5/13/2011  Volume 232

Welcome to the Bi-Monthly Installment of the Fresh Beer Times.
Dedicated to letting you know where and when you can find the freshest beer in South Florida
In This Installment
New Accounts and Deals
Upcoming Events
New Arrivals
Declaration of Beer Independence
Beer Drinking and What It Says About China's Economy
U.S. Army Seeks a Brewmaster
Why Women Are a Critical Part of the Future of U.S. Craft Beer

Scroll down to see our new sections for Featured Cheese and Beer Pairing as well as our "Cooking with Beer" Recipe of the week!

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Featured Beer and Cheese Pairing:

Coupole and an Oatmeal Stout (ex. Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout and Belfast Bay Oatmeal Stout)

Coupole, a goat milk cheese, is an American original made in a unique dome shape. Dense creamy interior gives way to a slightly wrinkled sweet rind. Fresh flavors of citrus and hazelnut. A dense, roasty stout made with rolled oats, barley and hops that produce flavors of roasted coffee and grain. Oats impart a silky mouth feel in the beer. This dense, mildly tangy goat cheese combined with the sharp roasted coffee notes of the stout produce a lovely cappuccino flavor of strong coffee laced with thick cream. Notes of hazelnuts in the finish. Would make for a unique finish to a good meal.

Featured Cooking with Beer Recipe of the Week

Citrus Salmon Salad with Hefeweizen Vinaigrette



Difficulty: Easy

Time: 30 minutes

Beer Style: Hefeweizen

Seasonality: Summer

Serves: 1 - 2


A light fresh salad topped with salmon served with a Hefeweizen vinaigrette made with, you guessed it, Hefeweizen.


- 8oz cooked salmon filet
- 1/4 cup goat cheese, crumbled
- 4 grapefruit segments
- 12 mandarin orange slices
- 2 tbsp sliced almonds
- 1.5 cup baby spinach

Hefeweizen Vinaigrette
-1 12oz bottle Hefeweizen
-1.5 cups extra virgin olive oil
-2 tbsp dijon mustard
-3 tbsp white vinegar
-1.5 tbsp rice wine vinegar
-3 tbsp honey
-1 tbsp dried tarragon
-1/4 cup orange juice


Arrange citrus fruit on top of a bed of baby spinach. Scatter goat cheese and almonds and top with the cooked salmon filet.


For the dressing: Mix all ingredients except olive oil.  Add olive oil in a slow stream while whisking to emulsify. Drizzle on top of salad.

Fresh Beer Represents:
Avery Brewing
Blue Point Brewing
Boulder Brewing
Belhaven Brewing Breckenridge Brewery
The Bruery
Cisco Brewers
Clipper City Brewing
Dogfish Head Brewing
Flying Dog Brewing
Gordon Biersch Brewing
Greene's Organic
Highland Brewing
Hoppin' Frog
Left Hand Brewing
Oskar Blues Brewing
Magic Hat Brewing Co.
Peak Organic Brewing Co. Pennsylvania Brewing
Red Brick Brewing
Rogue Ales
Saranac Brewing
Southern Tier Brewing Summit Brewing
Shipyard Brewing
Seadog Brewing
Stoudt's Brewing
Stone Brewing
St. John's Brewing
Terrapin Brewing
Well's & Young's
Victory Brewing

Inlet Brewing (Monk in the Trunk),
Gordash Brewing (Holy Mackerel)
Cigar City Brewing
Saint Somewhere
Tequesta Brewing
The Native Brewing Brands (ie. The Eleven, Native Lager and Thunderhead Red),  
Fresh Beer Kegs for your Home 
Total Wine and More carries a variety of Fresh Beer Craft Kegs for you to take home! This includes 1/6bbl (Slim) and 1/2bbl Kegs of many different styles and brands. Pre-ordering is necessary so please speak with your local Total Wine and More about available products.  
Want to get some Fresh Beer in your establishment?

Adam Fine - General Manager

Ray Nickolaus - Sales and New Business Manager

Chris Montelius- District Sales Manager : Miami-Dade County

Bob Gordash - Sales : Broward County - West 
Ryan Fischer - Sales : Broward County - East 

Kenny St. Cyr - Sales : Palm Beach County - North

Blake Panichella
- Sales : Palm Beach County - South

Josh Brent- Sales : Miami-Dade County - Design District thru Aventura

Dave Crisafi - Sales : Miami Dade County - Midtown thru Coconut Grove and Miami Beach

Cesar Vazquez - Sales : Miami-Dade County - South

Rich Abrams- Sales : Monroe County 

Ian Salzberg  - Minister of Beer Communications
Lauren Cifizzari - Herald of the Hops

Adam Fine

If you believe that your inalienable rights include life, liberty and the pursuit of hops and malts fermented from the finest of US small and independent craft brewers then it is time to come out and celebrate American Craft Beer Week with hundreds of others who share the same philosophy.


