Gulf Stream Brewing Company Announces Grand Opening

gulfstreamlogoOn Saturday, September 22 at 4 p.m., Gulf Stream Brewing Company (Fort. Lauderdale, Florida) will host a grand opening event for its 5,300 square foot craft brewery and taproom located at 1105 NE 13th St. in Fort Lauderdale.

Conceptualized in 2011 by friends and Co-Owners Ty Eriks and McKay Ferrell, Gulf Stream Brewing Company is a 10-Barrel (BBL) brewery that is now finally ready to share “a broad range of high-quality craft beer” with the fine folks of Fort Lauderdale.  With Brewmaster Mike Demetrus, formerly of Doral-based M.I.A Beer Company, at the helm of brewery operations, the crew at Gulf Stream plans to brew “everything from multiple IPAs, to a Bavarian Hefeweizen, Pilsner, Pale Ale, Red Ale, Porter, Russian Imperial Stout and is currently working on an active culture barrel aging program.”

“One of our favorite things is experiencing the journey with others when they try our products and begin to gain more understanding of craft beer on a deeper level,” said Co-Owner, McKay Ferrell. “We want our customers to ask questions about the process and what makes each beer different. On a personal level, helping educate and inform others who don’t typically drink craft beer is incredibly rewarding.”

A vast array of Gulf Stream offerings – ranging from Core beers to Small Batch one-offs – will be pouring on draft throughout Saturday’s grand opening festivities.  The tentative tap list for opening day is as follows:

Core Beers

  • Mo Betta Pilsner (5.3% ABV)
  • What the Hef? – Bavarian-style Hefeweizen (5.3% ABV)
  • Sub-Hop Pale Ale (6.0% ABV)
  • Marley IPA – Session IPA (4.9% ABV)

**For those who might want to take beer with home with them, Core Beers will be available for Crowler fills.**

Small Batch/Limited Run Beers

  • Hold My Beer – Craft Light Lager – (4.3% ABV)
  • Oatalicious Hazy IPA (6.9% ABV)
  • Botonka Tonk – Old Style Ale aged with Tonka bean & oak (7.9% ABV)
  • RoBoPo – Robust Porter (5.4% ABV)
  • Vlad the Impaler – Aged Russian Imperial Stout (11% ABV)
  • Runnin’ Trips – Belgian Tripel with Yuzu, lemon grass & coriander (9% ABV)

In addition to the tasty beers listed above, Gulf Stream will also have two food trucks on-site to handle anyone’s needs/cravings for snackage.  Grand opening attendees will also have the opportunity to be among the first to join the brewery’s “Batch One” club – “a special program available only on-site and limited to the first 150 members. The membership starts at $100 and includes a discounted punch card, exclusive ‘Batch One’ shirt, and an exclusive ‘Batch One’ 17.5 oz. snifter.”

If you cannot make it out for the grand opening event but still wish to check out Florida’s newest brewery, the Taproom at Gulf Stream Brewing Company plans to keep these hours of operation moving forward: Monday – Thursday, 4pm – 11pm; Friday, 3pm – Midnight; Saturday, Noon – Midnight; and Sunday, Noon – 10pm.  Tours will be conducted by brewery staff “in the evenings and on weekends when production is not active.”  Prost!

Gulf Stream Brewing Opens Tap Room on Sat. Sept 22nd
A look inside the Taproom at Gulf Stream Brewing Company. Image Credit – Gulf Stream Brewing Company

 

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LOKO Cuisine to Host Classic Arcade Brunch at Lowry Parcade

lokocuisinelogoOn Sunday, September 30 at 11:30 a.m., LOKO Cuisine will head over to Lowry Parcade & Tavern (1213 W Waters Ave | Tampa, Florida) to fuel the beer-loving gamer’s heart and soul with a Classic Arcade Brunch.

Set in Lowry Parcade’s magical atmosphere which offers an amazing craft beer bar in a space that also houses an arcade filled with old school 80’s and 90’s video games, pinball, pool, Bubble Hockey and even Skee-Ball, LOKO Cuisine’s Classic Arcade Brunch will treat attendees to a three-course, buffet-style spread filled with the following elevated riffs on classic arcade/gaming grub:

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To make sure that you do not go thirsty during this event, all attendees will receive one beer ticket “good for any pint or snifter of equal value.”  Additional beers can be purchased for an additional cost throughout the event.

