Dogs might not be able to drink good beer but they sure like hanging out where it is served! We've put together a list of local establishments that are both dog friendly and have a nice selection of beer. Be sure to let us know if you know of any other establishments that aren't on the list. Cheers to man's best friend!
The new Hourglass brewery in Longwood has announced its Grand Opening will take place on Saturday August 11th from Noon to 10:00pm! Their big day will feature 20 beer taps, live music, and food trucks. Check out our interview with Brett and Sky from Hourglass if you haven't seen it. These guys make a ton of different beers and they are excited to have people come and try them. We are thrilled to have another craft brewery in Central Florida!
It might seem hard to believe but Oktoberfest is right around the corner. Orlando Beer Guide has put together our Annual List of Oktoberfest Celebrations that will be taking place here in Central Florida during the fall season of 2012. More events will be added as we receive them.
The first official day of Oktoberfest is September 22 and Orlando Brewing will be celebrating with an all day extravaganza! The day's events will be highlighted by the tapping of the world's only organic Oktoberfest beer! Festivities at the brewery will include a "bigtime" cornhole tournament, live German music, and some great German food. So start making plans for this year's Oktoberfest! Prost!
Saturday July 21st is Belgian Independence Day! The Belgians have been making some of the best beer in the world for centuries. Lots of local beer bars are celebrating the day so get out and have a couple Belgian beers. We came across this coaster that pretty much sums it all up!
Belgian Independence Day Events/Specials!
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Will have the following on tap plus more to come.....
Gouden Carolus Cuvee van de Keizer Blauw
2009 De Dolle Oerbier
Will be tapping several amazing Belgian Beers and Chef Goody will be cooking up some Belgian delights.
Beers on tap to include....
• Scaldis Noel
• Pauwel Kwak
• Bavik Premium Pils
• Delirium Tremens
• North Coast PranQster Belgian
• Steenbrugge Tripel
• Grimbergen Dubbel
World of Beer UCF
Will have 8 to 10 Belgian Beers on tap
World of Beer Altamonte Springs
Will celebrate by tapping 2 new Belgian beers each day starting July
We were fortunate enough to stop by and chat with Sky Conley and Brett Mason of Hourglass Brewing in Longwood the other day. They were nice enough to share a couple of their beers and talk to us about the opening of their new brewery in Central Florida.
OBG: There are a lot of homebrewers and beer lovers out there that would love to open up a brewery. How were you guys able to pull it off?
HOURGLASS: Yea. That was us... A lot of nights of drinking (laughs)! It is an insane amount of homework, daily homework. There are so many federal statutes and if you don't know one of them you could be completely screwed. And then the money. Obviously thats a big factor. We put up a lot of the money to get the equipment. We also have Lance Butterfield who is our other partner/investor who has put up the lionshare of the amount and also has put in a lot of work getting the brewery and tasting room ready. We've had to pay for rent, electricity, and internet for a year now. Also 6,000 bottles and 90 kegs. All that adds up. That's the biggest hurdle.
OBG: What can local beer drinkers expect from Hourglass Brewing?
HOURGLASS: Artisan, gourmet style beers. We go through a lot of flavors. The beer we're kegging right now has coffee, chocolate, and lactose sugar. It's packed with flavor and has high alcohol. But we also have this Milk Blonde Ale thats like 3% ABV but still has a lot of flavor. People can always find something weird here. We have a sour cherry wheat ,butternut squash and Brazil nut ale, a beer made with rose petals, and we also plan to do sours in about a year. We also have some IPA's and a few classic styles. We want to have something new everytime people pull up!
OBG: Do you have anything special planned for your tasting room?
HOURGLASS: We plan to have a great selection of World Class beers available other than the ones we make . Beers that have like a perfect score and beers that we dream we'll be able to make. We also consider places like Cigar City to make World class beers so we'll have some local stuff. We're good friends with the 7venth Sun guys so some of their stuff will end up here too. We have to support our buddies. We're big fans of sour beers so we plan to devote one our our draft lines to sours and we'll have one line for a guest tap.
OBG: Could you tell us a little more about the "sours" you plan on making in a year?
HOURGLASS: We have a time theme for all of our beer names. So our plan is to have sour versions of our beers one year after we first serve them. Kind of like they went through a time warp and became sour. The best beers for souring tend to have wheat or oats in them. High protein for the bacteria. So those will be the ones we sour. We've experimented with this a little and some of those beers have just surprised the hell out of us.
OBG: I know you are planning to open soon. Can you tell us about your opening day?
HOURGLASS: We're planning a big outdoor festival to celebrate our opening. Outdoor seating, live music, food trucks, things like that. We're working on getting permits for all that stuff now and hopefully we'll be all set real soon. We just don't want to run out of beer on the first day!
OBG: Good stuff guys and good luck with everything. Be sure to let us know when you have an official opening day date so we can let everyone know!
HOURGLASS: Thanks! We will.
* Hourglass Brewing is located near the corner of 434 and South Ronald Regan Parkway in Longwood, Fl. You can find out more about their beers and sign up for their Newletter on their Official Website.
In the fall, there aren't a whole lot of things that trump football and beer. Throw in a weekend road trip that involves both and life doesn't get any better! Jacksonville's Play Harder Tours has put together a series of weekend getaways for the upcoming football season that will make craft beer loving football fans in Orlando grin ear to ear.
Play Harder has has made NFL Road Trip Packages available this season for three Jacksonville Jaguar home games. The available games are against the Chicago Bears on October 7th, the Detroit Lions on November 4th, and the New York Jets on December 9th.
The Road Trip packages include 3 nights hotel stay in Jacksonville Beach, welcome dinner Friday night at Joe's Crab Shack, Jacksonville beer tour on Saturday, game ticket and a tailgate party before the game on Sunday, as well as transportation to and from the game.
Jacksonville has been putting together a rather impressive craft beer scene in the last few years. Bold City Brewing, Intuition Ale Works, and Green Room Brewing make up what Jax beer geeks think is Florida's best beer city! The Saturday beer tour stops for a pint at the three Jacksonville craft breweries as well as the Anheiser Busch macrobrewery.
You can check out the Play Harder Tours website for more details on the NFL Road Trip Weekends coming up this fall in Jacksonville. Or you can call Bill at 904-910-7009 and tell him Orlando Beer Guide told you to call him!
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