We have over 20 events planned for the week of May 16th thru 22nd that include some of the most interesting and unique beers we could get our hands on and that is just the start. You can choose from just a standard tasting of truly unique offerings (beers you can only get one time in Florida), to beers poured through extra hops or bacon (YES BACON!), great beer pairing meals, or even a killer Pub crawl through the heart of Delray. We've got all kinds of tastings, pint nights, giveaways, beer dinners, etc. but here is a sampling of some real highlights:


- The Night of 1000 IBUs at Cervezas: 6 different hoptastic selections including Avery IPA being poured via 2 seperate Randalls featuring two DIFFERENT hop selections for your comparison.


- North vs. South Beer Dinner at Lou's Beer Garden: Shipyard vs. Red Brick, Victory vs. St. Somewhere, Flying Dog vs. Terrapin, and finally Avery vs. Cigar City....all paired with delicious creations from Lou.


- Ales on the Avenue (Craft Beer Pub Crawl): Great specials on great craft beers pouring at the likes of Tryst, Cut432, Paddy McGee's, The Office and of course finishing up at Coffee District.

- And finally hair of the dog at the end of the week...Stone Brewing Brunch at Smoke'T in South Miami...4 Stone beers paired with some really creative concoctions from the minds of the Smoke'T crew.   


And look at a sampling of some of the unique beers we are featuring this week:


Dogfish Head Hellhound On My Ale 

Blue Point Imperial Sour Cherry Stout

Blue Point No Apologies Imperial IPA

Avery and Russian River's Collaboration Not Litigation  

Avery Maharaja 

Victory Braumeister Saaz Pils and Helios 

Shipyard Imperial Porter and Double Thumper

And many more great beers will be featured across all of the events.

For the full list and more details on events in your area (or out of your area) read below.  So get your livers started....and of course  please drink responsibly and make sure you have safe transportation to and from these events. We want to see you at many more craft beer events in the future. 




Adam Fine
Director of Hoperations
New Accounts and Deals:  


THE YARDHOUSES - Have brought on a handful of new Fresh Beers for your enjoyment including Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock, Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous, PALM, Victory Golden Monkey, Red Brick Laughing Skull, Breckenridge Vanilla Porter and soon they'll have a rotating seasonal selection of Southern Tier's Blackwater Series, Dogfish Head Rotating Seasonal and Magic Hat Circus Boy. Some serious moves taken by these beer hot spots! We're excited, are you?   



DUBLINER (435 Plaza Real Boca Raton, FL 33432) - Is getting even more crafty, bringing in bottles from Victory of their Golden Monkey and Prima Pils!


TIM FINNEGAN'S (725 South Federal Highway Delray Beach, FL 33483) - Is now carrying Victory Hop Devil, Belhaven Scottish Ale and Rogue Dead Guy in bottles, stop by for one or all today.


THE IRISHMAN (1745 NW Boca Raton Blvd Boca Raton, FL 33432) - Is now carrying a whole slew of craft beer including: Magic Hat #9, Flying Dog Raging Bitch IPA, Stone Arrogant Bastard, Boulder Hazed and Infused, Breckenridge Lucky U IPA, Monk in the Trunk, Dale's Pale Ale and much much more!


NEMISH'S STORE, BEER AND LIQUOR (4469 Morrison Avenue Lake Worth, FL 33463) - Will be featuring a handful of Fresh Beer Products for your enjoyment. Stop in for some Dogfish Head 60-Minute IPA, Narragansett Lager, Blue Point Toasted Lager, Hoptical Illusion, RastafaRye, Flying Dog Raging Bitch, Holy Mackerel Special Golden, Cigar City Maduro Brown, Magic Hat #9, Circus Boy, Arrogant Bastard Ale and Rogue Captain Sig's. SERIOUS CRAFT BEER SELECTION!   




TEXAS HOLD EM BBQ1025 North Federal HighwayFort Lauderdale, FL 33304) - Now serving Shiner Bock on tap along with many other craft bottles like Shipyard XXXX IPA, Victory Hop Devil IPA and Storm King Imperial Stout, Monk in the Trunk, and Rogue Dead Guy Ale. BBQ and Good Beer... doesn't get much better.

