Back in February I got the pleasure of meeting Natalia of BREW Grooming at the Bonita Brew Fest. I saw their booth a few times as I perused the craft beer tents and always saw someone in there getting spiffed up. I decided to stop in to see what was going on and that's when I discovered their Pale Ale Clay. BREW Grooming Pale Ale Clay is a hair styling clay made with oil extracts from barley, hops, and yeast. Natalia was nice enough to provide me with a free sample to try out to review for you all!
If you plan to leave the country on vacation you need an important piece of identification... your PASSPORT! What if I told you there are other passports that help you to travel AND drink without needing to leave the country? Would you want one? How about four?! Well then you need to get your hands on a brewery passport!
The craft beer scene in Florida has exploded in recent years following trends across the country. The Gulf Coast of Florida has seen some of the largest growth with 90+ breweries between the Tampa Bay Area and Naples and numerous others in the planning stages. All of the choices may seem overwhelming. You may find a couple that are your go-to venues but then never venture out to all of the other unique establishments.
If you are the adventurous type and perhaps need more of a reason than great beer to check out new breweries then you need to get your hands on a brewery passport (or four!). Just like your government issued passport the following brewery passports get stamped at every brewery you go to that are featured in the passport. It's not just about collecting stamps though! These passports have incentives and prizes that go along with collecting the stamps that range from FREE BEER to t-shirts to pint glasses!
Check out the profiles below of the four brewery passports you need to explore the Florida Gulf Coast. The passports range in price from FREE to $25 but combine for more than $500 in free beer and prizes!
***HINT: Most breweries will let you use multiple passports at the same time! So, you may be able to get stamps, stickers, and/or free beers all on one visit! Each brewery is different though so be courteous to their rules.***
I have teamed up with all of the passport founders below to offer you a chance at not one... but TWO free sets of each brewery passport so that you and your best friend can travel the Florida Gulf Coast together trying all the beers your hearts desire!
You can earn up to two entries into the contest by doing the following:
The contest will run from Monday, October 2nd until Monday, October 9th when a winner will be announced at 7pm EST.
If brewery hopping wasn't fun enough these passports definitely add fun and a challenge! The purchase of these passports not only supports the local breweries but also the local companies that put together these passports so it's a two-fer!
If you already have all or some of these passports let me know how far along you are in them!
I'll see you out on the Ale Trail!
July 1st, 2015. That's the day that two major craft beer events occurred:
I finally got around to trying out the new bevRAGE app and I must say that I am impressed! I did a quick write up about the potential of this app a few months back but have finally put it to use and will definitely be using it more often! I used the app to retrieve five rebates over the course of five days.
The app allows you to apply for rebates on alcohol (beer, wine, & spirits) at either a bars or stores. Instead of having to mail in your rebates, you redeem them right from your phone and receive the money in your PayPal account within 48 hours! I made five beer purchases at both bars and stores as well as applied multiple rebates to the same receipt. The app claims that you will receive your rebate via PayPal within 48 hours. I had a 100% success rate and had all of my rebates deposited by the 24-hour mark after submission!
And the best part... you can use the rebates in conjunction with happy hours at bars!
If you download this app (which I recommend that you do) and want to get an extra $2 on your first rebate redemption then use the code: AXEAVGSN
Below are the purchases I made:
Because I follow a lot of craft beer pages on Facebook I get a lot of ads for anything involving craft beer. bevRAGE has been one that continually pops up in my news feed and since I'm currently reviewing two other apps (Brew Guru and DraughtLab) I decided to review bevRAGE as well!
bevRAGE allows you to cash-in on rebates that are currently available on your alcohol purchases. Traditionally you must mail-in your rebates with a proof of purchase and wait weeks to get your rebate check! bevRAGE is changing the rebate game by allowing you send in your proof of purchase electronically (by taking a photo of your receipt with the apps camera) and receiving your rebate via PayPal within 48 hours!
According to the bevRAGE website, here are the reasons why their app is worth the effort:
Drink beer and get money back?! Well, of course I will give it a shot!
I will be back in a few weeks with a final review on the bevRAGE, Brew Guru, and DraughtLabs apps. If you have tried this app, let me know your experience.
Stay tuned and remember to always Drink Socially!