Tickets for the Classic Arcade Brunch are available now for $32.10 each, and you can purchase yours by clicking here. Ticket cost includes the three-course brunch, one pour of beer (pint or snifter of equal value), and four (4) game tokens. Physical tickets will not be issued, but your name will be added to a paid list once the purchase process is completed. FYI: Everyone in your party will have to check in under the purchaser’s name at the door.

If you are free on September 30 and looking to enjoy some good times and tasty eats, go ahead and coordinate with your brunch/gaming buddies and lock down some tickets as soon as possible to ensure that you do not miss out on this Classic Arcade Brunch from LOKO Cuisine.  Prost!

 

Coppertail Brewing Co. Announces Plans for 4th Anniversary Celebration

coppertaillogowhiteOn Saturday, August 18 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Coppertail Brewing Co. (Tampa, Florida) will celebrate another amazing year of growth by inviting the brewery’s fans to attend a 4th Anniversary Party that will feature over 40 taps of Coppertail offerings and guest beers.

Over the past year, Coppertail Brewing Co. has expanded distribution to now completely cover the state of Florida, earned several more medals for its beers at competitions held at both the state and national levels, and “was also recognized by the Tampa Bay Business Journal as one of the fastest growing companies in Tampa.” This is all definitely cause for celebration, and the folks at the brewery will do just that with a 4th Anniversary Party on August 18.

“According to recent IRI syndicated data, we are the No. 1 selling craft brewery in Florida. Our sales are up 35% from this time last year. We are thankful to our fans and followers for continuing to support us and drink our beer.”

 

– Kent Bailey, Coppertail’s president

Instead of going with the strict Florida Weisse theme of years past, the folks at Coppertail have decided to mix things up a bit by having this year’s birthday party feature a vast array of beer styles from Coppertail and several guest breweries.  Due to this change and the fact that there are a couple ways to gain admission into this event, we should probably just go ahead and break this thing down to avoid any confusion.

The Basics

What – Coppertail Brewing Co.’s 4th Anniversary Party
When – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 18
Where – Coppertail Brewing Co. | 2601 E 2nd Ave. | Tampa, Florida

The Beer

To bring a bit of a variety to the experience, this year’s anniversary party will go well beyond just the Florida Weisse style.  There will be over 40 taps flowing with Coppertail offerings and a special lineup of beers from guest breweries.  At the time of this post, the brewery was still in the process of completing the event’s official tap list and list of guest breweries. We will post those lists here just as soon as they are made available. Stay tuned.

**UPDATE – 08.16.18** As promised, here’s the tentative tap list for Coppertail’s 4th Anniversary Party:

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**UPDATE 08.17.18** Coppertail has also added these foeder-aged and sour project beers to their tap list for Saturday (these are all Coppertail Brewing Co. beers):

  • Dragonfruit Foeder Beer
  • Muscadine Foeder Beer
  • Prickly Pear Foeder Beer
  • Plum & Mint Foeder Beer
  • Watermelon Foeder Beer
  • Cranberry & Cherry George
  • Tangerine & Strawberry Armagnac Barrel Aged Sour
  • Tart Cherry Burgundy Barrel Aged Brett Dubbel

Admission

There are two ways to gain entry into Coppertail’s 4th Anniversary Party:

  • General Admission – No ticket required.  This level is come as you are and pay as you go. General Admission grants you entry at 1 p.m.
  • VIP – Ticket required.  Tickets are $50 each plus fees and can be purchased by clicking here.  Ticket cost provides “partygoers with a commemorative glass, early entry to the event at noon, and access to a VIP area with food and complimentary beer for the duration of the event.”  Only 100 VIP tickets are available for this event.

Other Info

  • Food will be available for purchase during the event
  • Live musical entertainment will be provided by DieAlps! and Expert Timing

Alright . . . that should cover all the information that is currently available for Coppertail Brewing Co.’s 4th Anniversary Party, but more details are sure to surface as we get closer to the event date.  We will update this post with the finalized tap list, the list of guest brewers and any other random info just as soon as we get our hands on it, so stay tuned.