JC WAHOOS (3128 North Federal Highway Lighthouse Point, FL 33064) - This brand new Fresh Beer account is starting off with Magic Hat #9 on tap and will be expanding their craft bottle selection soon!

STRATFORDS (2910 Hollywood Boulevard Hollywood, FL 33020) - Now has all things Shiner...Shiner Bock, Shiner Hefeweizen, Shiner Bohemian Black Lager and Shiner Ruby Redbird all available in bottles.  

EL JEFE LUCHADOR (27 South Federal Highway Deerfield Beach, FL 33441) - The newest brainchild by the guys that brought you Charm City have followed in the tradition of their first food spot and are carrying a bunch of Fresh Beer Cans including Avery Blanco Rascal, IPA, Jose's Pils, Ellie's Marron Ale,  and Magic Hat Numero Nuevo... MUY EXCELENTE!




CERVEZAS (5835 Sunset Drive Miami, FL 33143) - Has extended the craft beer selection by adding 6 new taps and are now pouring Palm, Summit Horizon Red, Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro, Tequesta's Gnarley Barley Pale Ale and Southern Tier 2xIPA. Be there for the night of 1000 IBU's and stay tuned for the Terrapin Brewery night that is in the works.

WYNWOOD KITCHEN AND BAR (2550 Northwest 2nd Avenue Miami, FL 33127) - One of the most talked about new spots in Miami will be bringing in Left Hand Milk Stout on nitro and Sea Dog Blue Paw Blueberry on draft along with bottles of Ayinger Celebrator and Avery IPA.


PAX (337 SW 8th St Miami, FL 33130) - This new performing arts venue will now be the new place to see live bands in the Brickell area. While you are rocking out to your favorite bands you can enjoy your favorite beers like Magic Hat #9, Strongbow, Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale, Monk In The Trunk, Peak Organic Nut Brown and Cigar City Jai Alai along with a selection of sodas from Captain Eli's and Boylans for the DDs.


PIZZA FUSION (1115 5th Street Miami Beach, FL 33139) - The newest location from Pizza Fusion features only Fresh Beer's beer.  On draft they have Magic Hat #9, Stone IPA, Palm, Shipyard Summer, Cigar City Maduro Brown and Native Lager along with bottles of Monk In The Trunk, Greene's Quest, Shiner Bock, Stoudts Double IPA, Rogue Amber, Rogue Dead Guy Ale, Sea Dog Blue Paw Blueberry, Peak Organic Amber and Avery White Rascal.


GRAZIANOS (177 Southwest 7th Street Miami, FL 33130) - Nothing goes better with a good steak than a great beer.  Grazianos now has Palm and Blue Point Toasted Lager on draft.


GLOBAL LIQUORS (2947 Coral Way, Coral Gables, FL 33155) - You can now find your favorite craft beers at Coral Gables newest liquor store. They are carrying Magic Hat #9 and Wacko, Strongbow, Southern Tier 2XIPA, Dogfish Head 60-Minute and 90-Minute, Shiner Bock, Cigar City Maduro, Dale's Pale Ale, Rogue Dead Guy, Monk In The Trunk, Avery White Rascal and Palm.


Special Beers Being Added to Accounts:   

BX BEER DEPOT (2964 2nd Avenue North Lake Worth, FL 33461) - Has a bunch of limited release bottles for your enjoyment including Cigar Cigar City and The Bruery's Collaboration Marron Acidifie,  Rogue Double Dead Guy and Avery Samael's Ale plus a bunch of draft beers for ACBW. 

NORMAN'S 180 (180 Aragon Avenue Coral Gables, FL 33134) - Now has Magic Hat #9 on Draft. 

LEFTOVERS (451 University Boulevard Jupiter FL, FL 33458) - Will be featuring a keg of Blue Point's Sour Cherry Imperial Stout for American Craft Beer Week.
THE PARROT (911 Sunrise Lane Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304) - Will be celebrating American Craft Beer Week by tapping a keg of Victory Helios on Thursday night among all your other craft favorites on the beach. Come in for a few pints and maybe leave with a glass!

THE ABBEY (1115 16th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139) Will be tapping a keg of Dogfish Head Black and Blue, on Friday 5/20 at 7pm for ACBW.

BAR LOUIE (1500 Gateway Boulevard Boynton Beach, FL 33426) - Is adding Shipyard XXXX IPA on tap.

SWEETWATER (1507 S. Federal Highway Boynton Beach, FL 33435) - Will be adding Blanche De Bruxelles on draft! 

