2nd Annual Big Bend BrewFest rescheduled for March 16 in Perry

Editor's note: Since this story was originally published, the 2nd Annual Big Bend BrewFest rescheduled for March 16 due to weather concerns.


The 2nd Annual Big Bend BrewFest on March 16 in nearby Perry was born out of something simple.

“I’m a big fan of craft beer and beer fests, and I was looking for fundraising opportunities – so a BrewFest was kind of the perfect marriage,” said Dawn Taylor, president of the Taylor County Chamber of Commerce and event organizer.

While she wasn't sure if Taylor County would be receptive to a festival where craft beer was the focus, Dawn and her team set out a year ago — with a bit of trepidation — to bring Perry its first craft beer festival. Having Tri-Eagle Sales, a leading beverage wholesaler in North Florida, on board certainly aided Taylor in acquiring 10 breweries pouring more than 60 different beers for the first-time event.

Throw in a serene setting — it's held at Perry's picturesque Rosehead Park — some incredible weather and an affordable price, and the makings for a huge success were there.

So what can attendees expect for this year’s event? The same great price point on tickets — $25 for general admission and $35 for VIP. The same beautiful, open-air location on a lake at Rosehead Park. And the same great festival — only this time with more breweries and more beer! 

Dawn is hoping for closer to 20 breweries this year, providing unlimited samples of more than 100 beers. And while unlimited beer samples is great on its own, Big Bend BrewFest will also have live music, food vendors and a lot of philanthropy. The event, which is presented by Perry’s Rotary Club, will see 100 percent of the proceeds benefit community programs, such as the city of Perry Police Department’s “Shop with a Cop” and the local chapter of the Special Olympics.

The event is expected to sell out, so grab your tickets at www.BigBendBrewfest.com today! 

Ology launches membership program

A few weeks ago, Ology owner Nick Walker dropped an exciting bit of news on our radio show: Ology was starting a membership program! 

They're calling it “Rooftop Syndicate,” and for a $200 membership fee here’s what you’re going to get:

  • 4 member exclusive barrel-aged sour bottles
  • 2 barrel-aged imperial stouts
  • 1 magnum (1.5 liters) of barrel-aged sour
  • Member exclusive shirt and glassware
  • Taproom discounts

And to cap it all off, the membership includes an end-of-the-year party featuring food, beer and bottle pickup. Registration begins at 11 a.m. March 2 at the brewery to allow locals the first rights to a membership. Memberships will then go on sale online at noon.

Meet us there, or beat us there!

Lake Tribe beer now available at FSU Baseball home games

When fans arrived at Dick Howser Stadium last week for the Florida State baseball team's 2019 season opener against Maine, they got a surprise: Lake Tribe Brewing beers were now one of the beverage options for the first time ever.

Lake Tribe has two different beers available for purchase: Red Cloud IPA and Beckster’s Satsuma Wheat, so be sure to grab a local pour while supporting the local boys of summer.

One more note about Lake Tribe: The recent charity fundraiser bottle share they hosted in conjunction with TLH Beer Society raised $1,500 for the Tallahassee chapter of the Alzheimer's Project. Thanks to all who came out, donated and spent your Sunday supporting a good cause!

Deep brings back fan favorites

This weekend at Deep sees the return of a number of popular brews. Owner Ryan Lapete promises intense roasted malt and coffee notes on Friday when he taps Run Aground — an espresso porter featuring local Lucky Goat Sumatra Harimau,Tiger coffee.

On Saturday, coffee notes gives way to citrus as Beer Society-favorite Grapefruit Reef Dweller IPA returns the lines.

GrassLands has a new look

Something old, something new, might be the theme of the week at GrassLands’ taproom. Owner Gabe Grass set social media ablaze this week with pictures of the brewery’s beautiful new tap handles. The stylish white handles, featuring GrassLands’ signature logo, will be pouring a dark and familiar fan-favorite once again this week in Coffee-Infused Advanced Darkness.

The beer, a robust porter, won a gold medal at the Best Florida Beer Championships in 2017 and can now be paired every Friday night with food from Tallahassee's Funkalicious Food Truck.

Parking at the new Proof

It’s been a glorious few weeks filled with great beer and great food over at Proof’s new 1320 South Monroe “forever home.” But as with anything new in Tallahassee, there have been a few grumblings about parking.

While the limited parking on Proof’s property can fill pretty quickly, there are a ton of parking spaces available in the immediate vicinity (Pro tip: There are 100 spots behind the Bahn Thai restaurant that rarely get used).

To alleviate these parking headaches, Proof has produced a map of area parking locales for those coming to check out, which you can find here. Or just use Uber, Lyft or a taxi and get dropped off right at the front door.

Eastpoint Beer Company's "Ring Of Honor" debuts

You’ve heard that saying, “if these walls could talk,” right? Well, at Eastpoint Beer Company, they just might.

Owner Josh Parker says we'll soon be seeing new additions to the walls of the brewery located off Highway 98 in Eastpoint: pictures of family and friends who have helped him along the way.

Accompanying the photos will be captions explaining who is pictured and how they’ve been instrumental in Eastpoint coming to fruition. Each story will eventually have a deeper tie-in to the brewery, as Parker plans to name a beer after each person depicted.

This is possibly the coolest “Ring of Honor” ever.

The TLH Beer Society is a group of avid craft beer lovers co-founded by Matthew Crumbaker, who is also the co-host of the Saturday Morning Bottle Share, a radio show dedicated to Tallahassee’s craft beer scene on 97.9 ESPN radio. Follow TLH Beer Society at Facebook.com/TLHBeerSociety or @TLHBeerSociety on Twitter and Instagram. Email tlhbeersociety@gmail.com.



WHAT: 2nd Annual Big Bend Brewfest, featuring unlimited samples of more than 100 beers

WHEN: 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 2. VIP ticket holders can enter at 4 p.m. (Rain or Shine)

WHERE: Rosehead Park, 525 Jefferson St., Perry

TICKETS: $25 for general admission, $35 for V.I.P.

VISIT: BigBendBrewfest.com

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