Deep Brewing celebrates two years in Tallahassee
Deep is officially launching its canning line in conjunction with its two-year anniversary, which kicks off Friday with the debut of "Spear Pressure Golden Ale" and "Reef Dweller IPA."
It seems like only yesterday Deep Brewing owner Ryan LaPete held a "soft opening" for his brewery that quickly grew to standing-room-only.
"I only told a few people about it," LaPete recalls, "but before I knew it, folks just kept coming through the doors. It was a great problem to have."
Fast forward two years later, and Deep may have 99 new problems -- but customers ain't one.
Tallahassee has embraced Deep Brewing — the Capital City's fourth craft brewery at the time it opened its doors on Aug. 28, 2016 — and this weekend fans can show more love during Deep's 2-year anniversary celebration, which begins Friday and lasts through Labor Day.
Deep is calling the four-day party its "2-Year
CAN-iversary" because — for the first time — it's offering canned beer that can be purchased in the tasting room. On Friday, Deep will release its first two cans, "Spear Pressure Golden Ale" and "Reef Dweller IPA," followed by cans of one of its newest beers, "Hydrospace New England IPA" on Saturday.
Then Sunday, Deep brings back one of its most popular beers in its two-year history: "Barrel-Aged Narcosis" — an imperial stout that clocks in at a hefty 11.3% ABV.
And finally Monday, LaPete's brewery taps a greatest hits list of beers they're calling "Deep Cuts." You can expect to see crowd favorites back once again like "Grapefruit Reef Dweller IPA" and "Denizen of the Deep Black Rye Pale Ale" and "Watermelon Spear Pressure" — just to name a few.
In two years, Deep has brewed over 200 different beers, and LaPete is proud of the fact they have debuted a new brew nearly every weekend they've been open since 2016.
"They say that the first two years are the hardest for small businesses. Well I think ours certainly were the fastest!" LaPete said with a smile. "Thanks to the support of our TLH beer community and those traveling through town seeking local, Deep Brewing has been able to achieve many of our distant milestones in very short order. We’ve grown and evolved quickly and Tallahassee has kept us true to our ethos: Advance quality, embrace community and be constantly on the verge of running out of beer.”
Another good problem to have.
Congrats, Deep. And here's to many more years!
Proof on the warpath
Proof's double IPA "Warpath" — a beer they originally brewed in 2014 to commemorate the Florida State football team's 2013 national title win — is returning just in time for the Seminoles' 2018 season opener Monday night against Virginia Tech at Doak Campbell Stadium (where Proof's beer is also poured throughout, by the way).
Warpath is making its debut in cans this year and limited quantities of 4-packs will be sold in the tasting room starting at noon on Friday, although the beer is also available on draft and should last through Monday's game. Proof is normally closed Mondays, but they will be open for the FSU game.
Ology bottles and cans - oh, my
Ology released another "Double Dry-Hopped Sensory Overload" can last week, this one brewed with Galaxy hops. And Thursday, they're also debuting another core beer in cans: "Variable #2 French Saison."
And be on the lookout for a new double IPA tapping the same day: "Heliocentric Distortion" -- an 8% ABV tropical IPA.
Come Saturday, Ology's latest bottle release will be "Raspberry Dynamic Fermentum" -- a barrel-aged, mixed culture American sour that goes on sale at 11 a.m.
Ology will also be open Monday for the FSU vs. Virginia Tech game.
GrassLands looking 'Lethal'
GrassLands owner Gabe Grass broke the news of their new FSU-inspired beer on the TLH Beer Society's weekly radio show, "Saturday Morning Bottle Share," on 97.9 FM last week. It's an 8.5% ABV double IPA called "Lethal Simplicity" — a tip of the cap to the Willie Taggart era at Florida State. Lethal Simplicity, which Grass describes as "extremely floral with a citrus and spice backbone," taps Thursday and it should be around all season.
Also, GrassLands' new beer garden — which they've named "The Landing" — is officially finished. And like their counterparts, GrassLands will be open special hours Monday for the FSU game.
Lake Tribe on a tear
Two weeks ago, we broke the news in this column that Lake Tribe beer was coming to cans in early September. Well, Tribe dropped some more big news on us Monday by announcing they were expanding their hours and will now open Thursdays from 4-9 p.m. starting this week, in addition to their regular Friday-Saturday schedule.
To celebrate its first Thursday being open, Lake Tribe is joining the FSU-themed beer fray by releasing "Chopped," a new hazy, citrusy IPA that's 6.3% ABV.
Then Saturday, their next Wildwoods Project sour ale comes out: "Black'Bear'y," which is brewed with blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and aged in a bourbon barrel.
What an exciting weekend for TLH Beer!
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