Engine 15 Brewing Co.
Engine 15 Brewing Co. co-owner and brewer Sean Bielman and brewer David Morenus stand proudly behind Jacksonville Beach's third production brewery, where you can find 12 in-house brews complemented by several rotating seasonal recipes. They're best-known for their hoppy Double Drop IPA. At 65 IBU and 6 percent ABV, it's special because it's dry-hopped two times a day in five intervals over the course of two days for a very bitter, dank brew. Both originally homebrewers, Bielman and Morenus said their craft lineup has come a long way, but a few of their core brands are adaptations from their early days, including their English-style double brown ale known as Nutsack and the malt-forward Old Battleaxe IPA. Looking for them down here? Outside of Duval County, it's hard to find. Of the 900 barrels they produce a year, only 300 make it outside the brewery. Until you make the trip, you can learn more by visiting the Engine 15 website and Facebook page.
Mile Marker Brewing
St. Augustine's 2-year-old brewery, Mile Marker Brewing, is the work of co-owners Vance Joy and Mike Fierro and brewmaster Dennis Grune, who were representing their craft brews named for Florida landmarks Saturday during the event. The city's only full-production commercial facility, Mile Marker offers five core beers available year-round, including Mile Marker Zero, a blond ale; and Mile Marker 1565, an ancient city red ale. At the fest, the brewery had Mile Marker 82, an Islamorada IPA; and Mile Marker 70, a creamy Palm Beach coconut porter. Visit the Mile Marker website and Facebook page.
M.I.A. Brewing Co.
Out of Doral comes M.I.A. Brewing Co., one of Miami's newest production breweries, founded in January 2012. As South Floridians eagerly await their fall grand opening, assistant brewmaster Piero Rodriguez tells Clean Plate Charlie that demolition has been completed and equipment is in-house. Now it's just a waiting game. Visit the M.I.A. Facebook page.