If you are in the area and free on August 18, be sure to head over to the edge of Ybor so that you can raise a glass with the Coppertail Brewing Co. crew to one hell of a year and the many more ahead of them. Prost!

 

Escape Brewing Company to Release Cans of No One Likes You & Scandalous DIPA

EscapeLogo400sqEscape Brewing Company (Trinity, Florida) has officially announced that it will host a special can release for No One Likes You Berliner Weisse and Scandalous Double IPA on Monday, August 13.

Well, a Monday afternoon in the middle of August just got a bit more interesting now that Escape Brewing Company has decided to liven things up with a double can release for the following Limited Release brews (beer descriptions sourced from the brewery’s website & social media):

  • No One Likes You – Berliner Weisse with Passion Fruit, Dragon Fruit, Oranges and Lemons. Collaboration we brewed last year with our friends from 7venth Sun Brewery. This beer was so good, we wanted to brew it again and release it in cans…So, we did.  ABV – 3.9%
  • Scandalous Double India Pale Ale – scan·dal·ous | definition: causing general public outrage by a perceived offense against morality or law. | A big juicy Double IPA with loads of Citra and Simcoe hops for a dank, citrus hop bomb.  ABV – 9%  


Label artwork for No One Likes You and Scandalous Double IPA created by V. Steiner.

The beers above will officially release in Escape Brewing Company’s taproom at 4 p.m. on Monday, August 13.  Both offerings will be available for purchase in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans.  These Limited Release offerings are not expected to see distribution, so make sure you swing by Escape Brewing on August 13 if you wish to get your hands on No One Likes You and/or Scandalous DIPA.  Prost!

Proof Brewing & For the Table Hospitality Announce 6th Annual Florida Tap Invitational

image004Proof Brewing Company (Tallahassee, Florida) and For the Table Hospitality have officially announced that The 6th Annual Florida Tap Invitational will be held on Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3 in Tallahassee, Florida.

Back for its sixth year, The Florida Tap Invitational – presented by Proof Brewing Company and For the Table Hospitality and sponsored by Visit Tallahassee – is a two-day event that has “beer enthusiasts gather in the capital city to experience one of the largest North Florida . . . craft beer festivals.”  This event will feature a Block Party in Tallahassee’s CollegeTown District on Friday, November 2 and The Florida Tap Invitational Beer Festival – a.k.a. the main event – on Saturday, November 3.  Since this is a two-day event that has a lot of ins and outs, we are just going to break this whole thing down for the sake of clarity and ease of use. Let’s get to it:

The Basics

What – The 6th Annual Florida Tap Invitational
When – A Block Party in the CollegeTown District kicks things off at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 2; The Florida Tap Invitational beer festival will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 3
Where – Friday’s Block Party: FSU CollegeTown | 815 West Madison Street | Tallahassee, Florida; Saturday’s 6th Annual Florida Tap Invitational: Proof Brewing Company | 644 McDonnell Street | Tallahassee, Florida

The Beers

The Florida Tap Invitational Beer Festival on Saturday will feature “over 40 amazing Florida craft breweries and over 100 new and rare beers.”  At the time of this post, event organizers were still in the process of compiling the official brewery and beer lists.  We will post those lists here just as soon as they are made available. Stay tuned.

**UPDATE – 08.15.18** Organizers of The Florida Tap Invitational released the official brewery list yesterday.  It is as follows:

Ticket Info

Tickets for the 6th Annual Florida Tap Invitational are available now (click here to purchase) and can be purchased in the following tiers:

  • General Admission – $55 each: Ticket cost grants you admission into Friday night kick-off party in College Town, entrance into Saturday’s beer festival at 1 p.m., unlimited 3oz beer samples at Saturday’s Florida Tap Invitational, and a collectible tasting glass
  • VIP – $100 each: Ticket cost grants you admission into Friday night private dinner hosted by Publix and beer sampling, early admission on Saturday to Florida Tap Invitational (Noon), unlimited 3oz samples at Saturday’s Florida Tap Invitational, a collectible tasting glass, 750mL bottle of “Royal Blood Line” Imperial Stout (Released just at this event and VIP only), and one plate of food at the festival

Please take note that tickets will only be available online via Eventbrite. Tickets will not be sold at the brewery or anywhere else.  All ticket sales are final and no refunds will be allowed.

