Wish You Were Beer: Expedition of hyper-local breweries and artisanal taprooms of the SRQ to open a flagship beer in a can
SRQ Review | February 2022
By Brittany Mattie
To the restaurant
Photo by Wyatt Kostygan
CAPITAL CITY: Circus City English-style India Pale Ale; Intercoastal Amber Ale; Conch Republic Key Lime Wheat Ale; Hawaiian Lion Coconut Coffee Porter (not shown); Big Top Brewing Company, 975 Cattleman Rd., Sarasota, 941-371-2939, bigtopbrewing.com, @bigtopbrewco.
CALUSA: The Florida Flavor Hoppy Pilsner (a collaboration with Sarasota lifestyle brand The Florida Flavor); Zote India Pale Ale; Dissonance Breakfast American Brown Ale; Quasimythical Double New England IPA (a collaboration with Sideward Brewing); Calusa Brewing, 5701 Derek Ave., Sarasota, 941-922-8150, calusabrewing.com, @calusabrewing.
DARWIN: Cyan Spirulina Pineapple Sour; Circa 1926 Tangerine Wheat Ale (not pictured); Summadayze west coast style IPA; Darwin Brewing Co., 803 17th Ave. W, Bradenton, 941-747-1970, darwinbrewingco.com, @darwinbrewingco.
99 BOTTLES: When visiting Suncoast Brewery, be sure to stop by this Southside paradise for a rotating selection of specially selected draft beers. The beauty of these 34 taps of ever-changing craft varieties is that if you can’t find what you’re looking for in the cans of the wall-to-wall selection of packaged takeaways, your draft beer of choice can be poured. in a crowler (32 oz tall aluminum can) after being purged with CO2, then canned on-site by 99 Bottle’s beertenders using a clutch crimper that does the job in seconds approximately. Pack your favorite Florida liquids on tap, take them on the go and open them wherever you want. 99 Bottles Taproom + Bottleshop, 1445 2nd St., Sarasota, 941-487-7874, 99bottles.net, @99bottles.sarasota.