Southwest Florida breweries win at Florida Beer Championship

When it comes to the best beer in Florida, you don’t have to go any further than Southwest Florida’s local breweries. At the recent Best Florida Beer Championship in Tampa, Southwest Florida breweries, including Scotty’s Bierwerks, Fort Myers Brewing Company and LaBelle Brewing Company, swept the Double IPA category. Scotty’s Bierwerks also won first runner-up for Best Beer in Florida. bestfloridabeer.org

Pick an award-winning beer from the list and give it a try:

  • Scotty’s Bierwerks, Cape Coral, was named first runner-up, Best Beer in Florida and two gold awards for Double IPA, Double IPA and Blonde Ale, Summer Ale.
  • Fort Myers Brewing Company, Fort Myers, won gold for Fort Myers Wheat, American Wheat and Chocolate Stout, Chocolate Beer. The brewery also took home silver for OYA, Double IPA.
  • Big Storm Brewing & Distilling Co., Cape Coral, won gold for Bromosa IPA, Experimental IPA.
  • Crazy Dingo Brewing Co., Fort Myers, won two silver awards for Koning Der Bouy, Belgian Tripel and Feelin’ Buzzed, Honey Beer.
  • Millennial Brewing Co., downtown Fort Myers, won silver for Grow-Jees-K’ya, Smoked Beer.
  • Point Ybel Brewing Company, Fort Myers, won three bronze awards for Snook Bite IPA, American IPA; Sanibel Light, German Helles Lager; and Grey Mangrove, Smoked Beer
  • LaBelle Brewing Company, Hendry County, won bronze for Captain Hendry, Double IPA.

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The Captiva Erosion Prevention District will have a beach attendant at the Alison Hagerup Beach parking lot on July 3-5 for the holiday weekend. The lot will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The parking fees are $25 for two hours or $40 for the day. The parking fees are paid through meters with cash and credit card; the parking tickets are not allowed to be transferable at any time.

The lot consists of 40 parking spaces for vehicles, golf carts and motorcycles on a first come, first serve basis. RVs and campers are not authorized to park in the lot, and overnight parking is not permitted.

The CEPD also reminded the public to be respectful of others with social distancing at beach areas. Pick up trash and furniture, and never leave anything on the beach overnight. Maintain space between the sea turtle nests and surf. Avoid using flashlights or flash photography on the beach at night, and fill in holes in the sand. Fires, fireworks and alcohol are prohibited on the beach; pets must be leashed.