Have you ever gone someplace that you simply did not want to leave? Once you step in and settle down, it’s almost like the entire place was built just for you?
That’s what my last trip to The Tank was like. I was in the area and stopped by so that I could interview their owner Carlos Padron. You’ll hear that interview on the next episode of the Florida Beer Podcast, and it was fantastic to hear his take on the Florida brewing industry from his background as a lawyer and tobacco importer.
I am not going to lie, but from time to time I happen to get some free things. It just happens.
I find this interesting, since I have spoken to a good many brewers that say they have been receiving an extraordinary number of requests from ‘influencers’ asking them for freebies as well.
Central Florida’s infamous heat and humidity tend to be oppressive for most of the year, but every so often you luck out and get a nice, mild day.
Downtown Winter Garden seems to get a lot of those, with the main drag of Plant St. nestled under an immense canopy of trees liberally draped with Spanish Moss. It’s a gorgeous place, and quite enjoyable to sit outside if you do manage to get one of those wonderful lazy Sunday afternoons.
It’s always something with three daughters.
I understand that sentence can be taken a myriad of ways, but the ‘3 Daughters’ that I’m speaking to is the brewery in St. Pete and the ‘always something’ it refers to is the fact that there’s always something good going on whenever we visit.
I am very jealous anybody who has been on the Space Coast recently. With the recent celebration of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 astronauts walking on the moon, everybody in the area turned out all the bells and whistles (and beeps and alarms and contact lights) to celebrate this momentous event.
It’s funny how often Delray Beach’s SaltWater Brewery comes around in my life. It just sort of happens on a regular basis. A few weeks ago, I also figured it would be the perfect place to meet up with Jaime and Glenn, the producers behind the Florida Podcast Network.
If you’re keeping score, they’re the ones that picked up the Florida Beer Podcast to make it sound ever so nicer and bring it to even more people than ever before.
It’s always something special when you get to eat at the table favored the owner of a restaurant whose company has been in business for well over a hundred years.
Sure, that table is close to the business end of a gigantic horse statue, but that’s as maybe.
So we found ourselves in Tampa recently, and it’s almost a requirement to head to Ulele, easily one of the best brew pubs in the state of Florida.
Actually, I’m just going to say it’s one of the best breweries in the country. It really is that good.
By now, I hope that you have been able to see the podcast that I recorded from the recent Palm Beach Summer Beer Fest in West Palm.
If you didn’t, I recorded a podcast from the event with Kevin Rolston from 97.9 WRMF’s KVJ Show, Tiffani, the beer director from DAS Craft Beer and Pizza (Also our sponsor), and yours truly. Together, we interviewed several breweries that were pouring at the event, half of which were from South Florida.