Wish You Were Beer: Expedition of SRQ’s hyper-local breweries and artisan taprooms to open a flagship canned beer
SRQ Review | February 2022
CAPITAL: 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.
MOTORIZATION: Pulp Friction Grapefruit IPA; Intellectual Property American IPA; VTwin Vienna Lager (not shown); 1014 9th St. W, Bradenton, 941-567-6218, motorworksbrewing.com, @motorworksbrewing.
99 BOTTLES: While visiting the Suncoast Brewery, be sure to stop by this southern neighborhood haven 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 takeout items, your draft beer of choice can be poured into a crowler (32 oz tall aluminum can) after being purged with CO2, then canned on-site by 99 Bottle’s beertenders using a clutch-operated crimper that does the job in about seconds. Pack your favorite Florida liquids on tap, take them to go, and open them wherever you like. 99 Bottles Taproom + Bottleshop, 1445 2nd St., Sarasota, 941-487-7874, 99bottles.net, @99bottles.sarasota.
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