Craft Beer Blast
The Florida beer scene is growing each month! At Jupiter, I met several brewers who are opening new breweries. It is quite a process and can take 6 months to a year just to get all the permits. Wynwood is a good example of all the things that can stand in your way when starting a brewery. See their blog to read more. Local brewer Johnathan Wakefield is going to open soon. He has a Facebook page where you can see what he is doing while working on building J Wakefield Brewing.
The "Style of the Month" for February is American Pale Ale. This citrusy, hoppy British style was the force behind the early days in the craft beer business. It has also converted many drinkers of light industrial lagers into drinkers who now enjoy flavorful ales.
The Brewery of the Month for January is Fifty Fifty Brewing in Truckee, CA. They are on the west side of Lake Tahoe. With access to all of the great outdoor activities Tahoe has to offer, Fifty Fifty is a great place to enjoy a few local craft beers and great food. In the winter, they brew several high gravity brews along with barrel aged beers and the Eclipse series of strong beers.
In 2013, my mission of spreading the word about craft beer continues. I will teach classes, host tastings, beer and food pairings and do whatever it takes to advocate for craft beer. You can count on the 'Blast" to keep you informed of local and regional happenings.