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Old 10-16-2008, 01:19 PM   #1
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I'm heading down to florida friday are their any beers I should be trying while I'm there?

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Old 10-16-2008, 01:23 PM   #2
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Good florida beers?....Now there are three words I never expected to see in the same sentence! (Just kidding, I have no idea)
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Old 10-16-2008, 01:46 PM   #3
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OK let me rephrase that any good beers avaiable in florida that I should be trying. I'm from canada and the price of beer is somewhere between stupid and painful. I haven't really tried many beers and would like to try a few good ones while I'm there.

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Old 10-16-2008, 02:37 PM   #4
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OK let me rephrase that any good beers avaiable in florida that I should be trying. I'm from canada and the price of beer is somewhere between stupid and painful. I haven't really tried many beers and would like to try a few good ones while I'm there.

I go there once or twice a year and whenever I ask for something other than miller light they act like I'm an idiot. Down there amberbock is supposed to be a high end great beer. I did get some type of kona beer I liked once and when I ordered it again at a different bar they gave me something totally different. I asked both places what "type" of beer it was and they say it's kona. Good luck.
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Old 10-16-2008, 03:02 PM   #5
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It depends on what part of the state you're headed to. There are several good brewpubs in the Tampa area, and several large retailers around the state. My local Total Wine has 400-500 beers for sale

http://www.wineaccess.com/file/store...ne-ftmyers.pdf

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Old 10-16-2008, 03:12 PM   #6
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If you haven't tried anything from Bell's Brewery (Michigan based) it might be worth looking checking out. I think its pretty rare down there to say the least but you can find it using this link:

Bell's Brewery: Beer Finder

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Yes...Key West Beer's...I loved their Sunset Ale when I lived there.

KEY WEST BEER

And Ybor's as well.

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Where in Florida are you going?

If you are heading down into the key's stop take the Card Sound route and stop in at a place called Alabama Jack's for a Key West Amber and a plate of Conch Fritters.
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"Floating on two roadside barges in an old fishing community 13 mi southeast of Homestead is this weathered open-air seafood restaurant. Regular customers include Keys characters, Sunday cyclists, local retirees, and boaters, who come to admire tropical birds in the nearby mangroves, the occasional crocodile in the canal, or the live band on weekends. The menu has traditional Keys dishes like cracked and fried conch, fish sandwiches, burgers, fries, salads, and lots of beer. The crabcakes, made from local blue crabs, are exceptional. Jack's closes by 7 or 7:30, when the skeeters come out.
To me it's the only good thing in that god forsaken piece of hell on earth (I hated living in Florida)

Here's the Fodor's review

Alabama Jack's Review | Florida Keys | Fodor's Restaurant Reviews
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I visited Florida for a long weekend with the girlfriend at the beginning of June and was also interested in trying to try some beers I couldn't get here in Illinois. I did find it difficult to locate information on brands, but when I found the information for Total Wine it became a must see destination. Total Wine has a huge single bottle area, and a great wine selection. Definitely check the best before dates on some of the singles, but all in all they have great service.

I searched out and would recommend Lectio Divina and Saison Athene by Saint Somewhere Brewing Company in Tarpon Springs, I know the Total Wine in Naples carried those two.

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Alabama Jacks is teh shiet! they close early though, so go for lunch. As far as beer...lol, total wine is really all you got. Orlando and north is where you start to get away from BMC.

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I second the Saint Somewhere Brewing Company. Great beer.

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