Rules/Useful Info

  • The Florida Tap Invitational is a rain or shine event
  • All festival attendees must be 21 years or older and must arrive with valid ID
  • The following items will not be permitted into the festival: no outside food or beverage, no glass or growlers, no pets (licensed service dogs are okay with proof), no illegal substances, no masks, no weapons, no chairs, no fireworks
  • Empty (non-glass) containers for water or sealed bottles of water are OK
  • Food will be available on-site for purchase. List of vendors coming soon

That should just about cover all the information that is currently available for The 6th Annual Florida Tap Invitational.  We will be posting the brewery list, beer list and any other additional details just as soon as we have them, so make sure to check back here for that info.

Fair warning: The Florida Tap Invitational is a can’t-miss event and you best believe that the Florida beer community is aware of that fact.  This event will sell out quickly, so be sure to lock down some tickets as soon as you possibly can.  Prost!

 

 

LOKO Cuisine Sets the Table for Marshal Zhukov’s Barrel-Aged Eggs & Kegs at Cigar City Brewing

lokocuisinelogoOn Sunday, August 19 at 11 a.m., LOKO Cuisine will once again take over The Fermentorium at Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) to host Marshal Zhukov’s Barrel-Aged Eggs & Kegs, an annual celebration of the brewery’s fan-favorite Russian Imperial Stout.

Cigar City Brewing may have moved the official release date for Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout to November but that is not going to stop LOKO Cuisine from honoring this highly-decorated offering one last time in August.  With the atmosphere properly set with the “obligatory hardcore Red Army choir anthems”, Marshal Zhukov’s Barrel-Aged Eggs & Kegs will feature the following four-course, Russian-style brunch menu:

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Since the 2018 edition of Marshal Zhukov’s will not be available at the time of this event, the good folks at Cigar City Brewing will be pulling the following two brews from their cellar to serve as the perfect pairings for this “hearty brunch fit for a general”:

All attendees will receive one beer ticket “good for any pint or snifter of equal value.” If you would like a beverage other than beer, Ginger Beard Coffee will also be on-site with nitro-infused coffee and tea on tap (coffee & tea not included in ticket cost).

Tickets for Marshal Zhukov’s Barrel-Aged Eggs & Kegs are available now for $32.10 each, and you can purchase yours by clicking here. Ticket cost includes the four-course brunch and one pour of beer (pint or snifter of equal value). Physical tickets will not be issued, but your name will be added to a paid list once the purchase process is completed. FYI: Everyone in your party will have to check in under the purchaser’s name at the door.

This event will sell out.  It always does.  You want to be in attendance.  Now that you are armed with this knowledge, just go ahead and secure your tickets now to avoid missing out on the delicious food, decadent beers and ridiculously good times that will be shared at this year’s Marshal Zhukov’s Barrel-Aged Eggs & Kegs.  Prost!

 

LOKO Cuisine to Host THAI- PA Eggs & Kegs Brunch at Cigar City Brewing

lokocuisinelogoOn Sunday, July 15 at 11 a.m., LOKO Cuisine will set up shop at Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) to treat attendees to a Thai-inspired, IPA-fueled Eggs & Kegs brunch that they have aptly named THAI-PA.

For this installment of Eggs & Kegs, John LoScalzo and the LOKO Cuisine crew will be showcasing their full arsenal of Thai flavors in the following “sweet, sour, salty and spicy” self-serve, four-course THAI-PA menu:

 

THAI-PA-MENU

To cover the IPA portion of this brunch, Cigar City will be pouring the following three hop-laden brews that have been infused with Thai culinary ingredients specifically for this event:

  • Jai Alai India Pale Ale with Lemongrass, Thai Basil & Chili 
  • Space Pope India Pale Ale with Buddha’s Hand Citrus & Ginger
  • Pants! Pants! Pants! Double India Pale Ale with Coconut & Kaffir Lime

All attendees will receive one beer ticket “good for any pint or snifter of equal value.” If you would like a beverage other than beer, Ginger Beard Coffee will also be on-site with nitro Thai coffee and tea on tap (coffee & tea not included in ticket cost).

