Its makes us way too happy to let everyone know that there are more great beer happenings going on in Orlando than ever! We wanted to tell you about some local beer relatedl events that we have heard about that are going to be happening before and after the approaching new year.
We've also had a lot of people get in touch with us lately to let us know about some worthwhile new spots in town that have a lot of great beer. We are listing some of those for you as well. As always, feel free to get in touch with us to let us know if there are some others that we are missing. Cheers and Happy New Year from your friends at Orlando Beer Guide!
Some more cool spots to have a nice beer in Central Florida....
The Woods I had a friend tell me recently that this is one of his favorite new spots in Orlando. It is a loft bar above The Lodge downtown at 49 North Orange Avenue that specializes in craft cocktails and craft beer. It is said to be entirely different and a lot cooler than The Lodge downstairs.
Belle Isle Yacht Club Located at 7521 South Orange Avenue we've heard that the Belle Isle Yacht club is a small dive bar with a ton of great potential! They have 11 craft beers on tap and are dedicated to bringing in as much new American Craft beer as they can get their hands on!
Little Fish Huge Pond Said to be a crazy little urban pub that celebrates all the arts, simple beer,imported beer, unusual beer and great craft beer. It is located only 20 minutes from downtown Orlando in beautiful and funky Historic Downtown Sanford. Downtown Sanford is a pretty cool place to visit if you have not been there lately.
Brew Waterford Lakes Brew has been open now for about a year and has a nice selection of craft beers and a nice variety of daily specials.
December 31 Oblivion Taproom Lucky 13 New Year's Eve Bash featuring Lagunitas Lucky 13 toast at midnight
* There are a number of other New Year's Eve celebrations going on at several other local craft beer establishments like Eternal Tap, Redlight Redlight, Cask & Larder, Brew, and World of Beer.
January 5th Traditional Pig Roast at The Ravenous Pig featuring Terrapin's
Wake n Bake! Reservations suggested!
January 7th Terrapin Wake n Bake Randall with Ravenous Pig maple bacon at Redlight Redlight at 5:00pm.... Dogfish Head 120 will also be on tap!
January 10th The Bruery Spotlight at World of Beer UCF
January 12th Blue Point Brewery Night at World of Beer Dr. Phillips
January 18th Effineheimer Beer Dinner @ Jake's American Bar (Loews Resort Universal)
There has been a lot of talk about the highly anticipated arrival of Sweetwater Brewing's beers here in Orlando over the last several months. So I was pumped to be invited out to Oblivion Taproom this week to talk with Sweetwater's Minister of Propaganda and Head of Marketing Steve Farace. He was nice enough to buy me a couple of beers and share a few laughs as we talked about Sweetwater Brewing, its beers, and Orlando.
Orlando Beer Guide: So just out of curiosity, how did Sweetwater get its name?
Sweetwater Steve: The brewery actually got its name from Sweetwater Creek State Park which is off the next exit west past the brewery in Atlanta. Some guys had told Freddy when he was building the brewery that he could go kayaking down Sweetwater Creek. So he went out there to go check it out because he was kicking around some obvious names. You know, "Georgia This" or "Peachtree Something". After he went out there he decided on Sweetwater and it's just been a great thing.
Orlando Beer Guide: Very cool! It was recently announced that Sweetwater has decided to go with City Beverages here in Orlando as its distributor. I can imagine that a lot of time and thought goes into making a decision like that. Can you tell us a little bit about your decision to go with City Bev?
Sweetwater Steve: A lot of thought and a lot of research. We spent a lot of time going out and talking to people here in Orlando. For us, the relationships that the distributor has with the retailers is what is most important when choosing a distributor. We felt that City was the best fit for us based on the conversations we had with folks here locally and by getting out there and seeing what was going on for ourselves.
Orlando Beer Guide: The word is that you will be releasing your 420, IPA, and Blue here in Orlando. You guys make a lot of other really good beer as well. Will we be getting any of your seasonal or small batch releases here locally?
Sweetwater Steve: Yea. out of the gate its going to be 420 draft and IPA and Blue in bottles in your package stores, grocery stores, and specialty craft beer stores. Next we'll bring the IPA draft down in maybe 60 or 90 days. Then will start bringing down some of that variety stuff. We'll bring down some seasonals and our Tackle Box variety 12 pack and the Tackle box includes seasonals.
Now that we have our bigger brewhouse we will be able to offer more of our seasonal and specialty beers from our Dank Tank series to more markets than we have in the past. For us, its not about how many new towns can we open. Its about being able to get more of our beer to the towns that we are in.
Orlando Beer Guide: So I know you guys are down here this week to help kickoff and celebrate Sweetwater's arrival in Orlando. What do you think of our town?
Sweetwater Steve: I think that Orlando has a ton more depth than people realize. I haven't spent much time here before but we got to ride around the past couple days and see some of the neighborhoods and local bars like Belle Isle Yacht Pub and Oblivion Taproom. There are definitely a lot of cool neighborhoods and a craft beer community here that probably a lot of people don't realize if they just come here and go to Disney World and leave.
Orlando Beer Guide: Thanks for the 420's Steve. Give us a shout next time you are in Orlando!
If you are a fan of really big beer then this will be an event for you! There will be a very special evening featuring several Stone Vertical Epic Ales at Will's Pub on December 15th. We snagged the information below from Will's Facebook page..... Cheers!
" We will have Stone Verticals from 2005 through 2012 on draft. We will be the only place in the state. Tickets are available to taste them all on our website. You don't need a ticket to come. Some of the more limited stuff will only be available with the ticket though. "
1/6 bbl keg -- Stone 05-05-05 Vertical Epic Ale -- Belgian-style dark ale brewed reinheitsgebot-style with no added ingredients -- 8.5%
1/2 bbl keg -- Stone 06-06-06 Vertical Epic Ale -- Belgian-stye Dubbel brewed reinheitsgebot-style -- 8.6... %
1/6 bbl keg -- Stone 07-07-07 Vertical Epic Ale -- Belgian-stye Tripel brewed with Saison yeast and ginger, cardamon, grapefruit peel, lemon peel, and orange peel -- 8.4%
1/2 bbl keg -- Stone 08-08-08 Vertical Epic Ale -- Tripel-style golden ale hopped with American west-coast varietals -- 8.6%
1/2 bbl keg -- Stone 09-09-09 Vertical Epic Ale -- Belgian stye porter with spices with orange peel and chocolate, aged on french oak -- 8.6%
1/2 bbl keg -- Stone 10-10-10 Vertical Epic Ale -- Belgian strong pale ale with white wine grapes -- 9.5%
1/2 bbl keg -- Stone 11-11-11 Vertical Epic Ale -- Belgian amber ale with cinnamon and green chilis -- 9.4%
1/2 bbl keg -- Stone 12-12-12 Vertical Epic Ale -- Dark ale with Cinnamon, Allspice, nutmeg, Rosehips, Sweet Orange Peel, and just a dash of clove -- 9%
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