Upcoming Events: 

May 13th

If you missed him the day before, Matt from Shipyard will be sampling out his brews from 4-6pm at Total Wine and More (1906 Cordova Road Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316). A great opportunity to get a taste and pick up a 6-er, 12-er, case or keg!

May 14th 

Stop by for the FJB (Friends of Jupiter Beach) Food & Wine Festival in honor of Jack Melleby. The 2011 event will be held  RAIN or SHINE  from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Jupiter Riverwalk Events Plaza beneath the Indiantown Road Bridge (6285 Riverwalk Lane Jupiter, FL 33458)... a covered, outdoor venue close to the beach and directly on the Intracoastal Waterway.  It's a family-friendly event and children are warmly welcomed. Monk in the Trunk will be out serving up some of that delicious, local, organic Belgian-style amber ale and the folks from World of Beer will be serving up some other Fresh Beers for your enjoyment. 


They'll bring together fans of great food, libations and music, four-legged family members, the ocean, the beach, and conservation. It's a blockbuster event with dozens of restaurants.

May 14th

Local Beer and Spirits Sampling at Total Wine (5050 Town Center Circle Boca Raton, FL 33486) from 2-4:30pm. Come join Brian, The Newest Beer Ninja, and Blake, His Sensei, where they'll be serving up tastes of Monk in the Trunk, Cigar City Brews, Native Brewing Beers, Siesta Key Rums, Palm Ridge Reserve Micro-distilled Florida Whiskey and more!

May 14th

For those in the keys, Marathon will be hosting the Battle in the Bay Dragonboat Festival at Sombrero Beach from 9am-2pm. Race organizers are proud to facilitate a community spirit by including local non-profit organizations in the fundraising possibilities through Battle In The Bay. Beverage sale proceeds benefit Reef Relief, a global nonprofit membership organization dedicated to preserving and protecting living coral reef ecosystems and to make things better they will be participating in some CANDEMONIUM by selling Oskar Blues Beers at the event. Every dragon boat team is encouraged to gather pledges for a charity of their choice with a grand prize awarded for the highest amount of money raised by an individual. A great event for spectators and participants... so come on out, grab a Dale's Pale Ale or Mama's Yella Pils and enjoy the races! For more info visit their website


ACBW Banner
Mark it down on your calendars, We have a handful of great events planned and are excited for a week devoted to what we love...AMERICAN CRAFT BEER! To get you pumped we have the following events scheduled so get ready!

May 16th - 19th

American Craft Beer Week specials at Grease Burger Bar (213 Clematis Street West Palm Beach, FL 33401) 2 for 1 on select breweries Monday through Thursday. 


Monday - Highland Brewery - Gaelic ale, Oatmeal Porter, and Cold Mountain

Tuesday - Avery beers - IPA (new on draft), White Rascal, and Karma

Wednesday - Stone Brewing - Levitation, Pale Ale, IPA, and Arrogant Bastard

Thursday - Oskar Blues - Dale's Pale Ale, Mama's Yella Pils, G'Knight, and Old Chub

Stop in for some amazing American Craft Beers and some delicious burgers all week... you have to love a happy hour that doesn't end!

May 16-22nd

To Celebrate the Week, Laser Wolf (901 Progresso drive suite 101 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304) will be featuring a local brewery every night of the week - Native, Inlet, Tequesta, and Cigar City to start.  Then finishing up the week with a Victory night on Saturday with all the Downington favorites plus Braumeister Saaz on draft!  Glass giveaways and good times to be had!

May 16th

To Kick off the week, Blind Monk (10 Evernia Street #107West Palm Beach, FL 33401) will be hosting a beer tasting with our own Kenny St. Cyr. It will consist of 6 beers from all over the country. There will be unique or limited release beers from breweries like Dogfish Head, Rogue, The Bruery, Oskar Blue's and some local favorites. As always the beers will be paired with select cheeses and meats. Space is limited so please reserve your spot. Starts at 7pm and is only $20. Contact the Blind Monk at 561-833-3605 or Reese@theblindmonk.com to reserve your spot!

May 16th

Night of 1000 IBUs at Cervezas (5835 Sunset Drive Miami, FL 33143) to kick off a week of American Craft beer. Starting at 7pm come in for 6 different beers on draft brewed to let the Hops be the star of the show. PLUS we'll have 2 RANDALLS serving up Avery IPA poured through two different types of hops (Centenniel and Warrior), a great experiment to show you what the variety of hops really brings to a beer. They'll have these two Avery IPAs, Dogfish Head Hellhound, Avery Maharaja, Stone IPA, and Southern Tier 2XIPA all on draft. You'll be able to get both pints of Avery as a packaged deal for $10 or a flight of both Avery IPAs, Stone IPA and Maharaja for $12. Hellhound only available by the glass and they'll have a deal of $1 off any bottle IPAs and $2 off large bottle IPAs... get your enamel ready for all of those Alpha Acids! 