Tickets for Eggs & Kegs: THAI-PA are available now for $32.10 each, and you can purchase yours by clicking here. Ticket cost includes the four-course brunch and one pour of beer (pint or snifter of equal value). Physical tickets will not be issued, but your name will be added to a paid list once the purchase process is completed. FYI: Everyone in your party will have to check in under the purchaser’s name at the door.

We are less than a week out from THAI-PA: Eggs & Kegs and tickets are somehow still available for this limited seating event.  Do yourself a favor and take advantage of this situation by securing your seats now because there is sure to be a sellout-creating mad scramble for tickets at any moment.  Make it happen.  Prost!

Creature Comforts Brewing Co. Schedules Bottle Release Event for Arcadiana Barrel-Aged Saison

creaturecomfortslogo_editedOn Saturday, July 21 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) will close down its Tasting Room to host the very special Arcadiana Bottle Release Celebration.

Previously released as a “clean” (a.k.a. non-wild) Saison back in 2015, Arcadiana triumphantly returns later this month as “a saison brewed with American and European hops, that aged in wine barrels for one year with the brewery’s house-mixed culture of yeast and bacteria.”  This treatment results in a “soft, lightly tart” Saison that offers “citrus and berry notes on the palate.”

“Saisons are so tied to the land. It’s a seasonal beer that’s based on the farm from which the beers were made. We always try to loop in a local source to our farmhouse styles of beer.”

 

– Wood Cellar and Specialty Brand Manager Blake Tyers on the use of wine barrels sourced from Yonah Mountain Vineyards in Cleveland, Georgia

The Arcadiana Bottle Release Celebration will be a private, ticketed event held on July 21 in the Creature Comforts Brewing Co. Tasting Room. Tickets will be available through Xorbia beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 7 (click here for a direct link to the ticket page).  Tickets cost $60 each and include “36oz of beer to taste onsite with a special draft list, 2 bottles of Arcadiana to take home, small plates of food paired with the beer, and a vintage [Creature Comforts] Four Year Anniversary stemware. Guests will have the opportunity to purchase more bottles onsite” during the event.  You must be 21 or older to attend the Arcadiana Bottle Release Celebration and this is a “ticket holder only event.” Prost!

Vital Information for Arcadiana from Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

Release – Limited; July 21, 2018
Style – Saison
ABV – 6.2%
Treatment – Aged in wine barrels – sourced from Yonah Mountain Vineyards –  for one year with the brewery’s house-mixed culture of yeast & bacteria
Fun Fact – On Arcadiana’s name & label artwork: “The beer’s name is a reference to the poetic idea of Arcadia – a utopia where people live in harmony with the natural world. The label is a watercolor illustration created by local artist and Creature Comforts staff member Melissa Merrill.”
Availability – 750ml bottles
Distribution – None; available only at a ticketed, brewery-only bottle release event

Arkane Aleworks to Host Terrible 2 Year Anniversary Party

Arkaneglass_edited.jpgFrom noon to midnight on Saturday, June 30, Arkane Aleworks (Largo, Florida) will throw what they are lovingly calling a Terrible 2 Year Anniversary Party that will feature over 50 different beers.

To properly celebrate two successful years of independent craft brewing, the folks at Arkane Aleworks are going big by assembling one hell of tap list to treat their fans to at their Terrible 2 Year Anniversary throwdown.  With over 50 different featured brews and plenty of other details to cover, we are just going to break this event’s info down for ease of use and navigation.  Let’s get at it:

The Basics

What – Arkane Aleworks Terrible 2 Year Anniversary
When – Saturday, June 30 from noon to midnight
Where – Arkane Aleworks |2480 E Bay Dr #23 | Largo, Florida

The Beer

The folks at the brewery plan to rotate out over 50 different Arkane Aleworks beers during this event.  The full tap list has not yet been released, but Arkane has revealed the following list of teasers:

