Delray's Saltwater Brewing Celebrates First Anniversary Party This Saturday with Massive Tap List

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Delray Beach's Saltwater Brewery turns one year old this year.
A place like Saltwater Brewery in Delray Beach seems like a perfect fit. The angler symbolism and the ocean feel gives you a sense that you're actually on the beach.

Head brewer Dustin Jeffers reflects on the first year of production and said that expectations were exceeded. Quite fitting, then, to throw the first anniversary party. Saltwater is clearing the street in front of the brewery from noon to midnight on December 27 to accommodate the festivities.

Saltwater Brewery: Delray's Newest

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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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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.

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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?

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

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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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Argyle Coffee Roasters Collaborates With Due South For Cafe Ole Porter, Tapping Today

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By now, everyone is familiar with brewery collaborations -- when two breweries get together and brewmasters go to work deciding the best way to blend the tastes and styles of their most inspired beer ideas into a single, glorious new beer.

While two craft breweries getting together to create something special is enough to get anyone excited, how about a collaboration between a local beer brewery and local coffee roaster?

Luckily, South Floridians can taste that pairing this week when Boynton Beach's Due South Brewing Company releases it special run of Cafe Ole Espresso porter brewed with Fort Lauderdale's Argyle Coffee Roasters custom small-roast, specialty coffee blend.

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Florida Beer: Biscayne Bay Brewing's Saison

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Biscayne Bay Saison -- on tap from the Brass Tap.

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.

This week, we're checking out a beer brewed in Miami, the saison from Biscayne Bay Brewing Co.

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Due South Brewing Updates Look, Introduces New Packaging

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Mike Halker (yes, that's him!) wears the latest Due South logo iteration on his back.

Social media butterflies might have noticed, and Black Friday drinkers as well, that on November 28th, Due South Brewing Company in Boynton Beach introduced a new sleeker logo design. Gone is the stamped and 'dirty' looking mark; in its place is angular font and geometric colors.

The brand change isn't only affecting things like signage and merchandise, the company is also bringing it to their packaged beer. Flagships Caramel Cream Ale and Category 3 IPA as well as the award winning Category 5 Imperial IPA and their new Craft American Lager will be the beginnings of a new era in branding from the South Florida brewery.

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Sybarite Pig Turns Two Next Sunday, Celebrates With Specialty Brews

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Western Boca Raton will be the place to do some post-holiday-shopping celebrating on Sunday December 21st when the Sybarite Pig, that meat-and-beer-centric hotspot out there in Shadowood, hosts its second anniversary party starting at noon.

Expect some of the best food and beer pairings that Boca Raton has to offer.

Foodwise, the Pig is aiming to keep things simple but entertaining, because as owner Daniel Naumko told us, "It's a day to celebrate with our crew, so I try to make it simple for them." That means a limited menu, but with some treats.

See also: How to Make Lambchetta: A Holiday Recipe from Sybarite Pig's Daniel Naumko

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Cigar City Brewing Auctioning A Chance to Brew A Personalized Beer With Brewmaster Wayne Wambles and CEO Joey Redner

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Cigar City Brewing brewmaster Wayne Wambles
Cigar City Brewing is at it again with another eBay auction. This time the Tampa brewery is auctioning off a chance to brew the "perfect, personalized" beer with you.

The winner of the auction, which is in collaboration with Creative Loafing Tampa, will get to work with the Cigar City brew crew on creating and brewing their very own recipe.

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