A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to meet the great people behind Beer and Sunshine. They were impressed with the Florida Brewery Database, and invited me to come on their weekly YouTube show to talk about Drink Local Florida and the Florida craft beer scene.
Our discussion was featured in an online episode of Beer and Sunshine with an additional clip. Check out both videos:
Beer and Sunshine often goes out to breweries to interview the head brewer or owner on-site. For this episode we met at Big Top Brewing in Sarasota. I was interviewed by Tommy and Susie, and also met Nikki, the three main people behind Beer and Sunshine. While at Big Top I tried a New England style IPA with lots of citrus that reminded me of Calusa's Focus. I also picked up a four-pack of their Big Life Lager, a collaboration with Brew Life, to take home. You can find out more about these breweries on our Sarasota breweries list page in the Florida Brewery Database.
When Tommy and Susie asked me about some of my favorite Florida beers Cigar City's Jai Alai, and more specifically the White Oak Jai Alai, was the first to come to mind. I also mentioned the Rome City IPA by Brew Hub, as well as some beers I like seasonally including the Hoppy Blonde from Naughty Monk and Hawaiian Lion Coffee Coconut Porter by Big Top. There's so many great Florida beers to choose from, I didn't have time to cover them all.
For more on these and other beers we discussed, be sure to watch the two video clips above, and subscribe to Beer and Sunshine on YouTube.