We stopped by the new Redlight Red Light last night around 8:00 for a beer and to take a couple of pictures. It was also Zombiefest in the Audubon Park District so there were literally hundreds of people both young and old dressed as Zombies walking around enjoying the festivities. There were zombies drinking at the bar, zombies tending the bar, zombies dancing to live music in the streets, and zombies buying snacks next door at the 711. It was truly a scene that I can't say I've ever witnessed before in my life!
It was really difficult to get any good pictures because the bar was so crowded. But we did manage to get a few decent shots and wanted to share them. The new Redlight Redlight has 26 craft beers on tap and will have around 300 different bottles. The first picture was taken from the front of the bar and looks a lot like the old space...
The second picture was taken from the side of the bar. We weren't able to get a good shot of the bar itself but it appeared to be made of solid concrete. There is also a large walk in cooler behind the bar that houses the 26 draught beers. You can see how the high ceilings give the place a much more "open" feel than the old one. I'm not sure if they will do anything with the top floor but it looks like it would be a nice place for a band to play when they have one...
This picture was taken from the back of the bar. Even though there were a ton of people there it still didn't seem too crowded...
So let us know if you made it to the new place last night and what you thought of it.
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Two Openings and an Anniversary!
It's going to be a big day for both beer lovers AND zombies in Orlando! Undead local beer enthusiasts will certainly delight at today's schedule of events....
Taps from Scratch will be having its Grand Opening tonight in the Audubon Park District which just also happens to be Zombietoberfest! I stopped by a couple weeks ago to talk with our good friend David about the new place. He said it's part mancave, part beer museum, and part homebrewer's club. It's a very unique concept in a great location!
You can become a member of the club for $10 a month and brew on their equipment. Anyone who has been yelled at for destroying the family kitchen while homebrewing can understand why this is a great idea. Taps also does "bottomless" tap tours where you can buy a glass and enjoy unlimited samples of their unfiltered homebrew for $15.
Today also marks the 1 year Anniversary of Oblivion Taproom!. We can't think of a better way to celebrate than having drunken pirate party! The festivities start tonight at 7:00pm and will feature Happy Hour prices all night, $1 off all 40 ciders, and Chef Goody's sure to be crazy food specials. Dress like a pirate or a wench and get a booty bag!
In other Audubon Park District news, we just caught wind that the new Redlight Red Light will be opening its doors tonight in its new home. They made a silly Zombie reference on their Facebook page late last night..."We won't be serving brains, but if you bring your own, you're welcome to enjoy them at the bar. If you share". So I guess its BYOB.
We would love it if you send us some pictures if you go to any of these events. We will use them on our website so others can see all the fun they missed. Email any photos to email@example.com!
Good times at Orlando Brewing's Oktoberfest kickoff today. We were able to get to the Brewery early enough to see the ceremonial tapping of the World's only Organic Oktoberfest lager. It's really good too! Here are some pictures we took from the festivities...
Think Natural Ice is a worthless beer? Maybe it isn't so! On Tuesday, a robber with a knife attempted to hold up a Citgo Mini Mart in Port Orange. Surveillance video shows the robber busting into the store and attemping to get some cash from the cashier. In hero-like fashion, store owner Dilip Patel comes from the back, grabs a 4 pack of Natty Ice, and fires them at the bandit.
The crook immediately ran for the door after being pelted with the 16 oz. cans of macro swill. Check out the link below for the full story from WESH 2 news including the surveillance video. Could be one of the funniest things I've seen in a while!
Link to Surveillance Video... http://www.wesh.com/news/central-florida/volusia-county/Police-Store-clerk-throws-beer-cans-at-robber/-/12983450/16663910/-/ys0co/-/index.html?absolute=true
It's very exciting to see the growing emphasis that's being placed on craft beer in downtown Orlando. We received word this week that Wall Street Plaza's two newest venues are making a solid effort to provide a quality selection of craft beers to Orlando beer drinkers. Both The Hen House and Hooch showcase a wide array of craft brews as well as one of a kind cocktails and house batched moonshine.
