Florida Beer: Nut Sack Double Brown Ale By Engine 15 Brewing Company

Doug Fairall

It's #FloridaBeerFridayEvery Friday, we take a look at a beer brewed in the Sunshine State, giving analysis to the burgeoning craft-beer movement of Florida.

This week we're taking our eyes north to the lands of Jacksonville and the surrounding communities with a look at Nut Sack Double Brown Ale by Engine 15 Brewing Company.

This Jacksonville Beach brewery, which recently opened an expanded production brewery in downtown Jacksonville, has been brewing beer in northern Florida for years. Until now, distribution barely made it to South Florida, where there are currently a few offerings available.

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Five Best Food and Drink Events This Weekend: Brazilian Festival, Studio 54 Party, and More

Categories: Happening

Brazil Fest 2013
Congratulations, you made it through yet another working week. It wasn't easy, but you had to do it. So you might as well give yourself a pat on the back to celebrate -- or better yet, a drink or three.

Whether you want to sample free wine, get dressed up in your favorite 70s disco gear, or party like a Brazilian, there's something for you to do in South Florida this weekend.

See also: Four Local Holiday-Inspired Cocktails for Thanksgiving

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Funky Buddha Bottles Available December 10

Categories: Beer Beer Beer

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Funky Buddha available soon in bottles.
Good news for those of us wanting to stock up on good, craft beer for the holidays..or an imminent zombie invasion: Funky Buddha beers will be available in bottles starting December 10.

Two of the brewery's most popular beers, Hop Gun IPA ($10.99 /six-pack) and Floridian Hefeweizen ($9.99/six-pack), will be available at over 650 retail outlets major retailers throughout Broward, Dade, Palm Beach, and Monroe counties including Total Wine, ABC Fine Wines and Spirits, and Whole Foods Market.

The beers will be sold in six-packs of 12 ounce bottles and will be distributed by Brown Distributing of West Palm Beach. The beers will be released throughout the Orlando, Tampa, and Northern Florida markets by the end of 2015.

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A Vegan Gives Ten Reasons to Skip the Turkey This Thanksgiving

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Gobbles the turkey
Thanksgiving is a wondrous and joyful occasion; 24 hours of food, family and football with no agendas, no schedules and no obligations. Besides, a holiday revolving around gratitude and giving thanks is basically the best idea ever.

But while turkey is the traditional centerpiece for an American table (hence the colloquial moniker: Turkey Day), it's 2014, and about time we kicked that antiquated concept to the curb and embraced a plant-strong, turkey-free Thanksgiving table.

Here are 10 reasons to skip the bird this November 27th.

See also: Six Turkey Alternatives for Thanksgiving

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Four Local Holiday-Inspired Cocktails for Thanksgiving

Categories: Thanksgiving

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This Thanksgiving, take the opportunity to grace the table with more than just your favorite foods. In other words, don't forget to bring a few liquid treats with you too.

Because when Dad delivers his annual table-side speech and after the entire family has asked you about your job (and love life), you'll need a few ingredients on hand to whip up -- and quickly down -- any of these holiday-inspired cocktails.

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Shooters Waterfront Revamps With All-New Look and Menu

Categories: Restaurant News

Shooters Waterfront
Shooters Waterfront is, in a way, a tale of Fort Lauderdale.

Forever etched into the city's inebriated memory as the place to enjoy a fantastic happy hour, a scenic dock, and poolside swimsuit contests, Shooters has decided to shed the party life and mature considerably. The restaurant, one of the Intracoastal Waterway's most popular, has turned a new leaf under the ownership of the Grateful Palate's William McIntyre and is now helmed by Meghan Leckey and her team.

Gone is the famed pool and its debauchery (moment of silence...), and in its place is a new alfresco dining deck with 300 seats that is poised to take full advantage of the skyline and waterway with its "panoramic views of the water in a distinguished, beachy-chic setting," according to a news release. Aside from the aesthetic renovations, the restaurant has hired Chef Chi Chan, a Le Cordon Bleu graduate, to remodel their lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch menus as well as luxury resort veteran interior designer Deborah Frustino to oversee the restaurant's new decor.

See also: Shooters Closed for Renovations Until October; Bootlegger Closes For Good

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Boynton Beach and Tampa Breweries In Trademark Dispute

Categories: Beer Beer Beer

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As is wont to happen in the ever expanding craft beer industry, two Florida breweries have run into a trademark dispute.

On October 29th, Coppertail Brewing Company filed suit against Coppertop Brewing Company over the issue of "trademark infringement and unfair competition in violation
of the laws of the United States and the State of Florida." Coppertail also alleges "deceptive trade practices in violation of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act."

See also: Coppertop Brewery Company Coming to Boynton Beach

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Zinburger Fights Prostate Cancer With Pumpkin Stache Shake

Conceived in 2009 as a fun way of helping in the fight against cancer, No Shave November is the spiritual cousin of the Movember movement. Founded in 2009 by Rebecca Hill and Bret Ringdahl, No Shave November has grown from an initial pool of about 50 Facebook supporters to a nationwide cause. The idea is simple -- instead of spending money in November for personal grooming (razors, creams, salon visits, etc.) -- participants are encouraged to donate that money to their partner, the American Cancer Society.

Over the years, the Hill family, having lost its patriarch in 2007 to cancer, has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars "to ensure that the funds raised in the annual campaign would be distributed to all of the areas that matter to the team: research, prevention, education, and continuing care. With every whisker grown and dollar raised, No Shave November celebrates the hair that many cancer patients lose..."

Cancer is terrible, that much is true, but fighting it doesn't have to be terrible. This month, Sunrise's Zinburger joins the Zero charity in the fight against prostate cancer with its Pumpkin Stache Shake.

See also: McSorley's Beach Pub Celebrates Movember with the '80s Mustache Bash

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More Restaurants Serving 2014 Thanksgiving Dinner in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

Categories: Thanksgiving

Photo by Candace West
Thanksgiving: our nation's annual food-focused holiday, commemorating the harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621 -- or so they taught us in elementary school. Held the fourth Thursday of November, the day marks an epic feast.

It also means someone has to cook. A lot. For what seems like the entire extended family. Which means you shouldn't spend the day in the kitchen when you can have someone else cook Thanksgiving dinner for you. And for the house full of stranded friends, kids with kids of their own, and unwanted relatives.

This year, forget the long lines at the grocery store, all that sweating and laboring over the stove, and avoid the piles of dirty dishes no one is going to help you clean. Instead, take the drama out of your Thanksgiving dinner and bring the family to one of the many local restaurants preparing a special holiday meal. It's all the mouthwatering memories you'll ever need -- without the work.

From upscale resort restaurants to a Brazilian steak house offering a variety of all-you-can-eat meats, South Florida's finest dining establishments have Thanksgiving dinner covered this year.

See also: Restaurants Serving 2014 Thanksgiving Dinner in Broward and Palm Beach Counties (continued)

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Tiny Hamster Thanksgiving Is the Best Holiday Gift Ever

Categories: Holidays

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Tiny Hamster talks turkey.
It's not even Thanksgiving and Christmas has come early in the form of a teeny package. The tiny hamster, that eating machine disguised as a fur ball with whiskers, is back.

This time, he's invited a few friends for Thanksgiving dinner.

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