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Cigar City 2017 release dates set

CigarCityBrewingFor many Florida craft beer fans, the brewery that epitomizes great Florida beer is Cigar City Brewing Company. Based in Tampa, the brewery was founded by Joey Redner in 2009 with his flagship brew, Jai Alai IPA. The beer was a hit with beer lovers both locally and throughout the Sunshine state and Redner quickly grew his business.

Today Cigar City is still known for its highly-rated flagship brew, but it is also known for its many specialty releases. Beers like the legendary Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout and Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout cause quite a stir in the craft beer community. So much so that Hunahpu’s has its own release day festival that features more than 100 top-tier breweries bringing their best beers for fans to enjoy. This year, Hunahpu’s Day falls on March 11. Tickets are still available and can only be purchased online at here.

For the rest of Cigar City’s release dates see the calendar below.

January

Nitro Series: El Coco Coconut Flan Ale

Special Release: White Oak Jai Alai

February

Nitro Series: El Coco Coconut Flan Ale

Special Release: White Oak Jai Alai

March

Nitro Series: Hornswoggled Red Ale

Special Release: Marshal Zhukov’s Penultimate Push

April

Nitro Series: Hornswoggled Red Ale

Special Release: Guayabera Citra Pale Ale

May

Nitro Series: Vanilla Maduro Brown Ale

Special Release: Vanilla Maduro Brown Ale

June

Nitro Series: Vanilla Maduro Brown Ale

Special Release: White Oak Jai Alai,

July

Nitro Series: Horchata Tropical Ale

Special Release: White Oak Jai Alai

August

Nitro Series: Horchata Tropical Ale

Special Release: Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout

September

Nitro Series: Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale

Special Release: Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale

October

Nitro Series: Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale

Special Release: Guayabera Citra Pale Ale

November

Nitro Series: Cafe Con Leche Sweet Stout

Special Release: Vanilla Maduro Brown Ale

December

Nitro Series: Cafe Con Leche Sweet Stout

Special Release: Cafe Con Leche Sweet Stout

Visit Cigar City Brewing’s website (www.cigarcitybrewing.com) for more beer information and to find the CCB beer closest to you.

 
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Posted by on January 3, 2017 in Beer, Beer Releases

 

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Growler wars end in Florida, 64-ounce growlers legal beginning July 1

beertogoIn case you were wondering what that odd cheering noise was a few weeks ago, it was the collective voices of Florida craft beer lovers and producers shouting in joy that Governor Rick Scott signed the bill that made half-gallon growlers legal in the state. That’s right, until just recently, craft beer could not legally purchase craft beer growlers in sizes other than one-quart or one-gallon sizes. A fact that pegged the state as one of only two that prohibited the half-gallon growler (Utah is the other one). But, after several years of legal wrangling, mega-beer producer back-stabbing and good ol’ boy favoritism, craft beer lobbying prevailed and the containers will become legal July 1, 2015.

To commemorate the ruling and the states newly-found sensibility, breweries are staging special events and offers. One of the most interesting is the offer Ben Davis — a crusader in the growler wars and owner of Intuition Ale Works in Jacksonville, Fla. — has proposed a sort of trade-in. For each one-gallon growler turned in at the brewery’s tap room July 1–4, a shiny new half-gallon growler will be provided along with a complimentary fill of one of Intuition’s core brands. Davis is so adamant about ridding the world of Intuition gallon growlers, that he has come up with a rather interesting way to dispose of them. Check out the video below for the details.

Free the Growler! from Ben Davis on Vimeo.

Just around the corner from Intuition at Bold City Brewing Company, a special Imperial cask ale will be tapped on Thursday, July 2. And on Friday, July 3 the tap room will open at noon with tappings of  Barrel-Aged Super Secret Stout and Barrel-Aged Chinook IPA that will be available for 64-ounce growler fills. But, the tap room will be closed on Independence Day, so get your fills before then.

Out at Jacksonville Beach, patrons of Gren Room Brewing Company can celebrate the new 64-ounce growler freedom with a new beer and half-price half-gallon growler fills. The new brew is called Citrus Paradisi Pale Ale and is an American pale ale dry hopped with Amarillo hops and aged on fresh Florida grapefruit. To grab a half-gallon of this new beer just buy a new Green Room 64-ounce growler for $6 and get a fill for just $5.

