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!



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.


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!



Proof Brewing Co. to Relocate & Expand After Acquiring Former Coca-Cola Facility

ProofBrewingLogoProof Brewing Co. (Tallahassee, Florida) has officially announced that it will enter the next phase of its growth and expansion by beginning renovations on a former Coca-Cola Bottling Company building located at 1320 South Monroe Street in Tallahassee, Florida.

When it began production in 2012, Proof Brewing Co. encountered high demand from the beer drinking masses in Florida right out of the gate. As a result, the brewery has since “experienced explosive growth, doubling production each year with 6,000 barrels produced in 2017.”  Although this level of growth is a fantastic problem to have, the folks at the brewery quickly realized that they needed to address the fact that they were outgrowing their current facility.  After weighing their options and commencing a search for a location that made sense for the brewery and their community, the Proof Brewing Co. crew is happy to report that they have remedied their situation with the recent acquisition of the “34,000 square-foot former Coca-Cola Bottling Company building . . . centrally located near the redevelopment of South Monroe and the downtown district and walking distance to beautiful Cascades Park.”

“This will be a year of growth and development for Proof Brewing Company. We are proud of our growth in Tallahassee and we’re thrilled to reinvest back into the community that has been so supportive of us. It will be an amazing experience to revitalize a historical building near the flourishing downtown district of Tallahassee on South Monroe. Reintroducing manufacturing jobs to this district to serve the Tallahassee community will be a very exciting journey,”


– Byron & Angela Burroughs, Proof Brewing Company’s founders

With an improvement/investment budget set at $5 million, Proof Brewing Co. will begin renovations on the new facility in March and has tentatively scheduled to be completed by the winter of 2018.  These renovations will provide the brewery with the following upgrades and opportunities:

  • The renovation and expansion will allow Proof Brewing Co. to increase production to over 15,000 barrels within the first two years, and the facility’s potential production capacity will increase to 30,000 barrels with additional room to grow.
  • The expansion will feature efficiency upgrades, a quality control lab, and additional fermentation capacity.
  • The larger building and additional fermentation capacity will enable the brew staff to expand production of Proof Brewing Co.’s core lineup of bold and flavorful beers.
  • The new facility will also allow for the addition of more packaged brands in cans, in addition to their wildly popular Eightfive-0 American Pale Ale and Mango Wit Belgian-Style Wit.
  • An expanded tasting room experience will feature Proof Brewing Co.’s year-round beers on draft in addition to seasonal and pilot batch beer. Guests can enjoy beers on-site while relaxing in the family friendly tasting room and play outdoor games in the beer garden. Plans are also in place to add a kitchen and private event space.
  • There will also be an on-site retail store where fans can purchase merchandise and packaged beer.  Growlers and crowlers will be filled at the tasting room bar.
  • Proof Brewing Co. currently employs thirty staff members between the tasting room, the production facility and administration. This number will increase as the new facility will require additional employees and support staff as new markets are reached throughout the state of Florida and beyond.
  • The Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality (OEV) projects that this project will have a $23 million total economic impact on the community with a total of 102 jobs.

Proof Brewing Co.’s current brewery and taproom – located at 644 McDonnell Drive | Tallahassee, Florida –  will continue normal operations until renovations on the new facility are completed.  Be sure to swing by the original location to support Proof Brewing Co. during this transition and stay tuned for more information concerning the grand opening of the brewery’s future site later in the year.  Prost!



TBBW Event: Proof Brewing Co. Tap Takeover and Collaboration Release at Brew Bus Brewing

Brew-Bus-Brewing-logoOn Thursday, March 9 at 4 p.m., Brew Bus Brewing (4101 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa, Florida) will turn over their taps to Proof Brewing Co. (Tallahassee, Florida) to celebrate the release of Five Car Pileup Double IPA, a collaboration beer brewed in recognition of Tampa Bay Beer Week.

To provide a little lupulin fix to the many hopheads enjoying Tampa Bay Beer Week (TBBW), Brew Bus Brewing has teamed up with Proof Brewing Co. to create Five Car Pileup Double IPA exclusively for this week-long celebration.  Brew Bus Brewing will officially debut this offering in their Tasting Room on March 9.  Since you cannot have a party with just one beer, Brew Bus is turning this release event into a full-on Tap Takeover featuring the following nine offerings from Proof Brewing Co. alongside Five Car Pileup Double IPA:

Featured Beers from Proof Brewing Co.

  • Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Porter w/ Coconut & Cacao
  • Coffee Creatures In The Dark Stout – This fearsome beast will please every chocolate loving mortal. Bred with raw cocoa nibs, and whole vanilla beans to have incredibly dense and chocolate flavors. A depth of character, rich in mystery, Creatures in the Dark is an incredibly balanced sinister delight.  This variant of the original just gets better with the addition of coffee.  ABV – 8%  IBUs – 45
  • Eightfive-O American Pale Ale – The abundant use of Citra hops in our flagship pale ale produces bright, floral hop aroma and citrus; which combined with a crisp body and smooth bitterness create a perfectly balanced beer. Enjoy! A taste of good fortune awaits you inside.  ABV – 6.5%  IBUs – 60
  • Ghost Totem Porter – This black cloaked porter is a balanced juxtaposition of daring flavors that will awaken the inner spirit with bold notes of espresso and toffee. Ghost Totem Porter is extremely robust and roasty with a dense and creamy mouth feel that will capture your soul.  ABV – 6%  IBUs – 30
  • Lager – This bright Munich-style lager is brewed in homage to the classic German style. Proof’s Lager showcases a light, malty sweetness with a hint of German noble hop aroma and a crisp, clean finish which pairs perfectly with a sunny day–or any day you please.  ABV – 5%  IBUs – 20
  • La La Land IPA – East meets West in our homage to the classic West Coast Style. La La Land features bright aromas of citrus and an abundance of fresh pine and tropical fruit notes; followed by a crisp, resinous bitterness on the finish. The robust hop profile is complimented by a firm malt presence to create an incredibly flavorful and drinkable IPA.  ABV – 7%  IBUs – 90
  • Mango Wit – The Mango Wit is a full bodied, creamy Belgian Wit brewed with a generous amount of ripe organic mangos. The addition of fresh fruit adds a tropical flavor and revitalizing aroma. Mango Wit, the refreshing flavor of summer.  ABV – 5.7%  IBUs – 18
  • Passion Fruit Evil Kiss – Berliner Weisse with passion fruit.  ABV – 4.5%
  • Thai Chili Mango Wit – The original Mango Wit gets a spicy infusion thanks to added Thai chilies.  ABV – 5.7%

This Tap Takeover and Collaboration Release kicks off at 4 p.m. on March 9 and will go until either the kegs kick or the Tasting Room closes.  No tickets are needed to attend as this is a pay as you go event.  If you are in town for the TBBW festivities and looking for something to get into on Thursday, go ahead and make plans to swing by Brew Bus Brewing to get yourself a taste of Five Care Pileup Double IPA and the many other delicious beers from Proof Brewing Co.  Prost!

Click here to check out the full list of events at Brew Bus Brewing during Tampa Bay Beer Week