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Brewz Crewz to be held in Lakeland for sixth year

BrewzCrewz2015Spring is in the air and beer festivals are popping up every weekend. Another Florida festival to add to your list of must-dos is the sixth annual Brewz Crewz in Lakeland. Read the press release below for all the details.

LAKELAND, FLORIDA — Craft beer breweries dot the central Florida landscape, and the 2015 Brewz Crewz Craft Beer Festival is whe

This year’s Brewz Crewz is scheduled for Saturday, March 21. The event begins at 1 p.m. for VIP ticketholders, and 2 p.m. for general admission. It rure beer lovers can sample many of the area’s brews, as well as meet representatives from several breweries.ns through 6 p.m.

The location for the sixth annual event is the patio that wraps around the Citizens Bank & Trust Building at 402 S. Kentucky Ave. That’s right – attendees can take in the cool breezes over Lake Morton while they choose samples from among close to 100 craft beers, and enjoy live music from On the Avenue and The Detectives.

New to the event this year is a brunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Lakeland Brewing Company, 640 E. Main St. The menu will include traditional and nontraditional fare. Head brewer Joe Pierce is brewing a breakfast stout to pair with the menu items, and mimosas and micheladas also will be available.

“This is a great opportunity to meet our head brewer and talk about beer on a more intimate level,” says Francis Janes, co-owner of Lakeland Brewing Company.

Ticket prices are as follows:

  • VIP- $50 in advance; $60 at the gate. VIP ticket holders can enter the event at 1 p.m.
  • General admission- $35 in advance; $45 at the gate. These ticket holders can enter at 2 p.m.
  • Brewz Crewz Brunch- $25 in advance. $35 at the door, while supplies last.

There will be complimentary food in the VIP area, and snacks in general admission area. Additional food will be available for purchase at the event

“There are wonderful dining options downtown for breakfast, lunch and dinner, so we hope people will come downtown early, grab a bite to eat and then head to the event,” says DLP Executive Director Ellen Simms. “Or they can stay downtown and eat dinner afterward. Or both!”

Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Downtown Lakeland Partnership and SPCA Florida.

“SPCA Florida is excited to partner with DLP and share our organization’s mission of improving the lives of animals with a new crowd of craft brew lovers,” said SPCA Florida Executive Director Adam Stanfield.

Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite, or at Two Hens & a Hound: 117 S. Kentucky Ave. Call (863) 510-9723 for more information, or visit the website:www.BrewzCrewz.com.

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2015 in Beer Festival

 

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Florida’s growler battles make it to CBS This Morning

9INV_BEER_BATTLEThere is a fight going on in the hallowed halls of the Florida legislature. And, like many fights, this one is fueled by beer. But, not in the manner of two drunken bar patrons slugging it out over a spilled beer or the attentions of a lovely lady, this brawl is over growlers — jugs filled from beer taps for patrons to take off-premises for consumption.

Currently, Florida law allows breweries to fill growlers with their own beer in only one-quart or one-gallon sizes. The problem is that the national standard for growler size is one half-gallon. Indeed, Florida is the only state in the union that completely bans half-gallon growlers.

The fight has raged for years and breweries throughout the state are not shy about talking about their disdain for the current state of the law. In Jacksonville, Ben Davis of Intuition Ale Works is particularly vocal on the subject and has even gone so far as to hire a lobbiest to bring the brawl to the capitol’s steps.

Today, the fight went national on the CBS This Morning television program. Read the full story of a bar owner,Guy Piasecki  bucking the system by lawyering up to get the law changed here: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/florida-bartender-fighting-growler-craft-beer-jug-ban/.

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Posted by on November 24, 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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New beer hitting local shelves, taps soon

duesouthA couple of interesting tidbits were passed on to me recently from none other than Carolyn Graham, Florida Brand Development Manager/District Manager of Brown Distributing – Specialty Division.

The first is that the San Jose outlet of ABC Fine Wine & Liquor has acquired a small amount of Due South brewing beers in cans. If you have not tried this Boynton Beach, Fla. you are missing a real treat. On the shelves for a limited time are the breweries Category 3 IPA, Caramel Cream Ale and Maple Orange Imperial.

The second bit of information she let leak to me is that the much-loved New Orleans brewery NOLA Brewing will soon be distributed in Florida. While the exact beers that will be gracing shelves and taps in Florida have not been announced, we are hoping to get a chance to taste Hopitoulas and Hurricane Saison.

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Posted by on September 5, 2014 in Craft Beer Brewery

 

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Left hand Brewing Company sponsors bike team to help fight MS

Team-Left-Hand-LogoIt has long been a tenet of the craft beer industry that its members are a particularly philanthropic bunch. Maybe it is because the community is so tight-knit and more established breweries pitch in to help new breweries get up and started. Maybe it is because of the grassroots nature of the business. Or, maybe it is just that craft beer people have big hearts. No matter what the cause, it is a well-represented phenomenon and Longmont, Colo. stalwart Left Hand Brewing Company is carrying on the tradition.

Team Left Hand (TLH) is a cycling team that is participating in the Bike MS rides to help end Multiple Sclerosis. The team participates in three national rides, raising both money and awareness for the debilitating disease.  This year will mark the seventh year the team has participated in the Bike MS ride in Colorado, its second in North Carolina and its debut in the Florida ride.

Team Left Hand consists of over 180 riders from across the U.S., who volunteer their time and effort to help the National MS Society fund research, advocate for change, and help people living with MS. The team’s inspiration lies in the friends & family afflicted by Multiple Sclerosis, motivating each member to work towards their personal goal of raising at least $1000 a year. To date the team has raised over $940,000 for the cause.

Carolyn Graham, District Manager and North Florida Brand Manager for Brown Distributing, the distributor that supplies Left Hand Brewing Company beers to Florida, will be participating in the Florida ride this year. In this, her third year of participating in the ride with TLH, Graham said, “I have family friends living with MS and I feel extremely blessed and honored to be able help people with MS and to raise awareness and funds for research. It’s an honor to be a part of this ride that provides support for the person living with MS and their families.”

She summed up her reasons for riding as, “I ride so that one day MS will one day stand for Mystery Solved.”

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease with symptoms ranging from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis, affecting 2.3 million people worldwide. Team Left Hand currently rides for 80 people, whose names are honored on the team’s jersey. As the list of names grows longer, TLH’s resolve to solve the MS mystery grows stronger.

The Florida Bike MS ride — Bike MS: PGA Tour Cycle to the Shore – takes place September 20 and 21. There are three routes that riders can choose from depending on their riding skill level. Details can be found on the National MS Society website or by clicking this link. More information about Team Left hand can be found at the Left Hand Brewing Company website or at this link.

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Posted by on July 25, 2014 in Beer, Beer Industry

 

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