Marker 48 Brewing Commemorates Local Legend with John Reeves Incident Double IPA Beer Release Event

John Reeves Incident Label PhotoBeginning at noon on Sunday, May 27, Marker 48 Brewing (Weeki Wachee, Florida) will add some local lore to its Memorial Day Weekend festivities by hosting the brewery’s 2nd Annual The John Reeves Incident Bottle Release and UFO Celebration.

Did you know that the Brooksville area of Florida that Marker 48 Brewing calls home was once referred to as the “UFO Capital of the World”? It is totally true, and the source of this designation can be tracked back to one encounter in particular: The John Reeves Incident.  The folks at Marker 48 Brewing are very dedicated to increasing awareness of this local legend and that is why they are once again hosting The John Reeves Incident Bottle Release and UFO Celebration on Sunday, May 27.

Between the story of John Reeves, info on the release of The John Reeves Incident Hazy Double IPA and the party itself, we certainly have a lot to go over when it comes to this event.  So, what do you say we just break it all down?

The Basics

What – The John Reeves Incident Double IPA Bottle Release & UFO Celebration
When – Sunday, May 27. Bottle release begins at noon and the party starts at 6:30 p.m.
Where – Marker 48 Brewing | 12147 Cortez Blvd. (S.R. 50) | Weeki Wachee, Florida 34613

The Story 

“John Reeves lived in the Brooksville area of Florida and, like many of us, enjoyed traipsing around in the beautiful woodlands of The Nature Coast. Then one day, in 1961, he came upon a saucer-shaped craft parked in the wilderness, with tall, luminous beings near it.

Those beings, it turns out, arrived from the stars, and over the next few years John Reeves befriended them. In fact, in 1968, his alien friends flew him to their base on the far side of our moon, where he spent hours exploring before returning with a small bottle of gray lunar dust and a softball-sized chunk of rock. In doing so, he became the first man to walk on the moon’s surface — a year before Neil Armstrong did it.

Or so the story goes.”

Click here if you would like to read a more detailed account of the John Reeves incident.

The Beer Release

This event will be headlined by the bottle release of The John Reeves Incident Double IPA, a hazy Double India Pale Ale “brewed with Galaxy, Simcoe, and several experimental hops to create a delicious balanced brew with citrus and tropical flavors that might just send your taste buds into outer space.”  A limited number of 750ml bottles of The John Reeves Incident will go on sale for $20 each at noon on May 27.  The John Reeves Incident Double IPA will also be pouring on draft as long as supplies last.

The UFO Celebration

The UFO Party will kick off at 6:30 p.m. when the Texas-based Ally Venable Band takes the stage in Marker 48’s beer garden.  At 9 p.m., there will be an Alien/UFO Costume Contest that will award prizes for best female, best male, and best couple costumes.

In addition to the entertainment, the celebration will also feature the following:

  • A free photo booth set up to snap your own souvenir pics
  • Food trucks BarbieCue, Nina’s Wood Fire Pizza and Nina Cucina Cheesesteaks and Appetizers will be on site to cover any needs in the grub department
  • T-shirts to commemorate Mr. Reeves and his otherworldly friends will be available for purchase

Alright, that should cover all the information currently available on Marker 48’s The John Reeves Incident Bottle Release and UFO Celebration.  If you are in the area and looking for something fun to get into this Memorial Day Weekend, head over to Marker 48 for the unique opportunity to celebrate a real deal, documented alien encounter.  Just make sure that you arrange a safe way home because I am pretty sure that aliens probe those foolish enough to drive impaired.  Prost!

 

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Marker 48 Brewing Launches 2018 Smallbatch Beer Program

Marker48SmallBatchAfter a successful inaugural year in 2017, Marker 48 Brewing (Weeki Wachee, Florida) has announced that the Smallbatch Beer Program has officially returned for another year of limited release brews and awesome prizes.

Back for its second year, the Smallbatch Beer Program is a 48-week-long promotion that allows Marker 48’s fans the chance to explore a vast array of beers for the remainder of 2018.  Committed to brewing one new beer every week, Marker 48’s brewers and select guest brewers will use this program as an opportunity to “explore creative and experimental brewing — everything from sours to barrel-aged beers, and many styles in between.”  One new small-batch beer will be tapped each Wednesday – beginning February 7 – in Marker 48’s taproom, and guests will have the option to purchase a Smallbatch Beer Book to track their craft beer journey with stamps collected throughout the year.  Depending on the amount accumulated, those stamps could ultimately lead to “a chance to win magnificent prizes at the end of the year.”

A limited number of Smallbatch Beer Books are available now at Marker 48 Brewing for the price of $100 each.  The cost of the passport grants its holder with “one FREE small-batch beer per week or half-off bomber bottles of the week’s small-batch beers (when available).”  In addition to the 48 free beers, book holders will receive a stamp for each Smallbatch Beer drank.

