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Z-Grille

Trendy as hell, but cool. Their bar is a clean, tight little square to the left of the dining area and has a couple big flat screens to show the two best games on at any given time. Vividly colored skateboards hang from half the walls in the place and a ceiling-high wine rack in the dining room holds expensive bottles of reds at the most ergonomically sound angles available to the public. And their owner and head chef has been featured in just about every food magazine in the area, so a little bit of that food celebrity, “I’ve been on Chopped”-type of feeling floats around the place. Which is fine. Because everything is tidy.

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Gov. Scott signs legislation legalizing the 64-ounce growler in Florida

After years of advocacy, the ban on the 64-ounce growler in Florida will soon be a thing of the past, as Rick Scott on Thursday signed SB 186, repealing the ban on that sized container of craft beer.
“I am proud to stand with Governor Scott today as he signs SB 186 making the growler legal in Florida,” said Clearwater-based GOP state Sen. Jack Latvala, who has been trying for the past three years to get the repeal lifted. “Florida brewers should have every tool at their disposal to succeed, and this bill is a huge step in that direction. I am proud of our work, and we will continue to work with the Governor to make sure every Florida business is thriving.”
The legislation was sponsored by Latvala […]

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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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