Proof Brewing Co. Marks Return of College Football with Annual Release of Warpath IIPA

ProofBrewingLogo2Proof Brewing Co. (Tallahassee, Florida) has officially announced that it will begin the taproom-only release of its award-winning Warpath Imperial IPA at 4 p.m. on Thursday, August 29.

Released each year at the start of college football season “[to pay] tribute to [the brewery’s] hometown team,” Warpath is an Imperial India Pale Ale brewed “with over six pounds of hops per barrel” (hop bill: Mosaic, Cryo Azacca, El Dorado, and Citra hops).  Meant to “[lead] the way in a modern IPA world,” this beer’s “hop profile emulates the juicy flavors of New England-Style hazy IPAs but with the dryness and mouthfeel of West Coast-Styles.”  Coming in at 8% ABV, Warpath’s “hoppy flavor will galvanize your taste buds and your thirst for victory.”

“Last year, sales of 4-pack cans exceeded all expectations and we sold out quickly,” said Founder, Byron Burroughs. “We’ve increased production to ensure this Tallahassee tradition can be shared with friends at football tailgates, social events, or anywhere you are on the Warpath!”

Warpath Imperial IPA will officially release in the Tasting Room at Proof Brewing Co. at 4 p.m. on August 29.  These limited edition 4-packs of 12 oz. cans will only be available as long as supplies last.  Warpath is a brewery exclusive release that will not see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for Warpath Imperial IPA from Proof Brewing Company

Release – Limited; August 29, 2019
Style – Imperial India Pale Ale
ABV – 8%
Hops – Mosaic, Cryo Azacca, El Dorado & Citra
Fun Fact – “Proof Brewing Company is a proud sponsor of FSU Athletics.”
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans
Distribution – None. Taproom/Brewery only

Proof Brewing & DEEP Brewing Co. Make Some Noise with Constructive Interference IPA Collaboration

ProofDEEPProof Brewing Co. (Tallahassee, Florida) has officially announced that the Limited Release of Constructive Interference, an American IPA brewed in collaboration with DEEP Brewing Co. (Tallahassee, Florida), will begin on Friday, June 28.

Brewed by members of Proof Brewing Co. and DEEP Brewing Co. to capture “the collaborative spirit of the craft beer industry” while also highlighting the incredible camaraderie that exists within Tallahassee’s craft brewing community, Constructive Interference is a Juicy American India Pale Ale brewed with Mosaic, Denali, and Mandarina Bavaria hops.  Tallahassee through and through, the release of Constructive Interference “is perfectly timed for this evolution of Florida’s Craft Capital!”

Constructive Interference American IPA will debut in the tasting rooms of both Proof Brewing Co. and DEEP Brewing Co. on June 28 and is scheduled to hit Tallahassee-area grocery stores in early July 2019.  This Limited Release offering will be available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft as long as supplies last.  Prost!

Vital Information for Constructive Interference American IPA from Proof Brewing Co. & DEEP Brewing Co.

Release – Limited; launching June 28, 2019
Style – Juicy India Pale Ale
ABV – ???
IBUs – ???
Featured Hops – Mosaic, Denali & Mandarina Bavaria 
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Limited to the Tallahassee-area of Florida

 

 

Proof Brewing Co. & Finback Brewery Collaborate on Quantum Foam DIPA

ProofFinbackProof Brewing Co. (Tallahassee, Florida) has officially announced that it will release Quantum Foam, a Double New England-style IPA brewed in collaboration with Finback Brewery (Queens, New York), on Friday, May 24.

Formulated by representatives of Proof Brewing Co. and Finback Brewery to boldly “[defy] the space/time continuum”, Quantum Foam is a “bright and floral” New England-style Double India Pale Ale brewed with “experimental hop Bru-1, cryo Azacca, and Mosaic hops.”  This reality altering hop bill lends Quantum Foam “vivid aromas of citrus [that] encompass . . . bold flavors of tropical fruit and pineapple.”

“After brewing a collab with Finback in NYC, we had to bring it home to Tallahassee,” said Byron Burroughs, Proof Brewing Company’s founder. “We really wanted to make an IPA symbolic of the tropical flavors and aromas of bold East-coast styles. These new hops add many layers of complexity throughout the beer.”

Quantum Foam will officially release in Proof Brewing Company’s Tasting Room at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 24.  This Limited Release offering will be available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans – making Quantum Foam Proof Brewing Co.’s first ever 16 oz. can release.  Supplies are limited and per person limits will be established at the time of the release.  Quantum Foam is not expected to see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for Quantum Foam from Proof Brewing Co. & Finback Brewery

Release – Limited; May 24, 2019
Style – New England-style DIPA
ABV – ???
Featured Hops – Experimental Hop Bru-1, Cryo Azacca & Mosaic
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans
Distribution – None. Taproom-only release

 

Proof Brewing Co. Adds Munich Style Lager to Year-Round Lineup

image003Proof Brewing Co. (Tallahassee, Florida) has announced that Proof Lager will officially join the brewery’s Year-Round portfolio on Friday, April 19.