Statewide, ,any tap rooms will stop at 6:40 p.m. to toast the passage of the 64-ounce growler law. Be sure to stop in to your favorite whether it be Funky Buddha in South Florida, Cigar City in Tampa, Grayton Beer Company in Santa Rosa Beach or any of the many other great breweries around the state to toast the new growler freedom.

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2015 in Beer News

 

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Craft beer to sail with Royal Caribbean’s new Quantum-class ships

michaels-experienceOver the past few years the cruise ship industry seem to be paying more attention to the burgeoning craft beer movement. Earlier this year, Carnival began serving several beers from Florida craft beer heavy-weight Cigar City Brewing Company. Then, just a few months ago, Funky Buddha Brewing Company announced a partnership with Celebrity Cruise lines to serve their brews on board. But, if you are really looking for a craft beer experience beyond just a few lonely beers here or there, you should really look in to a cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas.

James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz worked closely with Royal Caribbean to concoct an on-board experience for those with a passion for craft beers, great food and a laid-back gastropub atmosphere. The results of their hard work is Michael’s Genuine Pub where Schwartz showcases his love for fresh simple foods made with seasonally-sourced ingredients paired with lovingly-created American craft beer.

Craft beers available on the ship will include a selection of brews from well-known breweries such as Goose Island, Blue Point, Left Hand, Brooklyn, Founder’s, Stone and Bear Republic among others. In addition, the pub will feature the chef’s own classic American ale, Michael’s Genuine® Home Brew.

Chef Schwartz is the chef/owner of The Genuine Hospitality Group, with restaurants including Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink Miami (Est. 2006), Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink Grand Cayman (Est. 2010), Harry’s Pizzeria (Est. 2011), The Cypress Room (Est. 2013), and Restaurant Michael Schwartz (Est. 2013).

The gastropub concept will be repeated on Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas when it is completed and delivered in April of 2015.

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2014 in Beer News

 

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Boulevard Brewing Company to enter Florida market

boulevard_brewery_01One of my favorite breweries from the mid-west is finally making its way to Florida thanks to an agreement with Brown Distributing. Look for Boulevard Brewing Company’s beers to enter the market over the next few weeks. For more details check out the press release below.

September 10, 2014 – Kansas City – Just days after adding northern New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania to its distribution territory, Boulevard Brewing Company today revealed that its beers will soon be available in Florida. Late last week, the brewery inked an agreement with Brown Distributing, which serves the entire state. With this latest expansion, Boulevard beers will be sold in 28 states and the District of Columbia.

“We’ve been looking at Florida for quite a while,” said Steve Mills, Boulevard’s vice president of sales. “We’ve found the ideal partner in Brown Distributing, and look forward to sharing our beers with the rising tide of Florida craft beer enthusiasts.”

Several year-round beers will be available beginning in early October, including Unfiltered Wheat Beer, the brewery’s most popular offering, Pop-Up I.P.A., 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat Beer and Single-Wide I.P.A.Boulevard’s Smokestack Series will be represented by Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale and Double-Wide I.P.A.Additional seasonals and limited releases will be introduced in the coming months.

About Boulevard Brewing Company
Boulevard Brewing Company has grown to become one of the largest specialty brewers in the Midwest, dedicated to the craft of producing fresh, flavorful beers using traditional ingredients and the best of both old and new brewing techniques. For more information, visit www.boulevard.com, boulevard.com/facebook, or follow us on Twitter at boulevard.com/twitter.

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Posted by on September 10, 2014 in Craft Beer Brewery

 

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Mile Marker Brewing closes doors to tap room

milemarkerFor the past few weeks rumors and questions have been swirling around regarding the closure of Mile Marker Brewing Company. On Sunday, June 8 some answers to those questions were revealed. In a post on the Beer in Florida blog, run by Florida Breweries author Gerard Walen, the text of a note taped to the tap room door is revealed.

Read the entire post here.

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Posted by on June 10, 2014 in Craft Beer Brewery

 

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