Pepin Distributing Company has announced that Spencer Trappist Ale will be available in Tampa Bay beginning March 3rd, 2015.

Some of the most enjoyable experiences in life come from combining two very different and unexpected things. Styles of music, flavors in food, trends in fashion – the list goes on.

bellsCavalier Distributing of Florida, based in Lakeland, will now handle distribution of Bell’s beer in south Florida. 

This new distribution partnership covers Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Monroe counties. 

“For almost 30 years, Bell's Brewery has produced beers of the highest quality with a focus on sustainability and innovation. Cavalier is proud to partner with Bell's Brewery to bring their celebrated beers to the passionate craft beer consumers of beautiful South Florida,” said Cavalier Distributing Founder and President, George Fisher.

While there may be some short term disruptions as shipping begins, Bell’s and Cavalier will be working very hard to minimize them as much as possible.

“With Cavalier’s focus on craft beer, we are very confident our new partner will take great care of not only the Bell’s brand but also our customers and fans,” said Bell’s President and Founder, Larry Bell.

Bell’s distributes more than 20 different beers, including Oberon Ale, which is brewed year round for distribution in Florida as well as in Arizona, southern California, southern Alabama and Puerto Rico.

Bell's Brewery, Inc. began in 1985 with a quest for better beer and a 15 gallon soup kettle. Since then, they've grown into a regional craft brewery that employs more than 330 people over a 20 state area, in addition to Puerto Rico and Washington DC. The dedication to brewing flavorful, unfiltered, quality craft beers that started in 1985 is still with them today. They currently brew over 20 beers for distribution as well as many other small batch beers that are served at their pub in Kalamazoo, the Eccentric Cafe. Their ongoing goal is to brew thoughtfully, creatively and artistically. They strive to bring an authentic and pleasant experience to all of their customers through their unique ales and beers.

For more information, check them out at

Chicago-based craft brewery Berghoff Brewery announced plans to expand distribution of their line of craft beers to the Florida market for the first time. Partnering with Cavalier Distributing, the beers will become available throughout Florida.

We recently attended an event at the Sidebar on Calle Ocho for the Afrohead Premium Aged Dark Rum Launch party. The event had good live music, lively attendance and a showcased Afrohead Rum , a surprisingly nice dark seven year rum produced by a Bahamian company called Harbour Island Rum.

Every now and again you see somehting that makes you just say "WOW.

Recognizing that there aren't many alternatives for people with beer taps in their homes other than the boring black plastic handles or perhaps a branded handle that somehow was spirited away from a bar, a craft beer enthusiast in Tampa has created a line of hand-crafted tap handles that will add class to any home bar (or commercial one too).

Why do some states go out of their way to find ways to make if difficult to run a small brewery?

I received an email this morning from a small brewery in Georgia that essentailly said "our new beer is out & here's where you can find it." Shortly thereafter, I got another email that said the following:

"We've just been notified we are no longer able to post a map of where you can find the El Dorado, or any other beer style. It is a law on the books which the DOR is now cracking down on. We've had to remove the map to avoid being fined. The DOR is viewing a map as "Advertising for a Retail Location", which is against the law in Georgia. So from now on we (or any other brewery) are no longer able to reply to tweets asking where you can find our beer, give maps of where you can find our beer, or even tell you which locations serve our beer."

Seriously? A manufacturer cannot tell you where you can purchase their product? What about free speech? Not knowing the history of the law, I am just making a guess here but it sounds to me like something that a large brewery with their beer in every supermarket, gas station and convenience store would push for.  Just like Florida's growler regulations.

Contast this to the Indianana which between the State and the local government are giving almost $3 million in asistance to Sun King Brewing based on the expanded facility’s potential to create jobs.

I'm not against regulations that make sense.  Regulating against 64 oz. growlers and retailer lists is stupid.  Why not focus on legitimate problems?

It's time (well actually way past time) to speak up and tell your elected officials to stop trying to regulate the small breweries out of existence and ultimately eliminate jobs just to keep the multinational breweries happy.

Available Daily Starting Monday, August 12

Fill up or stay in. OTC Brickell’s endless rotating craft beer menu is now offering their beers to go. Beginning Monday, August 12, Brickell’s craft beer destination will offer 32-ounce growlers for an entry fee of $10. Pay the one time fee for your first growler (plus the cost of the beer) and every time you come in the growler will be cleaned and refilled with your craft beer of choice.

Anderson Valley Brewing Company announced today it will release its first bourbon barrel-aged pumpkin ale as part of the acclaimed Wild Turkey® Barl Series.

Swamp Head has broken ground on their new 13,000 sq. ft. facility that will be located at 3650 SW 42nd Ave, Gainesville, FL. Scherer Construction of Gainesville is managing the ground up design/build project.

GrassLands Brewing Co. received the award for Entrepreneurial Startup Business of the Year from the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce

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