Serving as Proof Brewing Co.’s “salute to the classic German style”, Proof Lager is a “bright, refreshing” Munich-style Lager that “showcases a balance of light malt with a delicate German Noble hop aroma.”  Weighing in at an easy-drinking 5% ABV and 24 IBUs, Proof Lager boasts “a clean, crisp finish which pairs perfectly with a sunny day or any day you please.”

“The Proof Lager is a great everyday-beer for any occasion,” said Byron Burroughs, Proof Brewing Company’s founder. “From the craft beer novice to the aficionado, any drinker will find our Lager is enjoyable year-round.”

Proof Lager will officially launch in Proof Brewing Co.’s Tasting Room on April 19 and is scheduled to enter distribution shortly after the on-site release.  You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants located within Proof Brewing Co.’s distribution footprint in Florida.  Prost!

Vital Information for Proof Lager from Proof Brewing Co.

Release – Year-Round; launching April 19, 2019
Style – Munich-style Lager
ABV – 5%
IBUs – 24
Fun Fact – Proof Lager won a bronze medal at the 2018 Florida Best Beer Championships
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Florida

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Proof Brewing Co. Goes Year-Round with La La Land IPA

image005Proof Brewing Company (Tallahassee, Florida) has officially announced that La La Land West Coast-style IPA will join its Year-Round lineup in mid-March 2019.

Developed to be an “East meets West . . . homage to the classic West Coast-style”, La La Land is an American India Pale Ale “featuring bright aromas and flavors of citrus and tropical fruit, with a crisp, resinous bitterness.”  Although it comes in at a sizable 7% ABV and 90 IBUs, La La Land West Coast-style IPA still possesses “a vibrant balance of hops and malts for any landscape!”

“Our new production facility has given us the space to increase our line-up of beers,” said Angela Burroughs, Proof Brewing Company’s founder. “This release of La La Land has been a long time coming and a fan favorite for years. It’s exciting to be able to provide our customers with a beer they’ve been wanting.”

6-packs of La La Land will hit Proof Brewing’s new tasting room on March 15 and distribution will follow shortly after the on-site release.  You can expect to find this Year-Round offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Tallahassee and any other area of Florida that regularly sees cans of Proof Brewing Co.’s Eightfive-0 or Mango Wit.  Prost!

Vital Information for La La Land West Coast-style IPA from Proof Brewing Company

Release – Year-Round, launching mid-March 2019
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 7%
IBUs – 90
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Florida (limited)

Proof Brewing Co. Schedules Grand Opening for New Facility

proofbrewinglogoProof Brewing Co. (Tallahassee, Florida) has officially announced that it will hold a grand opening celebration for its massive new facility at 1320 South Monroe Street during the weekend of February 8.

After nearly a year of renovations and $6 million invested, Proof Brewing is finally ready to reveal all that it has done to revitalize the 34,000 square foot historical building – an abandoned Coca-Cola Bottling Facility built in 1948 – “centrally located near the redevelopment of South Monroe and the downtown district” of Tallahassee.  This new expanded brewing facility will up Proof Brewing’s game with the following features and opportunities (this information was sourced directly from the brewery’s press release):

  • The larger building and additional fermentation capacity will allow brewery staff to expand production of Proof Brewing Co.’s core lineup of bold and flavorful beers. La La Land West Coast-style IPA and Lager will be added to the core lineup of cans next to the wildly popular Eightfive-0 American Pale Ale and Mango Wit Belgian-Style Wit in the months following the facility’s opening. Additional package varieties will be added for the tasting room and distribution release.
  • The inclusion of a $150,000 onsite lab and centrifuge will increase the efficiency and consistency of every beer. The new technology will significantly improve the shelf stability and production quality.
  • The larger tasting room will feature a full bar pouring twenty-four beer taps, wine, house sangria, and hand-crafted cocktails. Brewery tours will begin in the new merchandise area where fans can access growler, crowler, and package varieties to-go. Guests can relax in the all-weathered covered patio and enjoy over 8000 square feet of beer garden space.
  • A new private event space will offer guests a stunning atmosphere to host engagement, holiday, retirement, and birthday parties as well as corporate meetings and events, with views into the brewery and access to a private beer garden.
  • Proof Brewing has partnered with local chefs to open a new onsite restaurant concept called Proper. Proper will also be available for catered private events and dinners in the new event space.
  • As growth in the new facility continues, additional employees and support staff will grow when new markets are reached throughout the state of Florida and beyond.

