Black Friday is rolling around once again, and 2020 is no different. For many beer enthusiasts, Black Friday is the day to forget that Anheuser-Busch InBev owns Goose Island Brewing as they release a few bottles of barrel-aged stout that draw attention away from Goose Island’s strategy the rest of the year – namely releasing forgettable beers on repeated BOGOs and working to take cooler and shelf space away from independent craft breweries.
The news sent some waves of relief from breweries who have been gut-punched by the State of Florida’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Press Release: Pigeon Hill Brewing Company, a Michigan-based craft brewery, is excited to announce the arrival of its award-winning lineup to the South. For its first foray outside of Michigan, Pigeon Hill has agreed to limited distribution within the state of Florida. Starting next week, the first selections from Pigeon Hill’s core lineup of beers will be available in cans in finer craft beer stores.
The Great American Beer Festival (GABF), one of America’s premier craft beer events that brings together thousands of people from all over the United States, announced that it would transition to a virtual festival in 2020. For those who have never been able to travel to Denver, Colorado for the gathering, this is an opportunity to capture some of the magic and enthusiasm of the festival without traveling outside the confines of your home state. While nothing can replace the opportunity to sample beers from small, local brewers around the U.S. under one roof, the Brewers Association has had to adjust to the curve balls that 2020 has thrown.
From our start in 2014, up to recent days amidst an unprecedented global crisis since March, our mission was to brew and serve South Florida with the best craft beer possible. We accomplished that over the past six years – with the release of countless beers, several block parties, events, brewing awards, meaningful partnerships, giving back to our community, live music and art collaborations that bled our DNA. But most importantly, we established a true sense of family with the very people that make up our neighborhood and the greater city. In this bittersweet symphony, we are sad to announce that the Concrete Beach Brewery Social Hall will remain closed permanently. We’ve decided to shift gears towards nurturing our beloved Havana Lager, a beer you all have truly made ???? ???????????????????? ????????????????????????????????! We will focus on growing Havana Lager, offering both cans and draft at your favorite local spots.
Regarding that open door… we couldn’t be more excited to officially welcome our off-centered family to the neighborhood!
This pandemic has been rough on many Florida craft brewers. We’re sad to say that whenever a brewery begins a post with an address aimed directly at their audience, beer enthusiasts hold their collective breath until the end of the post and hope that it is not another post about a brewery in the craft beer community closing.