South Florida Beer Week: Cigar City's Phil Palmisano Tells Us How to Navigate a Week of Craft Beer
Tricia Woolfenden It's true that beer is your friend, but that friend can kick your ass if you don't treat it right.
South Florida Beer Week (January 19-26) has the potential to be the best of times for Florida beer fans. But anyone who's downed a few 10 percent ABV beers in one evening knows that it also could make for some epically terrible mornings. In preparing for the upcoming days of bacchanalian pursuits, Clean Plate Charlie turned to an expert for tips on how to successfully navigate a week of heavy beer consumption.
As the South Florida Representative for Tampa's beloved Cigar City Brewing, Phil Palmisano knows a thing or two about forming a healthy relationship with craft beer. After the jump, find his five-point plan on how to have an awesome South Florida Beer Week (which will include plenty of opportunities to sample Cigar City brews).
Stay tuned to Clean Plate Charlie in the coming week: We'll have more from Palmisano and other Florida craft experts.
- South Florida Beer Week is January 19-26, 2013 (Check out the Initial Schedule of Events)
- South Florida Beer Week: Hollywood Beer Crawl to Benefit Covenant House
- Tap 42 Hosting Brewery Battle Featuring Stone Brewing Co. vs. Bell's Brewery
When asked how to get through the week without agonizing daily hangovers and other unpleasantries, Palmisano said, "This is the million dollar question, isn't it." As "someone that lives this scene everyday," Palmisano's plan is as follows:
1. Map out what you want to do
"This is important with so many events within one week. Pick something every night that is new and different; travel a bit to some places that you have never been. Just as you try different beers, try different venues that serve amazing suds."
"With so many events in one week, have fun, but be responsible. Keep in mind that there are other events to try some of these crazy beers that you may have never had. And never drink and drive." (Clean Plate Charlie's two cents: We'll second that. Call a cab or switch up designated driver roles with your drinking buddies throughout the week.)