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.
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.
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).
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.
Basically, there are two kinds of brewery tours that I have been on: the basic ‘here’s how we make beer’ tour, and the ‘you know all the basics already, let’s talk about details’ tour.
Luckily for me, I got the latter on my latest visit to Coppertail Brewing. At this point, I’m pretty sure I’m somewhat familiar with the basics.
I got quite the tour, too, especially as Coppertail enters such a big time in its history.
Bradenton is so close that I feel fortunate, yet so far away that it’s frustrating. I am lucky in that it’s close enough to where I can get beers from one of my favorite Gulf Coast breweries, Darwin Brewing Co.
The interesting thing about it is that Darwin has signed an exclusivity deal with Lucky’s Markets around the state to release the Big Deal series. The first two have been released, and while I can still find the Chocolate Cherry Stout, I never found the DIPA at the Lucky’s by me.
The third beer in the Big Deal series, Big Deal Lager (Helles Lager, 4.2% ABV) is coming soon and in 6-packs this time!
Sounds like a kid’s game, doesn’t it?
Redlight Redlight is a popular and influential craft beer emporium in Orlando, maybe 5 or so minutes from Downtown. going is a pilgrimage for Central Florida beer drinkers, as Redlight takes pride in an absolutely killer lineup of bottles and regularly rotating taps.
They made a dunkelweizen. I can’t tell you how happy that makes me.
No one makes dunkelweizens on a regular basis in this state. And it’s my favorite style of beer, which makes me sad. But lo and behold, Lauderale in Ft. Lauderale had Dunkelfunken (Dunkelweizen, 6% ABV) right there on tap.