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Gainesville gains another brewery; First magnitude Brewing Company

firstmagA university professor with a Ph.D. in Education Administration seems an unlikely fit for founding and opening a craft beer brewery. Nevertheless, John Denny (a.k.a. Dr. John) and a group of friends are planning the opening of their Gainesville, Fla. brewery, First Magnitude Brewing Company for the weekend of August, 23.

The story of First Magnitude is a familiar one; a group of friends got together and came up with an idea for opening a craft beer brewery. The four friends all had other jobs and children making the idea of opening a brewery risky, but worthwhile in their opinion. So, with plenty of help from the Florida beer community, the group began the process of putting together a winning formula for a brewery in the burgeoning Florida market. As stated on the brewery’s website, their formula spoke to the group’s desire, “… to make excellent beer, have a great space for people to come and enjoy a pint, be an exceptional place to work, and be a big part of our local community.”

The team consists of Denny, Meg The Losen who serves as president and managers of all things outside of brewing, Christine Denny who serves as communications and outreach manager, Wells The Losen who is in charge of distribution along with financial responsibilities and Eric Dreyer who, with Denny brews the beer for the company.

There is no shortage of talent in the brewing team with Denny having won several awards in Florida beer competitions. He also serves the community as an active BJCP certified judge. He also co-produces and hosts Homebrew Talk, a popular program on Gainesville’s community Internet radio. Dreyer has brewed more than 150 batches since he began brewing in 2007. Over the years he has accumulated more than 35 medals in beer competitions including a Best of Show pale ale.

First Magnitude will feature three year-round beers when they open, the brewery’s website describes them:

Siren Blond Ale

“…brewed with an American two-row pale malt base with a generous amount of Vienna malt and a touch of Victory to add complexity and aid in head retention. Warrior hops are used for bittering, and the floral and spicy notes come from a combination of Hallertau Mittelfrüh and German Tettnang hops. Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5%.”

72 Degree Pale Ale

“72° features American two-row as a base malt with Munich malt to balance the hop flavor and Crystal malt to provide color and a bit of sweetness. Chinook hops provide the bittering while Cascade and Centennial hops are used for flavor and aroma. The aroma is enhanced by dry hopping. ABV: 5.5%.”

Drift English Mild

“…brewed with American two-row pale malt as a base and has Crystal 20, Munich, Brown, Aromatic, Chocolate and Black Patent malts for a complex malt profile. Warrior hops are used for bittering and Hallertau Mittelfruh adds a subtle hop character. British Ale yeast gives it just a hint of fruity esters and a well-rounded flavor that will have you asking for another pour. “

You can visit the brewery’s tap room beginning Saturday, August 23 at:

1220 SE Veitch St.

Gainesville, FL 32601

Hours are 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturdays and 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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Posted by on August 21, 2014 in Craft Beer Brewery

 

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Hold the lime! Corona recalled!

corona-beerBefore you pop open your next Corona and slip a lime wedge down the neck of the bottle, check the code printed on the neck. Packages of Corona beer imported by Constellation Brands are being recalled because bottles may have particles of glass in them. Recalled are 12-ounce clear glass bottles in select six-pack, 12-pack and 18-pack packages. A spokesperson said that the problem originated with a company that supplies the clear bottles to the brewery in Mexico.

The following products are NOT being recalled:

  • Corona Extra cans
  • Corona Extra 24-pack loose bottles
  • Corona Extra 24 oz. bottle
  • Corona Extra draft beer
  • Corona Light bottles
  • Corona Light cans
  • Corona Light draft beer
  • Corona Familiar
  • Coronitas

“We are troubled by this development and are working proactively with our distributors, retailers and consumers to resolve this situation as quickly as possible,” said Bill Hackett, President of Constellation Brands Beer Division. “Throughout its history, Corona Extra is a brand that has been synonymous with quality, consistency and refreshment. Our entire organization, including our brewers, our production team, and all our employees across our system, is absolutely committed to doing everything possible to complete this recall quickly, and ensure the safety of our consumers and integrity of our product.”

When the problem was discovered, Constellation immediately took steps to identify affected bottles and contacted distributors and retailers advising them of the situation. The company says that less than 1-percent of the bottles in distribution were tainted with the glass particles.

See the image below for the product codes affected by the recall.

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Posted by on August 20, 2014 in Beer

 

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Veterans United Craft Brewery grand opening set

VUCB TAPROOMRon Gamble has worn many hats; he was a naval aviator, a contributor to half-a-dozen high-tech startups, a home brewer and finally a head brewer. Over the past six years, Ron has honed his skill at the brew kettle at a variety of operations and is now using his skills to open his own brewery on Jacksonville’s Southside. Gamble’s Veterans United Craft Brewery will welcome the public into its tap room for the first time on Friday, August 22.

The brewery is the culmination of a dream that began over a decade ago when Gamble’s wife Sheryl gave him a True Brew kit and a few books on brewing in 1999. Gamble, the holder of a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Virginia Tech, enjoyed experimenting with the kit and quickly advanced from extract brewing to full mash.

“At a certain point,” Gamble explained. “I found I was more excited about beer and beer-making than high-tech.” So, in 2007, he began working as a brewer at a local brew pub and began the path to opening his own brewery.

As his skills sharpened, Gamble decided he wanted to get a formal education in brewing. He looked into the brewing programs at the University of California, Davis and the Siebel Institute. Ultimately, he decided on Siebel because of the institute’s German education component. He graduated from the Master Brewer program and set about looking for work in the exploding craft brewing industry.

