So, as you know, or hopefully know by now, I focus on the FL Gulf Coast breweries from the Tampa Bay Area down to Naples. These breweries are proving to be some of the best in the country and the state of Florida!
Back in October, I wrote about seven FLGC breweries that brought home medals from the Great American Beer Festival which is a national competition with over 8,000 entries. In early March the Brewer's Ball was held in Tampa to award the winners of the Best Florida Beer Competition which had 815 entries from across Florida.
To say that the Tampa Bay to Naples breweries did well this year is an understatement! A total of 114 medals (gold, silver, and bronze in each of 38 beer style categories) were given out as well as gold, silver, and bronze for best small batch, best large batch, and best of show. A Tampa Bay-Naples brewery brought home at least one medal in 35 out of the 38 beer style categories which combined for 66 total medals! That means that our local breweries combined to bring home 58% of the possible medals awarded this year. On top of all that, we picked up six out of the nine specialty awards (best small batch, best large batch, and best of show)!
You can check out all of the results HERE. Be sure to get out to your local breweries and try these amazing beers!
Congrats again to all of our local breweries on making such great beer!