May 16th

Come Kickoff the week at World of Beer (4437 Lyons Road Coconut Creek, FL 33073) who will be hosting an Avery Brewing Night. All their new cans will be available plus a delicious lineup on draft including White Rascal, Avery IPA, Samael's Ale (and in bottles), Maharaja IPA and Collaboration Not Litigation! Its a no joke night of great beer that would make Adam Avery proud, so stop on by from 6:30-8:30pm as we start ACBW off right!

May 16th

California and Colorado Tap Takeover at The DRB (255 N.E. 14th Street Miami, FL 33132)... To pay homage to some of the most innovative craft beer states, The DRB is filling their taps up with brews from both states including Left Hand Milk Stout, Oskar Blues G'knight, Boulder Hazed and Infused, Arrogant Bastard Ale, Stone Ruination IPA and the cherry on top is a keg of Collaboration Not Litigation brewed by Avery and Russian River TOGETHER. $25 all you can drink of these draft beers (plus an order of chicken wings) from 6pm-10pm (Yea you read that right). They are starting the week off with a bang!

May 17th

Beer Trivia Night at Abraxas (407 Meridian Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139) in honor of American Craft Beer Week. A night of beer trivia starting at 9pm. (it'll fill up pretty quick so you might want to get there by 8:45pm) with a special tapping of Avery's and Russian River's Collaboration Not Litigation Ale. Come on out to see how much you really know about beer.

May 17th

Taco Tuesday for American Craft Beer Week at Swamp Grass Willy's (9910 Highway A1a Alt # 711 Palm Beach Gdns, FL 33410). Come by for a tasting of 8 beers and tacos for only $10. Starts at 6pm. 1st 20 people receive a free Oskar Blues Koozie. The American Beers you'll have a chance to drink are:

Left Hand Good Juju

Magic Hat Wacko  

Oskar Blues Mama's Lil Yella Pils

Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale

Blue Point Hoptical Illusion IPA

Summit Horizon Red ale

Dogfish Head Aprihop

 Stone Pale Ale

Whats better than Tacos and beer? Good question...

May 17th 

For the week, BX Beer Depot (2964 2nd Avenue North Lake Worth, FL 33461) will be featuring their favorite breweries one for each day.  Expect to see special beer prices, and awesome swag give-aways! On Tuesday, they'll be featuring G'knight Imperial Red Ale on Tap in honor of their love for Oskar Blues Brewery. 

May 17th

Shipyard Pint Night at World of Beer (101 N Clematis St West Palm Beach, FL 33401) from 7-9pm! Order your first draft of Shipyard and keep the glass (while supplies last). They'll have some goodies available in honor of the week including Double Thumper, XXXX IPA, Imperial Porter and some other year round Shipyard offerings.

May 17th

The 5-Part Summer Beer Pairing series at Lou's Beer Garden (7337 Harding Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33141) kicks off with their first beer pairing of the season in celebration of American Craft Beer Week. They will match Craft beers from Northern Breweries against Southern Breweries and ask the audience to rate the best one. They'll be serving 4 courses of North vs. South each with a paired appetizer from Lou's kitchen. Josh Brent of Fresh Beer will be the master of ceremonies for the evening.

The line up is as follows


Shipyard - Summer Ale VS Red Brick- Summer paired with a Summer Salad

Victory - Helios Saison VS St. Somewhere - Saison Athene paired with Medallions of Sea Scallops

Flying Dog - Doggie Style Pale Ale VS Terrapin - Rye Pale Ale Paired with Bitchin' Mini Crabcakes

Avery - Ellie's Brown Ale  VS Cigar City - Maduro Brown Ale Paired with Chocolate Mousse 

Event starts at 7pm, $35.00, RSVP to ann@thenewhotelmiami.com Plus there will be Full Moon entertainment plus a Full Moon Fire Dance by Feiruz.

May 17th

Sea Dog Pint Night at Beer N Burger Joint (900 S Miami Ave Ste 130 Miami, FL 33130). Stop in from 9-11pm, where Ross will be pouring some samples of Sea Dog and Shipyard Beers. And of course it wouldn't be a pint night without a glass giveaway, so buy your first Sea Dog Pint and keep the glass! While supplies last of course... So come on, grab a burger, hang out with Ross and drink some Maine Brewed Beers. It may be pretty far North but its still AMERICA! 

