Cigar City Brewing may leave Florida if bill passes
The founder of Cigar City Brewing in Tampa said he may move his business to another state. According to our partners at the Tampa Bay Times, Joey Redner said he may move the brewery to another state if new legislation affecting craft brewers passes. Redner said that even if it does not pass, he is worried the issue could come up again, putting expansion plans at risk.
Lawmakers are considering a bill that would ban breweries from selling their product directly to the public if they sell more than 2,000 kegs of beer a year.
Instead they would have to work through a distributor and buy their own product back at a higher price in order to sell it.
Talking With OC’s Woman Brewers: The Grit and the Glamour
A one-ton pallet of grain arrives outside the Tustin Brewing Company. All 40 sacks must be carried one at a time up the long flight of stairs for storage. Any glamour associated with beer brewing quickly drowns in the sweat of the brewer’s brow. The work is so grueling and so time consuming that the grain distributors hide candy bars in between the sacks of barley and wheat for whoever must lug the 2,200 pounds of grain from one place to another — typically the assistant brewer. But at Tustin Brewing Co., the assistant brewer isn’t the typical burly beast of a man that most people imagine when they imagine a brewer; it’s 5-foot-tall Tina Thompson.For the past eight months, Thompson has been the only assistant to head brewer Jerrod Larsen. At Tustin Brewing Co., brew days begin at 5 a.m., and although Thompson despises waking up early for anything, she jumps out of bed to brew. “It’s physical work and it’s hard work but I think it’s really rewarding,” Thompson says. “At the end of the day, you’re like ‘Wow, I worked my butt off,’ but it feels good.”
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Stone Smoked Porter with Chipotle Peppers arrives nationwide beginning May 5th
Stone Brewing Co. has released a new beer just about every week it seems and the first week of May will be no different. Stone Smoked Porter with Chipotle Peppers arrives in stores the week of May 5th. In 2006, Chris Carroll, a longtime member of Team Stone, took that adage literally, proposing that we produce a one-off version of our venerable Stone Smoked Porter made spicy from the addition of chipotle peppers. We gave it a shot and found that those smoked jalapeños melded quite naturally with the smoldery peat-smoked malt that gives the beer its flavor and moniker, creating a deep, roasty quaff with a carefully restrained tingle of tasteful capsaicin heat in the finish.
Nudist Resort Offer Naked Beer Festival
We may have found the only festival where it’s actually acceptable (and encouraged) to get your drink on and get naked. The only catch? You have to take your clothes off before you start drinking. Welcome to the Sunny Rest Beer Festival, a “Bare Beach Beer Fest.” The festival, which takes place Saturday, June 28th at the Sunny Rest Resort in the Pocono Mountains, is an event that offers unlimited craft beer samples and requires nudity, according to its flyer. Oh — and if you bring said event flyer with you, it’s also free to get into the resort. Is this better than college?
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