The Orlando beer scene gained some more recognition at the Best Florida Beer Professional Championships last weekend in Tampa. Seven Orlando Area breweries took home medals including four who earned gold. Charles Frizzell and Broken Strings Brewing earned Honorable Mention Best of Show for their Cascadian Dark Ale Liquid Vinyl. There were a total of 825 judged entries in 46 Medal groups at this year's competition. See the list below for a rundown on all the local champions and placewinners.
Orlando Area Placewinners
Broken Strings Brewery
Category: American Brown/ Black Ale (11 entries)
Beer Name: Liquid Vinyl
Tactical Brewing Company
Category: Light Lager (17 entries)
Beer Name: Base Lager
Big River Brewing
Category: English Brown Ale (13 entries)
Beer Name: Midland
Ivanhoe Park Brewing
Category: Porter (23 entries)
Beer name: Tupac Sha Porter
The Hourglass Brewery
Category: Saison (14 entries)
Beer Name: Tower
Bowigens Beer Company
Category: Juicy/Hazy IPA/Pale Ale (29 entries)
Beer Name: Hope without the E
Crooked Can Brewing Company
Category: Imperial IPA (17 entries)
Beer Name: McStagger
Click Here for a complete listing of the winners
Deadly Sins Brewing’s journey to beer began twelve months ago when owners Tom Adams and Ana Barrientos were discussing their future. After a beautiful vacation in Asheville, NC the couple decided to take the next step. They decided to open a brewery together. Tom had been homebrewing on and off for 15 years, a hobby that saw a renaissance when he met Ana. Within a month he’d drafted a business plan, in three had secured a loan, and on November 1st, 2015 the lease was signed at 750 Jackson Ave. The 4,000 square foot property is in an industrial area of Winter Park, off Fairbanks and behind 4Rivers Smokehouse. The company brews on a seven-barrel system with plenty of space in the facility to grow.
The small Central Florida business soft opened on July 15th but have had difficulty keeping their own beer on tap due to a three-month delay in the arrival of their equipment. Their Brewmaster Travis Smith and Assistant Brewer Amanda Kucker have been crafting small batches, but thirsty patrons have moved the brew more quickly than the team has had the capacity to produce.
But no longer! The equipment arrived on August 27th and the first seven barrel batch released Friday, September 23rd. Deadly Sins Brewing will have their Grand Opening on October 15th. A noon ribbon cutting will be followed by flowing taps and live, local music til 12am. SwedeDISH and Daydream Pizza food trucks will be on premise to feed patrons. The new local microbrewery will open with 12 of their own beers on tap and limited releases scheduled to drop throughout the day. For more details, visit our website at www.deadlysinsbrewing.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/560774624109259.
Deadly Sins Brewing is Winter Park’s newest brewery. The dog and family friendly establishment is open seven days a week with live music every Friday and Saturday night. The microbrewery in currently in the process of establishing weekly rotating events. Deadly Sins is located at 750 Jackson Ave in an industrial area of Winter Park, off Fairbanks and behind 4Rivers Smokehouse. The brewery can be reached at (407) 900-8726 or via email at email@example.com. Deadly Sins Brewing can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, as well as at www.deadlysinsbrewing.com.
Orlando is gearing up for American Craft Beer Week which will take place May 16th-22nd. We are excited to say that there are now 10 craft breweries and brewpubs in Orlando and the surrounding area and there are a number of beer related events planned to celebrate the week. We have listed some of them below and will continue to add more as we receive them. Cheers!
Crooked Can Brewing
American Craft Beer Week Kickoff
Monday May 16th
Unlimited Sampling of Special Florida Beers
Tickets available at
*All Week Long
*Ten10 will be hosting a series of great events all week long from "Tweaked" fest on Saturday, May 21, 2016 to Run with the Brewers on Tuesday 5/17
Click Here for their full Beer Week Schedule
Events all week long including...
Monday: Drink & Think Trivia @ 7pm
Wednesday: ACBW: Beer & Cheese Pairing with La Femme Du Fromage
Saturday: ACBW: Liquid Education Beer School & ACBW: The Return of Papa Midnight
Sunday: ACBW: Stouts for Snouts
Monday 5/16 Jolly Pumpkin Spotlight
Tuesday 5/17 Cigar City Family Reunion
Press release --
8 April 2016
The pint machine returns to Orlando with an all new adventure through the beer timelines for the Orlando Fringe 2016!
