MARK DeNOTE, roving beer writer and hands-down expert on Florida’s wonderful craft beer movement. And it IS quite a movement! Craft breweries are opening left and right, and Mark’s wirtten a concise guide to Florida beer, beginning at the beginning with the 1896 opening of Ybor City Brewing Company.
Mark DeNote is the editor of Florida Beer News. The website was born in 2013 when Mark noticed that many Florida breweries were not receiving national attention for the work they did. Florida Beer News was born as a vehicle for Florida’s craft breweries to tell the world about general news, beer releases, and anything else of note.
Florida is one of the country’s most rapidly-growing beer scenes, and Florida Beer News seeks to be at the forefront, helping craft beer drinkers in Florida connect with the news of their breweries and breweries around the country in the Florida market. In 2012, the Tampa Bay Area saw five new craft breweries open their doors. A state that once held fewer breweries than fingers on a hand now boasts close to 60 breweries and brewpubs, with several dozen in the planning and opening stages.
Mark has written two books about Florida craft beer: one about the entire state and one about Tampa Bay’s history. Mark is currently working on his third book, this time a project of a different color. Look for Mark promoting these books and speaking about Florida’s craft beer past, present, and future around the state.