Hooch, formerly The Globe has only been open for about two weeks now. With TVs
inside and out it's a great place to grab a beer, some small bites and catch whatever game may be on that season. There is some cool history here too... The space was Downtown Orlando's original bus station where rucksack wanderer Jack Kerouac once stopped to write while "On the Road". Hooch serves its 14 draught beers from a signature beer tower that was hand crafted from brass and copper by old world artisans in Solvenia. Hooch currently has about 30 craft beers available on draft and in a bottle.
The Hen House, which was formerly Sauced is being billed as Wall Street Plaza's smallest bardello. They boast an entire menu's worth of craft beers, cocktails and the most intriguing shots you've ever seen! Its a cozy little bar perfect for a few friends to sit down with a beer, throw
some tunes on the juke box and chat with your bartender. Check these guys out and let us know what you think!
The 2012 Oktoberfest season begins in Orlando Saturday September 22nd at Orlando Brewing at twelve o' clock in the afternoon. Orlando Beer Guide wants to help you fully enjoy the festivities by hooking you up with one of Orlando Brewing's 2012 Limited Edition Oktoberfest mugs. This year's mug is a 28 ounce white ceramic stein and includes two fills of Orlando Brewing's Oktoberfest beer! Orlando Beer Guide will be having a contest to give away FOUR of these mugs to some very lucky winners this coming week .
The contest will consist of Oktoberfest trivia questions that we'll be running over the course of the next week leading up to Saturday September 22nd. Just submit your answer on our entry form and you will be entered in a random drawing to win one of these handsome ceramic steins ($25 value). Mondays are also "Mug Mondays" at the Brewery and Oktoberfest mugs can be brought in and filled at the price of a pint after October 14th. All contest winners will be notified VIA email on Friday September 21 at 5:00 pm. Mugs will be available for pickup at Orlando Brewing on Saturday September 22nd!
Orlando Brewing's 6th annual Oktoberfest is a four week celebration that continues through Sunday October 14th with a wide range of activities and specials each day. Opening day festivities on September 22nd will include authentic German food, Live German Music, and a Cornhole Tournament.
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News spread quickly through circles of social media earlier tonight about president Barack Obama stopping for a beer at a local sportsbar in Dr. Phillips, Florida. The president decided to make an unscheduled stop at Gator's Dockside and chatted with a group of patrons who were enjoying a Saturday night out with their families.
So what did he order? Orlando Beer Guide placed a call to Gator's Dockside in Dr. Phillips this evening and spoke to the young lady who waited on the president and brought him his beer. "He asked me what we had on draft and I said Bud Light. And he said ...O.K. I'll take one of those. " said Jackie from the Gator's Dockside's Dr. Phillips location.
Sadly, this isn't much of a surprise I suppose. Though owned by massive Belgian beer company InBev, Anheuser Busch currently boasts that it is America's leading brewer and holds a 47.7% share of beer sales to U.S retailers. According to www.brewersassociation.org the craft brewing sales share in 2011 was 5.7% by volume and 9.1% by dollars. Still only a drop in the bucket of all the beer that is made and sold in this beer drinking country of ours.
Curious to hear everyone's thoughts on this... Last week, we heard about the president's secret homebrew recipes that were relased by presidential chef Sam Cass that included fresh honey collected from bee hives located on the southlawn of the whitehouse. Tonight, we hear of the world's most powerful man ordering a Budlight from Gator's.
In the thirsty president's defense, Gator's has no local beers on tap and only a
couple craft brews. Either way, it must have been a pretty cool night for those folks hanging out at Gator's when the leader of the free world walked through the front door and proceeded to order a beer! Tell us what you think.
* Photos from Gators Dockside Dr. Phillips Facebook Page
Ale to the Chief! Four more beers! There has been a huge buzz the last month or so surrounding President Obama and the homebrewing kit that he purchased last year. Yesterday, the White House released a brewing video and two of the recipes used to make the first series of brews that are known to have been brewed on White House property.
White House chef Sam Cass appears in the video and gives some insight into the executive brewing process. “Brewing beer is becoming a thing that Americans are doing in their homes and garages across the country,” Kass said. “The president certainly thought it would be a good idea to see if we could join in that time-honored tradition and brew some of our own beer.”
Kass went on to say "As far as we know the White House Honey Brown Ale is the first alcohol brewed or distilled on the White House grounds. George Washington brewed beer and distilled whiskey at Mount Vernon and Thomas Jefferson made wine but there's no evidence that any beer has been brewed in the White House."
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