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.
Tampa Bay Beer Week is great at bringing out some of Tampa’s finest brewers and gets them out in the community and interacting with Tampa Bay’s beer lovers. Tarpon Springs’s Saint Somewhere Brewing Company head brewer Bob Sylvester will be in the community sharing knowledge and beers with friends.
While many pieces of disappointing news came out of Tallahassee during the hearing on Senate Bill 1714. One piece of good and surprising news came from the testimony of Bob Sylvester of Saint Somewhere Brewing Company, Tarpon Springs’s craft brewery since 2006: Saint Somewhere is looking to move their brewery and open a tasting room.
The Cigar City Brewpub’s brewer Tim Ogden has been working on new beers for the Northdale brewpub since opening earlier this year. Tim’s newest projects received updates this week from the brewpub, and Tim has been keeping busy.