Featured Breweries: Florida Beer Company

Florida Beer Company is Florida’s #1 craft brewer. In 2005, Indian River Beverage Corporation, a Brevard County brewer since 1997, completed the acquisition of Ybor City Brewing Company. The acquisition included the Miami Brewing and Key West Brewery companies. With the three former brewers combined, business commenced under the name of the Florida Beer Company.

This company manufactures and markets a whopping 19 different beers, and 2 apple-based hard ciders – drawing the best from each of the former individual brew companies. Perhaps you’ll recognize some of these “Best of the Best” – Beachside Beer, Hurricane Reef, Key West, Ybor Gold, Indian River, La Tropical and John J. Kelly’s.

Marketing such a wide variety of products is quite a challenge. Their success lies in their network of wholesaler distributors who then sell to bars, restaurants, grocery and package stores, and other specialty retailers. While Florida Beer Company sells roughly 80% of its product in its home state of Florida, it also markets in some other states and in the Caribbean. They main two facilities, including their 12,000 square foot brew site, where head brewmasters Jose Ayala and Jack Owen perform their magic.

Your Beer of the Month Club and Florida Beer invite you to enjoy a Key West treasure, Key West Sunset Ale, unlike any sunset you’ve ever experienced! The golden amber hue casts a warm glow upon everything it touches. They’ve used 2-Row and caramel malts balanced with First Gold, Chinook and Mount Hood hops to create this unique Amber Ale – a tropical sunset you’ll never forget!

With a perfect blend of 2-Row and caramel and Carapils malt, Florida Lager is complex, yet balanced. Its German heritage offers a full, rich and flavorful craft beer experience.

Featured Beer from Florida Beer Company:
Key West Sunset Ale and Florida Lager
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AMBER ALE – Florida Beer Company’s Key West Sunset Ale – This honey-colored honey of a brew is full-flavored with great body. It’s a top notch top-fermented ale with perfect balance between hop flavor and malt character. It’s assertive, but not highly bitter. This Amber deserves to be paired with the best cuts of pork, bacon or ham.

LAGER – Florida Beer Company’s Florida Lager – Usually a brew that’s associated with a bit of bitterness, this one has no heaviness or bitter aftertaste. It’s oh-so-refreshing. A bottom fermented brew, it’s perfect with pasta and anything spicy.

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