he Williamsville Brewery, established in Virginia near the birthplace of
Patrick Henry in 1963, is an ambitious company whose boast matches their
bite, so to speak. In early 1995, Williamsville hit a "home run with
great exposure" when they reached an agreement with Paramount to set up a
microbrewery at the Kings Dominion amusement park. And they certainly
did not cease growing there. In fall of the same year, Bob Cabaniss,
President of the company, purchased the St. Maarten Breweries N.V. in the
Netherlands Antilles, near Puerto Rico. And in January of 1996,
Williamsville set up shop on Amelia Island, in Fernandina Beach,
establishing their second brewery operation.
From Border Porter to Apple & Ale , Williamsville offers a fine
selection of fermented beverages brewed in the tradition of fine English
ales. Amelia Ale , is a light offering, that should please those looking
for a less full, heavy beer. Cabo Pale Ale is one for the connoisseur of
this subtle, popular standard. Porter is a heavy old world ale,
originally known as Goat Scrotum Ale , that's known for its dark, sweet
and spicy character. Although this style can be infused with any number
of a world of ingredients, the Williamsville Border Porter is an
attractive and must drink for the adventurous. Apple & Ale is exactly
what it would seem to be, a full bodied ale with the lingering tart
flavor of the fruit of temptation.
First Coast Brewing, another of Williamsville's operations (based
out of both Fernandina Beach and Wilmington, North Carolina), sends forth
a unique, small selection of beers to a world both in want and need of
such delights. First Coast offerings include their Mango ale , as well as Bikini , ale fermented with honey. These selections complete
Williamsville's collection nicely, with something indeed for virtually
everyone looking for a quality, hand crafted beer.
The Williamsville Brewery
128 North Second Street
Fernandina Beach FL 32035
904/277-8944; Fax: 904/277-8968
THE MICROBREWERIES OF FLORIDA
Big Bear Brewing Co.
1800 N. University Dr.
Coral Springs, FL 33071
Established in 1997, Big Bear Brewing Co. has become a staple in South Florida.
Our concept is based on serving fresh brewed beer with quality and creative food in a warm and friendly atmosphere. According to our loyal followers, Polar Light & Hibernation are a few worth mentioning on our award winning beer list. Stop in and try one!
5905 South Kirkman Road
Orlando FL 32819
Brewer: Brian Baldasano.
Capacity 4,000 barrels.
Located north of Clearwater Beach, Dunedin is another fantastic
young Florida microbrewery. Aside from solid standards such as their Gold, Pale and Brown Ales, Dunedin has an extensive list of seasonal
offerings such as their Oktoberfest Ale , "an amber, American-style
festive ale with a hint of wheat and a dash of chocolate malt for
complexity (limited quantities)." Other seasonals include Jack O'
Lantern Frosty Pumpkin Ale, Christmas Farm Ale, Peach Wheat, Highland
Game Ale, Strawberry Wheat.
The brewery is located at: 1368-A Spaulding Road, Dunedin, FL
34698. "Brewery Tours are at the whim of the Brewmaster and his
assistants, but are normally from 3-6 p.m. every Saturday afternoon. No
appointment is needed, but it's always good to call for the latest
information on the Brewery." 813/736-0606. Fax:
813/734-9666. e-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Firehouse Brewery, Inc.
Celebrating its one year anniversary October (as did Absolutely
Florida), Firehouse offers a very solid, small line of beers including a
stout, a pilsner, and an India pale ale. Stepping up to a now fiercely
competitive south Florida market, this brewery offers more than the best
looking bottle in town. Check it out for yourself. 7902 NW 64th Street,
Miami, FL, 33178. 305/884-0280
The Florida Brewery, Inc.
Established in 1973, The Florida Brewery produces Dunks , one of
the most elegantly packaged and delicious of the state's many Micro
offerings. Served in a beautiful blue glass bottle, Dunks is a golden
lager, available to Floridians and international consumers of beer alike.
The brewery also produces Master's Choice and Bayside , both lager style
beers that the makers are quite proud of. The brewery is located at: 202
Gandy Road, Auburndale, FL 33823.