May 18th

Since it is both American Craft Beer Week and National Hamburger Month South Florida Beer Blog has teamed up with the Burger Beast for a Burger and Beer dinner at The Filling Station (95 Southeast 2nd Street Miami, FL 33131).

1st Course: Monk and Cheese Soup

our homemade cheddar cheese soup prepared with Monk in the Trunk and served with a sampling of it as well


2nd Course: Jerk Pork Taco paired with Bluepoint RastafaRye Ale


3rd Course: Blues Music Legend Robert Johnson's Mississippi Burger (ther great juicy burger topped with bleu cheese, peppered bacon and grilled onions) paired with Dogfish Head Hellhound On My Ale.


4th Course: Bread Pudding with a Jah*va Caramel Sauce paired with a serving of Southern Tier Jah*va Imperial Coffee Stout


$35 per person
$30 for Mug Club Members
RSVP quickly there is limited seating

May 18th

Pint Night and Poker at J-Bar (8283 West Broward Boulevard Plantation, FL 33324) in Plantation! Buy your first pint of Holy Mackerel between 8-11pm and keep the glass! (while supplies last)

May 19th

Ales on the Avenue or if you want us to be a little clearer we have Delray Beach American Craft Beer Week Pub Crawl. It obviously doesn't have as good of a ring to it as the first one... but either way get ready for a great time.The crawl will begin at Tryst then continue on to The Office, Paddy McGee's, and Cut 432. The 'after-party' will be at Coffee District. Each stop will feature a different craft brewery and will be offering at least two beers at a special price.  Participants are asked to come to Tryst for registration between 5:30pm and 6:30pm where they will receive a wristband which will indicate they are part of the group.


Tryst - Oskar Blues ($3.50 Dale's Pale Ale, Mama's Little Yella Pils, Old Chub)
The Office - Stone ($4 Arrogant Bastard & Pale Ale)
Paddy McGee's - Victory ($4 Golden Monkey & Hop Devil)
Cut 432 - Avery (White Rascal & Collaboration Not Litigation Ale)
Coffee District - Shipyard (Double Thumper & Imperial Porter)


It looks to be a great time for Craft Beer lovers so come on out! 

May 19th

Shipyard Raffle Night at Coffee District (325 Northeast 2nd Avenue # 104 Delray Beach, FL 33444) from 7-9pm. Buy a Shipyard or Sea Dog draft beer and get a raffle ticket to win some American Craft Beer Week Shwag... They'll have some special Shipyard Brews including XXXX IPA, Double Thumper and Imperial Porter all on draft!

May 19th

Free viewing of BEER FEST at Paragon Theater's Backlot Bar (3015 Grand Ave # 322 Coconut Grove, FL 33133) at 7:30pm. Stop in to view one of the best beer movies ever for FREE on the big screen with special prices on appetizers and of course AMERICAN CRAFT BEERS! Come watch the movie with other beer lovers... "Do it for landfill!"

May 20th

BIG BEER Tasting at Hollywood Vine (2035 Harrison Street Hollywood, FL 33020) in honor of ACBW. They'll be featuring Victory V-12, Rogue Double Mocha Porter, Avery the Reverend, and Cigar City Guava Grove. A great opportunity to sample and enjoy the great selection of craft beers Hollywood Vine has to offer! Stop in from 7-9pm for a taste... while they last.

May 20th

In honor of ACBW the folks over at The UM Wet Lab (4600 Rickenbacker Causeway Miami, FL 33149) (One of the best kept secrets of Craft Beer in South Florida) will be having an All American Craft BBQ! For only $6.50 you get just about ANY American Craft Beer (with the exception of Victory Golden Monkey) and a burger and chips. The party goes from 5pm - ?... It's a beautiful view, great beer and good company... so come on out!

May 20th

Stop in to celebrate the week and The BX Beer Depot (2964 2nd Avenue North Lake Worth, FL 33461) Tiki Bar's 2nd Anniversary Party, for those of you who haven't seen the Bx Beer Depot's Brewhaven Tiki Bar, they have a covered Tiki and live Bluegrass Music to accompany their excellent selection of draft beer and craft bottles.  They'll be featuring two breweries on this night, as well as serving smoked BBQ.  From 7pm-Midnight stop in for some music and brews. Featured kegs are Avery Maharaja and Tequesta Brewing Co.'s Special Mystery Kegs.

May 20th

Night of beer and bites tastings with an array of mixes to make it a beer lovers treat at Stage 84 (9118 West State Road 84 Davie, FL 33324) starting at 8pm. Try one or try them ALL!

