - September 14, 2015

Five years ago, 26° Brewing Co. cofounder Greg Lieberman began making beer as a hobby. Today, the self-taught brewer is making more than 900 gallons per batch at his Pompano Beach brewery, set to open later this week. Finally, after more than a year of renovations and preparations, thirsty patrons awaiting the official opening of 26° Brewing Co. can breathe a sigh of relief. Lieberman and fellow brewery owners Yonathan Ghersi, Oscar Olikowicz, and Billy Silas have decided on a date.

Orlando Brewing celebrates Oktoberfest

Florida Beer News - September 17, 2015

Central Florida’s only local, organic microbrewery will commemorate over 200 years of German tradition at their 9th annual Oktoberfest celebration. At 1pm on September 19th, a ceremonial tapping of the brewery’s 2015 organic Oktoberfest märzenbier will commence festivities. The celebration will continue throughout the day with German food, traditional German music by Dan Witucki & Mein Heimatland Musikaten [party polka], general revelry, and of course, beer.

Beer Garden: Hoist a Sea Dog to help a dog in need

Pensacola News Journal - September 15, 2015

This weekend finds us wrapping up our third annual Dog Days of Summer fundraiser. This year, however, we’re doing things a little different than before. It all began when my Sea Dog sales rep and long-time friend Melissa Beacham (née Carroll, now) approached me about featuring her beer as a summer promotion. I heard the old phrase “Dog Days of Summer” in my head and instantly started planning out three special events to pepper the season’s months at our cross-town locations. The promotion ended with a “Pug” Crawl across our (then) three downtown establishments.

Victory Brewing’s Moonglow Weizenbock is returning to Florida

Florida Beer News - September 17, 2015

Hitting shelves now through the end of November, Victory Brewing Company, the Philadelphia area based craft brewer, is bringing back their popular seasonal Moonglow Weizenbock through November. Hitting shelves now through the end of November, Victory Brewing Company, the Philadelphia area based craft brewer, is bringing back their popular seasonal Moonglow Weizenbock through November. This beloved seasonal ‘bock’ beer originates from German brewing tradition.

King of Beers: Makers of Budweiser, Miller eye global merger

Tampa Bay Times - September 16, 2015

The makers of Budweiser aren't satisfied with being the kings of beer. They want an empire. Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's biggest brewing company and the owner of Budweiser, announced Wednesday it wants to buy SABMiller, the second-largest brewer and the maker of longtime rival brand Miller Genuine Draft.


Florida takeaways from Republican presidential debate

Sun Sentinel - September 17, 2015

Floridians were front and center, literally, at Wednesday night's high-stakes presidential debate, which could reshuffle the Republican presidential field. As the leader in public opinion polls, part-time Palm Beach resident Donald Trump was at center stage — and was the center of attention from questioners and fellow candidates.

September 11, 2015


Emerald Coast Beer Festival is a beer lover’s paradise

Pensacola News Journal - September 9, 2015

Beer lovers are set to invade Seville Quarter on Friday, as the Emerald Coast Beer Festivals annual Beer Tasting takes over all seven rooms and two courtyards of the historic entertainment complex. Boasting one of the area’s largest and most popular beer tastings, the event, which is presented by the Escambia Bay Homebrewers, will offer beers from microbreweries, specialty bottled beers and homebrewed beers for tasting.

MiraBay club makes it easy to brew your own beer

The Tampa Tribune - September 9, 2015

The title brewmaster is earned by being a little bit chemist, magician and artist. In MiraBay, Tom Tanner is all three. The 35-year-old does more than park his car in his garage; he brews craft beer there. Lots of beer. “I have five different beers on tap right now,” he said. “My passion is brewing.” Tanner started the MiraBay Homebrewing Club early last year to bring together both brewers and those who appreciate beers crafted by hand at home.

Drink of the Week: Sixpoint Brewery's new Jammer gose beer

Tampa Bay Times - September 8, 2015

When Brooklyn's Sixpoint Brewery debuted its Jammer gose earlier this summer, feedback wasn't promising. Drinkers used to over-the-top domestic interpretations of this archaic German wheat beer style weren't impressed with Sixpoint's more traditional approach, which favored nuance and balance over enamel-stripping sourness and mouth-desiccating salinity levels.

