Brew Review – Creatures In The Dark by Proof Brewing @proofbrewingco

You ever have a beer so dark, heavy, and chewy you’re convinced it came not from a brewery in a normal Florida town (Tallahassee, in this case), but from the depths of blackest Hades itself? That maybe the tap isn’t connected to a keg but has opened a wormhole into some sort of terrible land, like Black Mesa?

That’s how I felt when I opened my crowler of  Creatures In The Dark (Stout, 8% ABV, 45 IBU) from Proof Brewing. Fear. Abject fear.

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Brew Review – Stegosaurus Pants by Due South Brewing @duesouthbrewing

​Preface – Due South’s brand marketing manager Doug Fairall and I spent a weirdly long time discussing potential puns with which to write about when discussing today’s beer. Pretty much every pun was absolutely horrible and dinosaur related; get this beer before it’s extinct, things like that. 

But there were so many other puns to use. So many other ones. And as much as I don’t particularly enjoy using puns when I write, I had a really good one that popped in my brain as I drove  away. Doug, I hope you enjoy. 

Stegosaurus Pants is dropping today!

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Brew Review – Havakow by Ten10 Brewing @BrewingTen10

I apologize for sitting on this review for so long; life gets in the way sometimes. 

But that’s the nice thing about crowlers (one of many); they can sit a few days longer than the average growler fill. So, after visitng Orlando’s Ten10 Brewing, the one beer I didn’t try and wanted to was Havakow  (Milk Stout, 6.5% ABV), their version of the classic milk stout style.

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Brewery Visit – Darwin Brewing Co. @darwinbrewingco

Bradenton, Florida. It’s situated on the Gulf Coast, just north of Sarasota, and south of the Sunshine Skyway bridge and St. Pete. Originally known as Bradentown, it was named for local settler Dr. Joseph Braden. 

Several notables call Bradenton home, including Snooty, who until his untimely death a few days ago was the world’s oldest manatee living in captivity. It’s where Tropicana’s juice production facility resides, and where the Pittsburgh Pirates hold spring training. Their facility, LECOM Park, is also home to the minor league Bradenton Marauders. 

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Brewery Visit – Ten10 Brewing

A long time ago (and I’m dating myself a bit), there used to be a massive lumber yard in Orlando known as Mills & Nebraska. Beginning business as Central Florida Lumber and Supply Co., it was located – quite obviously – at the then sleepy intersection of Mills Ave. and Nebraska, roughly halfway between Little Vietnam and Loch Haven Park.

The lumber portion, and the land on which it was located, was sold for redevelopment in 2005. That redevelopment became a major portion of the Mills50 district, a mixed use facility with residences, shopping, dining, etc. There are a few warehouse-looking buildings there as well. In one corner of one of those warehouses, situated along the Orlando Urban Trail and close to Mills Ave., is 1010 Virginia Drive. 

At this point you should be able to guess where its tenant, Ten10 Brewing, got its name. 

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Brew Review – Guava Libre by Funky Buddha/The Bruery @funkybuddhabrew @thebruery

I am dedicating this review to my friend Javier. The first time I wrote a review of a beer inspired by the guava pastelito, he was the one to help me with the translation. I also came into work the next day to find a giant box of this Cuban guava pastries sitting on my desk. 

Not that I was expecting them. It was just a nice surprise. And they’re pretty easy to source in South Florida. Not so much in Orange County, CA, apparently. 

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Brew Review – Stump Knocker by @swamphead

It’s Florida. We tend to get a lot of beers named after fish here. Such is the case with the Spotted Sunfish.

It’s small, it lives in freshwater, and it’s particularly aggressive. It’s cranky enough to fool some fishermen into thinking they’ve accidentally hooked onto a tree stump by accident. That is why the fish has the interesting nickname of Stump Knocker (Pale Ale, 5.6% ABV, 42 IBU).

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Brewery Visit – Man Day at 26 Degree Brewing @26brewing

Man Day!

Yes, 26 Degree Brewing in Pompano Beach made their own holiday, right before Father’s Day. And, according to co-owner/co-founder Greg Lieberman, why not?

It’s pretty perfect. There’s video games, cigars, sports on the TVs, wings from Tilted Kilt, and beer (obviously). Greg was there to give us a quick rundown of the event and to show us around their 21,000 sq. ft. facility. It used to be a Winn-Dixie; use that for a sense of scale. 

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