The Craft Beer Geek Visits First Magnitude Brewing Company, Gainesville Florida

Visitors play a game of Giant Jenga on a Sunday Afternoon at the First Magnitude Brewing Company.

Visitors play a game of Giant Jenga on a Sunday Afternoon at the First Magnitude Brewing Company.

I had the chance this past Sunday to visit the First Magnitude Brewing Company right here in my hometown of Gainesville Florida.  The brewery has been open for at least 6 months now and I have already tried  some of their beer at local restaurants and bars.  However, this was my first time having the chance to visit, you see, yours truly the Craft Beer Geek has a work schedule that is non conducive to getting out and doing things in the evening like most folks do.

The brewery is located in an industrial area of East Gainesville however it is nearby several hiking paths and trails so visitors can visit in multiple ways.  While the brewery does have an ample parking lot it can get a bit tricky to find a parking spot on busier days. The building itself is large and the current brewing system which is no small system only takes up a small portion of the floor space.  This leaves plenty of room for visitors to enjoy themselves.

The Business end of The First Magnitude Brewing Company

The Business end of The First Magnitude Brewing Company

Inside you will find a large warehouse and brewing system.  A nicely decorated and inviting tasting room as well as a nicely shaded beer garden just outside.  For activities they have larger games like corn hole and giant Jenga in the warehouse area, and boardgames are located inside the tasting room. On the Sunday I visited there was a food truck on site offering food to all the guests and while I didn’t try any there was a good line of folks waiting.  The brewery does try to have a regular schedule of food trucks on site so there is a good chance of finding one there when you visit.

Visitors enjoy fresh craft beer inside the tasting room at First Magnitude Brewing Company in Gainesville Florida.

Visitors enjoy fresh craft beer inside the tasting room at First Magnitude Brewing Company in Gainesville Florida.

Since I was not hungry I made my way to the tasting room and ordered a flight. They have 18 taps featuring mostly their own beer but also a few taps of other local breweries like Cigar City. They have their year round beers on tap of course, a Pale Ale called 72, a blonde ale called Siren, and and english mild called Drift. Of the year round brews I have only had 72 previously and it is a very nice Pale Ale, I like to get 32oz growler fills of it for 3.99 at Lucky’s Market.

They also had numerous small batch and limited release First Magnitude beers on tap.  I tried 3 of the limited released from First Magnitude and a Cigar City Sour Apple Cider that I had not had before.  From First Magnitude I tried the Ursa, a Centennial hopped IPA, A Belgian Pale Ale called Karst, and another of their small batch series that I am totally blanking on at the moment.  All of the brews were good, quality offerings that I enjoyed drinking, though I would have loved to have a nice stout or porter offering since the weather was nice and cool.

Visitors to the First Magnitude Brewery in Gainesville Florida enjoy their beer in the Beer Garden.

Visitors to the First Magnitude Brewery in Gainesville Florida enjoy their beer in the Beer Garden.

Speaking of nice weather I did step outside and check out the great Beer Garden, it looks like a great place to enjoy some great beer and great company.

So if you find yourself in the North Central Florida area definitely plan a stop at First Magnitude.  It’s a great place to spend an afternoon enjoying good beer, good food and good times.

For more information about hours, food truck schedule, and events visit http://fmbrewing.com

 

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New Belgium Brewing, Tour De Fall Pale Ale, Craft Beer Geek Review EP.289

The Craft Beer Geek reviews New Belgium Brewing’s Tour De Fall, a Pale Ale from Fort Collins, Colorado.
• 6% ABV

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Brew Bus Brewing, Double Decker Porter, Craft Beer Geek Review EP.288

The Craft Beer Geek reviews Brew Bus Brewing Double Decker Porter, an English Style Porter from Brew Bus Brewing in Tampa, Florida (Brewed at Cigar City Brewing).
• 6.5% ABV
• 34IBU’s

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Vichtenaar Flanders Red Ale, Craft Beer Geek Reviews EP.287

The Craft Beer Geek reviews the Vichtenaar Flanders Red, a Sour Red Ale from Verhaeghe Brewing in Belgium.
5.1% ABV
From The Brewers Website:
The “Vichtenaar” is a beer that is brewed on the basis of deeply burned malt, spicy and fruity hops, yeast and soft water pumped from a well with a depth of 172 m, which is a guarantee of the quality and the purity of the water. After the main fermentation and the second lagering the “Vichtenaar” undergoes a third fermentation in oak casks for several months. The oak casks are large vats with a capacity ranging between 5000 and 25000 liters.
The “Vichtenaar” is a traditional and typical beer for West Flanders, in the Northwest of Belgium. The taste of the “Vichtenaar” can be described as slightly acidic and complex and this through the long fermentation in oak casks. The fresh taste of the “Vichtenaar” makes it a particularly thirst-quenching beer, especially during the summer months.
The “Vichtenaar” is also one of the last old-Flemish red-brown beers which are matured in oak casks and is especially appreciated for its authenticity by the beer connoisseur. In 1958 “Brewery Verhaeghe” obtained for its beer “Vichtenaar” the first prize in the international contest for beers in Ghent.
• Type of beer : West-Flemish red brown ale
• Color : reddish brown
• Fermentation : mixed fermentation
• Alcohol : 5.1 % alc. vol.
• Wort extract : 14 Hl°Plato
• Packaging, bottles : 25cl, 33cl
• Packaging, kegs : 15l, 30l