“Going to brew school was like going to college,” Gamble said. “You learn a little, but don’t actually learn a lot until you get out and apply it.” And apply his knowledge Gamble did. Over the next few years he moved from being the brewer at a small brew pub to brew master at New England regional brewery Wachusett Brewing Company.

In 2012, Gamble returned to Jacksonville where he was stationed while serving as a naval aviator attached to the USS Forrestal. The goal of the move was to secure a location, begin the process of building his brand and opening his dream brewery.

“This [Jacksonville] is a wide open market,” Gamble said of his decision to open a brewery in the River City. Jacksonville, in his opinion, has the potential to be a major craft beer powerhouse in Florida. “I’m tired of hearing about Tampa. I want this area to be known [for craft beer].”

Gamble’s new brewery will brew on a 20-barrel, domestically-built brewing system and use 40-barrel fermenters. His plan is to keg his beer for distribution to local bars and restaurants and, soon after opening, can his beers for package and grocery store distribution. Mike Carver has been brought on to take on head brewer duties and Champion Brands, who also distributes Intuition Ale Works, Aardwolf Brewing Company and Pinglehead Brewing Company, will distribute beer for Veterans United.

But, brewing beer is not the only goal Gamble has for his new business. As part of his outreach to the community, Gamble plans to work closely with the local veteran community. To that end, Bob Buehn, a former squadron-mate of Gamble’s, was brought on board as Military and Veterans liaison.  Buehn’s task is to seek out ways to give back to the community and the military, “in a focused way.”

The military thread runs through much of what the brewery does even down to the name and logo. The name, Veterans United Craft Brewing is a nod to, “…taking the passion and enthusiasm from when I was serving,” Gamble said. The logo prominently features aviator’s wings and a nautical star. Both nods to Gamble’s service in the Navy.

“Beer is an every person’s drink. It is a social lubricant,” said Gamble. “I want to be sure as a brewer we are doing the right things.”

With a passion for brewing and a keen eye for precision and quality, Gamble seems to have hit on a winning recipe. Taste the fruits of his labors for yourself at the grand opening of his brewery and tap room Friday, August 22 beginning at 5:00 p.m. The festivities will include food truck, live music and brewery tours.

Veterans United Craft Brewery
8999 Western Way
Jacksonville, FL 32256

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Posted by on August 19, 2014 in Craft Beer Brewery

 

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Growler fight subject of short documentary film

beerbattle-300x165 (1)On a more serious note, readers of this blog are familiar with the fight going on in Florida over growler size. For those who are not up to speed on this issue, in a nut shell a group of mega-brewery beer distributors have been maneuvering to block all attempts by Florida’s craft beer producers and community to legalize 64-ounce growlers.

State law in Florida currently allows both 32-ounce (one quart) and 128-ounce (one gallon) growlers. But, because of “safety and public health” concerns the state — under pressure from powerful lobbyists from the above mentioned distributors — has torpedoed all  challenges to the current law.

The fight has been the subject of many articles and news accounts and is now surfacing as the topic of a short documentary shot by Florida State University student, Hunter J, Truman. Truman shot the film for a school project and includes interviews with Joey Redner of Cigar City Brewing Company, Byron Burroughs of Proof Brewing Company and Josh Aubuchon, lobbyist for the Florida Brewers Guild.

Beer Battle from Hunter J. Truman on Vimeo.

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Posted by on August 11, 2014 in Beer Education

 

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Aussie beer ad ‘best ever’

Australians take their beer seriously, but their beer commercials are another story.This video was posted to YouTube in June and has been garnering hits ever since. It has even prompted one blogger to call it, “The best beer ad ever!”

Th ad poke fun of big Hollywood auto chase scenes and the cliches that are inherently embedded in them.

 

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Posted by on August 11, 2014 in Beer

 

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Healthy facts about beer; an infographic

You all know that I am a sucker for an infographic. Well, here is another one that I shamelessly stole from Facebook feed of my good friends at Dahlia’s Pour House.

Beer_Health

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Posted by on August 7, 2014 in Infographic

 

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Terrapin to release third brew in Reserve Series

Terrapin-Imperial-Pumpkin-Pie-PorterIt seems like every year pumpkin beers come out earlier and earlier. Last week Southern Tier became available in the Jacksonville area, but the brewery released the beer, at least to some areas, on June 30. Next week another brewery will begin shipping their pumpkin brew to distributors. The Athens, Ga. craft brewing powerhouse Terrapin will release Imperial Pumpkin Pie Porter.

The beer joins White Chocolate Moo-Hoo and Cinnamon Roll’d Wake-n-Bake as the third of the brewery’s Reserve Series small batch brews. This take on pumpkin beers is made with seven different grains including chocolate wheat and chocolate malt, two different hops – Golding and Columbus – spices like cinnamon, ginger, allspice and cloves and, of course, pumpkin.

Terrapin has long been known to push the brewing envelope with its creations from the fertile mind of head brewer Spike Buckowski. This newest creation brings the pumpkin beer to a new high by pushing the ABV out to 9.2%. The Imperial pumpkin beer joins Terrapin’s legacy seasonal Pumpkinfest, a lower alcohol beer that incorporates elements of both a German-style Oktoberfest beer and a traditional pumpkin brew.

If the sales garnered by the brewery on the first two releases in their reserve series are any indication of how Imperial Pumpkin Pie Stout will sell, plan on grabbing a bottle of this as soon as it hit the shelves. Both White Chocolate Moo-Hoo and Cinnamon Roll’d Wake-n-Bake sold out in record time.

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Posted by on August 6, 2014 in Beer

 

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