  • Imaginary Butterflies – Mango Key Lime Pie Florida Weisse
  • Grandma Fingers Cobbler’s Knob – Blueberry Cobbler Sour
  • Hop Tart – Sour IPA
  • Passion Fruit Hop Tart – Sour IPA with Passion Fruit
  • Can’t Elope – Cantaloupe Florida Weisse
  • Tropical Insurrection – Guava Strawberry Sour
  • Fruited Hostility – Peach Strawberry Sour
  • Chocolate Starscream – Blackberry Raspberry Dark Sour with Pinellas Chocolate Company Cocoa Nibs
  • Coffee Starscream – Blackberry Raspberry Dark Sour with coffee from Buddy Brew Coffee
  • Gimme Swelter – Mango Habanero Florida Weisse
  • Lime-on Meringue – Vanilla Lime FL Weisse
  • Beetlejuice – Black Currant Sour with Spices and Beets
  • Humpty Plumpty – Plum Florida Weisse with Cinnamon
  • Transatlantic Shenanigans – Boysenberry Coriander Florida Weisse collaboration with Galway Bay Brewery
  • Carpet Rye’d – Rye Gose
  • Cherry Poppa – Cherry Limeade Sour
  • Mezkin Blackbird – Blackberry Sage Gose

As mentioned above, this is not the complete tap list.  Arkane Aleworks promises that a wide array of additional sours, collaboration beers, IPAs, Imperial Stouts and a few light beers will be added to the rotation during the party.  We will be sure to update you here just as soon as the brewery reveals more details concerning the tap list.  Stay tuned.

How It Will Work

  • This is a pay as you go event. There will be no admission fee.
  • You will have to purchase Arkane Aleworks (AA) tokens to purchase beer.
  • AA tokens will be available for $3 each or seven (7) tokens for $20
  • One AA Token = a half pour  |  Two AA Tokens = a full pour (in most cases)
  • Tokens will be available at the bar register for credit card and cash purchases.  Tokens will also be available outside the front door for cash only.

Other Info

  • The party will take place in the tasting room and beer garden at Arkane Aleworks
  • This event is rain or shine
  • There will be food available for purchase in the beer garden during the event.  Details coming soon.

That should just about cover all the information currently available for the Terrible 2 Year Anniversary, but Arkane Aleworks is sure to release more details as the event date draws closer.  We will update this post with any additional info just as soon as we get our hands on it.

If you are in the area and free on June 30, be sure to head over to Largo so that you can raise a glass with the Arkane Aleworks crew to two amazing years and the many more ahead of them.  Prost!

The Unknown Brewing Co. Set for Limited Release of Kitten Snuggles

Outlook-l4nxiry0On Friday, May 25 at 6 p.m., The Unknown Brewing Co. (Charlotte, North Carolina) will host a special beer release event to honor the long-awaited return of Kitten Snuggles Farmhouse Ale.

Originally released in 2016 as a one-off, Kitten Snuggles is a Farmhouse-style Ale “brewed with milk sugar, fuzzy apricots and YES, catnip flowers!” Introduced as a late addition in the brewing process, those catnip flowers add “a subtle earthy green tea flavor and aroma” to the beer’s more pronounced “creamy apricot deliciousness.” Kitten Snuggles weighs in at a cuddle-inducing 9% ABV.

To take this Kitten Snuggles beer release to a literal level, The Unknown Brewing Co. has partnered “with Mac Tabby Café and there will be cute little kittens for you to snuggle with while you are drinking in the taproom” during the event.  If that is not enough to catch you right in the feels, the brewery “will also be donating $1 from every pint sold from [its] ‘Charity Tap’ to the rescue efforts of Catering to Cats and Dogs.”

16 oz. cans of Kitten Snuggles will officially release in the taproom at The Unknown Brewing Co. (1327 S Mint St | Charlotte, North Carolina) at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 25.  This taproom-only release will be extremely limited, and the brewery warns that “it’s going to be hard to get your paws on it.” With that in mind, just get to the brewery on time, secure your stash of Kitten Snuggles, and settle in for an unforgettable evening filled with soft purrs and tickly kitten kisses.  Prost!