941/967-6965. e-Mail: Info@The FloridaBreweryInc.com
has one of the most tasty, impressive lists of beers
around, which includes: Lazy Lizard Lager, Paradise Pale Ale, Duval
Street Gold, Nut Brown Ale, Raspberry Ale, and Key Lime Lager. Also
available is Papa's Porter , a nice version of the classic sweet, heavy
ale, dedicated to Ernest Hemingway. There is an excellent menu along
with entertainment available at the brewery. And all in Key West?! They
have an old U-boat on the premises as well. 211-C Duval Street, Key
West, FL 33040. 305/292-1262. e-Mail:
Key West Brewery
161 US Highway 1
Key West FL 33040
Brewer: John Lambert.
Capacity 3,400 barrels.
Formerly Key West Overseas Brewery
Killian Bayer Brewing
1000 Charleston Avenue South
Fort Meade FL 33841
Capacity 50,000 barrels.
Sunset Beer Company
767 Clearlake Road
Cocoa FL 32922
Opened October 15, 1996.
Treasure Coast Brewing
2851 SE Monroe Street
Stuart FL 34997
Brewer: Jerry Johnson.
Capacity 3,000 barrels
Ybor City Brewing
2200 North 20th Street
Tampa FL 33605
Brewer: David J. Evans.
Capacity 15,000 barrels.
THE BREWPUBS OF FLORIDA
A1A Ale Works
1 King Street
St.Augustine FL 32084
Capacity 1,200 barrels.
1115 16th Street
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Buckhead Brewery and Grill
1900 Capital Circle NE
Tallahassee FL 32308
Brewer: Gary Essex, Jonathat Zangwill.
Capacity 1,000 barrels.
Blue Anchor Pub
10550 St.Augustine Road
Jacksonville FL 32257
Opened April 1, 1996.
Brewer: Frank Gregory.
Capacity 400 barrels.
The Clevelander Brewery
Enjoy a fine, hand-crafted beer in the atmosphere of one of the
most fashionable of the Art Deco hotels on South Beach. Jamie, the
brewmaster, (who will also serve at the helm of the soon-to-be-opened
Titanic), is a wonderful conversationalist and a brewer to be reckoned
with. Stop by, try out his wares, and chat with him about it. Highly
1020 Ocean Drive
Miami, Beach, FL 33139
Hops Grill & Bar in Jacksonville
9826 San Jose Boulevard
Jacksonville FL 32257
Brewer: Tim Shackton
Capacity 800 barrels
Hops are now located throughout the state of Florida, so look for one in
Mill Brewery, Bakery and Eatery
330 West Fairbanks Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789
407/644-1544, Fax: 407/674-3982
McGuire's Irish Pub and Brewery
600 East Gregory Street
Pensacola FL 32501
20.0 points / 1 beer
Brewer: Steve Fried.
Capacity 1,250 barrels
Panama City Brewery & Caf
11040 Hutchison Boulevard
Panama City Beach FL 32407
Brewer: Matthew Speece.
Capacity 1,000 barrels.
207 Atlantic Boulevard
Atlantic Beach FL 32233
Brewer: Scott Morton.
Capacity 1,600 barrels.
River City Brewing #1
835 Gulf Life Drive
Jacksonville FL 32207
Brewer: Steve Sullivan.
Capacity 2,300 barrels.
Changed hands in early 1997.
230 South Beach Street
Daytona Beach FL 32114
Sampson Brewery & Grill
72 Spanish Street
St.Augustine FL 32084
The Shipyard Brewpub
Delta Airlines Concourse
1 Airport Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32819
Spanish Springs Brewing
1105 Main Street
Lady Lake FL 32159
Brewer: Brad Weir.
5813 Ponce De Leon Blvd.,
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Currently under construction
with a planned opening date of January 1998.
A second location is set for opening in Coconut Grove
For the Spring of 2000.
THE AUTHORS FAVORITE PICKS: links
Ale Street News On-Line
Selections from "A Glossary of Beer terms" which can be found at American Brewer Magazine site.
How to Pour the Perfect Glass of Beer
courtesy the Celis Brewery Site.
Read up on the fantastic white beer brewed by Master Pierre Celis while
Michael Jackson's Beer Hunter Online
Southern Draft Brew News
"The BeerShots Website
featuring photomicrographs (photographs taken
through an optical microscope) of the World's most famous beers."
The Opinionated Beer Page
For those who wish to try this at home:
The Central Florida Home Brewers Club Page
Northeast Florida Society of Brewers
BrewCrafters: for all the supplies needed to brew your own beer
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