Florida's homegrown beer scene has come a long way in recent years, what with Funky Buddha on the verge of opening a shiny new facility in Oakland Park, Holy Mackerel's recent tap room opening, and Due South Brewing blowing the lid off the local scene with less than a year in production.
One of the biggest names in Florida brews is undoubtedly Tampa's Cigar City Brewing, which has drawn interest from craft fans around the country despite how difficult it is to get outside of the state. Cigar City enjoys a strong fanbase in South Florida and will have a big presence during South Florida Beer Week, which kicks off on Saturday.
Clean Plate Charlie caught up with Cigar City's South Florida Representative Phil Palmisano for an email interview in advance of the week-long celebration of craft beer. Palmisano fills us in on where to find the brewery in the coming week, why cans are better than bottles, and what to expect from Cigar City as it closes in on its four-year anniversary.