Cask Conditioning, Pubquest.com, and more!!
In other news, I had the good fortune to meet up with Julie from Pubquest.com last week for a few pints and a great discussion about what they are doing in helping to promote craft beer and local breweries. If you have not checked out PubQuest you should, the site it pretty solid and they can lead you to a brewery or brewpub from your spot from anywhere in the United States and Canada. They are in the process of adding beer bars too so those should be up sometime soon but this is a very valuable reference for anyone who travels and likes to taste the local flavor or tour the local brewery.
Meanwhile, while I do not like to blow my own horn too much I am now in the planning for the annual Stogie and Stout at the Dunedin Brewery my home base so to speak, the spot of most of my happiness and frustration, sometimes at the same time!! This event is in it's 9th year, pretty crazy to me although I have not been around that long it has really grown into something special in the past 5 or so that I have had the hand in putting it together (as if it was not before). This year I am anticipating 25-30 stouts, porters, brown ales, and maybe even a doppelbock available for tasting on February 21st from 7-11pm. Tickets for the event can be purchased on the Dunedin Brewery website, and the event usually sells out. Basically for your $25, you get to be in stout wonderland for the night! The entry include some appetizers from the Snug Pub kitchen, a Stogie (if you don't smoke them, share them that's what I do..) and a tasting glass then proceed to embody your taste buds with some of the darkest, most complex beers we can find. Generally there are a few you can not get around the area included in this, but most of them you can find in bottles here or there. We also feature the beers made around Florida during this time as part of the Best Florida Beer Championships, and this organization the BFBC holds a big raffle where most everyone walks away with some very coveted beer schwag. During this event I change every single tap in the house to a porter, stout, brown ale, etc. so those who like the light and mild need not apply on this night. I look forward to this every year, it is one of my favorite events and a fun time is always had by all. Perhaps you should grab a ticket and stop by to share some of these Nubian delights with us!!