Brew Review – Here Plums The Sun by 81Bay Brewing

To say there is ‘a lot’ going on with 81Bay’s Here Plum The Sun (Sour Ale, 5% ABV) is a bit of an understatement. By a lot, actually. It’s a very busy beer.

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Brew Review – Appleseed Orchard at Epcot Food & Wine feat. @miabeerco @playalindabrews @seadogbrewing @waltdisneyworld

They can advertise against it all they want, but Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival is more of a draw for locals that it is for tourists. If you go there, and I recommend you do, you’ll notice then at the event basically turns into Club Epcot in the evening, chock-full of twenty and thirty-somethings drinking a lot of alcohol carrying around more little finger plates than you can shake a stick at.

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Brew Review – Hearth and Harvest by Motorworks Brewing @motorworksbrew @buddybrewcoffee @rollinoatsbeers

Ah, the winter solstice.

The time when Earth’s axis is farthest away from the Sun. The coldest, darkest days which marked an ending of the current time and a rebirth into a new year. When the elder gods received blessings to ensure an excellent harvest of crops in the coming spring and summer months.

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Brewery Visit – Mad Robot Brewing @robotbrewingco

This weekend Boca Raton’s Mad Robot Brewing (formerly Robot Brewing) will celebrate a well-deserved one-year anniversary. It’s the space formerly occupied by the original Funky Buddha Lounge, a very eclectic mix of beer, art, live performances, and a homebrew store.

There’s a lot of interesting stuff, and owner/brewer Allen Steen juggles at all fairly well. The recipes are all his own, making his own mark instead of just trying to keep doing what Funky Buddha had been doing for many years quite successfully.

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Brew Review – Hurricane Party & Huracan by Big Storm Brewing @bigstormbrewing

Now is, unfortunately, the time in hurricane season where the big storms start to ramp up. It’s something pretty much every Floridian has had to deal with, and hurricanes make up a large part of the cultural identity of living here.

There are restaurants, sports teams, and plenty of food items names for these storms. And thinking about the storms coming up this season reminded me that I never posted any information for the two hurricane-themed beers I tried on my recent visit to Big Storm Brewing. If you want to hear a bit more about them, these were sampled during my interview with Big Storm owner LG Govoni on a recent episode of the Florida Beer Podcast.

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Brew Review – Mango Thief by Beat Culture

By now, hopefully you have heard our interview with Beat Culture Brewing on the Florida Beer Podcast. I’ve reviewed the location before, being there at the tail end of their grand opening day. There were a lot of beers consumed in that post, and I recommend anybody go back and check it out.

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Brew Review – Demens Landing by Flying Boat

Born Pyotr Alexeyevitch Dementyev, Peter Demens was a wealthy Russian aristocrat. After a stint in the Russian Czar’s Infantry, he left to continue his family’s lineage of agriculture before being forced to flee the country in 1880.

Landing in America in 1881, he found his way to his cousin’s orange groves in Jacksonville, continuing down to Central Florida where he ended up taking ownership of the now defunct Orange Belt Railway.

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Podcast Visit – The Tank @thetankbrewing

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.

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