Orlando Brewing recently put out its first barrel aged beer in collaboration with Winter Park Distilling Company and plans to do several more. Here is the official press release....
Orlando Brewing announces collaboration with Winter Park Distilling Company to bring Central Florida local, barrel aged brew. In April of this year, Orlando’s organic Fresh from Florida microbrewery borrowed white oak barrels used for distilling Bear Gully Classic Reserve Bourbon from their liquor loving friends in Winter Park. After four months of anticipation and aging, Orlando Brewing introduced the first beer in the new series – the Bourbon Barrel Aged Red Ale – to their taproom in August 2014.
The brewery’s Irish-style Red is known for being an easy drinking, crowd pleasing, copper colored ale with impeccable balance. Cask conditioning endowed this beer with a light scent of bourbon mingled with a bready butterscotch aroma. While a bourbon flavor presents itself on the palate, it is subtle and highlights the brews’ sweet caramel notes.
The taproom’s stock of Barrel Aged Red wanes, but Orlando Brewing is prepared. Their O-Town Brown Ale aged in Winter Park Distilling Barrels is on the calendar to release this Friday, September 19th followed by the much anticipated release of Senator Imperial Oatmeal Stout aged
in Winter Park Distilling Rum Barrel on Sunday, September 28th.
The brewery plans continuous collaboration with Winter Park Distilling Company. The local business is the first artisanal distillery in both Winter Park and Metro-Orlando, and was established back in 2010. The Orlando Brewing team has a passion for sustainable practices and the company endeavors to source as locally as possible. The company foresees this new relationship with Winter Park Distilling Company becoming a fruitful partnership and encourages Orlando to raise a glass to living local.
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Orlando Beer Guide has heard a lot of good things about The Parkview in Winter Park lately. Formerly Eola Wine Company, the Parkview took over in August but has already hosted some impressive beer related events. They recently did a Dogfish Head tap takeover that featured 120 minute on tap as well as a Terrapin takeover with Oak Aged Monks Revenge.
The Parkview will also be hosting a Sierra Nevada Beer Camp tap takeover on September 24th that will feature the following Sierra Nevada Collaboration beers...
Bell's - Maillard's Odyssey (Imperial Dark Ale)
Russian RIver - Yvan The Great (Belgian Style Blonde)
Firestone Walker - Torpedo Pilsner (Hoppy Pilsner)
Allagash - Myron's Walk (Belgian Style Pale Ale)
3 Floyds - Chico King (Pale Ale)
Oskar Blues - Canfusion (Rye Bock)
Have you been to The Parkview? Let us know what you think!
Looks like a lot more locally made craft beer is about to start flowing from beer faucets in Central Florida. We've been getting word about new breweries in planning on a constant basis lately. Its getting hard to keep track of them all! Some have secured a physical location and have websites. Some have websites but no physical location. Some have a physical location but no website. Here is the most up to date list that we know of and what we know about each. Cheers!
Ten10 Brewing (Ivanhoe District)
* We spoke to owner/brewer Mike Wallace back in May when he said he was "keeping his fingers crossed' to be open by the end of the summer. It looks like it will be a little later than that but he does have a location at 1010 Virginia Drive in the Ivanhoe District. Mike is a very well respected brewer amongst local beer enthusiasts and we are guessing that Ten10 will probably be one of the first breweries on this list to open.
Bowigen's Beer Company (Casselberry)
* I had a chance to visit the guys from Bowigens Beer Company recently at the site of their new brewery right next to Colorado Fondue Company in Casselberry. You can check out our little piece we did on Bowigens HERE. Bobby and Kevin are hoping to open by the end of 2014.
Wops Hops Brewing (Sanford)
* Haven't met these guys, but according to Florida Beer News the owners have bought the old Stokes Fish Market building on Sanford Avenue and plan to open a brewery and tasting room for locals and visitors to Sanford. We're looking forward to possibly taking the train up to Sanford and checking out Wop's Hops!
Persimmon Hollow Brewing (Deland)
* We've seen quite a bit from the guys at Persimmon Hollow Brewing on social media and have heard that they already have a distributor for their beers. From the looks of their pictures, they have a pretty good sized brewing system and will be opening their doors very soon.
Southern Moon Brewery and Barbeque (Curry Ford Road)
* Southern Moon is a barbeque joint and soon to be brewpub by the owners of the Fork in the Road Food truck. Scott Joseph did a piece on Southern Moon back in March and reported that they had hired Adam Steele, a Denver brewmaster, to do the brewing. The restaurant is open for business but we're not sure when the house made beers are scheduled to start pouring.
Broken Strings Brewing (Ivanhoe Village)
* It was announced just last week in The Bungalower that Broken Strings Brewing had secured a location in the Ivanhoe District just north of downtown. I got a chance to meet one of the brewers recently and sample some of his beer and I was impressed. With Ten10 Brewing and some others possibly in the works, Broken Strings will be a great addition to what could eventually become known as "The Beer District".
