• Tampa Mayor Grants Proclamation for Craft Beer Day

    Brewmasters Club and J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc. commemorate economic, cultural and societal impact of craft brewing with Mayor’s Declaration.

    TAMPA, Fla. – (Feb. 02, 2017) – By proclamation of Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, breweries from across the state are recognizing Wednesday, Feb. 15, as Florida’s official Second Annual Craft Beer Day. Brewmasters Club, a Tampa-based tech startup and mobile app developer, led the original initiative in 2016 to commemorate a date that stands out in Bay area history.

    On Feb. 15, 1897, the Sunshine State saw the opening of its first locally owned and operated brewery located in the heart of Ybor City. The Florida Brewing Company was the first brewery in the southeast and became the largest exporter of beer to Cuba in the U.S. It not only served to quench the thirsts of hundreds of local cigar rollers, but played host to Theodore Roosevelt and his Rough Riders to enjoy a celebratory beer following the Spanish-American War.

    Brewmasters Club and J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc. have coordinated with the historic building’s current owner Dale Swope, in partnership with Swope, Rodante P.A., for a ceremony of unique dedication honoring Tampa’s great brewing tradition as well as more than 25 breweries from across the state of Florida who will be joining the festivities with an all new 7 p.m. virtual ‘toast’.

    “For more than a decade J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc. has passionately been supporting the independent Craft brewers of Florida. We are extremely proud to be a lead sponsor of the 2017 Florida Craft Beer Day,” said Matt Abdoney, Senior Craft Brand & Marketing Manager.

    While the brewery itself is no longer in operation, it is the starting point of a long and proud brewing tradition that the Brewmasters Club and J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc. are helping to continue.

    “In working with the Mayor’s office, the City of Tampa and dozens of local Florida businesses, we are humbled and honored to receive this Mayoral proclamation yet again this year,” said Brewmasters Club Founder, Donnie Gallagher. “The designation is much more than a day, its millions of jobs, billions in revenue and even more in statewide economic growth.”

    About Brewmasters Club

    Brewmasters Club is a Tampa, Florida-based tech startup and developer of the Brewmasters Club mobile app that customizes craft beer pairings with everyday meals while locating restaurants, bars, breweries and other storefronts near the user that sell suggested pairings. It is the mission of the Brewmasters Club to use science and industry-lead research to inspire learning in adult beer drinkers while supporting local craft breweries. For more information, email info@brewmasters.club or visit www.Brewmasters.Club.

    About J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc.

    J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc. distributes beer brands from over 80 Domestic, Craft and Import suppliers and serves more than 11,000 retail customers in 17 Florida counties. J.J. Taylor Distributing is committed to being “First Choice” to our employees, customers and suppliers and creating value through optimal growth as the “variety leader” in the beverage industry. For more information visit www.jjtaylor.