Field Day IPA is now pouring at BJ's Brewhouse. Field Day is a specially crafted fresh-hopped beer made with Shinook, Cascade, and Ivanhoe hops that weighs in at 6.5% ABV and has 65 IBU's. The hops are all fresh and used in the brewing process just hours after being picked. BJ's put together the video below that nicely explains how the hops were harvested and used in making the beer.
Are you headed to Cigar City or Redlight Redlight for the big Founders Florida arrival parties this week? With both of these events likely to draw large crowds we wanted to share an excerpt from an epic piece our friend Teege wrote a few months back providing some useful tips on how to get served quickly in a crowded beer bar. If you like it, you can also check out the entire story "Hunahpu's Day Goes Gonzo" by Teege Braune.
Dave and I made our way into Cigar City’s tasting room. The controlled chaos of the parking lot was nothing compared to the bedlam of the narrow pub. The bartenders scrambled left and right to serve anxious and thirsty patrons. Dave and I, who had handled crowds equally as daunting, felt sympathy for the efficient but overworked staff, but we also knew a thing or two about getting
served when everyone around us was clamoring for a drink.
“Don’t talk to me,” I told Dave. “I need extreme concentration if I’m going to get our beers before the rest of these people.”
I stood poised at the edge of the bar, my money out. I presented myself as someone who wanted to engage in the quickest and easiest transaction possible. I wasn’t going to ask the poor, young bartender questions about everything they had on draft. I didn’t plan on ordering five different beers at once and had no intention of asking to exchange my beer for something different if, for some reason, it wasn’t to my liking. I wanted to ask for my drink in a clear and assertive, but polite manner and get the hell out of her way. She could tell all this, intuitively if not consciously, simply by looking at me, and ignoring those around me who had been waiting much longer than myself, she walked right up to me and asked me what I wanted.
“Two glasses of the vanilla-aged Irish red on nitro,” I said, slapping my tokens and tip money on the bar.
“Coming right up.”
What the hell, man?!” the guy beside me shouted. “I’ve been waiting here
for twenty minutes. How did you do that?”
Excerpt from "Hunahpu's Day Goes Gonzo" by Teege Braune
We have received word that the Shipyard Brewpub in Winter Park will be closing its doors sometime in the next couple of weeks. We received the following response from Shipyard ownership earlier today when asked about the closing of their Winter Park location.
"We are having the Pumpkinhead party on Thursday and are deciding a closing date tomorrow morning. We will update everyone on Facebook and will be keeping all beer truck events going".
The Shipyard Emporium in Winter Park opened in January of 2011. Shipyard also recently opened Sea Dog Brewing in Lake Buena Vista a few months ago. Please stay tuned to Orlando Beer Guide for more details as soon as we receive them.
Founder's is about to roll out the barrel in Orlando and in the rest of the state of Florida! The highly anticipated arrival of one of America's most acclaimed craft breweries is set for August 19th. Here is the press release we just received from the good folks at Brown Distributing....
Founders Brewing Company of Grand Rapids, Michigan, will be available throughout Florida (for the first time) on August 19th. Brown Distributing Company will exclusively distribute Founder’s products in the state, working side by side with their team to introduce and educate Floridians about this innovative brewery.
Founder’s Brewing Company is one of the highest recognized breweries in the United States, ranking in the top four breweries in the world by Ratebeer.com for the past four years in a row (4th in 2010, 2nd in 2011 and 2012, 3rd in 2013), and have several beers listed in the top one hundred beers of the world on Beeradvocate.com. Their philosophy is, “We don’t brew beer for the masses.
Instead, our beers are crafted for a chosen few, a small cadre of renegades and rebels who enjoy a beer that pushes the limits of what is commonly accepted as taste. In short, we make beer for people like us.”
The initial product offering will include their full year round lineup including: Centennial IPA, All Day IPA, Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale, Dry Hopped Pale Ale, Porter and Red’s Rye. Florida will also receive seasonal and limited release offerings throughout the year.
Beginning the week of August 19, these products will become available in HUNDREDS of retailers around the state of Florida. Join representatives from Founders who will be travelling around the state introducing retailers and beer drinkers to their portfolio of handcrafted beers by holding off premise samplings and previews of their full draft lineups at accounts in each major metropolitan area of Florida:
Monday, August 19th Tampa
4pmclose Event at Cigar City Brewing Company (3924 W Spruce St Tampa, FL 33607)
Tuesday, August 20th
4-6 pm Sampling at Total Wine East Colonial
7 pm Orlando Redlight Redlight
Wednesday , Aug 21st
4-6 pm sampling at ABC Wine & Spirits Lake Mary
7 pm Frank & Steins (Downtown)
The local space that was made famous by Redlight Redlight on Bennett Road is now home to the Smiling Bison. Orlando's newest craft beer bar and grill will feature hand crafted sausages made famous by the Smiling Bison food cart as well as an admirable selection of craft beer and wine. There is also a small stage that will feature a nice variety of local music acts. Rumor has it that Green Day actually played here in 1993 before Dookie made them big!
The Smiling Bison makes all of their own sausage and prides itself on using nothing but fresh and local ingredients. Local Brewmaster Ron Raike helped to rebuild their draft system to currently accommodate 10 draft lines. All 10 of those will be craft brews which will likely include some of Raike's brews from nearby Cask & Larder Brewing.
The Smiling Bison will host a sneak preview party this evening (Saturday) from 8-12 am and will officially be open for business this Tuesday at 5:00pm.
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