Florida Beer: A Selection Of Labor Day Recommendations

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Trevor Pritchard, CC
Labor Day and beer go together like malt, hops, yeast, and water.
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.

Normally every Friday on this blog, we highlight a single beer that is usually new, seasonal, or a pick of the core selection of a brewery in our fair state. So yes, it's 'a beer' from somewhere nearby.

For this holiday entry, I'd like to share a few recommendations of beers we've most likely already reviewed, but will provide an easy way for you to drink local this long weekend. After all, when there's other food preparations taking up valuable brain space, it's easier to let someone else do the heavy thinking before you crack open a cold one and fire up the grill.

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Florida Beer: Maple Orange Imperial Caramel Cream Ale From Due South Brewing

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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 look at a self-described beer "curiosity" in the form of Due South Brewing Co.'s inaugural entry in its Curiosity Series, a range of beers that aims to push the Boynton Beach brewery's brewing envelope.

"For our first release in the Curiosity Series," the company stated, "we started with our Imperial Caramel Cream Ale and incorporated the flavors and aromas of Florida oranges and maple syrup for a unique flavor profile we've never tasted anywhere before."

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Florida Beer: Extra Ordinary Bitter From Funky Buddha Brewery

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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 going to take a look at the Extra Ordinary Bitter from Oakland Park's Funky Buddha Brewery.

The English bitter is a beer style that hits close to this beer reviewer's heart: for a while, every Friday, I'd hang out all afternoon and evening at the Blue Anchor in Delray with coworkers pounding British beers by the Imperial pint.

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Florida Beer: Yonder Bock From Cigar City Brewing and Sierra Nevada Brewing

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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 going to be sampling from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company's Beer Camp box, which features a collaboration brew from Florida's Cigar City Brewing Company called Yonder Bock, a tropical maibock.

Beer Camp Across America was an ambitious project from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, in which they sought to use their power as the second largest brewer in the country to help spread the love of smaller, more regionalized breweries to the masses. What came out was a twelve-pack that served as a veritable introductory course to American craft beer.

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Florida Beer: Double Decker English Style Porter By Brew Bus Brewing

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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 taking a look at another in the Brew Bus lineup of cans that are popping up around area retail stores, Double Decker English Style Porter.

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Florida Beer: Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout From Rapp Brewing Co.

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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.

An enigma from another Florida coast.

Your prayers to the sweet and decadent beer gods have been answered.

The confluence of the flavors of chocolate, peanut butter, and beer have become one. One beverage to unite the Houses.

Ok, so it's not so dramatic, but it is a must-have if you venture out west to St. Petersburg near Tampa, and visit Rapp Brewing Company run by Greg Rapp.

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Florida Beer Friday: Saison Red Dawn From The Funky Buddha Lounge

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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.

After a pretty busy week, it's nice to sit down and relax with an old friend. Sometimes that old friend surprises you with a little change. Is that a new haircut? New kicks? Did you finally shave off that pornstache?

That's how it feels when finding a 'variation on a theme' from one of your go-to beers from one of your go-to beer spots. Which is exactly what happened this week upon finding that Funky Buddha Brewery's Red Dawn, their Cold War era red ale, got the saison treatment.

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Florida Beer: Magic City Pale Ale From Wynwood Brewing

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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.

Deep in the hollows of the sometimes Hobbit-hole sized warehouses that squeeze themselves like halflings between the cavernous art galleries that recall the Mines of Moria lies Miami's Design District's eponymous house of brews, Wynwood Brewing Company.

Open for less than a year, the team at this Miami production brewery have gone to great lengths to keep their beers and taproom as focused on the city as possible. From the Wynwood Fox Red (named after a particularly rowdy fox that frequents the brewery area) to this herein reviewed beer, Magic City Pale Ale, Wynwood Brewing Company is using their position as a beer ambassador to emphasize all that's good in South Florida.

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Florida Beer: Little Joe Stout From Pair O' Dice Brewing Company

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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.

Ken Rosenthal has been pretty busy for the last nine months since opening Pair O' Dice Brewing Company in Clearwater, Florida with his wife Julia. Since then, this former Anheuser-Busch production supervisor has been brewing up a storm in this part of the St. Pete - Tampa Bay area.

"It's all about balance," he said of his recipes, delving into what types of beers he creates at his brewhouse. "I brew what I like to drink, a balanced beer. It takes no skill to destroy the palate with hops."

Pair O' Dice Brewing Co. opened in October, and now produces beer on a 15 barrel brewhouse, distributing out to bars and restaurants across Pinellas County, including Tropicana Field. "We can't produce enough beer," he admitted, adding that out of all of the beer he sells, his red ale is the highest seller.

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Florida Beer: Caramel Cream Ale From Due South Brewing

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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 turning our eyes to Boynton Beach to look at Due South Brewing Co.'s most-talked-about beer, the Caramel Cream Ale.

After getting deep into the home-brewing game, owner and brewer Mike Halker worked tirelessly through hundreds of test brews to get the recipe for this beer "just right" in order to satisfy the requests of his wife, Jodi.

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