A mix of sketch comedy, parody songs, and galactic melodrama, this year’s season will be packed with all-new material, including a Mickey Mouse #2 beer tasting, games like The Wall of Beers, and all kinds of refreshing new trivia about the golden brew. Audiences are invited to join Will and Trish in their Quantum Pint Machine, where they travel through 10,000 year of beer, learning about the world's favorite drink, at one of the Fringe’s newest venues, St. Matthew’s Tavern, that has more than doubled the number of acts from last year.
A Brief History of Beer is a drink-a-long comedy that has been touring since 2013. Since it played Orlando in 2014, the time-travelling duo Will Glenn and Trish Parry have been playing to sell-out audiences in Australia, and have been performing a monthly series of the show in NYC at UNDER St Marks in the heart of the East Village. Wish has been inducted into The British Guild of Beer Writers, and received praise in Edinburgh from many reviewers. A Brief History of Beer is “the ultimate tribute to Homer Simpson’s favourite drink” (Tami Shaloum, Stagebuddy NYC), and “definitely not one to miss” (Samantha Rosenthal, Watermark). Directed by the acclaimed British Jeffrey Mayhew, the show has received nothing but praise all over the globe, receiving 4.5/5 from Rip It Up magazine, with InDaily saying “A Brief History of Beer is an opportunity to learn, to be amazed and to imbibe with them. Be warned, one drink may not be enough!”
Florida craft beer and homegrown music will be featured once again this year at the House of Blues on March 26th. General Admission is $11 with separate sampling tickets available for purchase. VIP tickets are also available and Include 2 Admission Tickets 10 sample tickets, 2 food vouchers, and a 25% off crossroads coupon. Doors open at 4pm and the show also starts at 4. Must be 21+ for alcohol purchase and/or consumption.
Florida Breweries represented will include...
Tampa Bay Brewing Co - Tampa,
FL Funky Budda Brewry - Oakland Park, FL
3 Daughters Brewing Company St Petersburg, FL
Tomoka Brewing Company Port Orange, FL
Big Top Brewing Company Sarasota, FL
Big Storm Brewing Company Odessa, FL
Red Cypress - Winter Springs, FL
Green Bench - St. Petersburg, FL
Due South - Boynton Beach, FL
Cigar City - Tampa, FL
Brew Hub - Lakeland, FL
Green Man - Asheville, NC
Coppertail - Tampa, FL
Crooked Can - Winter Garden
Local music will include...
WOWU2 - Tribute to U2 in the music hall
The Hooligans - British rock/pop covers in the music hall
Jeff Howell Band on the Front Porch from 5:30pm - 11pm
Dave Schweizer on Front Porch from 2pm - 5pm
Damon Fowler Group 10:30pm - 1pm in Crossroads
Local Brews Local Grooves Edible Creations will include...
Gourmet Grilled Panini Station
Sausage po' boy station
White Chedder Truffle Mac n' Cheese with fixin' station
Beer Battered Cod with Fries
Our friends at Ten10 Brewing dropped us a line today to let us know about some of the cool things they have going on each week. Check it out!
Sundays - Donuts and beer. Fresh donuts from the Smiling Bison with our beer. $10 for Flight and a donut or $2 per donut
Mondays - Case of the Mondays - Tapping a uniquely brewed beer each Monday. Beer posted each Monday morning on Facebook
Tuesdays - Growler Tuesdays. Discount on Growler fills only on Tuesdays. $8 for 32oz fill, $15 for a 64oz fill and $20 for a 64oz Growler and fill.
Red Cypress Brewery added to the growing number of breweries in central Florida this month with the opening of its new 15 BBL brewhouse in Winter Springs. Here are some facts on the new brewery and taproom...
- 15BBL brewhouse with 30BBL tanks.
- New location can produce over 10,000 barrels a year
- Canning line in the future
- Draft Distribution set for Jan 1, 2016 ( Brown Distributing)
- UCF Alumni owned (Ryan Parker)
- Garrett Ward is Red Cypress Brewing's head brewer
- Dr. Phillips Grad
- Formerly of Cask & Larder
- Andrea Bernardo is Taproom Manager
- UCF Alumni (Rosen
- Andrea managed tour program at Tröeg’s and was then the Beer Curator over at Widmer
- Taproom can seat over 140 inside and another 40 outside
- Full hours now but Grand Opening is November 14 & 15.
There is big news coming out of the Hourglass Brewery today as it has just announced the departure of founding brewer Sky Conley. Check out the official press release below...
