Three Palms Brewing
Three Palms Brewing out of Tampa is the brainchild of Danelle and Randy Reaver, the owners and founders of the three-barrel brewpub founded in July 2012. Together the couple produce an ever-rotating lineup of specialty brews -- as many as 20 at a time -- available for sampling at their tap room. During the fest, the Reavers offered up two beers, including their Tropic Funk Belgian specialty ale, made with guava and wild flower honey. In Tampa, Three Palms is best-known for its Enjoy the Ride imperial IPA, Ruby Pogo red ale, and Black Durgeon imperial stout. You can sample any of their unique and flavorful recipes at their tap room Wednesday through Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Visit the Three Palms Brewing website and Facebook page.
Alligator Brewing Company
Out of downtown Gainesville comes Alligator Brewing Company, founded in March 2011 by owner Paul Evans, who calls his nano-brewery located inside Tall Paul's Brew House "old school New England-style." Originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Evans came to Florida and immediately saw a need for more beer. And even though his brewery caters to the college masses, the beer that flows from his taps is anything but ordinary. Instead, you'll find Florida-centric brews made with local ingredients. Each are modern takes on old-world style beers, including their festival lineup which offered head brewer Neal Mackowiak's own take on an Oktoberfest marzen, a coriander, chamomile and kumquat-infused berliner weisse and -- our personal favorite -- a katzenjammer brewed with honey and ginger. Mackowiak likens his style of brewing to American jazz: interpretive riffs off the traditional. "I like to take styles of beer and do something unconventional with them, while still staying true to the tradition of the brewing methods," he told Clean Plate Charlie. For more information on Alligator Brewing Company visit the website and Facebook page.