3 Daughters Brewing renames beer to celebrate USF anniversary

The St. Petersburg Tribune - September 7, 2015

Fans of brew and the USF Bulls have something to celebrate this month as the St. Petersburg campus marks a milestone. St. Petersburg-based 3 Daughters Brewing is releasing a special edition remake of its most popular beer — Beach Blonde Ale — to commemorate University of South Florida St. Petersburg’s 50th anniversary.

Brewers from around the world to converge on Saint Petersburg for The Festival

Florida Beer News - September 8, 2015

Brewers from around the world will converge on Saint Petersburg for Shelton Brothers’ The Festival. The Festival, presented by Shelton Brothers, is an annual craft beer and cider festival in a different city every year, and this year we’re bringing it to the Tampa area. The craft beer scene in Florida — and specifically the Tampa/St. Pete area — is one of the best and most up-and-coming in the country, and we’re thrilled to be hosting our event there this year.

Beer Garden: Pumpkin beer is here, and this one’s a winner

Pensacola News Journal - September 8, 2015

It’s that time of year again. I’m sure you’ve already seen the memes online. Actor Sean Bean’s Ned Stark character from “Game of Thrones” leans on the hilt of his sword, his eyes squinting into the distance. “Brace yourself… Pumpkin everything is coming.” While it’s true that breweries keep releasing their pumpkin beers earlier and earlier each year, two items should be taken into consideration: People gladly buy these beers in August and breweries are getting better at making them.


Scott signs executive order tracking mental health services

The News Service of Florida - September 9, 2015

As the state Department of Children and Families convened its annual child-protection summit Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott signed an executive order aimed at better coordinating mental health services --- something DCF Secretary Mike Carroll said will help his agency provide improved care for children.


September 4, 2015


Tap into Sunshine State's exploding craft beer scene

Tallahassee Democrat - September 2, 2015

Florida's craft beer world continues to grow at warp speed, a microcosm of what has happened in this state over the past half century. New breweries are opening virtually every month. It is almost bizarre, because it seems highly unlikely that all of them will be able to survive for too long.

Sun Life Stadium Offers 16 Local Beers On Tap

Miami New Times - August 31, 2015

Dolphin fans not only have a pretty good team to watch this year — they have good food and craft beer. The team bettered the Atlanta Falcons Saturday night 13 to 9 and the offense looked solid, particularly quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who is 33 of 41 for the preseason.

Destin Wine World Hosts 5th Annual Beer Festival

Digital Journal - September 2, 2015

Festivals in Destin, Florida are some of the most anticipated events around the year. The fall season brings beer, wine, and seafood festivals which attract many visitors to the Emerald Coast. Saturday, September 26th is this year’s date for the 2015 Beer Festival held at Chan’s Wine World in the Paradise Key Shopping Center.

USF St. Pete to celebrate 50th anniversary with beer

10 News - September 1, 2015

The 50th anniversary of the founding of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg will be rung in with a specially brewed beer courtesy of 3 Daughters Brewing. The school announced on its website Monday that the honorary brew, Bayboro Blonde Ale, will be served at the school's Community Block Party held on campus on September 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Beer Garden: Funny name disguises seriously good beer

Pensacola News Journal - September 1, 2015

Beers these days sure have some funny names, don’t they? Cue the Shakespeare quote and let’s talk about whether or not a “rose by any other name” might “smell as sweet.” It’s getting harder for breweries to come up with names for their product that haven’t been used before. The last few years has even seen brewery pitted against brewery — brother against brother — over similarities of names.

New Belgium Brewing to Tweak Abbey and Trippel Recipes

Craft Beer  - September 2, 2015

Two of New Belgium Brewing’s longest running beers, Abbey Belgian Style Dubbel and Trippel Belgian Style Ale, are being reimagined and updated for a new era. Both beers started life as homebrew recipes more than 25 years ago and new developments in hop and malt manufacturing have been incorporated.