The amount of stamps a guest collects will determine what prizes he/she will qualify for at the end of the year.  The prize tiers are as follows:

10-25 stamps are qualified to win:

  • $100 Marker 48 gift certificate
  • Free passport book for 2019 ($100 value)
  • $25 BeckyJack’s Food Shack gift certificate
  • $25 Florida Cracker Kitchen gift certificate
  • ($250 value total)

26-35 stamps are qualified to win all of the above, PLUS:

  • The chance to brew a small-batch beer with Marker 48’s brewers in 2018

36-48 stamps are qualified to win all of the above, PLUS:

  • A one-night stay with one guest, hosted by Marker 48, on a private island on the Homosassa River and a half-day fishing inshore charter with a guide captain.

New this Year:

  • All books with 48 stamps will be entered to win two VIP tickets to a 2019 Tampa Bay area beer festival of Marker 48’s choice, accompanied by either the owners or brewers.

In addition to the chance to win the prizes above, passport holders “that have all 48 stamps will get an exclusive Marker 48 Smallbatch Beer shirt AND a special 20 oz. glass to be kept in the brewery to receive pours of core beers throughout 2019 for the same price as 16 oz. beers.”

The Smallbatch Beer Program officially started on Wednesday, February 7 when Marker 48 tapped Wallace Wee Heavy (8.2% ABV), a lightly smoked Scottish style ale with a nice meaty, malty backbone.  This is your chance to get into the Smallbatch Beer Program early, so do what you can to swing by the brewery this week, try the Wallace Wee Heavy, snag a Smallbatch Beer Book, and settle in for 48 weeks of good times and tasty brews with Marker 48 in 2018.  Prost!

Marker 48 Brewing Plans Limited Release of Spring Release Barrel-aged Double IPA

2017 Spring Release bottleOn Thursday, April 27 at noon, Marker 48 Brewing (Weeki Wachee, Florida) will host a special bottle release event for the 2017 edition of Spring Release, a Double IPA aged in Bourbon barrels while submerged in a freshwater spring located on Florida’s Nature Coast.

After being first released and quickly selling out in 2016, Spring Release Double IPA is officially making a comeback this month.  To create this meticulously crafted beer, the brewers at Marker 48 begin by brewing up a sizable Double India Pale Ale as the base.  The beer is then “transferred to Four Roses Bourbon barrels and aged for about three weeks 48 feet deep in . . . [a] freshwater [spring], located on private property not far from the brewery.”  Once the laborious aging process is completed, the 10.9% ABV Spring Release Double IPA is finally ready to provide its drinker with a truly unique and memorable drinking experience.

Spring Release Double IPA (2017) will officially release at the brewery – 12147 Cortez Blvd., Weeki Wachee, Florida – on Thursday, April 27 at noon.  This limited release will be available in 750 ml bottles at the cost of $20 each (limit of 2 bottles per customer, per day).  Marker 48 Brewing will also tap one sixtel (1/6 BBL) keg of Spring Release Double IPA during the event ” for those who want to try the brew while it’s as fresh as possible.”  Marker 48 Brewing only has about 400 bottles of Spring Release available this year, so be sure to head over to the brewery on Thursday to grab a bottle or two before its inevitable sellout.  Prost!

Vital Information for Spring Release (2017) from Marker 48 Brewing

Release – Limited, bottle release event on April 27 at noon
Style – American Double/Imperial India Pale Ale
ABV – 10.9%
Treatment – Aged in Four Roses Bourbon barrels for about three weeks while submerged 48 feet deep in a freshwater spring
Availability – 750 ml bottles, about 400 bottles produced.  $20 per bottle. Bottle limit of two (2) bottles per person, per day

Marker 48 Brewing Introduces Smallbatch Beer Program

marker48beerbookMarker 48 Brewing (Weeki Wachee, Florida) has officially announced the launch of their Smallbatch Beer Program, a new promotion that will feature a new one-off beer during each of the remaining 48 weeks of 2017.

Starting this week, Marker 48 Brewing will begin tapping a series of unique brews and selling a limited number of Smallbatch Beer Books as a part of their Smallbatch Beer Program.  Not only will this promotion allow you to enjoy a new beer each week for the rest of the year, but it also gives you chance to win some amazing prizes.  There are quite a few moving parts to the Smallbatch Beer Program, so let’s break it all down:

The Beers of the Smallbatch Beer Program – The brewers at Marker 48 Brewing and a select group of guest brewers have signed on to create a series of small-batch beers that will be tapped at the brewery each week for the rest of 2017.  These 48 beers are meant to be an exploration of “creative and experimental brewing — everything from sours to barrel-aged beers, and many styles in between.”  Anyone who visits Marker 48 Brewing can order these limited offerings, but those that commit to the Smallbatch Beer Program will have the chance to win some cool prizes at the end of the year.

