David Chang Hates "Fancy Beer"; So What?

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Chef David Chang. He loves Bud Light.

Late last week, chef and Momofuku personality David Chang published an editorial in GQ stating that he hates "fancy beer." To this, I shrugged.

To Garrett Oliver, brewmaster of Brooklyn Brewery, it held a personal angst that necessitated a rebuttal (in the same magazine, no less). After the fallout, it only made sense to rethink my own perceptions of the evolving beer world and what that means for everyone involved.

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Florida Beer: Last Stop IPA From Brew Bus Brewing

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Cousins? Siblings? Last Stop shares the family traits of Cigar City's Jai Alai.
It's #FloridaBeerFriday. Every 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 looking at the Last Stop IPA from Brew Bus Brewing, a company that owns and operates a small fleet of touring buses and contract brews with Cigar City Brewing out of Tampa. It's a mix of beer and tourism.

You may remember the Brew Bus from this summer, when we took a ride to see what all the fuss was about. It's a unique feature of this particular tour operator that they source a half dozen of their own branded beer, which not only accompanies each ride but is available at local stores as well.

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Boulevard Brewing Arrives This Week: What Can You Expect?

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Photo by Doug Fairall
Continuing the trend in showing that Florida is no longer the craft beer wasteland that it used to be, Boulevard Brewing Company this month will be entering our state's markets.

For anyone that's traveled to the midwest, Boulevard is a mainstay brewery that slings some highly rated brews out of its Kansas City, Missouri brewery. In fact, they just landed a bronze medal at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival for Saison-Brett in the French- and Belgian-Style Saison category, and a bronze for ZON Belgian-Style Witbier in the Belgian-Style Witbier category. High ratings and awards.

So what's in store for beer lovers palates?

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Florida Beer: Florida Sweet Stout From Florida Beer Company

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The FBC taproom. Not a picture of beer. Deal with it.

It's #FloridaBeerFriday. Every 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 beer with a lot of 'Florida' in the name. It's a darker beer for the soon-to-be-happening changing of seasons (any day now, weather) that incorporates sweetness with sessionability. It is the Florida Sweet Stout from Florida Beer Company in Cape Canaveral.

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Arts & Eats Guide 2014: Fun Is Brewing at New Times' Original Beerfest October 25

Doug Fairall
This article and more can be found in the New Times' Arts & Eats Guide 2014, your annual guide to the season's art exhibits, food festivals, cultural events, and up-and-coming chefs, artists, and scene makers. The Arts & Eats Guide 2014 can be found on New Times newsstands Thursday, October 2. But there's no need to wait to read this...

Not to sound too hipsterish, but New Times has been a champion of showcasing good beer and the brewers behind it since before it was a thing -- since 1998, in fact. In recent years, the surge in interest in the market known as craft beer has brought more and more attendees to Beerfest, including new and interesting brewers, people just getting into the scene, and an onslaught of festival junkies just looking to have a good time.

The 2014 chapter of this 17-year-old celebration of all things sudsy will be held at Fort Lauderdale's ­Esplanade Park, in the heart of downtown, and the lineup for the fest is looking to be skewed in the craft-beer drinker's favor.

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Native Brewing Company to Open in South Florida

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Adam Fine, right, pouring samples at a local beer festival.

The Native Brewing Company has been a long time stalwart of the craft beer scene in South Florida, even with the provenance of being a contract brewer. Beer geeks may know of the Danish twins who produce contract beer under the labels of Mikkeller and Evil Twin, so it should come that the term is not necessarily a bad moniker. But that distinction for Native Brewing Company will soon turn to that of joining the 'rest of 'em' by opening their own permanent facility in South Florida very soon.

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Florida Beer: Isle of MaGourdo Pumpkin Ale From Due South Brewing Company

Doug Fairall

It's #FloridaBeerFriday. Every 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 looking at the Isle of MaGourdo, the annual pumpkin beer offering from Due South Brewing Company. Since it is getting to be that time of year, it seemed only prudent to begin the laborious process of making it through some fall seasonals.

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The German American Society of Hollywood Kicks Off Oktoberfest Celebration This Saturday

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South Florida can celebrate Oktoberfest this weekend at the German American Society of Hollywood.
In the United States, we know it's time for Oktoberfest when all those seasonal beers start hitting the shelves in late August and early September. Next, come the month of October, cities nationwide begin their regular Oktoberfest celebrations -- smallish events modeled after the original (and much larger) European festival that takes place in Munich, Germany each year.

But the real German Oktoberfest -- what is considered the world's largest annual festival since its inception in 1810 -- actually begins in September. Already this year, across the state of Bavaria and beyond, Germans have been swilling beer and scarfing down large amounts of pretzel and sausage as part of the 17-day festival, which runs from mid-September to the first weekend in October. During that time, more than 16 million people from around the world travel to attend the event.

This weekend, South Floridians can celebrate their own little slice of German Oktoberfest at the German American Society of Hollywood, which begins its annual Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday, September 27.

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Hop Week Takes Over Tequesta Brewing Company, Expansion Announced

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Over 100 pounds of hops were used to make enough beer for Hop Week.
If the bitterness of missing the first two days of Hop Week at Tequesta Brewing Company has already set in, don't worry the week is not over.

The brewery is celebrating Hop Week, coinciding with the annual harvest of humulus lupulus, or the seed cones of the hop plant. Several special batches of IPAs (India pale ales) and pale ales were brewed and are currently being rotated through the taps in the Tequesta Brewing tap room. The first two days of the week have come and gone, but the event lasts until Sunday, September 27.

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Whole Foods Turns Into High Dining With Cigar City Brewing Beer Dinner

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Doug Fairall
Food and beer. Is there anything better?

For many South Floridians, their local Whole Foods Market is the place to get organic greens and artisan cheeses and indulge in the by-the-pound prepared foods. At a few stores, they're even a place to stop in for a beer or two at the in-store bar while shopping. This past weekend, the Whole Foods in Coral Springs turned into a fine-dining establishment with a five-course meal paired with beers from Tampa's resident beer producer Cigar City Brewing.

If you follow this blog, it's filled pretty regularly with callouts to upcoming beer dinners. They aren't new and have been gaining in popularity in recent years. Rightly so. As Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery in New York City has expressed vehemently in his book The Brewmaster's Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer With Real Food as well as his many public appearances, beer pairs perfectly with food.

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