Brew Review – Ravenous Pig Beers at Disney Springs @ravpig

There’s a lot of pigs in the Orlando area. I know tourists go for mice and ducks and whales and giant apes, but the locals are raving over the pigs.

When I say Orlando, it’s more like Winter Park. And when I say pigs, it’s more the Ravenous Pig, a BBQ concept crated by Winter Park-raised, Culinary Institute of America-trained, James Beard nominated husband and wife team Julie and James Petrakis.

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Brewery Visit – Millennial Brewing @milleniambrew

I love downtown Fort Myers. It is absolutely adorable, and they have a surprisingly wide breadth of activities for basically anyone.

Lots of good shopping, lots of good restaurants (including the original Ford’s Garage which I really enjoyed) and a lot of places that are really focused on craft beer. Those are bars, though, and if you want real deal, only a few blocks away is Millennial Brewing.

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Brew Review – Pucker Face by 26 Degree Brewing @26brewing

On certain episodes of the Florida Beer Podcast I have my friend and field producer Steve joining in for some of the interviews. You’ve probably heard him by now.

Every so often he will blow my phone up with a beer that he finds to be nothing short of utterly fantastic. One of these was the now seasonal Pucker Face (Sour, 6.7% ABV, 60 IBU) at 26 Degree Brewing in Pompano Beach. And I’ve had to sit through hearing him talk about this several times in my life.

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Brewery Visit – JDub’s Brewing @jdubsbrewing

For being just outside the Tampa-St. Pete area, the Sarasota-Bradenton region has more than its fair share of craft beer heavy hitters. One of the biggest is JDubs, outfitted firmly in the industrial space of the city of Sarasota itself.

The founder, Jeremy “Jdub” Joerger, has a very interesting brewing background and an even more interesting interviewing style. Hopefully you have listened to the full interview with him on the Florida Beer Podcast. If you haven’t, take a few minutes and avail yourself with this particular auditory treat.

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Brewery Visit – Orchestrated Minds Brewing

There is an interesting revitalization coming along in downtown Fort Lauderdale. If you’re familiar with the stretch along Broward Blvd., the southern half is home to a vibrant nightlife community, the Museum of Science and Discovery, and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

The north side, however, isn’t necessarily the best of neighborhoods at this time. It’s coming along, though, and there are a lot of new businesses that understand the time it takes to build up a vibrant and thriving district that will attract more people to the area.

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