The Promotional Beer Books of the Smallbatch Beer Program – As of this week, Marker 48 Brewing has begun the sale of a “very limited” amount of Smallbatch Beer Books. These Smallbatch Beer Books grant you “one FREE small-batch beer per week or half-off bomber bottles of the week’s small-batch beers (when available).” For each Smallbatch Beer enjoyed, the brewery will also stamp your Beer Book so that you can track your progress throughout the year.  These Smallbatch Beer Books are $100 each – **Bargain Alert** that works out to roughly $2 per beer **Bargain Alert** – and can be purchased at Marker 48’s tasting room located at 12147 Cortez Blvd, Weeki Wachee, Florida.

The Prizes of the Smallbatch Beer Program – “At the end of the year, those individuals who have all 48 stamps will get an exclusive Marker 48 Smallbatch Beer shirt AND a special 20 oz. glass to be kept in the brewery to receive core beers for the same price as 16 oz. beers.

Depending on the number of stamps required, book holders will also be qualified to win end-of-the-year grand prizes.”

 The prizes are:

~ 10-25 stamps are qualified to win:

  • $100 Marker 48 gift certificate
  • Free passport book for 2018 ($100 value)
  • $25 BeckyJacks Food Shack gift certificate
  • $25 Florida Cracker Kitchen gift certificate
  • That’s a $250 total value

26-35 stamps are qualified to win all of the above, PLUS:

  • The chance to brew a small-batch beer with our brewers in 2018

~ 36-48 stamps are qualified to win all of the above, PLUS:

  • A one-night stay with one guest, hosted by Marker 48, on a private island on the Homosassa River and a half-day fishing inshore charter with a guide captain

In order to qualify for the prizes above, you must purchase a Smallbatch Beer Book.

The plan is for the majority of the Smallbatch Beers to be tapped each Wednesday in Marker 48 Brewing’s tasting room.  With that said, things do come up in the brewing process and those beers with “special treatments or other special brewing techniques may be released another day.”  Your best bet is to check Marker 48’s Facebook page or Twitter account each week for up-to-date news concerning each release.  The brewery expects each release to be available for a couple of weeks, but there is no guarantee when it comes to demand for limited release beers.

The first beer of the Smallbatch Beer Program, a treated American Blonde Ale called Peanut Butter and Jellyfish (5.5% ABV), was officially tapped on Sunday, February 5.  Marker 48 Brewing reports that this offering “remains available as of this date.”

At just $100 for a beer a week for the rest of the year, this Smallbatch Beer Program is a no-brainer if you happen to live anywhere near Marker 48 Brewing.  Swing by the tasting room soon to get in on this promotion and start collecting those stamps.  Prost!

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Marker 48 Brewing Plans One Year Anniversary Party

marker48glass_editedOn Saturday, November 19 at noon, Marker 48 Brewing (12147 Cortez Blvd, Brooksville, Florida) will hold their One Year Anniversary Party featuring limited release beers, live entertainment, and an abundance of good times.

When they joined Florida’s craft beer community a year ago, Marker 48 Brewing opened their doors as Hernando County’s first full production craft brewery. Since that first day, they have been producing tasty, small-batch brews for their fans to enjoy in the brewery’s taproom and biergarten.  Their 6,000 sq-ft facility not only acts as a beer destination, but it also serves as a popular music venue on the weekends.

Their current recipe for success has been this combination of great beer and music, and both of those will be the featured attractions at Marker 48 Brewing’s One Year Anniversary Party.  The beer will obviously take center stage here, and the following craft brews and guest taps will be pouring at the event:

Featured Barrel-aged & Limited Brews from Marker 48 Brewing

  • Bayport Belgian Strong Dark Ale aged in Wild Buck Whiskey Barrels
  • Mud River Imperial Stout aged in Wild Buck Whiskey Barrels
  • Kissed by a Mermaid Milk Stout aged in Wild Buck Whiskey Barrels
  • Tortoise Portoise Porter aged in Wild Buck Whiskey Barrels
  • GB40 Red Wine Barrel-aged Saison
  •  M48 Anniversary Barrel-aged Barleywine
  • More to be announced soon

Breweries to be Featured as Guest Taps

In addition to the delicious brews mentioned above, this party will also feature live entertainment and music on two stages (stages sponsored by Gary Schraut/Alliance Realty).  The confirmed acts are as follows:

To pair with all this beer and music, the brewery will also host several food trucks to handle any grubbin’ needs you may encounter.  Details on the food trucks will be announced soon.

This One Year Anniversary Party is Marker 48 Brewing’s way of extending a heartfelt “Thank you!” to their “amazing customers who have made this last year so successful.”  This event will be going all day and night long on November 19th.  If you are in the area on that date, be sure to swing by the brewery and raise a glass with the folks of Marker 48 to their successful first year and the many more ahead.  Prost!