THE HOURGLASS BREWERY ANNOUNCES NEW BREWERS
Longwood, Florida, August 27, 2015
The Hourglass Brewery announces the departure of founding brewer, Sky Conley, and the elevation of Michael Delancett and Matthew Gemmell as co-brewers.
The change in brewers is part of The Hourglass Brewery’s plans to grow the distribution of its beers, first in Central Florida, and then throughout the state. “We’ve always had our sights set on distributing quality beer,” said co-founder, Brett Mason. In July 2015, The Hourglass Brewery began distributing its beer in Seminole and Orange Counties through Republic National Distributing Company. “Today’s personnel change is aimed at meeting the growing demands of our distribution while ensuring that a large variety of Hourglass beer remains available in our taproom,” according co-founder and manager, Lance Butterfield.
Sky Conley, who co-founded The Hourglass Brewery, helped to launch the brewery in 2012 with a three-barrel brewing system in its former Longwood location. Conley established a strong reputation for concocting a wide variety of unique and interesting beers. Said Butterfield: “We could not have launched a brewery without Sky’s brewing talent and creativity. We appreciate all his efforts.”
Taking charge of brewing operations at The Hourglass Brewery are Michael Delancett and Matthew Gemmell. Both Dalancet and Gemmell have been working on the brewery’s ten-barrel system since the new location opened its doors in October 2014. According to Mason: “Matt and Michael have worked hard to learn this system and what it takes to produce high-quality beer. They’re doing a great job.”
You can check out our 2012 interview with Brett and Sky at the link below....
Hourglass Brewery Announces First Bottle Release
The Hourglass Brewery has announced its first bottle release slated for May 16th! The first release is Schizandra, a Belgian quad aged in Bourbon Barrels on top of tart cherries! Tastes and smells of raisins, rich toffee, plums, and tart cherries are present in this beer along with some subtle notes of oak and vanilla with a bourbon backbone. Coming in at 10.5% ABV, this gentle sipper will not be one to be taken lightly. You can pre order your bottle here!
Bowigens is now serving their house made beers in Casselberry! Some of their offerings so far include French Vanilla Coffee Saison, Bow 9 Pale Ale, Green 18 Cream Ale, Hefe n' Awesome Peanut Butter Hefeweizen, and 7 Layer Milk Stout. Check out this video from Craft Beer Adventures from a recent trip to Bowigens!
Orlando Brewing will celebrate its 9th Anniversary on April 7th by tapping nine cask conditioned specialty kegs! They will also have $2 off all Orlando Brewing beers on tap & $4 commemorative anniversary IPA glasses. Between 7pm and 12am we'll have live music performances by Free The People and Bellows. Tradition mandates rounds of corn-hole, darts, and life size Jenga. Aaron of The Bias Palate will also be in the taproom selling gastropub style grub.
Crooked Can Brewing recently opened its doors and began pouring hand crafted ales in its new and absolutely beautiful Old Winter Garden brewery! You can read our full story here or check out this video from the opening day festivities!
Two new breweries will be located under one roof at 1012 W. Church St in downtown Orlando only a block from the new Orlando City Stadium set to be complete in the spring. Broken Strings Brewing and Black Cauldron Brewing are hoping to be open this fall. Check out the full story from The Bungalower here!
Ten10's Mike Wallace is putting the finishing touches on his new brewery in the Ivanhoe Village and should be open for business soon. An opening date is expected to be announced any day! In the meantime, you can check out some of the Ten10 / Redlight Redlight collaboration beers like Hop Smoka' and Audubon Blonde at Redlight while the supply lasts!
Dead Lizard Brewinig has secured a 7,500 square foot space after 2 years of looking for a space! We snagged the following off of their Facebook page this week....
"Well after an exhaustive 2 years of searching and meeting with the city and zoning Dead Lizard Brewing Co. has a home and a brand new shiny Brewhouse being built. Here are some Photos EEeeeeee I am STOKED!"
It was a perfect day to enjoy some beers at a brand new local brewery yesterday! Not surprisingly, the new Crooked Can Brewery in Old Winter Garden is a beautiful place that makes some really good beers. Some of our favorites were the Highstepper IPA, Domestic Bliss, and the Coffee Chocolate Stout.
Ideally located in historic downtown Winter Garden Crooked Can is just steps away from the West Orange bike trail, shops, a playground, and a splash area for kids. We are looking forward to enjoying a lot more great beers here in the future both with and without the kids!
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