Brew Review – Riptide Brewing, Jan. ’18 @riptidebrews

(This post is one for our Christmas in June series, which is a bunch of blog posts that I had partially written for beers that appeared over the 2017 holiday season, but never managed to publish on time. Enjoy this as insight for some of the beers that you can try at these fantastic breweries, and place the blame for its untimeliness squarely on my shoulders.)

Somehow it’s a bit better for me going to Riptide Brewing in Naples after having been to the nearby Naples Zoo. For me, at least, the brewery is indelibly linked to the zoo and its most famous resident, Uno the one-eyed Florida Panther.

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Brewery Visit – Ancient City Brewing Downtown Taproom Jan. ’18 @ancientbrewing

(This post is one for our Christmas in June series, which is a bunch of blog posts that I had partially written for beers that appeared over the 2017 holiday season, but never managed to publish on time. Enjoy this as insight for some of the beers that you can try at these fantastic breweries, and place the blame for its untimeliness squarely on my shoulders.)

Chances are, if I mention St. Augustine to you right now, you’re either thinking of the fort or King George Street. Don’t deny it, it’s something we all do.

One end of the main tourist drag of King George Street is the Plaza de la Constitution, a big open expanse with a pavilion in the middle that leads out to the Intracoastal and the iconic Bridge of Lions.

There’s a lot of interesting, and sometimes pricey, shopping to be had in the stores that face the plaza. One of those has, not too long ago, become a new satellite Tap Room for Ancient City Brewing.

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Brew Review – Bangin’ Banjo, Jan. ’18 @banginbanjobrew

(This post is one for our Christmas in June series, which is a bunch of blog posts that I had partially written for beers that appeared over the 2017 holiday season, but never managed to publish on time. Enjoy this as insight for some of the beers that you can try at these fantastic breweries, and place the blame for its untimeliness squarely on my shoulders.)

The success of Broward County natives Bangin’ Banjo Brewing Company continues to make me happy. They’re good guys, and in the three years after they opened, their business continues to grow and thrive.

And yes, I will readily admit that I don’t get to go there as much as I would like. I’m a little bummed that that my last trip there was during the holidays but at least I was able to get a flight of beer so festive, the flight paddle really should have had tinsel and little lights on it as well.

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Brew Review – Dead Lizard Brewing, Jan. ’18 @deadlizardbrew

(This post is one for our Christmas in June series, which is a bunch of blog posts that I had partially written for beers that appeared over the 2017 holiday season, but never managed to publish on time. Enjoy this as insight for some of the beers that you can try at these fantastic breweries, and place the blame for its untimeliness squarely on my shoulders.)

That being said, I like Dead Lizard Brewing.

They’re that fantastic mix of just the right size of facility with just the right kind of vibe. This time, they had a ton more artwork and a ton more things to see and do than the last time I was there.

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Brewery Visit – Flying Boat Brewing @FlyingBoatBrew

Florida, surprisingly, has an important place in the history of aviation.

The year was 1914.

People wanting to travel from St Petersburg to Tampa did not have the selection of bridges making the trip as easy as it is to do today. It was a several hour affair, either by slow boat, train, or car going the long way around the bay.

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Brew Review – Rusty’s Red Ale by Ulele @ulele

I do a fair amount of traveling.

It’s pretty awful to be away from my family, but on occasion I do get to go to some pretty neat places.

Of that list, Tampa is definitely the highest.

Yes, I know it’s only on the other side of the state, it’s not like going to someplace like New York or LA, but I’d rather be in Tampa if I can’t be home.

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Brew Review – PB&J Pale Ale by Big Top Brewing @bigtopbrewco

Oh, the classic PB&J.

That bastion of childhood eating, that’s still more than a little awesome even today.

Now if you really think about it, peanut butter has been a staple of craft brewing for a very long time (or at least the peanut portion of it). Fruit, as well, has been a great friend to craft brewing as well. So I find it a little odd that I haven’t actually seen anybody combining the two until I got my hands on this can of PB&J (Pale Ale, 5.2% ABV) from Big Top Brewing.

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