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Potential Reasons Florida May Suck

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Last night I got a great email from Jack Box (aka jbx, jrbox) Jack is the father in law of Dino Venti and father of Leslie Venti, the owners of Venti’s in Salem Oregon. Many people here feal that the Venti’s are the best purveyors of craft beer in Salem. Jack has been self educating himself on great Northwest beer and contributes regularly to the Venti’s blog. He’s a great guy. Anyway, Jack sent me this and we got it tossed up on here. It’s funny until you realize Jack will be stuck in this black hole without great beers, especially the craft lagers he loves. If anyone has any suggestions for Jack on what to drink down there I’m sure he’d appreciate them.

This week we leave Oregon to winter in Southwest Florida in our modest condo in Englewood, Fla.

Since I am working on my MBA, Master of Beer Appreciation, I used map.google to search on |brewery| and |brew pub| in the Tampa, Sarasota, Fort Myer, Naples, Florida region.

Bottom line:

There is a drought of ‘local / craft’ beer in Florida.

The nearest confirmed brewery is in Sarasota [26 miles]; the 2nd nearest, Ybor City [ 88 miles]; 3rd nearest, Dunedin [95 miles].

There are outposts of national brewpub chain sprinkled about the state.  A ‘Hops Grill and Brewery’ brewpub in Fort Myers, 60 miles distance, will likely become a way-point when we travel south on the I-95.

This dire situation spawned an attempt at comic relief, below:

You know your not in Beervana when
– the brewery’s signature beer is named ‘Gator Ale
– the brewery’s signature beer is named ‘Alligator Ale’
– it is never cool enough to produce clean lagers and/or to cold condition lager
– the brewery’s water source is Lake Okeechobee
– the bitterness value of the IPA is 45 IBUs
– the ‘I’ in IPA refers to Seminoles Indians not India in Southwest Asia
– ‘Old Ale’ refers to age not style
– brewpub reviews emphasize the ‘early bird special’
– the brewpub offers all 8 variant of Budweiser and 3 of the 12 variants of Michelob
– the gruit ale bitter agent is citrus juice and zest from the tree in the brewers back garden
– the brewpub offers ‘named’ blends / mixes of beers

Other indicators are welcome.