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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Florida Beer: Wandering Pelican by Cigar City Brewing

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Doug Fairall

Collaboration beers are nothing new, and Cigar City Brewing in Tampa is known to make quite a few of them. I'd say it's their friendly demeanor.

This past spring, the makers of Jai Alai teamed up with the Great Lakes Brewing Co. out of Cleveland, Ohio, to make Wandering Pelican.

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Florida Beer: South End Session Ale From Saltwater Brewery In Delray Beach

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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 beer goggles on south Palm Beach County's newest big hitters in the brewing scene, Saltwater Brewery. After an unprecedented first six months in operation, the team became one of the top five producers of beer by volume, and signed a distribution deal with Brown Distributing to get their product in bars and restaurants across South Florida.

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Florida Beer: Sunshine State Pils By Florida Beer 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.

Two months ago I had the pleasure to sample a pre-bottled version of the Sunshine State Pils by the Florida Beer Company during a small get together at the Riverside Market in Fort Lauderdale. At that time the beer was only available on draft and tasted great. I made a mental note to revisit the beer when it came time to hit the market via bottles to see just what effect the change in container would make.

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Florida Beer: Funky Buddha Brewery's Past Year In Beer

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The Funky Buddha Brewery team at this year's Extreme Beer Fest in Boston. Special guest Sam Calagione.
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.

The Funky Buddha Brewery opened its doors last year in Oakland Park with their massive 40,000 sq-ft and 30 barrel facility.

Since then, the beers have poured out into the marketplace, and there are many local establishments that carry Funky Buddha beers on tap.

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Florida Beer: Pedal Brakes Dry Hopped Pale Ale From Cycle Brewing

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Doug Fairall

Two weeks ago I showcased an amazing soured IPA from Green Bench Brewing Company, a relatively new brewery in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. This week I'm continuing the St. Pete journey by traveling a handful of blocks east towards Tampa Bay and the downtown location of Cycle Brewing.

Originally located only at the impressive Peg's Cantina in Gulfport, a few miles to the southwest, Cycle Brewing has made a name for itself in the formulation of the Florida weisse beer style and the other exploits of its head brewer Doug Dozark.

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