Crooked Can Brewing Company (Winter Garden)
* Crooked Can Brewing is set to be part of a three million dollar project to make the town of Old Winter Garden comparable to Orlando's Audubon Park Garden District. We've heard they are shooting to be open by St. Patrick's Day 2015.
Dead Lizard Brewing (Orlando)
* Dead lizard announced plans via social media about a year ago to open a brewery somewhere in the Ivanhoe District. As far as we know, they have not yet secured a location.
I had a chance to stop and have a couple beers with Bobby Bowen and Kevin Wigen of Bowigens Beer Company (pronounced Bo-Wee-Gens) the other night at the site of their new brewery. Bowigens will be Casselberry's first brewery and will be located next to the Colorado Fondue Company on East Semoran Blvd. The guys are shooting for a late November/ early December opening date.
We will be bringing you more details about Bowigens Beer Company very soon. For now, we can tell you that they will be brewing on a 3 barrel system and will initially be focusing on producing 5 core styles of beer. Bowigens will not be serving food but the brewery is conveniently located next to a number of good restaurants that provide takeout options. For more information about Bobby and Kevin, their beers, and the brewery check out Bowigens website or their Facebook page. Bobby even writes a blog that details the process of opening up a brewery.
While we patiently wait for more breweries to open here in Orlando, we wanted to share some pictures and thoughts from a recent trip to St Pete. If you love beer and live in Orlando, St Pete makes for a fantastic weekend beer trip. There are plenty of affordable hotels downtown and many of the breweries are within walking distance of each other and those that aren't are only a short cab ride away.
First stop was at the Cigar City Brewpub for a little lunch that would serve as a necessary foundation for what would undoubtedly become a very long day. I had the fish tacos and a glass of La Rubia. I was excited to pick up a bottle of Alexander the Grapes and Brewer's Brunch stout to bring to future bottle shares.
After having a little lunch at Cigar City's Brewpub, we made it to Rapp Brewing right around the time they opened. Rapp is one of my favorite breweries in the state of Florida! The only problem here was that there were too many good beers to choose from with 20 different selections on tap. Pictured above is a glass of chocolate hazelnut porter. Delicious!
I have never been to a brewery quite like Three Daughters. By far the most family friendly brewery I have ever visited. Ping pong, Giant Jenga, and even a full on 18 hole miniature golf course were the highlights here for me. They are famous for their Beach Blonde Ale here so I figured I'd better order one.
We were excited to go to Green Bench Brewing because we had heard so much about its awesome beer garden area. Unfortunately, it was raining during our visit and we were not able to sit outside. Lucky for us, Green Bench was releasing a Double Rice IPA on this particular evening (pictured below).
Stopped in for a beer at St Pete Brewing and then to Cycle Brewing to finish up the night. As you can see, things were a little fuzzy by the end of the evening... If you'd like to plan your own "beer day" in Pinellas County check out the St Pete / Clearwater Craft beer trail for some additional information and ideas. Cheers!
Fridays in Stereo with Hannah Daly
Fridays from 4:30p to 7p
Join Rogue every Friday starting at 4:30 for an acoustic happy hour featuring music by Hannah Daly. $3.50 house wines and Goose Island beers until 7p
2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
Thursday, June 12th 4p through Sunday, July 13th
Don’t miss all your favorite World Cup matches at Rogue Pub! We will feature draft and bucket
specials on all your favorite brews and we will be showing all the games on the big screen!
An Evening with Dead Lizard Brewing
Tuesday, June 24th 7p
Join Rogue Tuesday, June 24th starting at 7p for an evening with Dead Lizard Brewing from Orlando, Florida! Meet the brewmaster and get a chance to sample some amazing local brews!
Oskar Blues Koozie Night
Friday, June 27th 6p
Join Rogue Friday, June 27th for a koozie night featuring Oskar Blues Brewing! Buy a can of Oskar blues and receive a koozie while supplies last. Great beer draft specials and giveaways all night!
We are excited to let you know that Ten10 Brewing will be coming soon to the Ivanhoe Village. Ten10 recently signed a lease to occupy the space at 1010 Virginia Ave. As reported earlier this week by the Orlando Weekly, Orange Blossom Pilsner was originally supposed to open a small brewpub at the location but is no longer affiliated with the new brewpub that will occupy the space.
We spoke to Mike Wallace of Ten10 earlier this week and he told us that "We will be brewing on a 3 1/2 barrel system and plan to double batch everything." Mike told us that he is still working on some of the build out plans for the space and that he is keeping his fingers crossed for an August opening. We will have some more details on Ten10 Brewing and their beers very soon.