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Mikkeller Rauch Geek Breakfast Stout, Craft Beer Geek Review EP.286

The Craft Beer Geek reviews the Rauch Geek Breakfast, a Smoked Oatmeal Coffee Stout from Mikkeller Brewing in Copenhagen, Denmark.
7.5% ABV

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Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast, Oatmeal Stout, Craft Beer Geek #285

The Craft Beer Geek reviews the Beer Geek Breakfast from Mikkeller Brewing in Copenhagen, Denmark.

An oatmeal stout with 25.0% oat-based ingredients and a nice touch of gourmet coffee. A beer that goes extremely well with breakfast! Also good for the afternoon and the evening…
Good hints of coffee and smoke as well as dark chocolate and roasted malts. A Mikkeller classic!

7.5% ABV

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Inlet Brewing, Monk IPA, Review #284

The Craft Beer Geek reviews the Monk IPA from Inlet Brewing in Jupiter, Florida.

Monk IPA is a hop forward Belgian inspired India Pale ale. Copious amounts of the freshest American hops deliver an array of citrusy, piney, tropical flavors and aromas balanced by the distinctive Belgian yeast. This bonafide combination of styles exemplifies the age old saying “in life, balance is everything!”
6.0% ABV 75 IBU’s

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New Belgium Brewing, Summer Helles Lager, Review 283

The Craft Beer Geek reviews the Summer Helles Lager from New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins, Colorado.
ABV
5.0
IBU
31
YEAST
Lager yeast
CALORIES
155
HOPS
Target, Tettnang, Hallertau
MALTS
Pale, Schill Pils
Light, bright and easy drinking, now is your chance to drink in the festival season. First brewed to celebrate 40 years of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, it has since become Planet Bluegrass’ signature New Belgium offering (under the name Summer Bliss). This Summer Helles pours a brilliant gold, with soft, white foam. The aroma is fresh grains and honey with a spicy-herbal twang. This danceable lager carries the pleasant sweetness of pale and German Pils malts, and levels off with the light and noble bitterness of Hallertau and Tettnang hops. Summer Helles finishes crisp and dry, and is sure to refresh even the thirstiest reveler. Grab your banjo, crack a bottle and let the pickin’ shine.

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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp, Yonder Bock, with Cigar City Review 282

Yonder Bock is part of Sierra Nevada Brewing’s Beer Camp, a series of 12 collaboration Beers with 12 American Craft Breweries. Yonder Bock is a Tropical Maibock Brewed in collaboration with Cigar City Brewing from Tampa, Florida.
ABV 7.7% 45 IBU’s
Tampa is a long way from our home base in Chico, but the guys down yonder in Florida sure can brew a great beer. Our friends at Cigar City find inspiration in the Cuban roots of their hometown, and that Latin-inspired flair is evident in Yonder Bock. This tropical take on the Maibock adds a Latin island flair to this traditional German style beer.
Enamored with the Latin roots of their Tampa home, Cigar City always tries to channel a bit of local history into their beers, e.g. the Humidor Series whose beers age on Spanish cedar as an homage to Tampa’s cigar making roots. Only five years old, this brewery deserves the fast praise that’s come its way.

http://beercamp.sierranevada.com/beer/cigar_city_brewing_llc

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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp, Canfusion with Oskar Blues, Review 281

CANfusion is part of Sierra Nevada Brewing’s Beer Camp, a series of 12 collaboration Beers with 12 American Craft Breweries. CANfusion is a Rye Bock Brewed in collaboration with Oskar Blues Brewing from Longmont, Colorado.
ABV 7.2% 45 IBU’s
Our friends at Oskar Blues pioneered great beer in a can and, as mutual members of the canned craft club, this partnership was a perfect fit. CANfusion is a coming together—a fusion, if you will—of flavors from across the spectrum of brewing: spicy rye, tangy wheat and a bright citrusy hop aroma.
Oskar Blues is the granddaddy of canned craft beer. Like us, they have a fun-loving passion for the outdoors and bikes. It was a natural fit for them to adopt cans as a portable, durable way to tote their favorite beer on the trail, and in the process they paved the way for all other craft brewers to follow.

http://beercamp.sierranevada.com/beer/oskar_blues_brewing_company

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