TLH Beer Society teams with 97.9 ESPN for radio show

Last week, the TLH Beer Society turned 1.

We started yapping about craft beer with nothing more than a Twitter account on July 27, 2017, but we quickly found that Tallahassee's desire to be part of a community within a community was strong.

So we expanded. 

We added more social media platforms, then began helping organize and spread the word about local craft beer events. Along came this twice-a-month "Around The Brew Bend" column in the Tallahassee Democrat in early 2018, and that was the ultimate complement to our craft beer megaphone we carried so proudly around the Capital City.

Well, now we're expanding again.

We're pleased to announce that the TLH Beer Society is officially joining the team at 97.9 ESPN Radio for a new weekly craft beer radio show called "Saturday Morning Bottle Share," which will air every Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. and be available to stream any time after that. The show, which debuts this Saturday, Aug. 4, is the brainchild of ESPN 97.9 General Manager Allen Willis, who approached us a few months ago with the idea.

Now it's real — and it's happening!

"We are all so excited for the debut this Saturday and beyond," Willis said. "It’s going to be huge and the response from everyone we've told about the idea has been through the roof. Listeners of 97.9 ESPN Radio will be tuning in each Saturday at 9:30 to get the most up-to-date craft beer news in Tallahassee."

And boy is there a lot to talk about in the Craft Capital. 

With a steady stream of new beer releases, special events at our local breweries, expansion news, and area beer festivals, Tallahassee is a craft beer hotbed right now. The Bottleshare will feature a special guest in studio each week, plus review beers you can find here in the North Florida market. We'll also have a regular "Brewer's Intent" segment where local brewers explain what goes into making some of the award-winning beers Tallahasseans have come to know and love. 

"I’ve been in Tallahassee since the middle of January, and one of the first things I noticed was how big the craft beer scene in town is, mostly through following the TLH Beer Society on social media," Willis said. "Craft beer was big back at my last stop in Dayton, Ohio, and we had a great beer show there as well. So I wanted to start one here. At the end of the day, sports plus beer is just a home run."

Tuesday night we introduced our team of local sponsors at an event dubbed “TLHBS Signing Day.” Held at Proof Brewing, nine locally owned businesses ceremoniously signed their “letters of intent.” The Law Offices of Fred Conrad; Tally Mac Shack; Fermentation Lounge; Flippin' Great Pinball; Riccardo's Restaurant; Drift Away Float Center; Growler Country; Quick n Save; and Rankin Tacos then slipped on official TLH Beer Society hats, produced by Sherri Weiske and her team at Skyline Media in Thomasville, Ga., and celebrated joining something we know will be great. 

We hope you'll tune in Saturdays!

Brewery notes

• Proof Brewing's 6th Annual Tap Invitational — the only all-Florida-breweries beer festival in the state — is slated for Nov. 2-3. Tickets went on sale Wednesday, Aug. 1 at Proof's website,, and nearly 50 breweries are expected this year. And for the second year in a row, Madison Social & Township will host Day 1 by closing down Madison St. on Nov. 2 for a pre-party event before the Nov. 3 festival.

• GrassLands launched the "Community Pint" this week where one beer tap each month is designated to represent a charity. Each time someone orders a pint of that beer, 10% of the proceeds for the entire month are donated to that charity. Bravo, GrassLands!

• Lake Tribe Brewing re-released its dry-hopped sour, last week: "Camp Motueka." It features Motueka hops from New Zealand, and this weekend they'll unveil another version of its dry-hopped sour: "Camp Vic Secret."

• Deep Brewing is gearing up for its second anniversary party, which they're calling "2YR CANiversary." Yes, that means Deep's first-ever can release is imminent. More immediately, however, Deep is releasing "Island Time" this weekend — a hibiscus and blackberry Berliner Weiss. Deep is donating a portion of proceeds of every Island Time sold to the REAL MEN WEAR PINK cancer research organization. Bravo, Deep!

• Ology Brewing released its third bottled American barrel-aged sour ale last Saturday — Dynamic Fermentum Blackberry Blackcurrant -- and (to no one's surprise) it sold out the same day. Ology also recently debuted its second and third can releases - "DDH Sensory Overload - Rakau" and a small batch "Fruited Gose" with raspberry and pink sea salt. Happy to report there's still some of those cans left, but go get 'em before they're gone!

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