“From day one our intention has been to give Tallahassee the most outstanding beer possible. Through the dedication of our team and the evolution of growth, that is now a reality. This growth ultimately means a higher quality of life and improved work conditions for our entire team as well as offering all of Tallahassee a welcoming and relaxing space to enjoy world class beer,” said Byron & Angela Burroughs, Proof Brewing Company founders. “We can’t wait for you to experience our new forever home.”

The grand opening of Proof Brewing’s new facility at 1320 South Monroe Street will begin on Friday, February 8 and carry throughout the weekend. After the grand opening, the new brewery and taproom will have expanded hours of operation and be open seven days a week.  Due to the move, Proof Brewing Co.’s previous location at Railroad Square is no longer operational.  Prost!

Field Trip: 6th Annual Florida Tap Invitational at Proof Brewing Co.

FLTAPLogoLast month, we were lucky enough to receive an invite to the 6th Annual Florida Tap Invitational at Proof Brewing Co. (Tallahassee, Florida) and we have returned – after a bit of a delay – to provide you with a recap and photographic account of our experience at this truly special beer festival.

Taking place each year at Proof Brewing Co. in Tallahassee, the Florida Tap Invitational is an exclusive beer festival that aims to collect the finest and most interesting/innovative beers being produced in Florida so that craft beer fans can experience them all in one spot.  Beyond just being a celebration of the state’s craft beer community, this year’s event went an extra mile by serving as a fundraiser for Proof Brewing Co.’s neighbors in the Florida Panhandle that were affected by Hurricane Michael.

The description of the event that we received was very similar to the paragraph above, but we had no idea how intimate this beer festival would be until we turned the corner to the parking lot to get in line.  The entirety of the Florida Tap Invitational takes place in Proof Brewing Co.’s parking lot, beer garden and tasting room – none of which are incredibly large.  Despite that fact, someone who undoubtedly was a savant at Tetris found ample space to set up pour stations – most of them housed under tents – for 45 or so breweries and still had room for food vendors, a stage for musical entertainment and areas for attendees to congregate.

We entered with the VIP ticket holders, and the ID check/ticket redemption process was speedy and efficient.  As soon as we received our glass and got through the gate, our worries of over-crowding – a very real occurrence at many beer festivals – were quickly put at ease.  The amount of tickets allotted for this event was nearly perfect, and the layout basically kept the crowd moving at a slowly churning pace.  Even after General Admission was let in and attendance was at its peak, we never felt rushed or crowded and always had somewhere to go to hang out and have a conversation.  At times, many pour stations were wide open and allowed guests plenty of time to chat with representatives from their favorite breweries.

As far as the beer goes, the level of quality at the Florida Tap Invitational was as advertised.  Nearly every brewery came with the intention to show you their absolute best, and the event was utterly awash with countless one-off, rare, and limited release beers.  To give you an idea of the insane brews that graced our glasses during this event, here are our “Top 5 Most Memorable Beers of the 6th Annual Florida Tap Invitational” (list is in no particular order):

  • Magnanimous Brewing | Flourish – New England-style Wheat.  A new brewery coming to Tampa, Magnanimous made quite the first impression with a Wheat Ale that was bright, hoppy, luscious and refreshing.
  • Deep Brewing Co. | Bourbon Barrel CYNNICAL – Imperial Stout with cinnamon, ancho chile, cacao & vanilla.  CYNNICAL blew us away with big notes of brownie batter, dark chocolate, bourbon and just the right pop of heat.
  • Aardwolf Brewing Company | Bearer of the Cup of the Blood of the Ancients – Barrel-aged Raspberry Sour.  The name immediately captured our attention, and the beer itself delivered a wonderfully complex experience filled with tart raspberry goodness.
  • Invasive Species Brewing | Malkovich Malkovich – Hazy IPA double dry-hopped with Mosaic, Citra & Cashmere hops.  This IPA was ridiculously juicy and had just the right amount of delightful dankness. Oh, and the label artwork on the can is just stunning.
  • Proof Brewing Co. | Coffee Vanilla Hazelnut Bourbon Barrel-aged Glass Emperor – Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout.  The home team stood up and showed out with a tap list comprised of over 30 beers, but this one set itself apart by nailing every descriptor in its name.  Pronounced and impactful but not overly cloying, this was THE dessert stout of the festival for us.

