Just a few weeks ago, Cavalier Distributing (Lakeland, Florida) held a fantastic and informative trade show at The Vault, a beautiful venue located in the heart of Tampa’s Downtown Arts District. Cavalier used this industry-only event as an opportunity to introduce the area’s restaurants, bars, retailers, and media members to their vast portfolio of fine craft beers, meads, ciders and spirits. The best way to capture all that this event had to offer was through a visual medium, so check out the photos below (click to enlarge) so that you too can get the inside scoop on the exciting beverages headed our way this year from Cavalier Distributing. Prost!
Constructed in 1923 as The Exchange National Bank, The Vault is now a unique and versatile venue located in the heart of Tampa’s Downtown Arts District.
Driftwood Brewery (Victoria, British Columbia) was on hand to showcase their Fat Tug IPA, an intense Northwest-style India Pale Ale brewed with the hop aficionado in mind.
New to the area, Forbidden Root sampled their line of botanical-themed offerings: Sublime Ginger, Money on My Rind, & Wildflower Pale Ale (WPA).
Blavod, the original Black Vodka, was on hand to create beautiful and inventive cocktails for attendees.
M.I.A. Beer Company (Doral, Florida) brought their core lineup along with several small-batch and limited brews.
View of a happy crowd from above.
Duclaw Brewing Co. (Baltimore, Maryland) treated the crowd to tastes of decadent ales like Sweet Baby Jesus! Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter and Dirty Little Freak Coconut Caramel Chocolate Brown Ale.
The beautiful Farmhouse Ales of Blackberry Farm Brewery (Walland, Tennessee) were in attendance.
The folks at B. Nektar (Ferndale, Michigan) were nice enough to share bottles of Episode 13 Mead Aged in Bourbon Barrels alongside several other beautiful meads.
Crafted Artisan Meadery (Akron, Ohio) dazzled taste buds with Jinja Dragon, a Honey Wine dosed with “generous additions of hibiscus and ginger with a touch of black peppercorn.”
Harris Meadery (Orange Park, Florida) absolutely nailed their Key Lime Pie Mead.
We can’t think of anything more awesome than a bandolier of Underberg.
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery (Farmville, North Carolina), the Dark Beer Specialist, poured up their classic Milk Stout alongside Hoppy Bunny American Black Ale.
Maeloc Hard Cider, a cidery from Galicia, Spain, will soon be hitting the area with their line of delicious ciders.
Town Branch Distillery, an extension of Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. (Lexington, Kentucky) sampled their line of spirits: Town Branch Bourbon (pictured), Pearse Lyons Reserve, and Town Branch Rye.
Shmaltz Brewing Company (Clifton Park, New York) discussed and shared their Year-Round brews with attendees.
Maui Brewing Co. (Kihei, Hawaii) brought the Aloha spirit to the trade show.
Good times were found throughout the event.
Key West Distilling (Key West, Florida) broke out a full array of rums along with their Spyglass Vodka.
Nothing but quality on ice here, but the Grevensteiner from C. & A. Veltins was a delightful treat.
The eye-catching can artwork of Central 28 Beer Company (DeBary, Florida).
Original Sin (New York, New York) Extra Dry and Elderberry Cider.
New Planet Brewery (Boulder, Colorado) supplied some gluten-free goodies.
Beyond their delicious brews, Heavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) came to the trade show prepared with a full-sized skeleton and hook for their display.
Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. (Lexington, Kentucky) also shared their wildly popular Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale.
Two Brothers Artisan Brewing (Chicago, Illinois) Pinball Juicy Hop Pale Ale and In the Flesh American Sour Ale Brewed with Real Peaches.
Beginning in early February, Two Brothers Brewing Company (Warrenville, Illinois) will launch Pinball Pale Ale as the newest addition to the brewery’s portfolio of Year-Round beers.
Since they share “a hometown with the pinball machine”, Two Brothers Brewing has developed Pinball Pale Ale to be a liquid homage to these coin-operated manufacturers of good times. Thanks to a recipe that features five hop varietals, this offering is being dubbed a “Juicy Hop Pale Ale” that is loaded with “tropical and citrus fruit notes including orange, pineapple, passion fruit and grapefruit.” Clocking in at just 5.4% ABV, Pinball Pale Ale promises to be an easy-drinking and refreshing option to add to your rotation of daily drinkers.
“We wanted to bring back the classic pale ale style to our lineup, but as with any of our beers, we wanted to push the envelope a bit and put our own signature on it,” explained Jason Ebel, co-founder of Two Brothers Brewing Company. “We played with all sort of hop varieties and brewing techniques and ended up with a profile and flavor that’s truly unique. Adding the hops post-boil allowed us to perfect the balance between malty and hoppy. I think we’ve created a great pale ale while delivering something new and still maintaining the values upon which we pride ourselves.”
Two Brothers Brewing Company will officially launch Pinball Pale Ale in early February with a series of “release events at arcades and bars throughout the Chicago area.” This new Year-Round release will then be distributed in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft to craft beer establishments in Florida and throughout the rest of the Two Brothers Brewing Company distribution footprint. Next time you hit up your favorite beer spot in search of a thirst-quenching dose of hops, be sure to check the shelf or tap list for some Pinball Pale Ale. Prost!
Vital Information for Pinball Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Release – Year-Round, launches February 2017
Style – American Pale Ale
ABV – 5.4%
IBUs – 31
Suggested Food Pairings – Cheeses, curry & burgers
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Click here to view full distribution map