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The Shamrock

Beachy dive bar with a strong sense of community. It’s not the biggest bar around, but it makes due with the space available. There are darts in the back, a bowling video game machine next to the darts and a juke box up front with a ring toss set up beside it. They’ve also got a bunch of tables and picnic benches out front where you can sit with your beer and watch the bike and car traffic go by, because you get a lot of it around the winter and spring months, when all the tourists from the midwest and northeast come down for a week or so to earn a quick sunburn. It’s right across the street from the beach too.

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Lawmakers pass bill to aid craft brewers, end growler war

Florida’s “growler war” over craft beer may be ending under legislation passed by the state House Friday and ready to go to Gov. Rick Scott.
Senate Bill 186, already passed in the Senate, lifts the problematic requirement that craft breweries operate as tourist attractions, a holdover from the days when the law was intended to benefit Tampa’s Busch Gardens.
It also allows the breweries to sell beer in the popular 64-ounce, refillable “growler.” Current law allows 32- and 128-ounce growlers, but not the size in the middle, which brewers and craft beer fans say is the best size to buy the increasingly popular brews.
The legislation could end a long war between craft brewers and big beverage distributors over regulation of beer sales, in which the growler became […]

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BYOB: It’s brew your own beer at some colleges

A bachelor’s in beer? A master’s in malt? Not quite. But these days some colleges are teaching students to make beer as part of their studies.
When California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, fired up its gleaming new stainless steel brewery in December, it joined a small but growing number of colleges instructing students how to produce high-quality craft beers. At the same time, it took the movement a step beyond — kegging the results of their labors and selling it on campus.
“To make the beer here and sell the beer here and have a cafe and have an educational component, we’re the first to have put all those pieces together,” Aaron Neilson, director of dining services for the Cal Poly Foundation, said over a lunch of […]

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Fodder & Shine: Bold take on old Florida Cracker style

When you order a daiquiri in most bars, you get a brightly colored frozen concoction that possibly contains a rainforest and half a pineapple sticking out of the top.
You could probably get one of those at Fodder & Shine in Seminole Heights, but you’d probably also get laughed at.
This isn’t a beach bar. It’s a hipster’s paradise of old Florida Cracker cuisine including fried chicken, frog legs and actual whole pigs – and these folks take booze serious.
A daiquiri in Fodder & Shine is all-original. Rum, sugar and lime. That’s it. And. It. Is. Delicious. It’s the kind of daiquiri that pairs well with even the most hesitant of rum drinkers. The crisp of the rum is offset by the sweet of the sugar and […]

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GrassLands Brewing Company in Tallahassee opens

GrassLands Brewing Company in Tallahassee is open!
Yes, you still have to wait for their beer, but they’re off to a great start. The tap room is beautiful. It features rustic southern charm with great use of wood and iron. Believe me, I saw the space before the makeover and they have done an incredible job.
They’ve serving some great Florida beer, including a tap from Proof, which is right around the corner in Tallahassee’s Railroad Square Art Park. But they don’t have their own. Yet.
So why is a brewing company not serving their own beer? Let’s just say it’s not easy opening a brewery between the cost of equipment and the licensing issues. It’s expensive and it takes a while to get through the red tape.
Owner […]

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