Biden has strong Florida ties, but few see plausible path to presidency

Tampa Bay Times - September 1, 2015

Few national Democratic figures have more longtime friends in Florida than Joe Biden, who returns to the Sunshine State today amid growing chatter that he could enter and upend the presidential race. The vice president's visit to South Florida — to discuss the Iran deal with Jewish residents, speak at Miami Dade College, and raise money for Democratic U.S. Senate campaigns — is his first high-profile trip since the prospect of him challenging Hillary Rodham Clinton for the nomination ceased to seem far-fetched.

August 28, 2015


Beer Garden: Grape beer is prep for beer/wine dinner

Pensacola News Journal - August 25, 2015

It’s been a while since Hopjacks has done a beer dinner, but that’s no sweat for us. We’re a restaurant, after all. If anything, there’s the trepidation of putting a special menu out there and hoping I’ve picked the best beer possible to go with each course. Now, let’s kick that up a notch.


Funky Buddha introduces new Sweet Potato Casserole in bottles

Florida Beer News - August 26, 2015

Drop the dressing and ditch the pumpkin: Sweet Potato Casserole Strong Ale is debuting in 4-pack, 12 oz bottles and on draft starting on September 1.[The much loved Funky Buddha Sweet Potato Casserole should be out soon in 4-packs.]The much loved Funky Buddha Sweet Potato Casserole should be out soon in 4-packs.


Things To Do Planner: Beer Challenge, WWE Raw in Tampa, Rodeo Fest

Tampa Bay Times - August 26, 2015

Lifting weights 12 ounces at a time will get you in shape for The Great Beer Challenge coming Saturday to the courts of the Mirror Lake St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club. Beginning at 2 p.m., teams of four will compete in beer-centered games including corn hole, flip cup, a stein holding competition and even shuffleboard to honor the location for the inaugural event.

Spirited events on tap for September, beyond

NWF Daily News - August 27, 2015

September looks to be a “spirited” month. There are three back-to-back weekends crammed with events centered on spirits or beer. As a bonus, all of the events benefit local organizations. We’ve kicked off this roundup with an extra event that isn’t in September, but does take place tonight!

Amber Waves: Good gourd, it's too early for pumpkins, so let's get Funky

The Florida Times-Union - August 26, 2015

When we stagger through the autoclave that is a Florida August, the last thing we want is a big, boozy, sweet, spicy pumpkin beer. Yet liquid pumpkin patches have already sprung up at many beer retailers, with pumpkin beers taking over shelves, aisles and end caps.


Negron says he’s locked up votes for Senate president, 2017-2018

Palm Beach Post - August 26, 2015

Sen. Joe Negron, a Stuart Republican whose district includes northern Palm Beach County, said Wednesday that he has locked up enough votes to be Florida Senate President next year. But Negron’s rival for the title, Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, quickly dismissed the claim.


August 21, 2015

Brew Hub changes craft beer landscape

Tallahassee Democrat - August 13, 2015

You might have noticed that Publix recently offered a buy one-get one free special with a 22-ounce bottle of beer (better known as a "bomber") made in Florida called Keybilly Island Ale. I was curious. My beer-radar was right. I must say, though, that the story behind the ale is much better than the beer itself.


A craft beer revolution in Palm Beach County

Palm Beach Post - August 19, 2015

It’s too bad killer whales don’t drinkcraft beer. Last year alone, independently owned Florida breweries produced enough craft beer to fill Shamu’s tank at SeaWorld six-and-half times — nearly 35 million gallons — and have enough left over for the world’s greatest block party.


Things to Do Planner: Beer fests, last blast before school, fun at a new water park

Tampa Bay Times - August 19, 2015

Our Ultimate Bar Guide lets you know where to imbibe all year long. But this is an extra-special weekend to be a beer snob.Beerfest at MOSI will give craft beer enthusiasts more than 70 varieties to sample from 35 breweries, with food trucks, entertainment and MOSI exhibits to peruse. It runs 8-11 p.m. Saturday.