American Craft Beer Week starts Monday and it's a great opportunity to get out and celebrate Orlando's local beer culture with other people who love beer . A number of local establishments are hosting events in honor of the "big week of small breweries". We've put together a list of some of the events we know about and plan to add some more to the list as they become available to us. Cheers!
Sunday 5/11(Mother's Day)
Orange Blossom Special Mother's Day Beer @ Cask & Larder
Mom's Drink Free @ Orlando Brewing
Colorado Cool Aid Night @ Redlight Redlight
*Offering a flight featuring a Pilsner on tap from Left Hand, Oscar Blues, and Great Divide. It will be a blind taste test to see which brewery has the superior Pilsner!
Lavender Blonde Ale Release @ Orlando Brewing
Rose Petal Red Release @ Orlando Brewing
Cask Conditioned Kolsch and Beer School @ Orlando Brewing
*Aged with Orange Wood and Hallertauer Hops
Imperial Craft Beertopia @ World of Beer Altamonte Springs
*10-15 Imperial Beers on tap plus swag giveaways
Big Storm Brewery Night @ World of Beer UCF
*Big Storm brews on tap and a glassware giveaway
Sam Adams Tap Takeover @ Nona Taproom
* $25 for Eight 7oz. tasters
Cask Conditioned Imperial Oatmeal Stout @ Orlando Brewing
* Aged on toasted coconutonutoal StoutImperial Oatmeal Stout releaseI
Florida Tap Takeover @ Redlight Redlight
Anisocora Barley Wine tasting @ Orlando Brewing
Sourfest @ Tomoka Brewery (Ormond Beach)
Sourfest @ The Public House (UCF)
*12 Draft Lines of Sour Beer
* Cigar City Week (all week) @ World of Beer Lake Mary (Rare Cigar City Kegs tapped each day!)
* Rare tappings to take place @ Frank & Steins all week including Bells Hopslam and Nitro Vanilla Maduro (CCB)
* A different style of beer to be featured each day at Rogue Pub
In case you haven't noticed, our local craft beer scene is in the process of getting a whole lot more exciting here in Orlando. We know of five new breweries that are set to open their doors (and taps) to thirsty people in Central Florida by the end of the year. None of the following have released and official opening date but most of them have stated they hope to be open by the end of 2014. We can only hope! Which of these soon to be open craft breweries are you most excited about?
Dead Lizard Brewing
We first heard about Dead Lizard several months back when we exchanged a few emails with co founder and brewmaster Richard "Hops" Dine. The website that says their core styles will consist of Summerlin Cream Ale, Orange Twist Cream Ale, Humulus Lupulus Double IPA, and Gila Monster Stout. Dead Lizard had a free tasting in early February at Oblivion Taproom and the beers went fast! No official brewery location has been announced but their website states it will be located "near downtown Orlando".
Aristocraft announced that it would be opening a new brewery a couple months ago. Owner and Brewmaster Cory Montville recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to help secure some of the necessary funds to start up his brewery. According to its website, Aristocraft's portfolio of beers will consist of a variety of IPA's, Pale Ales, Stouts, Imperial Stouts and even a Rauchbier. Aristocraft's misson statement says "We want to provide our community with a rich, personal experience in an unique and comfortable environment -- reflecting our initiative to be socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable".
Orange Blossom Brewing Company
Tom Moench of Orange Blossom Brewing Company recently announced plans to open a tasting room and brewery on Virginia Drive in the Ivanhoe Village area. Best known for its Orange Blossom Pilsner and Toasted Coconut Porter, OBBC has added several more beers to its portfolio in the last few months. The Virginia Drive location will have a small brewery on site that will concentrate mostly on small batch unique and experimental offerings. Orange Blossom Brewing Company has also recently teamed up the new Brew Hub in Lakeland to greatly increase the production of its "core styles" of beer.
Bowigens Beer Company
Owners Kevin Wigen and Bobby Bowen combined their last names to come up with Bowigens as the name for their new brewery. Their website says that they have plans to open an American craft brewery in Orlando sometime this year. It also states "We’re not interested in creating a beer unless we feel we’re making something that we are truly passionate about." Bowigens lists their core styles as a pale ale, IPA, cream ale, brown ale, and a milk stout along with a nice portfolio of seasonals that include a Peanut Butter Hefeweizen!
Crooked Can Brewing Company
The city of Winter Garden recently approved a $2 million plan to replace an aging apartment complex and to build a microbrewery and an artisan market. We've always felt that Old Winter Garden would be a fantastic place for a small brewery or brewpub so this is really exciting news for us! Since plans are just being announced, we have little information on the Crooked Can or the Plant Street Market. Though Plant Street Market does have a Facebook Page if you are interested. Stay tuned to Orlando Beer Guide for details as they become available.
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