Wednesday
Jul162014

GrassLands’ Grasstacular Fundathon is On

GrassLands Grasstacular Fundathon

We've been covering the development of GrassLands Brewing Company out of Tallahassee, Florida since August of 2012 with our review of their Le Roi Rouge Imperial Red. In March of this year GrassLands chose the future site of their brewery. And now, with a launch date planned for September, owner Gabe Grass has announced the GrassLands’ Grasstacular Fundathon.

The GrassLands’ Grasstacular Fundathon is a chance for you to help GrassLands Brewery become a reality. Every donation from 10 to 5,ooo dollars will receive a reward along with acknowledgement via a plaque centerpiece located in GrassLand Brewery's taproom.

Owner Gabe Grass:

Your assistance is so meaningful to us – whether you decide to contribute $20 or $2,000, each and every contribution will make a huge difference in helping GrassLands open its doors and hit the ground running! We want to help make Tallahassee and eventually the state of Florida a craft beer destination, and we absolutely cannot do that without your help. You’ve been so awesome in your support of our eventual launch, and we definitely couldn’t have come this far without you.

GrassLands' CrowedBrewed campaign has a goal of 30,000 dollars. As of today 96 backers have donated over 11,000 dollars. If the goal is not reached by August 5th all money will be returned. So the time to support a promising up and coming local brewery is now.

Visit GrassLands’ Grasstacular Fundathon to learn more about the vision of GrassLand's Brewing Company, read up on all the awesome rewards, and most importantly, donate.

Wednesday
Jul092014

FBC Celebrates Mardi Gras in July

Do you really enjoy Mardi Gras? Ever wonder why it only comes around once a year? Well you're in luck, as Fairhope Brewing Company (FBC) feels the same way. This weekend FBC brings you Mardi Gras in July.

Mardi Gras in July kicks off Friday night with a Masquerade Ball. Music at the ball will be provided by The Lost Bayou Ramblers, a Grammy-nominated zydeco rock band from Louisiana. Formal attire is not required, just bring a festive mask or pick one up at the door when you arrive. Cost to attend is $15 and includes a commemorative glass and one free beer. Make sure to keep the commemorative glass as it will also get you into Saturday's event.

On Saturday, starting at 4pm, FBC is celebrating Fat Brewsday. There will be family friendly entertainment from 4pm - 6pm including live music from the Bay City Bass Brand, traditional Mardi Gras street food, face painting, and balloon animals. Small batch beers will be periodically released from 6pm to 8pm and Grayson Capps and Friends will take the stage at 8pm to keep the festivities going into the night. Saturday's events will cost you $15 which includes a commemorative glass and one free beer. Children get in for free.

Attending food truck Pretty Mean Sweets has created an appropriately festive menu for the event:

  • Voodoo Dog
    Bacon wrapped dogs with our spicy Cajun coleslaw.

  • Red Bean Nachos
    Trailer made red beans and andouille sausage on piled high corn chips.

  • Banana Foster Creme Brûlée Donuts
    Donut holes filled with custard and topped with caramelized sugar.

  • Old Fashioned Moon Pies
    Salted Carmel and dark chocolate covered cookie.

  • New Orleans Shaved Ice

Last but certainly not least, FBC's Mardi Gras brew Lil' Poison Ale will be on tap the entire weekend. So join FBC this weekend and as they say "Laissez le BREW Temps Rouler!"

Mardi Gras in July

Event Summary
Event: Masquerade Ball
Location: Fairhope Brewing Company
When: Friday, July 11th 7pm-11pm
Cost: $15, also gets you in Saturday
Includes commemorative glass and one free beer

Event Summary
Event: Fat Brewsday
Location: Fairhope Brewing Company
When: Saturday, July 12th 4pm-11pm
Cost: $15, children free
Includes commemorative glass and one free beer

Wednesday
Jun112014

2nd Annual Fish House Craft Beer Festival

We enjoy updating our list of beer festivals as the number of local festivals grows, especially when it is one that is held in Pensacola. This weekend will be the kickoff for the 2014 beer festival season in Pensacola. The 2nd Annual Fish House Craft Beer Festival is this Saturday, June 14th, from 3pm - 7pm.

There will be over 50 different beers available to sample. The list of participating breweries include locals Pensacola Bay Brewery and Grayton Beer as well as many regional and national craft breweries. There will also be offerings from the local Home Brewer’s Association and specialty bottled craft beers. There will also be a selection of small production vodkas, rums, and bourbons available for tasting at designated "spirit tables".

Official Festival Flyer

The Fish House will also be launching their new house-brew Fish House Fish Head Red which was developed and brewed by Pensacola Bay Brewery. The festival will include live music and special beer presentations by guest speakers. Guest Speakers will include Mark Robertson of Pensacola Bay Brewery, Trip Collins of Back Forty Brewery, and Charlie Delapena from Sam Adams.

A portion of the event proceeds will be donated to Autism Pensacola. Tickets can be purchased at the Fish House's gift and souvenir shop, Tackle Shop, or online. Advance tickets are $20 and designated driver tickets are $10. Tickets at the door on Saturday will be $25.

Event Summary
Event: 2nd Annual Fish House Craft Beer Festival
Location: The Fish House
When: Saturday, June 14th 3pm - 7pm
Cost: $20 Advance, $24 Day Of. Designated Driver $10.
Tickets: The Fish House at the Tackle Shop or Online

Tuesday
Jun102014

Pensacola Beach House Brings Local Craft Beer to Airport 

Pensacola Beach House

If you've visited Pensacola International Airport lately you've noticed that long time restaurant and bar Verona's has closed its doors. The new Pensacola Beach House is set to take Verona's place sometime in August after the venue is remodeled.

Until then the Pensacola Beach House has set up a temporary bar for your drinking needs. While bottle beers include New Belgium's Fat Tire and several Samuel Adams selections, it's the draft options that should have you excited.

The three beers on draft include Pensacola Bay Brewery's Rip Tide Amber and Sawgrass Wheat, along with McGuire's Irish Red.

The next time you find yourself at Pensacola International Airport, show your approval by having a local craft beer and telling the Pensacola Beach House you're happy with their current selections.

Hopefully when the Pensacola Beach Bar moves into their new, larger venue they'll offer additional beer choices from local craft breweries (Lighthouse Porter anyone?). You can help make that happen by having your voice heard.

Friday
Jun062014

3rd Annual Top of the Hops Beer Festival at The Wharf

The 3rd Annual Top of the Hops Beer Festival at The Wharf is happening this Saturday, June 7th in Orange Beach, Alabama.

Participants get unlimited two ounce samples of craft beers from an impressive selection of breweries attending. The festival will also include food, music and games. This festival provides all the makings of a great day of craft beer enjoyment.

Tickets are available online. Advance tickets are $34.99 and advance VIP tickets are $75. VIP Tickets include entrance into the festival 1 hour early, access to the VIP Lounge, VIP private beer tasting selections, and complimentary food from 4pm - 7pm. Designated driver advance tickets are $15 and advance VIP designated driver tickets are $25. Tickets will be available at the door if the festival has not sold out by Saturday morning.

You can find out more about the event on their website and by checking out their Facebook and Twitter pages.

Event Summary
Event: Top of the Hops Festival at the Wharf
Location: Wharf, Orange Beach, AL
When: Saturday, June 7th 4-8pm Cost: Advance $34.99 / VIP $75, Available at gate if not sold out
Tickets: Available Online