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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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Florida — Georgia weekend gets its own beer

bitter-rivalryThe week of the Florida – Georgia football game in Jacksonville is always an exciting and busy time. RV City begins filling with fans of both teams displaying their team pride with flags, banners, signs, colorful awnings, mannequins, and even more interesting displays. Fans of these teams are zealous to say the least. And that includes the brewers at the two breweries in each of the team’s home towns. Swamp Head Brewing Company calls Gainesville, Fla. home along with the Florida Gators, while Terrapin Beer Company hails from Athens, Ga. the same as the Georgia Bulldogs.

Four years ago the owners of the two breweries began talking about brewing a collaboration beer to commemorate the annual gathering known in Jacksonville as the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail party. An entry on the Swamp Head blog says, “Since our inception, we have thought ‘It would be fun to do a beer with our friends at Terrapin for the Florida Georgia game in Jacksonville.’” This year, those discussions came to fruition with the Swamp Head/Terrapin collaboration Bitter Rivalry.

The two brewers began to toss out ideas, Craig Birkmaier for Swamp Head and Spike Buckowski for Terrapin, but the conversation kept coming back to using the other thing each state is known for: Florida oranges and Georgia peaches. So, the two settled on an English Bitter style brew with hints of both. They also wanted to make the beer sessionable so they kept the ABV low so that fans can enjoy many pints as they celebrate their teams and with friends.

Because both breweries are supporters of their home teams, they also decided to come to Jacksonville for the game and host several tasting events. If you would like to try the beer with the brewers consult the schedule below to find out where they will be. Or, if you just want to know where you can find a pint of this delicious collaboration, check the handy list provided below as well.

No matter which team you root for this weekend, be sure to try this Bitter Rivalry and remember to party safe and responsibly.

  • Thursday, October 31, join the brew crews from both breweries at Aardwolf Brewing Co., 5:00 p.m. — 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 31, the fun continues at Mellow Mushroom Southside for the Halloween Party, 8:00 p.m. — 10:00 p.m.
  • Friday, November 1, head over to World of Beer – Jacksonville Southside, 6:00 p.m  — 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, November 1, onto Green Room Brewing, 9:00 p.m. — ?
  • Saturday, November 2, head down to Fionn MacCool’s Irish Pub, 11:00 a.m. until game time to enjoy brews with crew.

The distribution of this beer will be very limited and it will all be released starting on Thursday, October 31st. Most of the beer will be distributed in the Jacksonville market for FL/GA weekend with some reaching into St. Augustine and a small amount will stay here in Gainesville.  We will have the beer on draft at The Wetlands starting Oct. 31 as well.

Here is a list of the locations that will be getting kegs of Bitter Rivalry: Remember, this beer will probably go quickly and won’t be tapped until Thursday.

Jacksonville/St. Augustine

  • North Star Pizza Bar – Downtown
  • Fionn McCools — Downtown
  • Underbelly – Downtown
  • Dahlia’s Pour House – Riverside
  • European St – Riverside
  • Kickback’s  — Riverside
  • Bold Bean Coffee Shop – Riverside
  • Stripes and Solids – Orange Park
  • Brewer’s Pizza – Orange Park
  • Mellow Mushroom — Southside
  • World of Beer — Southside
  • Stogies Cigar Bar — Southside
  • European St – Jax Beach
  • Engine 15 – Jax Beach
  • Mellow Mushroom — Jax Beach
  • Green Room Brewing – Jax Beach
  • Poe’s Tavern – Atlantic Beach
  • JP Henleys – St. Augustine
  • Dos Coffee – St. Augustine
  • Mellow Mushroom – St. Augustine
  • Floridian – St. Augustine
  • Taps 210 – St. Augustine
  • Mojo BBQ – St. Augustine
  • Gas Full Service – St. Augustine
  • Aardwolf – San Marco
  • Grape and Grain Exchange – San Marco
  • Salty Pelican – Fernandina
  • Tomoka Brewery – Ormond Beach
  • Saucy Taco – Julington Creek


  • The Top
  • Loosey’s
  • Brass Tap
  • Stubbies
  • Mother’s
  • Salty Dog
  • The Swamp
  • Tall Paul’s
  • Tipple’s
  • KC Krave
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Posted by on October 31, 2013 in Beer News


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