2012 is off to a great start, beer wise. Last week I received the news that I am one of the ten semifinalists in Wynkoop Brewing's Beerdrinker of the Year contest. The contest seeks to find "Americas most passionate, knowledgeable beer lovers and beer ambassadors." This is the second year that I have made the semifinalist list. In the next week the three finalists will be notified and win a trip to Denver for the finals February 25, 2012. Accommodations and airfare are included. I am keeping my fingers crossed! Meanwhile here in south Florida the first "South Florida Beer Week" is upon us. There are many different events both large and small. Be sure to check the South Florida Beer Week Blog for more details.
The craft beer scene, in Florida, is really picking up steam. There are new breweries coming on line and several older established breweries as well. The new beer week events all feature Florida breweries. A few years ago the Florida beer selections would have been limited; now there is a much better selection. These beers are better and styles more numerous. It is great to see the "Drink Local" movement including actual Florida beers; many producing quality craft beers that will, someday, become regional favorites. The growth in craft beer variety and availability continues and all beer drinkers should rejoice!
Good Beer Larry