Hunahpu Day is cause for celebration in Tampa Bay. What began as a modest beer release on a Friday night from 6-10pm in the brewery became a phenomenon when thousands of people showed up for the release in 2013 which prompted Cigar City Brewing to make 2014 a ticketed event. 2014 should have been a different event than it was. From long lines, to what seemed like acres of empty lawn chairs, to shoulder-to-shoulder people, the event felt differently than what it was supposed to be.
According to Aristocraft Brewing, there are only five breweries currently serving the Orlando area. While Aristocraft hopes to change that number very soon by opening their brewery in Winter Park, they are asking for help from the online community via Kickstarter to help to generate cash for their tasting room and its fixtures.
All who have seen the tap list for Hunahpu Day agree, the list is the most unbelievable lineup of craft beer that Florida has ever seen, and it only gets crazier from year to year.
Sailfish Brewing Company is working hard to establish themselves as Fort Pierce’s craft brewery.
Since opening in 2013, they have hired head brewer Kevin Storm, added to their capacity, and done their best to make drinking locally at their historic brewery a great experience.
There seems to be a race going on in South Florida. Not a cutthroat, winner-take-all race, but instead a friendly race to see who is going to be South Florida’s top craft beer producer. With a slew of new breweries looking to bring their liquid wares to the long bereft South Florida masses, many of the existing breweries are blazing a trail for the newbies to follow.