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HCC Craft Beer Series: Ancient Ales and Modern Innovators @ J.J. Taylor Distributing
Oct 2 @ 6:30 pm

The second in the Craft Beer Series from the Institute of Florida Studies.

Take a trip around the world and sample recipes discovered in the tombs of ancient kings, pharaohs and other legendary sources. Learn about the innovative brewers recreating these historic beers and how they influence craft beer today.

HCC Craft Beer Series: European Evolution @ J.J. Taylor Distributing
Oct 16 @ 6:30 pm

Third in the series from the Institute of Florida Studies.

Learn how the brewing traditions of Germany, England and Belgium have influenced brewers around the world. Discuss the evolution of style, regional influences that guided brewing techniques, and how modern brewers expand upon centuries of expertise.

Skydive City Brewfest
Oct 25 @ 3:00 pm – 11:59 pm

Brewfest to Feature AHA Homebrewer of the Year

Zephyrhills, FL (August 22, 2014) – Skydive City in Zephyrhills will host the inaugural Skydive City Brewfest on Saturday, October 25th, 2014 with a beer pouring and sampling event featuring the award-winning brew of local homebrewer Mr. Robert Hilferding, up to 25 homebrewers from across Central Florida, and offerings from regionally licensed “Craft Breweries” provided by the Dade City Brass Tap and the Sunset Bar.

Hilferding is a long-time Zephyrhills resident and businessman who took up homebrewing as a hobby after retiring. Last June, he brought home the 2014 American Homebrewers Association (AHA) Homebrewer of the Year Award with his best-in-show entry in the Scottish and Irish ale category.

Zephyrhills businessman Bill Back who has worked with Skydive City in the past thought of the idea and pitched it to Mr. Hilferding and to TK Hayes of Skydive City over the Summer. “After learning of Robert’s outstanding accomplishment, I certainly felt there should be a way to celebrate together with the community. The venue at Skydive City is an ideal location for this first-ever event offering a casual and inviting vibe suited for both tasters, brewers, and guests.

Skydive competitors and enthusiasts from around the world are expected to begin arriving at the Dropzone ahead of the World Championships right about the time the Brewfest kicks into gear. Skydive City is hosting the 5th FAI World Championships of Canopy Piloting from November 1-7, an action-filled spectator event featuring the world’s top competitors. The BrewFest will overlap with many competitors already in town to train daily, and will be front and center to the action.

“We’ll be there to welcome them with a fine cold homebrew and more,” said Back. On hosting the Brewfest, TK Hayes said “Great idea and for many reasons. This will expose people to some great brews and what Skydive City has to offer at the same time.”

The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce who has partnered with Skydive City to promote the event will also host a VIP tasting area.

The Skydive City Brewfest will take place Saturday, October 25th, 2014 from 3:00pm – 12:00 Midnight at 4241 Sky Dive Lane, Zephyrhills, FL 33542. Beer pouring & tasting and live DJ from 3-7pm and two live bands from 8pm-12 Midnight. Awards ceremony to take place at 7:30pm. Beer and Wine will also be available for purchase on site. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of show. An entry fee of $5 will be collected on-site for non-tasting patrons / spectators and concert attendees.

Payment for advance ticket sales are encouraged and available through the Skydive City booking system:

For Homebrewer information, rules, perk packages or other inquiries contact Bill Back, Event Director: Email or Phone: (813) 355-1195

HCC Craft Beer Series: Prohibition Cause & Effect @ J.J. Taylor Distributing
Oct 30 @ 6:30 pm

Our final chapter brings us back home to the United States. We will discuss the lasting effects of Prohibition in the United States and how brewing culture changed forever. We will taste through various styles of the rising craft beer movement and discuss challenges ahead.