If you have never heard of Black Flamingo Brewing, I’m not totally shocked. It’s not the most well known of brands (yet), and its creation has a long story behind it. I still don’t have all the details, but from what I have heard it is interesting.
If you are familiar with Pompano Beach, a suburb of Fort Lauderdale, you have probably heard of Bangin’ Banjo Brewing. Across the street from them is a location that started off as the new home of Holy Mackerel Brewing. That was opened by the original founder of Holy Mackerel, Bobby Gordash, who later rebranded it the Weed Reaper Experiment, named for the original name that he wanted his brewery to be about a decade ago.
I am really excited that the Sunshine State Happy Hour is taking off. If you don’t know what it is, it’s a new show every weekday afternoon where Producer Steve and I sit down and speak to a brewer, influencer, or somebody that has something to do with craft beer and chat about how things are going with them and what they can expect in the future.
It’s a lot looser than the Florida Beer Podcast, only about half Florida and half the rest of the country. And it’s nice to see that it’s getting received. We have a sponsor coming up pretty soon, we’ve had people reach out asking to be on the show, and it looks like we have some people that watch on a fairly regular basis, including Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company in Orlando.
I’m pretty well in love with the Small Batch Series coming out of 3 Daughters Brewing in St. Pete. There’s a lot of good things that have been released so far, and I have a number of anticipated releases that will be coming throughout the calendar year.
It’s almost difficult to choose between the influx of interesting media being created these days, since the Coronavirus has forced everybody home and created an overabundance of shows for people to watch and still feel connected.
It’s the reason I created the Sunshine State Happy Hour. Even then, there have been a lot of episodes where I am competing in a time slot with four or five different shows but I know about, possibly more that I don’t.
I am very proud to have been the recipient of the first Growler to ever leave Big Bear Brewing Company in Coral Springs. Continue reading
I have absolutely no clue how they still have their stock of glassware, but they sure do and I was happy for it.
I know that’s a strange way to start off an article, I was just impressed and amused by the glassware at Ellipsis Brewing. To be honest with you, everything about Ellipsis sort of felt homey and familiar. For those in a certain age, walking into Ellipsis (which is maybe 5 or 10 minutes away from Orlando International Airport) is perfect for those of us that grew up in the 80’s and 90’s. There is video game stuff literally everywhere, and a bunch of relaxed seats strewn around a very industrial locale.
Another quarantine day. Just getting by.
But it’s interesting (and more than a little fun) to see all of the drive-up options breweries in the state of Florida have created to deal with losing their normal tap room business. Some will only sell their pre-packaged beers, and others, like 26 Degree Brewing in Pompano Beach, allow for advanced online ordering of anything they have on tap for crowler fills.
Oh, the early days of 2020, the calm before the storm that we currently find ourselves embroiled in.
I have made it relatively well known that it is tradition in our family for a visit to St. Augustine after the holidays are over & before everything ramps back up. I’ve always been a huge fan of the area, since I love history and have a soft spot for tourist cheesiness, and this time I was able to get a few interviews as well for the Florida Beer Podcast.