It was not too long ago that Florida’s craft beer community did not have enough members to fill the big table at a restaurant. Now, with over 220 craft breweries and brewpubs, there is significant competition in the craft beer scene but there is the same amount of camaraderie.
As a testament to the monumental growth of craft beer across the globe, the Great American Beer Festival continues to grow and invite more breweries from across the United States. That means more amazing beers submitted for the judging at the festival competition, one of the most prestigious and competitive in the world. That also means that Florida’s craft breweries are facing stiffer competition from breweries both new and old. This is not a knock against Florida’s breweries, as some of the best beer in the world is crafted in the Sunshine State, just an acknowledgement of the level of competition that everyone is working with.
The 2014 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition awarded 268 medals to some of the best commercial breweries in the United States, plus three GABF Pro-Am medals. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and a symbol of brewing excellence. In its 28th year, the 2014 competition surpassed all previous participation records.
The Brewers Association has posted the list of Florida craft breweries that will be representing the Sunshine State at the mother of all beer festivals in Denver, Colorado this October. The state will be well represented with some surprise breweries in attendance and some surprise breweries not in attendance.