I was going to write about my weekend of awesome home brews shared between awesome friends under a glorious sun on a never ending beach. But that didn’t happen. It couldn’t happen. Nature stepped in and I found myself laid low by a nasty stomach bug. Woe was me!
From reports, the homebrewers meeting was a success and, though I missed everyone, I look forward to the next possible meeting in the fall. In the meantime, what I have in store for the next few weeks should help my spirits.
Soon, depending on the weather, I am going into vacation mode and packing the family off to Florida. While there I’ll be enjoying the usual sun and sea, but I am also looking forward to stocking up a bit on hard to find things here and maybe a treat or two there for new equipment: Starsan, a carboy carrier, and maybe a growler for fun.
The prices are also something to look forward to. Here in Japan, craft beer prices can be a few hundred yen per bottle. Depending on the exchange rate, that comes out to $5 or more at times for a good craft brew. Now, in the U.S., that same $5 might get me a few more bottles. I’m feeling like a kid in a candy store even though I don’t drink much. I have some particular breweries in mind. Cigar City Brewing is top on the list but there are a few newer (since last I traveled the area) spots I’m hoping to make. So, if anyone reading this has been to the Tampa Bay Area, what breweries and particular beers do you recommend? What are your top Florida craft brews? I’d love to hear from you.