4 (4oz) glass of beer with a small portion of pairings for $9.99

1. Holy Mackerel Golden ale w/ cheddar cheese & ham
2. Holy Mackerel Panic attack w/ chinese popstickers
3. The Eleven Brown Ale w/ bbq chicken wings
4. Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale w/ chocolate macaroons 


Specialty beer for those who attend event for $4.00

Stop on by for a delicious lineup of bites and craft beers.

May 20th and 21st

For American Craft Beer Week we will be out at Total Wine in three locations (5050 Town Center Circle Boca Raton, FL 33486) (11221 Legacy Avenue Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410) (14750 Biscayne Boulevard North Miami, FL 33181) from 3-7pm on Friday and 3-5pm on Saturday. We will be sampling out a variety of different American Craft Beers from some of your favorite breweries like Victory, Stone, Blue Point, Shipyard, Magic Hat, Red Brick, Avery, Shiner and the list goes on... Why not stop by as you stock up for the weekend and get a taste of a variety of brews?

May 21st

Victory Beer Night at The Lodge (200 South Federal Highway Boca Raton, FL 33432). They'll have Helios, Braumeister Saaz Pils and Hop Devil ALL ON DRAFT. Plus if you buy your first pint, you get to keep the glass! (while supplies last). Starting at 8pm, come on out for some delicious limited draft brews.

May 21st

Coconut Groove has been created as a celebratory festival to bring together musicians, artists and vendors from around their hometown of Jupiter, Florida that have something in common, giving to the community. From face-painting and shell necklaces to healthy style burritos and homegrown beer, Coconut Groove will be sure to inspire everyone coming to join in on the festivities at Carlin Park on May 21. They'll have Monk in the Trunk available for your enjoyment. $10 entrance fee and all proceeds from the Coconut Groove Festival go towards the restoration of the Pineapple Packing House at Dubois Park. So come on out for a great event for a great cause. For more info visit their website.

May 21st

Blue Point Brewing Night at Coffee District (325 Northeast 2nd Avenue # 104 Delray Beach, FL 33444). Starting at 6pm, they'll be pouring all of the year round Blue Point Beers on draft PLUS some limited releases including their Imperial Sour Cherry Stout and No Apologies Imperial IPA both on DRAFT! Zach will be there to walk you through the lineup... you never know what type of Blue Point schwag might be available too...

May 22nd

Stone Brewing BRUNCH at Smoke T (1450 South Dixie Highway Coral Gables, FL 33146)... That's right you read that correctly. We will be pairing up some AMAZING dishes with Stone beers because nothing is better than beer early on a Sunday to help cure any pains from the night before. The menu is the following:

1st course: Ruination IPA Bloody Mary paired with a french toast bite; thick cut challah bread topped with berries, frosted almonds with a maple glaze

2nd course: Levitation Ale paired with eggs benedict; homemade biscuit, sausage patty, and poached egg topped with a chipotle hollandaise sauce  

3rd course: Sublimely Self-Righteous paired with chicken mole and a side of scrambled eggs

4th course: Stone Smoked Porter poured through the Randall (filled with Bacon) creating Bacon-infused Smoked Porter paired with bacon pancake with chocolate-smoked porter-maple butter, topped with a piece of pork belly


Starts at brunch time... 10:30am. Early reservations will be $35 and $45 at the door (plus tax and tip).  


May 22nd

To close a week of amazing American craft beer, food and events Paragon Theater (3015 Grand Ave # 322 Coconut Grove, FL 33133) will be showing The Beer Wars Documentary in their Backlot Bar on the BIG SCREEN at 7:30pm. They've got specials on craft beer, appetizers and some comfy big leather chairs... I can't think of a better way to wind down your week of American Craft Beer than enjoying a movie dedicated to it in a setting like this and for FREE! 


June 14th 

Shipyard and Sea Dog Beer Dinner at Rack's Downtown Eatery (409 Plaza Real Boca Raton, FL 33432)... stay tuned for more details.


Tucci's Fire and Coal (50 Northeast 1st AvenueBoca Raton, FL 33432) beer dinner has been postponed due to the construction on the street, the street should reopen in the beginning of June. Feel free to stop by for a pie and a pint from their expanded craft beer selection in the meantime.

New Arrivals:    


Summer Session Ale - A traditional summer wheat beer marries a West Coast pale ale. Locally grown wheat provides a complex mouthfeel and Amarillo dry hopping gives a citrusy aroma.

