Heavy Seas Beer & Royal Farms Collaborate on World Famous Pilsner

Heavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of World Famous Pilsner, a special collaboration project with Royal Farms, in late June 2020.

Created to commemorate “Royal Farm’s wildly popular Chicken Palooza event as it enters its third year,” World Famous is a “crisp, clean Pilsner . . . brewed to pair perfectly with Royal Farm’s World Famous fried chicken.” Although it can be thoroughly enjoyed on its own, World Famous Pilsner (5% ABV) “tastes even better with RoFo fried chicken and Western fries. A match made in B’more heaven – start your voyage today!”

“I am a huge fan of RoFo chicken and have found a crisp, clean lager to be the perfect style of beer to compliment the subtle spice and yes, unctuous deliciousness, of a RoFo breast or wing,” says Heavy Seas Brewmaster, Christopher Leonard. “We’ve added a touch of citrus flair to the aroma and flavor of this pilsner-style lager with the deft addition of Citra hops late in the boil and in the fermenter. At 5.0% ABV, it pairs beautifully with Royal Farms chicken, yet has just enough complexity of flavor to be enjoyable on its own.”

“When Heavy Seas came to us with this idea, we got so excited! Heavy Seas is known for creating delicious and creative varieties of beer, and we are known for our ‘World Famous’ fried chicken. The fact we are both Baltimore born and based was the icing on the cake. Both teams came together to design the beer in person to ensure it really does pair perfectly for our RoFo and beer loving customer.” Says Shelby Kemp, Marketing Project Manager for Royal Farms.

World Famous Pilsner – available in 6-packs of 16 oz. cans – will debut with a curbside can release at Heavy Seas Brewery on June 26 – 28. If you cannot make the can release, worry not because World Famous Pilsner will also be available for a limited time at 40 Royal Farms locations that carry beer and wine throughout Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania beginning in July. Prost!

Vital Information for World Famous Pilsner from Heavy Seas Beer & Royal Farms

Release – Limited; late June/July 2020
Style – Pilsner
ABV – 5%
Featured Hops – Citra
Suggested Food Pairing – RoFo fried chicken & Western fries
Availability – 6-packs of 16 oz. cans
Distribution – 40 Royal Farms locations that carry beer & wine throughout Maryland, Virginia & Pennsylvania beginning in July 2020

LOKO Cuisine & BarrieHaus Beer Co. Team Up for Grab & Go Father’s Day Eggs & Kegs Brunch

On Sunday, June 21 at 11 a.m., the crew at LOKO Cuisine will set up shop at BarrieHaus Beer Co. (1403 E. 5th Ave. | Tampa, Florida) to host a special Grab & Go edition of Eggs & Kegs to celebrate Father’s Day.

Back after a bit of a break caused by the COVID-19 shutdown, LOKO Cuisine will be honoring dad with a Father’s Day Eggs & Kegs that has been modified to fit a “Grab & Go” style format. This Cuban-inspired brunch will consist of the following four dishes (all served in to-go containers):

Since this a Grab & Go meal, the “kegs” portion of the brunch will be a 32 oz. crowler included in the ticket price (one crowler per ticket). Ticket holders will be able to choose from the following BarrieHaus Beer Co. offerings to pair with their meal: Orange Honey Lager, Family Tradition Vienna Lager, Big Pluckin’ Pils German Pilsner, and The Dark Munich Dunkel.

Recognizing that precautions need to be taken to avoid the spread of COVID-19, LOKO Cuisine and BarrieHaus Beer Co. will run this edition of Eggs & Kegs a little differently than previous events. Please read through the following rules and ordering information to ensure that you are able to plan accordingly and order properly:

  • Guests have the option to take their food to-go or stay and eat at BarrieHaus Beer Co. Currently, the brewery is allowed to operate at 50% capacity in the taproom and 100% capacity outdoors, all with proper social distancing. LOKO Cuisine will keep you updated on any changes.
  • By law, Crowlers included with the ticket are considered a packaged item and CANNOT be opened or consumed at the brewery. However, guests will be able to purchase individual draft beers.
  • To order different Crowlers for each ticket, add each beer to cart, click continue shopping, and repeat. To order the same beer, select beer, add to cart, and then insert the quantity for tickets.
  • Additional to-go Crowlers can be purchased the week of the event via BarrieHaus Beer Co.’s website (click here to do so)
  • LOKO crew will be wearing masks, gloves, and following disinfectant protocol. Hand sanitizer will be available for guests.

Tickets for Father’s Day Eggs & Kegs are available now for $34.72 each, and you can purchase yours by clicking here. Ticket cost includes the four-course brunch and one 32 oz. crowler per ticket. Physical tickets will not be issued, but your name will be added to a paid list once the purchase process is completed. FYI: Each purchased meal will be held under the purchaser’s name.

