Florida Beer: Puppy's Breath Porter From Cigar City Brewing

Doug Fairall

It's #FloridaBeerFriday, where we take a look at a beer brewed in the Sunshine State, giving analysis to the burgeoning craft-beer movement of Florida.
We're back this week with another entry of Florida Beer Friday. Today, we're cracking open a bottle of Cigar City Brewing's Puppy's Breath Porter, a robust porter.

According to the brewery's website, "due to their immature digestive system and their diet, the breath of a puppy can smell like coffee or chocolate."

This is a new fact for me, but it appears through dog lover forums that this is true. Good thing no one wants to make a beer flavored after my dog's breath, as it'd taste like beef giblets (don't even think about it Dogfish Head).

See also: Florida Beer: Biscayne Bay Brewing's Saison

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Ten Best Beers Brewed in Florida In 2014

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Tricia Woolfenden
Drinking local all year.

It's December, and that can mean only one thing: end of year list time.

Those who have followed the blog for the last year have seen our attempt at tasting and sampling a Florida produced beer every week - a.k.a. Florida Beer Fridays. That has lead to a vast archive of beer tasting notes in which to cull together a list.

Some of these beers are one-offs, and very surely will not be seen again. Others are stalwart standards and can be found on any beer store shelf at any time of the year. Yet some again are seasonal favorites that come around for just a few weeks a year. Whatever the case may be, these are ten beers that wowed us, made us excited, and showed that Florida is juggernaut when it comes to craft beer producers.

Let us begin.

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The Den at Kitchen Expands With Private Chef's Tasting Room

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The Kitchen in West Palm Beach expands to offer a more casual way to sample chef Matthew Byrne's menu.
Not even a few weeks into season, and West Palm Beach's Kitchen is already running on a two-week, pre-booking reservation schedule. The 36-seat dining room is booked full each night as chef-owner Matthew Byrne, once Tiger Wood's private chef, prepares his small tasting menu.

To expand the concept while still keeping with the original vision, Byrne and his wife, Aliza, recently took over the newly-vacated space next door to their small bistro. Dubbed simply The Den at Kitchen, the room is a causal extension of the main concept, offering a space that has multiple uses.

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Funky Buddha's Yappy Hour This Saturday: Drink Beer, Rescue Dogs

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For some cruel reason, the Everglades seems to be a dumping ground for hundreds of dogs by their former owners every year and left to fend for themselves. Abandoned dogs aren't just found there, of course, but all over South Florida.

One canine rescue group, 100 Plus Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida, snatches up the left-for-dead pooches and gives them another chance to be with loving families. Funky Buddha Brewery is teaming up with the nonprofit December 20 for Yappy Hour, mingling dog and beer lovers to bring awareness to the plight of abandoned pets.

See Also: Funky Buddha Brewery Runs New Bottling Line, In Stores Next Week (Video)

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Craft Beer Cartel Opens in Fort Lauderdale, New Home Of Native Brewing

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Owners Julian and Lisa Siegel, and Jill and Adam Fine on opening night.

Native Brewing Company now has a temporary home, and it's being touted as much more than a simple brewing space.

The Craft Beer Cartel is a new concept from Native's Adam Fine and Riverside Market's Julian and Lisa Siegel which features a traditional bottle shop, space for a small on-premise brewing operation, and Broward county's first homebrew supply shop.

Located just across the street from the Riverside Market in residential Fort Lauderdale, the Craft Beer Cartel opened this past weekend to the public.

What exactly is the Cartel?

See also: Florida Beer: Biscayne Bay Brewing's Saison

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Seven Vegan, Holiday Dinner Items to Snag at Trader Joe's

Categories: Holidays, Vegan

All photos by Hannah Sentenac

Slaving over a hot stove is all well and good -- if you've got oodles of vacation time and a penchant for forearm burns.

For the rest of us, however, pre-made food and delicious mixes are what get us through the gauntlet of holiday dinners and picky relatives.

To make your life easier this season, here are seven vegan products from Trader Joe's -- all delicious, all hassle-free.

See also: Six Turkey Alternatives for Thanksgiving

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Spa in Boca Now Offering Beer Baths, Scrubs, and Body Wraps

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This could be you, bro.
Dudes are hard to shop for -- there, I said it. When you're in a bind and need a gift for a female friend, you can always stop in at Yankee Candles or Bath and Body Works -- even if they aren't into that stuff, cultural norms say these are acceptable gifts they have to at least pretend to like.

But give a guy a linen scented candle and he's gonna look at you like you're crazy -- even if he secretly loves it. (And how could he not? It smells like clean laundry!)

But a beer based spa treatment? That could be a fun dude gift.

Gayle Wentworth is the owner of The Maui Spa and Wellness Center in Boca Raton. She is also the sister of Greg Wentworth who owns Big Bear Brewing Company in Coral Springs. So, it's actually kind of a mystery why it took so very long for this two worlds to come together, but they finally have. The Maui Spa now offers baths, scrubs, and body wraps made from the very same ingredients that turn into lovely beer.

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The Seed: Third Wave Coffee Bar and Cold-Pressed Juice Under One Roof

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If it's one food trend South Florida crushed this year, it's the juice bar. Both Broward and Palm Beach counties saw their fair share of cold-pressed juice bars and smoothie shops.

This year, we've also seen a new movement take hold: specialty coffee, a slow-growing community of local roasters and independent coffee shops brewing small-batch alternatives to the mass market brew we've accepted as status-quo.

While both concepts have spawned many types of businesses in the past 12 months, no one has thought to bring the them together -- until now. Friends and business partners Rachel Eade and Carly Altier are the founders of The Seed, a Boca Raton business that is one part juice and smoothie bar, and one part third wave coffee shop.

See also: Argyle Coffee Roasters Collaborates With Due South For Cafe Ole Porter

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Whole Foods Opening Four New South Florida Stores

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Whole Foods Market is expanding their South Florida presence with the opening of four new shops in the coming months.

The Austin, Texas-based grocer that specializes in organic foods, vegan goods, and sustainable seafood, has just announced several new locations, including stores in Downtown Miami, Pompano Beach, Davie, and West Palm Beach.

See also: Whole Foods Market Is Getting Its Own Brewing Company

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Dunkin' Donuts Opens Six New South Florida Locations

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Dunkin' Donuts opens a half dozen new stores.
If all this holiday shopping and late-night caroling has you in search of some much-needed java, there's good news for you.

Dunkin' Donuts has announced the opening of six new South Florida locations. The fast food chain currently has over 150 locations throughout South Florida.

See also: Dunkin' Donuts' Croissant Donut: We Try One

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