Universal Orlando’s NBC Sports Grill & Brew Holds Grand Opening with Sports Celebrities Galore

Now open for the sports fans, Universal Orlando‘s NBC Sports Grill & Brew held their grand opening Friday, October 23, with a bevy of sports figures and celebrities on hand.

NBC Sports Grill & Brew grand opening at Universal Orlando

NBC Sports commentators Bob Costas, Cris Collinsworth, Hines Ward and Michele Tafoya were joined by the likes of Paul Burmeister, Doug Flutie, Rebecca Lowe, Jeremy Roenick, Kathryn Tappen, Lauren Thompson and Gary Williams.

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Celebrate Beer Festival Comes to Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee Oct 16-17

If you love a good brew, then you’ll want to check out the Celebrate Beer Festival at Kissimmee’s Osceola Heritage Park the weekend of October 16 and 17.

Celebrate Beer Festival

There will be 100’s of beers to sample, from the likes of Abita, B.Nektar Meadery, Blue Moon, Bold City, Brooklyn Brewery, Crooked Can, Funky Buddha, Leinenkugel, Harpoon Brewery, Magic Hat, Orlando Brewing, Sea Dog Brewing, Wops Hops Brewing, and much more.

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Jake’s Beer Festival Returns to Loews Royal Pacific Resort October 9, 2015

Craft brew lovers get ready…Jake’s Beer Festival Returns to Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando on Friday, October 9, 2015.

Jake's Beer Festival at Loews Royal Pacific Resort

The fest happens twice a year, and features more than 60 specialty craft beers, along with small bites (this month’s food selections have a German theme), live music by Beth McKee, and more.

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Orlando Brewing to Host 9th Annual Oktoberfest September 19

This weekend, Orlando Brewing will host their 9th Annual Oktoberfest party on September 19, and it will be quite the festival.

Orlando Brewing - 9th Annual Oktoberfest

It kicks off with a ceremonial tapping of Orlando Brewing’s 2015 märzenbier at 1pm. The day will continue with German food, the party polka sounds of Dan Witucki & Mein Heimatland Musikaten, general revelry, and of course, beer.

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Wreckers Sports Bar at Gaylord Palms Hosts Funky Buddha Beer Pairing Dinner Aug 21

The chefs at Wreckers Sports Bar at the Gaylord Palms have teamed up with the brew masters at Funky Buddha Brewery to craft a one-of-a kind seasonal dining experience on August 21.

Wreckers Sports Bar at the Gaylord Palms

Indulge in a locally-sourced five course menu – including a “mystery course” – perfectly paired with a selection of beers from Funky Buddha.

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Out and About: The Art of Beer at Artegon Marketplace

In addition to great shopping, Artegon Marketplace also hosts different events throughout the month. This week I checked out their monthly event, The Art of Beer.

The Art of Beer at Artegon Marketplace

The event is held the second Tuesday of each month, from 5pm to 8pm, and features free samples of beer, along with free bites to enjoy with the beer.

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Day Trip to St. Augustine – Dinner at A1A Ale Works and a Bryan Adams Concert

This past Sunday, my friend Joan and I made a day trip up to St. Augustine. Our primary goal was to see one of our favorites, Bryan Adams, in concert at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, but we figured we’d go early and try out one of their restaurants.

St. Augustine Bridge of Lions

We left around 2pm and got up there just before 4pm, slowed slightly by a thunderstorm en route. But as we rolled into the Historic Downtown area, it was sunny skies.

My connection at the St. Augustine CVB recommended A1A Ale Works as a restaurant to try, citing their craft brews and water-side dining. The restaurant is actually upstairs in a converted building on the corner next to the historic Bridge of Lions, with a bar area downstairs.

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Orlando Brewing Hosts Steamee Summer Tapping and Solstice Celebration June 20

Orlando Brewing is kicking off summer with the release of a new brew, and a huge water-infused solstice celebration.

Orlando Brewing Hosts Steamee Summer Tapping

It kicks off at 1pm with the tapping of Steamee Summer, a Florida Common brew. It’s brewed with a lager yeast and a warm fermenting temperature of 60 degrees. “Warmer fermenting temperature makes for an effervescent beer,” explains Brewmaster Graeme Lay. “It’ll have more fruitiness than you’ll find in a typical lager, without as dry of a finish.”

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Out and About: House of Blues Orlando Hosts Local Brews Local Grooves

Yesterday (June 13), House of Blues Orlando hosted an event called Local Brews Local Grooves that featured sampling of beers made in Florida along with live entertainment.

House of Blues Orlando Hosts Local Brews Local Grooves

The event started at 4pm. It cost $5 to get in and then $3 a piece for a 3oz pour of beer. You could get a wristband for $15 that gave you 5 pours and a souvenier plastic cup. No real savings for buying 5 at a time, which I found odd, but I figured I’d buy the wristband to limit myself to 5 samples. We also got a booklet offering beer descriptions and a layout map of the breweries.

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House of Blues Hosts Local Brews Local Grooves June 13, 2015

The House of Blues Orlando will host Local Brews Local Grooves, a craft beer event, on Saturday, June 13.

House of Blues Orlando Local Brews Local GroovesThe following breweries will be representing with samples of their local brews, with more to be announced:

  • Bold City Brewery: Jacksonville, FL
  • Brew Hub: Lakeland, FL
  • Darwin Brewing Co: Bradenton, FL
  • Dogfish Head Brewery: Milton, DE
  • Florida Avenue Brewing Co: Tampa, FL
  • Wops Hops Brewing Company: Sanford, FL

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Universal Orlando to Open NBC Sports Grill & Brew at CityWalk

The world’s first-ever NBC Sports Grill & Brew is coming to Universal Orlando‘s CityWalk, and it is scheduled to open this fall.

NBC Sports Grill & Brew at Universal Orlando

Located in the space that formerly held the NASCAR Sports Grill, this new restaurant will up the bar for sports-dining experiences.

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Whisper Creek Farm: The Kitchen and The Brewery Opens at JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes

Whisper Creek Farm: The Kitchen is the newest farm-to-fork experience at JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes, featuring ingredients grown on property.

Whisper Creek Farm: The Kitchen at JW Marriott

Food from The Kitchen will utilize seasonal ingredients from the 7,000-square-foot on-site garden at Whisper Creek Farm as well as fresh eggs from a recently added chicken coop. The menu features snacks, small plates and sandwiches, charcuterie and cheese boards, and flatbreads, created under the direction of Chef de Partie Jason Shapiro, who has also been involved in the creation of Whisper Creek Garden.

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Orlando Brewing Celebrates 9 Years of Organic Beer on April 7, 2015

Orlando Brewing will be celebrating its 9th anniversary of serving up organic brews on April 7, starting at 3pm.

Orlando Brewing 9th Anniversary

They will be tapping 9 organic beers in honor of those 9 years, and those beers are: Coconut Hard Caliber Imperial Stout, Lemon Lavender Black Tea Blonde Ale, Orange Grapefruit Pale Ale, Tropical Miami Weiss with Strawberry Pear and Mango Tea, Blackwater with Mint, O-Town Brown with Dates, Red Riveter sans Lavender and Rose Hips, Bourbon Barrel Eminent Domain, and Bourbon Barrel Olde Pelican.

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