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Let’s help our local breweries and beer retailers during COVID-19

With the announcement that Hunahpu’s Day 2020 is canceled for the first time in the event’s eleven-year history, many beer enthusiasts are wondering how to support their Tampa Bay craft beer community.  While other events are still taking place, it seems like more cancellations will occur in the coming days and weeks.  Some cities have even suspended large gatherings of people as a precaution against spreading COVID-19

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Florida Originals: Saint Somewhere Saison Athene

For the second year in a row, it’s Flagship February or (#FlagshipFebruary), and while beer writers around the country are saluting their favorite beers that lead the charge in the craft beer revolution, only Floridian been enthusiasts understand just how late Florida was to the party when it comes to craft beer.  While west of the Mississippi, Sierra Nevada, Deschutes, New Belgium, and many others were blazing trails in the 1970s and 1980s, Florida’s first wave of craft beer rebirth died off in the late nineties and few beers from that era are still available.  Florida’s first brewers and breweries were a happy few that decided they were going to brew beer in The Southernmost State no matter what, and a handful of beers from these pioneers are still available today.  This series of articles pay tribute to them – the OGs of Florida craft beer – who took a leap of faith and decided to chase a dream that hadn’t fully formed yet, the dream of Sunshine State craft beer.

Beers to Ponder: What we’re drinking now

At Florida Beer News, we try to report the news and stick to the news as much as possible.  Every so often, it’s nice to sit back and commune with the product that we write so much about.  So, for the past few weeks, here are the beers keep finding their way into our glasses.  One thing we are not shy about – we love Florida’s beer from Florida’s breweries, but we also favor independent craft breweries from around the United States also.