Things happen fast in the craft brewing world. Here’s the latest information on what’s happening in our region and the craft brewing scuttlebutt and goings on around the country:
Hunahpu Day 2015:
Tampa, FL: Hunahpu’s Day is this Saturday, March 14th, 2015 at Cigar City Brewing in Tampa. Limited to 2,000 ticketed guests, this year Cigar City Brewing has put in some serious efforts to prevent scammers from entering the event. The tickets were pre-sold to the event and are hard tickets mailed out by a ticketing company this year. The names on the tickets MUST MATCH your state issued ID (Driver’s Licence) or you will be denied entry. For the entry price of $200, you are guaranteed four bottles of Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout upon exit and can enjoy all of the open taps, beers, games, music and food truck offerings for free. The gate will open at approximately 11:00 a.m. (get in line early) and the event will continue until approximately 6:00 p.m.. Tasting glasses and other schwag will be available from the vendors tents. Re-entry once you’ve left will also not be permitted.
Rumor Mill: The rumor mill is that Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout WILL NOT go to distribution as suggested by Cigar City’s Joey Redner in 2014. Rumor also has it that there are approximately 47 kegs for regional distribution with this batch. The supply of Hunahpu in 2015 will be very limited, inflating its trade value greatly.
Dark Lord Day Tickets Go On Sale This Weekend:
Munster, IN: On Saturday, March 14th, 2015, at 12:00 pm, tickets for Dark Lord Day at Three Floyds Brewing go on sale. Three Floyds Dark Lord is a Russian Imperial Stout that is much sought after in the craft beer community. If you plan to be in Munster, Indiana in April 25th, 2015, you can join the organized madness come rain or shine. Ticket purchases are limited to two per person and the tickets must match your driver’s license. During Dark Lord Days past, rare limited Barrel Aged versions of Dark Lord often become available. Click here to learn more about this season’s Dark Lord Day or click here for the direct link to the purchase page. Set your beer geek chronometers and good luck!
Best Florida Beer Championship 2015 winners:
Tampa, FL: Open to both professional brewers and home brewers across the state of Florida, the Best Florida Beer Championships is a yearly event that kicks off the Tampa Bay Craft Beer Week. Highlights for this years competition include Tyler Singletary with Southern Brweing & Winemaking winning Best Of Show All Beers for his Prickly Pear Raised Bungalow Berliner-Weiss. Other winners included Michael Lukacina of 7th Sun Brewing (four golds) and Mad Beach Craft Brewing (Best of show Cider).
Several Jacksonville breweries and home brewers also did quite well. Aaron Taylor with Pinglehead Brewing won gold for their Mind Drive Porter and Bronze for their Reign of hOPs IPA. Michael Payne with Aardwolf Brewing brought home two silver medals (Styrofoam Pony & Sarah Lovely) and three bronze medals (Stormageddon, Wreck it Rauch & Belgian Pale Ale). Veterans United won a bronze medal for their Buzzin’ Bee Honey Rye Wheat ale, First Magnitude brewing in Gainesville, GA won two silver medals as well as Swamp Head brewing won a silver medal. Jacksonville Home Brewers and members of Jacksonville’s CASK brewing club that took in medals included Jesse Johnson, Shaun Newman, Steve Bloomfield, Mark Slater and Scott Whisler. You can view the complete list of winning home brews here.
Toppling Goliath releases SR-71:
Decorah, IA: Toppling Goliath released two versions of it’s SR-71 American Imperial Stout. The first, a platinum waxed Barrel Aged version and a regular silver waxed version. Currently on sale, these are two bottles per person per day with no on-site holds. They will continue to sell all bottles until each beer is sold out. If you have any contacts in the Iowa area, you might want them to help you out on this one.
The Rare Barrel releases Wise Guise:
Berkeley, CA: The Rare Barrel brewing is releasing Wise Guise this Saturday, March 14, 2014 at 2:00 pm. An oak barrel Raspberry sour beer, Wise Guise is a blend of Rare Barrel’s Ensconced Dark Sour and a golden sour ale, this beer will have both citrus and raspberry flavors in it. It will be available at The Rare Barrel’s tap room this Saturday from 2:00 pm at $24 a pop for a 750ml. bottle. There are no known bottle limits at this time but it is entirely possible that there will be by the release date.
Pittsburgh, PA: East End Brewing company in Pittsburgh, PA released three new beers on Saturday, March 7th. Crystal Schip (wine barrel aged sour brown ale), Sketchy (wine barrel aged brett farmhouse ale) and Brett Hop (sour brett/lacto hoppy ale). If you’re a fan of all things sour and/or brett, these beers are for you.
East End Brewing will also release their Gratitude Barleywine and Bourbon Barrel Aged Gratitude Barleywine this Saturday, March 14th, 2015 at 12:00 pm. Purchases are limited to one case each per person per visit. $17 per bottle for the regular, $24 per bottle for the BBA version. Case prices are $204 for the regular and $252 for the BBA.
Coppertail Brewing opens in Tampa:
Tampa, FL: Coppertail brewing opened on Friday, March 6th in Tampa, Florida. Located at 2601 E. 2nd Ave. in the Ybor City section of Tampa, “Coppertail is the strange and fantastic that lurks beneath Tampa Bay. It’s the idea you believe in even though it’s impossible. Kind of like the craft brewing industry going up against the giant mega-brewers. Or like a couple guys putting everything on the line to start a brewery.” Currently offering tap beers, tastings and tours, look for a bright future from the brewers at Coppertail.
Tomoka Brewing signs with J.J. Taylor Distributing
Port Orange, FL: Tomoka Brewing company has signed a new distribution agreement with J.J. Taylor distributing. Famous for their “Elvis,” Peanut Butter & Banana Jelly beer and others offered up on tap, the new distribution agreement means that kegs and eventually bottles/cans of Tomoka’s beers will start to spring up in retail locations in along J.J. Taylor’s distribution network. Look for a Tomoka beers at a watering hole near you!
Big Storm Brewing releases Brushfire
Odessa, FL: Big Storm Brewing in Tampa, FL released their new Brushfire Smoked IPA on March 5, 2015. A part of ther new Brushfire series, the Brushfire Smoked IPA is a heavily hopped (95 IBU) big IPA (10% abv) intensified with cherrywood smoked malt, the Brushfire Smoked IPA is a must-try for fans of the Rauchbier style or anyone that might want to try a smoky imperial IPA. Big Storm Brewing is located at 2438 Merchant Ave. in Odessa, FL.
Lickinghole Creek to release Illuminatos:
Goochland, VA: Lickinghole Creek brewing is set to release it’s Rum Barrel Vanilla Bean Russian Imperial Stout called Illuminatos on Saturday, March 21st, 2015. Fans of Lickinghole Creek will be able to sample it on site as well as purchase bottles. No word on bottle limits or case amounts. Prices weren’t posted with their update either but I would expect the costs to be inline with their other bottle releases of late ($20-25). The price is a pure guestimation so it wouldn’t hurt to bring extra cash.