American Social To Open West Coast Flagship In Downtown Tampa

PR Newswire - August 19, 2015

American Social (AmSo), the upscale sports bar and "farm-to-table" restaurant that originated in South Florida on Las Olas Boulevard and expanded to downtown Miami, has announced a new location will launch in Tampa, Florida.


Playalinda Brewing to expand and add distillery

Florida Beer News - August 18, 2015

Nearly a year since launching Titusville’s first craft brewery, the founding partners behind Playalinda Brewing Co. have announced plans to build an offsite production brewery and distillery, both co-branded as The Brix Project.

Craft Brewing and Distilling News for August 19, 2015

Shanken News Daily - August 19, 2015

Delray Beach, Florida’s Saltwater Brewery is rolling out its flagship Screamin’ Reels IPA in a new canned format following installation of a canning line in July. Six-packs will be available throughout the company’s current Florida distribution territory, which spans from Sebastian to Key West through a partnership with Brown Distributing, with expansion to Orlando and North Florida expected soon.


Florida Legislature now has 2 different maps to sort out

Associated Press - August 19, 2015

With time running out, the Florida Legislature now has dueling maps to redraw the state's 27 congressional districts. Either of the rival maps would make dramatic shifts to Florida's political landscape and could likely end the political careers of several incumbent members of Congress.

August 14, 2015

7 ways to get started creating your own beer

Tallahassee Democrat - August 14, 2015

We're out of the dark ages of having to choose between skunked lagers and mass produced ales. You don't have to settle for watered down beer that looks like dish water and tastes even worse. Consumers can now pick a full-bodied stout that has a honey-brown hue and tastes like a caramel cappuccino. Or they can have a lighter beer called a shandy, which is ale combined with an orange peel, lemon or ginger to make a delightful summer treat.


Jacksonville is next in line to get Funky (Buddha)

Florida Beer News - August 14, 2015

Funky Buddha is launching in the greater Jacksonville area on August 18th, as well as Gainesville, Tallahassee and the rest of North Florida on September 1. Funky Buddha draft and bottles will be available starting on those dates in retailers, restaurants, and bars throughout the area. Brown Distributing will be handling all sales and distribution, which will see Funky Buddha distributed statewide throughout Florida for the first time.


Budweiser truck spills beer all over highway in Florida

Daily News - August 11, 2015

The beer was flowing in Florida after a Budweiser truck went bottoms up early Tuesday. Beer cans cluttered the roadside of southbound Interstate 75, just north of Tampa at around 7:30 a.m., when a trucker lost control of the behemoth vehicle, Florida Highway Patrol told the Tampa Bay Times. The driver, Malcolm Jamal Wilcox, said he was distracted by his small dog and lost control of the rig, authorities said.

Running and beer: An unlikely marriage

Florida Today - August 13, 2015

Running and beer might seem like an unlikely duo. Though with new chapters of organizations like Running for Brews popping up faster than you can say “pint please”, that perception is changing rapidly.


Florida House panel OKs congressional map despite criticism

The Ledger - August 13, 2015

Despite sharp criticism from a Florida congresswoman that it would disenfranchise black voters, the Florida House is moving ahead with a substantial overhaul of the state's 27 congressional districts. A House panel split along party lines on Thursday and approved a proposed map that would substantially alter the state's political landscape and which could lead to the defeat of several incumbents now in office.

August 7, 2015

The spirit of IPA Day: try something new

Florida Beer News - August 6, 2015


Every year IPA Day comes around and many folks regard it with the same affection that they regard so-called Hallmark Holidays. In the case of craft beer, IPA Day is like going to an art museum with a new pair of glasses. There is that tap handle that has always caused curiosity, but has never wound up your glass.


Drink of the Week: Cigar City Brewing White Oak Jai Alai beer

Tampa Bay Times - August 3, 2015


Ask non-Floridians to name the first Florida beer that comes to mind, and many will likely say Cigar City Jai Alai. The iconic Florida IPA, a citrused-out take on the popular East Coast style, is a staple in bars, restaurants and refrigerators across the state.