If you are looking for a fun and safe way to celebrate dad this Father’s Day, you are going to be hard-pressed to find a more thoughtful approach than the one LOKO Cuisine and BarrieHaus Beer Co. has come up with. This brunch is sure to sell out due to that fact, so make sure that you secure your tickets as soon as possible. Prost!

Tampa’s World of Beer Locations & Local Residents Pay It Forward Once Again By Feeding Healthcare Workers on April 23

WOB-logoSmallTampa, Fla. (April 23, 2020) — Once again World of Beer Bar & Kitchen is asking Tampa residents to help Pay It Forward Round 4. All week, customers can “Pay It Forward” by purchasing a $10 meal for a Memorial Hospital of Tampa employee. Each meal purchased will be matched with an additional meal from World of Beer to help feed those who are on the front line of COVID-19.

In just three weeks, World of Beer has donated a total of 436 meals to local Tampa hospital employees. Witnessing its impact first hand, the World of Beer employee leading the charge explained how it has created an impression on her.

“Pay it Forward has been rewarding in so many ways. Seeing our team come together in these unprecedented times has reminded me why I work for this company,” said Emily Barth, Experiential Marketing & Events Manager at World of Beer. “More importantly, realizing the impact a meal can make on a healthcare worker reminds us all how much they are sacrificing for us. Many don’t have time or energy to think about where they are getting their next meal, and we are happy to take that off their plate.”

Your $10 will provide Memorial Hospital of Tampa employees with a warm meal delivered directly to their staff Thursday evening. Fresh burgers, chicken sandwiches, and a hearty helping of fries and tots. Simply stop by or call your local World of Beer to help “Pay It Forward” on Thursday, April 23rd. It’s as simple and rewarding as that.

Where:

World of Beer Bar & Kitchen (WOB)
World of Beer was founded in 2007 by two best friends in Tampa, Fla. who wanted to create a welcoming place where friends could gather, drink, eat and explore. WOB, the original craft beer bar, boasts hundreds of beers and rotating taps at each location along with signature food menus specifically designed to enhance the flavor of beers. World of Beer has grown to a global franchise with 50+ locations. For more information, visit www.worldofbeer.com

Note: Mashing In does not regularly cut & paste press releases, but we made an exception in this case due to the subject matter and the time sensitive nature of this initiative. 

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Tampa’s World of Beer Locations Continue to Pay It Forward by Feeding More Healthcare Workers on April 16

WOB-logoSmallTampa, Fla. (April 10, 2020)World of Beer Bar & Kitchen is asking Tampa residents to help Pay It Forward Round 3 (AGAIN!). Monday through Thursday, customers can “Pay It Forward” by purchasing a $10 meal for a AdventHealth Carrollwood employee. Each meal purchased will be matched with an additional meal from World of Beer to help feed those who are on the front line of COVID-19.

With the help of our generous donors, we have donated a total of 254 meals! At our last Pay It Forward, we spoke with one of the recipients,

“I’m a nurse on the COVID unit at Brandon Regional Hospital. As I exited a room tonight I was told to take my picks of some food that was donated to us from World of Beer. This is so appreciated, especially by me. I have self-quarantined myself from my family and have been living in a hotel. I have always loved eating and drinking at WOB. You all rock!”

 

– Shawn Ohlsson, Brandon Regional Hospital Employee

Your $10 will provide AdventHealth Carrollwood employees with a warm meal delivered directly to their staff Thursday evening. Fresh burgers, chicken sandwiches, and a hearty helping of fries and tots. Simply stop by or call your local World of Beer to help “Pay It Forward” on Thursday, April 16th. It’s as simple and rewarding as that.

Where:

World of Beer Bar & Kitchen (WOB)
World of Beer was founded in 2007 by two best friends in Tampa, Fla. who wanted to create a welcoming place where friends could gather, drink, eat and explore. WOB, the original craft beer bar, boasts hundreds of beers and rotating taps at each location along with signature food menus specifically designed to enhance the flavor of beers. World of Beer has grown to a global franchise with 50+ locations. For more information, visit www.worldofbeer.com

Note: Mashing In does not regularly cut & paste press releases, but we made an exception in this case due to the subject matter and the time sensitive nature of this initiative. 

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Tasting Notes – CBD Beverage Edition: VYBES | Blueberry Mint

VYBESPourFor this special edition of Tasting Notes, we round the edges off a rough week by winding down with a CBD beverage from VYBES (Los Angeles, California).

Newly available in the Central Florida area thanks to Sunshine State DistributingVYBES is an organic beverage made with CBD sourced from the hemp plant.  Since hemp-based CBD does not contain THC (the psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana), VYBES products are completely legal in Florida.