Hop Noir - A delectable Black IPA, dripping with piney, aromatic Centennial hops. The malt base is dark and rich, anchored by organic black malt. This provides a strong foundation for the extravagant kettle hopping and dry-hopping that this beer experiences. Enjoy with a night-light.



Flying Dog



Dog Schwarz Smoked Double Lager - A robust smoked double Schwartz. Dog Schwartz is full-bodied with a roast malt flavor complemented by hints of smoke in the aroma and body.

Red Brick



Dog Days Summer Ale - Beating the Southern heat is no chore for quitters. So before you pack it up and head for higher latitudes, grab a slice of shade and a six pack of Red Brick Dog Days Ale. It's chock-full of fresh, citrusy flavor notes and topped with a smooth, delicate finish. Just cause the mercury's heading North doesn't mean you have to do likewise.




Dad's Black IPA - Deep mahogany in color with roasted malt and hop aromas and dense creamy head. It enters the palate with intense hop flavor and coats the tongue with a rich maltiness from the Rogue Farms Risk Malt.  






Hellhound - 2011 marks the 100th birthday of Mississippi Delta bluesman Robert Johnson who, according to legend, sold his soul down at the crossroads in a midnight bargain and changed music forever. Working again with their friends at Sony Legacy, Dogfish Head pays tribute to this blues legend by gettin the hellhounds off his trail and into this finely-crafted ale. Hellhound is a super-hoppy ale that hits 100 IBUs in the brewhouse, 10.0 ABV, 10.0 SRM in color, and dry-hopped with 100% centennial hops at a rate of 100 kilos per 100 barrel brew-length. Can you tell they at Dogfish are stoked for this mighty musical centennial? To accentuate and magnify the citrusy notes of the centennial hops (and as a shout out to Robert Johnsons mentor Blind Lemon Jefferson) they add dried lemon peel and flesh to the whirlpool.


Other returning favorites hitting the shelves:  

Avery's Samael's, Dogfish Head Black and Blue, Magic Hat's Summer Scene Variety Pack and Rogue Double Dead Guy.
ACBW Declaration
Make sure to sign a copy while you are out with us for American Craft Beer Week!

U.S. Army Seeks a Brewmaster

By: Gerard Walen


Brewers, Ten-Hut!


Have you ever wanted to brew beer for the U.S. Army? Well, here's your chance.


The Army is seeking a civilian brewmaster to be based in Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma.


Here are the job duties, according to the job posting: "Plans and manages the day-to-day operation of a brewery. Prepares and/or oversees the preparation of beer following and creating recipes. Develops operating budget, identifying labor, equipment and supply cost elements. Controls pricing, beer production methods and techniques. Supervises assigned staff."


There are few other details, such as the epic salary of $22,020.00 a year and no benefits.


Many questions remain.


Will the brewmaster be able to name his creations, or will they have such monikers as "Pale Ale 3-500-23RH7."?


There are many, many, many soldiers, officers and retired veterans in the Army. Just how big are those fermenting tanks? For full article 

Why Women Are a Critical Part of the Future of U.S. Craft Beer

By Ginger Johnson of Craftbeer.com 


Question: Who will help support the future of US craft beer?

A. With our population exploding, there should be plenty of up and coming market share

B. All the existing craft beer drinkers, silly

C. Women


Answer: C

It's time for more women consumers to engage in American Craft Beer. Why? Well, if you're a woman who likes beer, let me answer that with a few questions. Do you enjoy American craft brews? Do you know what "craft" means? If you do, how often do you partake? What brands do you support and why? Do you recruit other women to enjoy it too?


You may know that women influence 80 percent of purchases across all categories. What you may not know, is that only 25 - 29 percent of American women of legal age enjoy beer.  That's way too low to really call it the "All American Beverage," when clearly far less than half of the female population isn't enjoying it. In order to support the health, existence, and growth of the more than 1,700 existing craft breweries and the 600+ breweries in planning, more women will need to engage.


How do you engage in craft beer? Do you buy it and share it? Do your friends get excited (or tired) of you offering new beer suggestions to try? Do you talk about beer with anyone who will listen, or is it a closeted kind of situation? Do you notice or seek out beer education opportunities to learn more about the incredible beverage in your glass?


Women are the future of craft beer in the US of A because they are the seriously under-tapped, misrepresented, and often overlooked market that can be developed to help sustain the entire craft beer community. If you're a woman, you need to stand up and say, "Yes! I want to know more and drink more American craft beer." Demand to be heard and respected as part of a viable market share, not some token or niche market. A 50.9% global population segment is hardly a niche. For full article