#43 – Conquest Brewing Company in Columbia, SC

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On Friday, 2/7/14, we made our way from Charleston over to Columbia, SC and met with Joseph Ackerman, the President and Head Brewer of Conquest Brewing Company, along with Matt Ellisor, their Vice President and Assistant Brewer. One of the first things we noticed after walking in were the paintings on the walls, which they explained to us had been painted by a local artist named Chuck Maier to represent each of their beers. Some of the artwork was created based on the beer names, like Sacred Heart and Medusa Head, while others were painted without knowledge of the beer and then used to represent the beer, like The Finisher.

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#36 – Orlando Brewing in Orlando, FL

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After taking Friday off to catch up on writing and research during the day and visit Epcot at Disney World with our friends at night, we met up with the generous people of Orlando Brewing on Saturday, 2/1/14. The first thing we did was jump onto their free 45-minute public tour with James Elmer as our guide and learned all about their brewing process. Tod Caviness of the Orlando Sentinel joined us on that tour as well, and afterwards interviewed us; you can find that article here.

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#34 – Dunedin Brewery in Dunedin, FL

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Immediately after checking out 7venth Sun Brewery on Wednesday, 1/29/14, we made a ridiculously long 2-minute drive all the way around the block to Dunedin Brewery in Dunedin, FL. Open since 1996, Dunedin is Florida’s oldest craft brewery with quite a few tricks up their sleeve. Not only do they brew, they also have food, live entertainment, and hold a ton of events. As soon as we walked in the door we were greeted by brewers Trace Caley and Richard Crance (Rick/ Ricky), along with their service/ sales manager Matt Barnett. Rick and Trace both claim there is no head brewer, but more so work as a brewing collective with the help of Mikey P., Simon Domb, and Lex Carr. Trace has been with the company for about 13-14 years and started homebrewing in 1992 simply because there was a limited amount of beers for him to choose from at that time.

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#32 – Swamp Head Brewery in Gainesville, FL

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Tuesday, 1/28/14, was a rainy day in Gainesville, FL, but luckily we escaped the gloom by hanging out inside Swamp Head Brewery. As soon as we walked in we were greeted by Brandon Nappy, who is their Tactical Marketing Manager. He told us that the building we were visiting will actually be demolished for an I-75 overpass that is being built for a big development, so they will not be able to renew their lease when it goes up in August. Instead, they are planning to build a new facility nearby, get it ready for a brewery, install an entire brewery, and then have it up and running with recipes dialed in; all of which needs to be completed before they can shut the existing brewery down. The goal is to break ground for the new place in April.

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#18 – 8th Wonder Brewery in Houston, TX

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On Wednesday, 1/15/14, we found ourselves over at 8th Wonder Brewery in East Downtown Houston, TX. The brewery’s name pays tribute to the fact that the Houston Astrodome (now called the Reliant Astrodome) was known as the original 8th Wonder of the world. The brewery is actually located less than 10 miles from the Astrodome and will be connected via light rail once it is completed. It is also just 4 blocks away from the new BBVA Compass stadium (where the Dynamo plays), 4 blocks away from the Toyota Center (where the Rockets play), 10 blocks away from Minute Maid Park (where the Astros play), and 2 blocks away from the George R. Brown convention center, which will be home to one of the largest beer festivals in the country later this year.

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365 American Craft Breweries in 365 Days.

My friend, Brandon Wurtz (Haggis), and myself, Michael Roberts (Camel), will be taking a trip across the United States to visit at least 365 breweries in 365 days in 2014.  During our travels, this blog, our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Untappd will be updated daily with interviews, stories, photos, podcasts, and much more showcasing the side of craft beer that we have come to know and love.  

Our mission is simply to support the craft brewing community in hopes that it will give attention to the smaller, more localalized breweries in the craft brew scene. We are also striving to put out a coffee table book with a dedicated page for each brewery we encounter on our epic journey as well both desk and wall calendars.