Dead Lizard Brewing will be hosting a free tasting at Oblivion Taproom on Tuesday February 4th starting at 6:00 pm until the beer runs out! Dead Lizard announced plans to open a craft brewery in Orlando a few months back and this will be the first opportunity to check out their beers. Beers that will be pouring include Summerlin Cream Ale, Orange Twist Cream Ale, Humulus Lupulus Double IPA, and Gila Monster Stout.
We've received word that there will be a brewery tour departing by party bus from Orlando (Dr Phillips) on Sunday February 9th. The tour will spend the whole day visiting five breweries in Tampa and St Pete. Check out the itinerary listed below.
Noon – Meet up at the World of Beer Dr Phillips. Please plan on arriving no later than 1215pm
1230pm – Depart for Tampa. Bus will leave promptly so don’t be late!
-Stop 1: Tampa Bay Brewing Company – we will start off with lunch at this brewery/restaurant in Ybor City. Lunch menu includes sandwiches, burgers, salads and a whole lot more! Wash your meal down with one of their nine house brews that they have on tap.
-Stop 2: Rapp Brewing Company – RateBeer.com rated them BestNew Brewer in Florida of 2013 so expect good things! We will also enjoy a brewery tour here (the only tour included).
-Stop 3: Green Bench Brewing Co. – St Pete’s first microbrewery. This recently opened brewery features a 1,500 sq ft indoor tasting room plus 6,000 sq ft of outdoor space so plenty of room for all of us.
-Stop 4: Cycle Brewing – Just a short walk from Green Bench is the newly expanded Cycle Brewing. They used to brew at nearby Peg’s Cantina but got too popular and needed to expand to its new location. Their beers are top rated on sights like RateBeer.com and BeerAdvocate.com.
-Stop 5: Cigar City Brewery - No introduction necessary. If all goes according to plan, we will have at least 45 minutes for one last beer in their tasting room before we head home (or get some beers to go!)
Depart around 715pm for our drive home.
830pm – Arrive back to WOB (estimated time).
Day trip limited to 20 people. Cost is $85 per person. Includes round trip transportation in a comfortable and stylish Party Bus, driver gratuity, first beer on the bus (TBA), snacks on the bus, bottle of water, a brewery tour at the Rapp Brewing Company and a fun-filled day with like-minded craft beer lovers!
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I had an opportunity to check out Monster Jam at Raymond Jaymes Stadium in Tampa on Saturday evening. Since I have two little Monster Truck lovers at home I was excited to be able to share the experience with them. The event marked the 30th year that Monster Jam appeared in Tampa!
We started off by checking out "The World's Ultimate Pit Party" which precedes the big show and takes place outside the stadium. It costs $10 to get in and provides fans with an opportunity to get autographs, take pictures with their favorite drivers and trucks, and even take a ride in a modified version of Gravedigger.
Our favorite part of the Pit Party was the stuntman who set flames to himself and jumped off an aerial platform onto a cushioned landing below. It looked like it took him a little longer than he wanted to put the flames out once he landed. But I wasn't quite sure.
It wasn't easy hunting down a good beer at Raymond Jaymes Stadium. But after a little looking around I was able to find 16 ounce cans of Tampa Bay Brewing's Old Elephant Foot IPA. I found it interesting that 16 ounce bottle cans of Coors Light were $8 and the cans of Old Elephant Foot were $9.
The show itself is comparable to an evening of WWE wrestling on really big wheels. There are 2 separate competitions consisting of "racing" and "freestyle". The racing portion was cool but we liked the freestyle competition best. There were of massive jumps, flips, truck spinning donuts, and the destruction of a couple of old and beat up motorhomes. There was also an unexpected surprise for the grand finale. I can't spill the beans but I can honestly say that it was a truly awesome way to end the show!
You can catch Monster Jam this weekend in Orlando for the Citrus Bowl's "Final Show". Most of the old stadium will be demolished in the coming weeks to make way for a more modern structure. Here are the details on the Orlando show...
Where: Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium, 1610 W. Church Street, Orlando, FL 32805
Pre - Party: See the monster trucks up close at the World’s Ultimate Pit Party at Tinker Field from 1:30-5pm. Purchase a pit pass for only $10 more when buying tickets at Ticketmaster or the Amway Center Box Office. Or, pick up a free pit pass at participating Orlando area Southern Ford Dealers beginning January 6th (while supplies last).
