Florida Beer: Nut Sack Double Brown Ale by Engine 15 Brewing Co.

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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 land of Jacksonville and surrounding communities with a look at Nut Sack Double Brown Ale by Engine 15 Brewing Co.

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.

See also: Florida Beer: American Wild Ale From Brewzzi


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Funky Buddha Bottles Available December 10

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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.

See also: Funky Buddha Maple Bacon Coffee Porter Release Date Announced


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Boynton Beach and Tampa Breweries In Trademark Dispute

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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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Florida Beer: American Wild Ale From Brewzzi

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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.

It takes a massive pair of cahones to make a sour beer in a popular, if not erudite, brewpub most famous for its blonde ale and marzen lager. For Brewzzi, it's another sign that the craft beer movement in South Florida is in full swing and is ready to showcase all styles of beer.

Matt Manthe, the scholarly brewer at the Boca Raton brewpub, has put his skills on full force by introducing the southern Palm Beach County public to a wild beer: one of a trending style replete with bacterial microbes and mouth-puckering acidity.

See also: Florida Beer: Tides of the Reef Pale Ale From Saltwater Brewery


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Funky Buddha Maple Bacon Coffee Porter Release Date Announced

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It's almost Maple Bacon Coffee porter time. It may still be a few months away, but the Funky Buddha Brewery recently announced its annual specialty bottle release and festival date.

The annual street party will take place all day and include a swarm of food trucks, special-release beers, debut tastings, and bottles of the limited-run Maple Bacon Coffee porter.

See also: Devour Brewing Co. Coming to Boynton Beach

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Frustrated Floridian Sets Up Epic Beer Raffle for Girlfriend's Surgery

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Doug and Sara are big fans of Tampa's brew scene.

An Orlando woman and her boyfriend have come up with a unique way to address a shortfall in coverage from their insurance company, which won't provide for surgery: holding a beer raffle of some of the most sought-after beers in the country, and a lot of them are from Florida.

Sara Black was diagnosed with TMJ disorder stemming from an injury when she was 4 years old that has been manifesting itself with pain such as constant headaches, daily jaw pain, and, most frightening, having her jaw lock for dozens of minutes at a time. Until now, she's come up short in the treatment of her disorder: Her insurance company won't cover surgery.

Enter boyfriend Doug Rusinek, a resourceful beer enthusiast who felt that his companion's well-being was worth more than a few bottles of beer.

See also: South Florida's Gold Coast Distributing Acquired In Massive Deal


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Devour Brewing Co. Headed for Boynton Beach, Starts Kickstarter

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Devour Brewing Co. founders Chip and Tricia Breighner.
Yet another new brewery is headed for Boynton Beach.

Founded by South Florida native Chip Breighner, Devour Brewing Co. will be one of the city's first nano breweries -- what is becoming an increasingly popular segment of the craft brewing world in which production output is intentionally kept very small.

See also: South Florida's Gold Coast Distributing Acquired in Massive Deal

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South Florida's Gold Coast Distributing Acquired In Massive Deal

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This week, Gold Coast Beverage Distributors, one of South Florida's largest beverage wholesalers, is being purchased by Reyes Beverage Group, making it one of the largest beer distributors in the country.

Reyes, which wholesales more than 115 million cases of beer annually, has purchased the South Florida company for an undisclosed sum. Industry sources claim the deal could be worth upward of $1 billion. [An industry source on Saturday confirms a $1.1 billion deal.] Gold Coast had sales of more than $640 million in 2013.

See also: Coppertop Brewery Company Coming to Boynton Beach

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Florida Beer: Tides of the Reef Pale Ale From Saltwater Brewery

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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 a look at a humble pale ale from Delray Beach's Saltwater Brewery called Tides of the Reef.

See also: Florida Beer: Old Battle Axe IPA From Engine 15 Brewing Co.

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Brooklyn Brewery Cofounder Steve Hindy Discusses South Florida's Brewing Future

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Doug Fairall
Steve Hindy (second right) joins South Florida brewers for an industry discussion.

On Tuesday evening, the Brooklyn Brewery held an event at Biscayne Bay Brewing Co. in Miami as part of MASH week, an series of events to highlight different aspects of local culture (and some Brooklyn beers) in 12 cities across America.

On this night, Brooklyn Brewery cofounder Steve Hindy joined Raymond Rigazio, founder of Abbey Brewing; Jose Mallea, president and cofounder of Biscayne Bay Brewing; Johnathan Wakefield, eponymous founder of Johnathan Wakefield Brewing; Peter Schnebly, owner of Miami Brewing; and Dustin Jeffers, head brewer at Delray Beach's SaltWater Brewery to discuss in front of a crowd their histories, their thoughts, and their ideas about the craft beer industry in Florida and at large.

See also: Five Brews From New Times' 2014 Beerfest


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