In addition to all the amazing beer, the Florida Tap Invitational also featured an incredibly solid lineup of food trucks/vendors and an unforgettable musical performance from Tallahassee’s Catfish Alliance and their majestic hype man “Sex Manatee”.  Once all the pieces of this event – from the beer to the food to the band – started functioning as a whole, the Florida Tap Invitational was then able to go next level and become a true celebration filled with nothing but good times and vibes.

Absolutely everything mentioned above was truly fantastic, but the coolest and most interesting part of the Florida Tap Invitational was how the brewers/brewery representatives behaved while at the event.  It was very clear that they were all there to talk to fans and properly showcase what makes their breweries special, but throughout the event we noticed that almost every single one of them found a moment to disappear into the crowd in search of a beer they were excited about. Sure, the “I need a beer, I’ll be right back” kind of moment happens at all beer festivals, but this was something different.  We ran into countless of them at other breweries’ tables and they were just as giddy as the ticket-holders surrounding them for the chance to try these beers.  They were talking shop, catching a laugh with old friends, and just genuinely stoked to be there.  At times it had the air of a company holiday party and showed that a very real camaraderie exists in Florida’s brewing community.

This speaks volumes for the Florida Tap Invitational because if the brewers and brewery reps – people who are at beer fests/events constantly all year long – are clearly having a great time and genuinely want to be there, that means you, the beer lover, need to be there.  There is no better endorsement for a beer festival than that, so check out the photos below and go ahead and make a note that you will need to be in Tallahassee in 2019 for the 7th Annual Florida Tap Invitational.  Prost!

Proof Brewing & First Magnitude Brewing Collaborate on Win Win Double New England Style IPA

ProofFirstMagProof Brewing Co. (Tallahassee, Florida) has announced that it will properly recognize the upcoming rivalry game between the University of Florida and Florida State University with the release of Win Win Double New England-style IPA, a special collaboration with their friends at First Magnitude Brewing Company (Gainesville, Florida), on Saturday, November 17 at noon.

Always happy to jump at the opportunity to support their hometown teams and talk a little (friendly) trash to the opposition, the crews at Proof Brewing Co. and First Magnitude Brewing Company have come together once again to brew a Win Win collaboration beer.  For this year’s release, the two breweries decided to whip up a Double New England-style India Pale Ale brewed with Galaxy, Zythos, and Grungesist hops.  Absolutely “exploding with hazy, juicy, tropical fruity character”, Win Win 2018 is definitely “something fans of both teams can get behind!”

Win Win Double New England-style IPA will officially release in Proof Brewing Co.’s tasting room on Saturday, November 17 at noon.  This Limited Edition release will be available in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft.  Supplies are incredibly limited, and limits will be set at the door at the time of release.  Prost!

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Proof Brewing Welcomes Back College Football Season with Release of Warpath Imperial IPA

Warpath+CansOn Friday, August 31, Proof Brewing Co. (Tallahassee, Florida) will pay tribute to its hometown college football team, the Florida State Seminoles, by releasing limited-edition cans of its award-winning Warpath Imperial IPA.

Originally brewed to commemorate the Florida State University football win over Auburn at the BCS National Championship in 2014, the annually-released Warpath is back to offer hop heads a modern take on the Imperial India Pale Ale that “emulates the juicy flavors of New England-Style hazy IPAs but with the dryness and mouthfeel of West Coast-Styles.”  Thanks to a mix of Columbus, Mosaic, El Dorado and Citra hops that weighs in at “over five pounds of hops per barrel”, this IPA experience is led by “a tropical dank flavor, and citrusy aroma supported by a balanced malt backbone.”  Charging in at a “crowd-pleasing” 9% ABV, Warpath Imperial IPA promises to “galvanize your taste buds and your thirst for victory.”

“Each year this beer sells out quickly on draft. We’re excited to release this beer for the first time in four pack cans,” said Sales & Events Director, Bryan Smith. “It’s a tailgating essential that every fan should have in their cooler. It is a Tallahassee tradition.”

Warpath Imperial IPA will officially release in Proof Brewing Co.’s tasting room on Friday, August 31 with availability in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans.  Beer-loving FSU fans need to mark that date on their calendars because this tasting room-exclusive offering is expected to sell out quickly and will not see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for Warpath Imperial IPA from Proof Brewing Co.

Release – Limited; August 31, 2018
Style – Imperial India Pale Ale
ABV – 9%
Featured Hops – Columbus, Mosaic, El Dorado & Citra
Fun Fact – “Proof Brewing Company is a proud sponsor of FSU Athletics.”
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans
Distribution – None. Cans of Warpath Imperial IPA are only available in the Tasting Room at Proof Brewing Co.

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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:

**UPDATE – 11.02.18** The official beer list is now available. You can view it by clicking here.  

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!