Last month, we were honored to be invited by Shelton Brothers Beer Importers to their annual Shelton Festival. This fest travels around the USA, but this edition was held in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Over 80 breweries from all over the USA and Europe came together to present their latest beer creations. The choice was excellent and overwhelming; look at Alex feeling blessed!
Sander and Alex were the lucky ones, getting to take this beer-infused trip on behalf of Oedipus – a fieldwork assignment not to be taken lightly! During Shelton Festival, the pair met with local brewers and beer enthusiasts in St. Petersburg and Tampa.
The scene in Florida has a lot of fresh and up-and-coming breweries that make really good beers. Among them are GreenBench Brewing, Cigar City, Seventh Sun, Somehwere Brewing Company and Cycle Brewing… just to name a few!
Meet Bob Silvester of Saint Somewhere Brewing Company. Bob is a pioneer in the Florida craft beer scene. We had the pleasure to hang with him and enjoy a couple of beers at his brewery.
Alex and Sanders’ Love Shack…
And we weren’t the only Dutch brewers there – we also enjoyed the good company of Mark (Rooie Dop), Sander (Oersoep) and Bart (Ruig).
If you ever find yourself in Florida, go check out these breweries and discover some great local beers. But be prepared for 30+ Celsius temps… thankfully, though, most place have air-co!