26 Degree Brewing Co. Opening Soon in Pompano Beach

Broward Palm Beach New Times - August 5, 2015


"Brewing beer was always a hobby," says Greg Lieberman at his Pompano Beach-based brewery. "I never thought that one day I would actually open a brewery." Like many people in the growing South Florida craft brewing industry, 36-year-old Lieberman decided to follow his dreams.

Dogfish Head/World of Beer Nationwide Simultap Event

J.J. Taylor Blog - August 7, 2015

Our pals over at Dogfish Head have partnered with World of Beer locations nationwide to debut their Choc Lobster oyster-style stout. This rare brew has only previously been available at the Dogfish Head Brewpub located in Milton, Delaware so yeah, this is kind of a big deal.

Toast of the Coast: Crafting the perfect brew pairing

Florida Today - August 7, 2015


Shiloh’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant has joined forces with Titusville’s Playalinda Brewery for a five-course beer dinner that begins at 6 p.m. Aug. 12 at Shiloh’s, 3665 S. Washington Ave., Titusville. Playalinda brewmaster Ron Raike has handpicked the brews, which he will discuss during dinner.

Beer Garden: When it comes to good beer, sharing is caring

Pensacola News Journal - August 4, 2015

I’ve been in the service industry for a very long time now, and I’ve noticed a thing or three about customers’ tastes and beverage selection processes. In a restaurant environment, large-format beer bottles have a tough time selling.


12 Florida takeaways from the Republican presidential candidates' debate

Associated Press - August 7, 2015

Debate moderators pressed former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and his one-time protégé, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., inviting them to disagree. They didn't take the bait, at least not much. "Do you agree with your friend?" Bush was asked. "He is my friend," Bush acknowledged. Rubio avoided direct comparisons with his friend Bush, but said the campaign needs to be "about the future, not the past."

July 31, 2015

$14 billion Florida beer industry means big business

Tampa Bay Times - July 28, 2015

Florida loves a cold brew — a lot, according to a new study that says beer pumps $14 billion into the state's economy every year. The beer industry accounts for more than $5 billion in wages and benefits for more than 125,000 jobs in the state...


Tampa Bay craft beer scene growth fizzles this year, Nielsen numbers show

Tampa Bay Business Journal - July 29, 2015

Tampa Bay has earned a reputation as a region to watch in the national craft beer scene. But despite regular openings, no city in Tampa Bay, let alone Florida, made a set of market growth rankings by consumer research firm Nielsen. In fact, Nielsen’s numbers show the region’s craft beer scene growth has slowed in the past year, according to a Nielsen spokeswoman.


Things to do in Fort Myers-Naples area July 31-Aug. 9

News-Press - July 24, 2015

Featured: Friday, July 31•Blue Moon Party: 'Blue Moon' beer and live music. Buy a 'Blue Moon' draft and receive a 'Blue Moon Brewing Company' glass to decorate. See how your glass stacks up to others with prizes awarded.

Beer Garden: Fairhope’s S’Wheat Home ale takes center stage

Pensacola News Journal- July 28, 2015

The local brewing scene just keeps on growing. It’s getting to the point where in less than an hour’s drive, you’re going to run into a Southern brewery. Well, traveling east or west, anyway. Suffice to say, the Panhandle is flush with the good stuff.

Bar review: Ford's Garage in Brandon goes all the way with its car theme, beer list

Tampa Bay Times - July 22, 2015

Of the various bar themes I expect to run into in the wild, "old-timey service station" is not one of them. But it seems to be working quite well for the Ford's Garage chain, which has just opened in Brandon, its fourth Florida location.


Florida Legislature will return to redraw Senate maps

Associated Press - July 24, 2015

The Florida Legislature will go into special session in October to redraw the state's Senate districts. House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Senate President Andy Gardiner called for the special session on Tuesday. It will be the third special session of the year.

July 31, 2015

$14 billion Florida beer industry means big business

Tampa Bay craft beer scene growth fizzles this year, Nielsen numbers show

Things to do in Fort Myers-Naples area July 31-Aug. 9

Beer Garden: Fairhope’s S’Wheat Home ale takes center stage

Bar review: Ford's Garage in Brandon goes all the way with its car theme, beer list


Florida Legislature will return to redraw Senate maps

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