VYBES beverages come in five flavors: Honey Crisp Apple BasilBurning MandarinStrawberry LavenderPeach Ginger and Blueberry Mint.  Each VYBES offering contains 25mg of organic Hemp CBD and “touts the ability to help consumers’ bodies naturally achieve homeostasis by regulating anxiety, stress and sleep.”

VYBES beverages started rolling out in Central Florida – Orange, Osceola, Polk, Brevard, Lake, Seminole, Volusia and Flagler counties – in late July.  You can expect to find these CBD beverages available in 14 oz. bottles at high-end retail stores and restaurants located in Central Florida, California and throughout the rest of VYBES’ distribution footprint.

Alright . . . now that we are all a little more familiar with VYBES and CBD, let’s go ahead and crack open a bottle of Blueberry Mint and get into these Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Blueberry Mint from VYBES

Appearance: Blueberry Mint VYBES pours a red tinged, pale purple in color.  When held to direct light, the majority of the liquid softens to a peach-colored tone that surrounds a pale purple core.  It does have a bit of cloudiness to it, but it remains clear enough for you to take notice of what appears to be floaties/slight separation provided by the fresh fruit (this is an organic beverage after all).  Since this is a still beverage, the only bubbles to report are the ones that appear after the initial shake of the bottle.

Aroma:  The aromatics kick off with an earthy/herbal quality that is reminiscent of honey-laced green tea.  This is quickly overtaken by fruity notes of fresh blueberries, lemon and lime.  The profile closes with a soft breeze of sweet, cool mint.

Taste: Delicately tart blueberry notes greet the taste buds and are accompanied by a touch of grape and sweet citrus. These fruity tones are balanced perfectly by an earthy note of slightly sweet iced green tea. The mint presence is complementary, and is able to gently settle into the experience without overpowering any of the flavors that precede it.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body and still, this super easy drinking beverage has a weight that is lighter than a juice but slightly heavier than an iced tea.  Thanks to a wonderful mix of sweet, tart and earthy/herbal notes, it has a nice overall balance and finishes incredibly clean. The aftertaste is all blueberry.

Final Thoughts: I actually had my bottle of Blueberry Mint VYBES after a hellacious week and a pretty rigorous workout. Not only did I find this beverage to be incredibly tasty and refreshing, but I also finally found myself experiencing a bit of solace and peace shortly after finishing the bottle.  I was able to untie the knotted thoughts that had been lingering in my mind all day, and my joints actually felt better than they had after a workout in a long time. These effects were casual and not at all overwhelming. I just felt calm, relaxed and good, and that seems to fall in line with how many folks describe their experiences with CBD.

Beyond the pleasant effects of the CBD, the drink is just delicious.  Thanks to its beautiful mix of sweet, tart and herbal flavors and aromas, it is wonderfully balanced and easy drinking.  There are no aggressive or medicinal notes at all. It simply comes across as a fruited tea that you could easily enjoy at breakfast, lunch, dinner or anytime you find yourself in need of a refreshing beverage. So, if you have been thinking about introducing CBD into your daily routine, you seriously might want to consider VYBES as a delightfully easy option to do so.  Prost!

 

Sunshine State Distributing Brings VYBES CBD Beverages to Central Florida

Burning Mandarin VYBESVYBES (Los Angeles, California) has officially announced that it has partnered with Sunshine State Distributing to launch its line of CBD-based beverages in Central Florida.

Entering the market “just days after Governor Ron DeSantis signed legislation to legalize hemp farming and sales from licensed individuals in Florida”, VYBES is an organic beverage made with CBD sourced from the hemp plant.  Since hemp-based CBD does not contain THC (the psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana), VYBES products are completely legal in Florida.

VYBES beverages come in five flavors: Honey Crisp Apple Basil, Burning Mandarin, Strawberry Lavender, Peach Ginger and Blueberry Mint.  Each VYBES offering contains 25mg of organic Hemp CBD and “touts the ability to help consumers’ bodies naturally achieve homeostasis by regulating anxiety, stress and sleep.”

“The legalization of hemp products in Florida allows us to give consumers what they’ve been asking for—a beverage made with CBD,” said Chris Larue, president and founder of Sunshine State Distributing. “We are excited to introduce VYBES in Central Florida. If you’re unsure of beverages made with CBD, this product will change your mind.”

With the help of Sunshine State Distributing, VYBES products are rolling out now in Central Florida.  You can expect to find these CBD-based beverages at high-end retail stores and restaurants located in Orange, Osceola, Polk, Brevard, Lake, Seminole, Volusia and Flagler counties (a list of locations currently carrying VYBES is available below). Prost!

Locations Currently Carrying VYBES