As far as we're concerned craft beer is one of the greatest things since sliced bread -- actually, it's better. And while we're all about hanging at a chilled brew bar with friends, sometimes you need to be portable, you just need bottles or cans.
Tomorrow night, Riverside Market is hosting a first-ever bottle release for Native Brewing's Glades Pale Ale.
From 6 to 9 p.m., the market is offering $3 Glades Pale Ale bottles along with a beer sampling, including some special selections by Native Brewing owner Adam Fine.
Started in January, 2013, Native Brewing began creating small batches of brew solely on draft. Initially, the company poured beer at events and a few select accounts (including Riverside) as it was tweaking its recipe. After considering customer response to its product, Fine settled on an exact recipe and has been selling it one draft for the past year.
"The laid back atmosphere of Riverside is the ultimate escape from the hustle and bustle of South Florida," says Fine. "The market is a neighborhood place where friends gather to share their stories, have a good time and drink good beer. Riverside has always been a big supporter of both the Native Brewing company and Glades Pale Ale where it is almost always on draft. It is the perfect place to launch Glades Pale Ale bottles, a beer made for kicking back and enjoying the Florida lifestyle.
Light golden in color with vibrant hops, easy drinking body, and 6.5 percent A.B.V., Glades Pale Ale is ideal for IPA-fans looking for an easy drinking beer suitable for hot weather.
While Riverside is known for being a craft beer haven, Fine and Riverside owner Julian Siegel have been longtime friends. Given their relationship, the pair wanted to work together for the release.
"I've known Adam Fine for over a decade," says Siegel. "I would consider Adam to be one of the biggest influences of craft beer in South Florida. Adam Fine was the founder of Native Brewing and Fresh Beer, the first and biggest craft beer distributor in the state. Fresh Beer was sold to Brown Distributing and the original staff still works there. I have worked closely with Adam and together we have shared the growth of this specialty market."
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