Summer just (unofficially) kicked off, and pale and fruit ales are a bloom. If there’s one thing that’s sure, as the temperatures go up, the beers get lighter and the local corresponding beer fests become fewer (no one wants to go drink a farmhouse when they smell like one). It’s okay though, there’s plenty to “woo hoo!” about; between brewery grand openings, distributors finding Florida, and little labeling chisme (gossip), the summer’s just heating up. Let’s dive in!
What’s in a 9? – Magic Hat and Kentucky’s West Sixth get into a legal dispute
Long-drawn-out-on-social-media-story short, West Sixth is craft brewery from Kentucky. They created a logo that looks fairly similar (although some disagree) to Magic Hat’s Not-Quite-Pale-Ale #9’s label. Magic Hat lets West Sixth know to quit it, West Sixth creates a site/petition called “nomoremagichat.com,” garners public support, answers a heated Reddit AMA (“Ask Me Anything”), and now is on the verge of mediation with Magic Hat (although this time they’ve got “defamation” to add to the complaints).
While I agree that the public has no place in trademark disputes (it’s like if your parents, on verge of divorce, would ask you to pick a side in their arguments), the posing of the question by West Sixth sparked a very vocal debate among craft beer consumers on whether, a) we should be siding with any company, and b) whether we even like Magic Hat. Personally, I find nothing to write home about except the Elderbetty, but that’s not really the point. As a typography fiend, I feel that there are no grounds for Magic Hat to sue, people are gonna use asterisks and flowery fonts. However, given that craft beer is on the rise, you’ve got to pick your battles. If it were me, I’d just scrap the logo and start again.
Sweetwater Brewing Company comes to Florida
If you’ve been to your local supermarket, liquor store, or even gas station, you may have seen a new addition among the pale ales – it’s Sweetwater! The Atlanta-based brewery has begun to distribute locally, making it a good time to pick up a new summer classic (If you hurry, you’ll catch promotional prices and tastings). This is not to be confused with Miami’s Sweetwater beer, made from the tears of fourth time FIU seniors.
Funky Buddha grand opening
Our northern neighbors at the Funky Buddha Lounge in Boca Raton are having a grand opening celebration to mark the unveiling of their much anticipated new brewery and tap room, in a new location south of the existing lounge in Oakland Park. The party happens Saturday, June 4, starting at 4 p.m. Expect DJs, food trucks (Ms. Cheezious and more), and really tasty (locally brewed) beer. While it’s not a sampling event, the Buddha will be pouring their staples for $5 a glass and promise timed tappings of some other curious kegs.
Wynwood Brewing Company draws closer to opening
After solid months of building and brow sweat, things are coming together for Wynwood Brewing Company. While originally slated to open in June, tweets suggest it will be more like July, but we don’t care, we’ll take the “Pop’s Porter” year-round.
Bands and breweries to make beautiful music
It doesn’t take a scientist to know that beer and music go together like beer and ballgames or beer and church – it’s a no brainer. That’s why it’s great news to report metal giants Iron Maiden have finally received clearance to sell their “Trooper” beer in Sweden. It was not so much the damning face of Eddie (a grimacing skeleton who wants to rock) but the fact that he was dressed for war; a big no-no for Sweden’s labeling laws. Makers of the beer, Robinsons Brewery altered the label by zooming into the face only a zombie mother could love.
In reliving terrible pop music news, ’90s brother band Hanson is coming out with “Mmmhops,” which will be brewed with major chords, sunshine and ambiguous pre-pubescent sexuality (it took forever to realize there was no female in the band). In all seriousness, the band has plans to push up the release of the still-to-be finalized recipe to benefit victims of the recent Oklahoma tornado. Good Mmmmove.
Not to be left out, Cigar City in Tampa is teaming up with Florida’s favorite metal goofballs Gwar to release the “Impaled Ale,” which will probably mix crudeness, over-the-top taste and a dash of blood. It’s set to coincide with the band’s Gwar-B-Q fest this year. GWAR!
Total Wine opens in Kendall
Kendall residents opened their loving arms to another Total Wine & More, which had a grand opening on May 23. Several winery representatives sampled everything from merlot to pinot grigio. Florida Beer was on hand, pouring samples of the “Swamp Ape” (DIPA) and “Devil’s Triangle,” among other varietals.
Universal Studios reveals upcoming Simpsons area, plans for “Duff” beer and Moe’s Tavern
Much to the delight of snarky 20-to-30-somethings, Universal Studios Orlando just unveiled plans to build a full sized Springfield, from the longest running animated television show, “The Simpsons.” The area, set to open this summer, will feature structures, food and drink from the show, including a “Krusty Burger” and a “Lard Lad” doughnut shop. Much like post-work Homer, though, the first place we’ll be headed is “Moe’s Tavern.”
Since Moe’s is rundown and the brand “Duff” in the show is supposed to be a generic, Anheuser-Busch style affair, the biggest dread for any craft-beer/craft-comedy fan would be to actually be disappointed by crappy beer. Ideally, Universal will team up with the obvious and closest choice, Cigar City in Tampa, to actually create something memorable that won’t cause the question, “are you all shouting ‘boo’ or ‘boo-urns?”
I was saying boo-urns.
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