A magical month for Proof
Remember that time a local Tallahassee brewery won three Best Florida Beer Competition medals, then followed that up by winning "Best Beer" and "Best Brewery" at one of the biggest craft beer festivals in Florida — and then announced a week later it had grown so fast, it was moving to a bigger location?
Oh, wait. All that happened in the last month to Proof Brewing.
Yes, it's certainly been a whirlwind last 30 days for Tallahassee's Godfather craft brewery, which kicked off March by winning a silver and two bronzes at the annual Brewer's Ball in Tampa. Then they went back to Tampa a week later for Hunahpu Day 2018 — an internationally renowned event that's Florida's premier craft beer festival every year — and not only won "Best Brewery" following a popular vote by festival goers, but they also took home the honor for "Best Beer" for its Blue Raspberry Evil Kiss Berliner Weisse sour (which will be on tap in the tasting room soon, by the way).
"Absolutely elated!" Proof owner Byron Burroughs wrote in an email to the Tallahassee Beer Society when asked about the amazing statewide honors his brewery earned in back-to-back weekends. "Hunahpu's Day is a who's-who of breweries from around the world and this year's list of attendees was a beer fanatic's dream. I was ecstatic to take 3rd Place for Brewery and Beer last year, and then to not only win Best Brewery but also Best Beer this year was amazing and it's hard to put into words how much it means. Winning definitely made announcing the move last week even sweeter!"
That's right, Proof wasn't quite done.
As many of you already know, on March 19 — when the Tallahassee Democrat broke the story — Burroughs announced he was moving the brewery's entire operation from its home at Railroad Square to the old Coca-Cola plant on South Monroe. This move nearly quadruples the amount of space Proof has to brew and host patrons in, while also allowing them to increase its canning line and open an eatery within the brewery.
Fast forward two weeks and Burroughs says it's slowly sinking in how much has happened to his brewery in the last month.
"Every time I walk in the (new) building, I'm creatively inspired and see pure potential," wrote Burroughs, who hopes to have the new Proof location open by the end of this year. "We're doing a lot of planning, design and sourcing daily to ensure the project is completed efficiently and on time."
Bryan Smith, Proof Brewing Sales & Events Director, will certainly be watching the clock as closely as anyone in Tallahassee. In the meantime, it's his job to keep local craft beer lovers and Proof loyalists abreast of Proof's progress.
"We are going to use our website 1320SouthMonroe.com to keep everyone updated with our progress on the expansion," Smith said.
A lot going on at GrassLands
Notice anything different at GrassLands lately?
For starters, new batches of their core beers — "Hopline Bling IPA" and "G-Street American Blonde Ale" — are back on tap, as well as a new core debuting in the lineup: "Guava Gold," a fruited blonde ale.
Things are also happening outside of GrassLands, too.
Owner Gabe Grass told the Beer Society this week that "substantial changes are coming to the exterior area outside of the taproom — which we're now referring to as 'The Garden.' "
For instance, a new mural on the side of the exterior is currently being painted and the old patio mural is being repainted. Grass said his brewery on Gaines Street is also adding "more relaxing lawn/biergarten-style furniture, and many more modifications."
Grass also told us that GrassLands is bringing back its "pilot program" — small-batch brewing of sours and experimental beers that will only be in the taproom for the time being. GrassLands made a lot of noise a couple of years ago when they brewed a "pickle Gose" in this same pilot program.
P.S. - In unrelated news, GrassLands is hosting an "Adult Easter Egg Hunt" this weekend ... for those of you who like to get down like that!
Spring has sprung at Deep
Deep Brewing, which has been distributing less than a year, hit a big milestone recently: Its beer is now available in 45 local Tallahassee bars and restaurants.
And over the next few weeks, Deep will begin rolling out its new Spring and Summer seasonal beers both in the tasting room and into local distribution.
That includes warm-weather favorite "SUBLime KeyLime" — a Florida Weiss sour made with fresh key limes — and the highly anticipated return of "Tan In a Can," which is a coconut cream ale that may very well have the words "award-winning" in front of its name by this time next year.
Seeing tracers at Ology
Ology Brewing Company's first barrel-aged sour release, "Dynamic Fermentum," in early January was a huge hit. The Midtown brewery sold out of 165 limited edition bottles in less than 45 minutes. And now they're ready to release another one.
Enter the "Trace Element Series."
Per Ology head brewer Nick Walker, this is what you can expect on Tuesday, April 3, when this beer becomes available.
"Dynamic Fermentum with Peaches and Apricots was our first mixed culture product. It was a hit. Dry, acidic, funky, and very fruit forward. Instead of cleaning out the barrel, we added more base sour on top of the fruit and cultures," Walker wrote on his blog at OlogyBrewing.com this week. "This would allow the new beer to still have 'traces' of the Apricot and Peach flavors from DF, but overall the funk and yeast flavors would be more of the stars. In the Trace Element series, we want to let the consumer experience more of the base beer while still providing a beautifully fruited product. Tuesday 4/3, we will be having a bottle service night to kick off this beer. This beer will only be available for consumption at the brewery."
Lake Tribe's new IPAs still on tap
Lake Tribe Brewing had a huge day during its 3-year anniversary party last weekend. And it didn't hurt that they debuted three new IPAs in honor of the milestone: A red IPA infused with coffee with Tallahassee's own RedEye Coffee, as well as a white IPA and a black IPA.
And good news: Quantities of all three IPAs made it through the event and will still be on tap this weekend. Lake Tribe brewed the least of its black IPA, "Black Spot," so that will be the first one to kick.
So get it while you can. Because once it's gone, it's gone!
The TLH Beer Society - a group of avid craft beer lovers - was founded by Tallahassee resident Danny Aller, the author of this column and just one member of the TLH Beer Society team. You can find the TLH Beer Society on Twitter and Instagram at @TLHBeerSociety, or on Facebook at Facebook.com/TLHBeerSociety. You can also email them at firstname.lastname@example.org