To be honest, I think I can count the number of breweries in Florida that release a beer with the same name as the brewery itself on one hand and still have fingers left.
I can only assume this is what Safety Harbor’s Crooked Thumb Brewing was going for when they decided to make a slight detour and name today’s beer Namesake Porter (Porter, 4.3% ABV, 23 IBU).
Man, you don’t go to a brewery f0r a few years and the entire thing just expands exponentially.
The last time I took the drive down to Homestead and Schnebly Winery/Miami Brewing, their tap room was a counter in the main winery tasting room. Not so much anymore. That space has been turned into their new Redlander Restaurant, a really, really good Farm To Table restaurant that has outside, tableside views like this:
Brew Hub is kind of a nutty place to be. It’s disgustingly huge, and the tap list is really, really interesting.
To explain, Brew Hub – a giant beige building right on I-4 just outide Lakeland – is a massive contract-style brewery meant to assist breweries incerease their output. The list of breweries that brew, can, and distribute using Brew Hub’s facilities and distribution capabilities.
Titusville is about an hour east of Orlando, the quintessential heart of Florida’s Space Coast. Its proximity to Kennedy Space Center, Port Canaveral, and huge concentration of various military/space contractors keeps the area busy with locals and tourists.
For those taking the trip into downtown Titusville, some might venture into the old, bright yellow hardware store that is now Playalinda Brewing. The brewery’s named for a nearby beach, a go-to spot for the locals.
Six Ten Brewing is based in the Town & Country area of Tampa. It has long been in the ranks of breweries opened with a husband-and-wife team, in this case Leslie and Chris Johnson, got bored with their business suits and traded them in for work shirts and fermenters.
They have enjoyed quite the reputation for solid Florida craft in the bay area for some time now. Much to my sadness, I have not been able to go and visit them. I was, however, able to get in on a pour of one of their cores, CBGB (Berliner Weisse, 3.5% ABV).
It has been an exorbitant time since my wife and I had lunch at Titanic Brewery, a great little brewpub close to the University of Miami campus. If memory serves me correctly, the last time we went, our daughter hadn’t been born yet. Since we were in the area, and we were hungry, why not take our little one for lunch?
Our server, expecting a little one herself, was fantastic. The food is always good, especially the beef stew made with one of TBC’S darker beers. And, of course, there was the beer. I had gotten a flight on our last trip, so I was familiar with their core beers. Time for some seasonals:
I’m fairly certain the sale of Tampa-based Cigar City Brewing to Colorado-based Oskar Blues sent pretty significant waves through the Florida craft beer community. Sure, it could have been worse, and lucky for many their Intent to Sell agreement with AB lapsed long enogh for them to become the next jewel in the Oskar Blues crown.
Their first acquisition, about a year before the CCB deal went down, was Michigan-based Perrin Brewing. Now, as part of the expansion and capital influx coming from the sale, Perrin Brewing has started to come into the Sunshine State with a range of their canned standards (no bombers yet).
Mora, as I recently discovered, is a drink native to South America made with blackberries, sugar, and water. It’s basically a blackberry cider, just without the alcohol part.
Or you can make it a cider, as my friends at Accomplice Ciderworks in West Palm Beach did recently. They were at he Palm Beach Zoo’s recent Brew at the Zoo, oddly enough in the South American area, pouring samples of Mora Madness (Cider, 8% ABV).