Show Time: One show only: Saturday, January 25th
Gates Open at 5 pm. Opening Ceremonies at 6:30 pm. Racing Starts at 7 pm.
Ticket Prices: Advance purchase Super Value Tickets are ONLY $15. $35 VIP / $25 Sideline.
Tickets are on sale now at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Amway Center Box Office, or charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com. Tickets will also be available day of show at the Citrus Bowl. All seats reserved. Subject to facility fee, plus convenience and handling charges.
Get more show information at www.MonsterJam.com (click on “Tickets” and search for Orlando January 25th).
Discounts: Fans can save $15 with a Buy 3 Get 1 FREE 4-pak ticket voucher deal at area Metro PCS locations while supplies last.
* In the interest of full disclosure, I received free passes to the 30th Monster Jam show in Tampa at Raymond Jaymes Stadium this past weekend in exchange for writing a review of the event on Orlando Beer Guide. I received no additional compensation for this review and the thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.
Our friends at Jake's American Bar at the Loew's Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando will be hosting a beer dinner this Friday January 17th that will feature New Belgium beers. The beer centric evening will be highlighted by a four course meal paired with select New Belgium brews. The festivities will begin at 7:00pm on Friday evening. Tickets are $55 and parking is complementary.
MENU WITH BEER PAIRINGS
PORT CANAVERAL SHRIMP & SCALLOP SAUSAGE
organic mixed greens, grilled fresh corn relish
New Belgium Brewing’s Fat Tire Amber Ale
HOUSE MADE DUCK AND MUSHROOM RAVIOLI
walnut sage brown butter
New Belgium Brewing’s Lips of Faith Series Pluot Ale
New Belgium Brewing’s Lips of Faith Series
Yuzu Imperial Berliner Weisse
ALE BRAISED BEEF SHORT RIBS
beer gratin potatoes, crispy balsamic Brussels sprouts
New Belgium Brewing’s Lips of Faith Series Cascara Quad
MARBLE CHEESECAKE spiced candied pecan
CASCARA QUAD SORBET espresso crème anglaise
New Belgium Brewing’s Ranger I.P.A.
CLICK HERE TO MAKE A RESERVATION ON-LINE
For more information or to make a reservation by phone, call 407-503-3200
Draft Magazine has just released its list of America's Top 100 Beer Bars for 2014. Audubon Park District's Redlight Redlight has been named to the list for the 5th straight year. Wondering exactly what the criteria is for selecting the best beer bars in the United States these days?
According to the article in Draft "good beer bar no longer equals a zillion taps; there’s just more to it now". The article goes on to state that when putting together its annual list it looks for bars "Having well-cared for, thoughtfully selected beer with an eye toward variety, trends and tradition, in the kind of place you’d want to stay awhile, delivered by someone who knows their stuff ". Yep. That sounds like Redlight Redlight!
You can check out the full article on Draft Magazine's website for the full list of 100 by Region.
I had a chance to stop by and check out a new Orlando beer and wine bar called "The Thirsty Topher" this week. It's unassumingly tucked away on Alden Road in the Ivanhoe Village. The Thirsty Topher is a quaint little place with indoor and outdoor seating that has 14 craft brews on tap, a nice selection of bottles, and wine too. Looking at it from the outside, you would not expect the interior to look the way it does.
The actual bar itself is probably one of the most unique in all of Orlando. Its made from a solid piece of Cypress wood and is absolutely beautiful. It almost looked too nice to set a drink down on it... Almost! You can check out their Facebook page for more details and pictures of the building of the bar.
Owners Jason Perez and Ron DiDonato spent about a year remodeling the space inside and out. When I spoke with Ron he told me that they recently obtained their food license and will begin serving some tapas style light bites very soon. The Thirsty Topher opens at 4:00 pm each day and is closed on Mondays.
2013 was an awesome year for beer in Orlando! We now have more great beers locally available than ever before, a steady stream of regularly occurring and worthwhile craft beer related events, and even more new local breweries are on the way! We've put together a list of our top 10 Orlando Beer Guide stories from 2013. Here they are in no particular order. Cheers and Happy New Year!
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