This small, but mighty craft beer group of ours started in late July 2017 with a tweet, a few GIFs, a few jokes, and a clear statement that Tallahassee now had its own. beer company — and we were going to take our city’s craft beer scene to new heights.
But truth be told, we had no idea how we were going to get there.
However, here’s what we did know:
- We knew we loved supporting local businesses
- And we knew there were MANY other people doing it too.
- And we knew we loved craft beer.
- And we knew there were MANY people doing it too.
- And we knew that with the opening of Ology Brewing in June 2017 – a month before the launch of TLHBS – Tallahassee now had five breweries.
- And we knew that meant we now had a fully fledged “craft beer scene” that you couldn’t just explore in a few hours or a day – you needed an entire weekend, officially making Tallahassee a “craft beer destination”.
And finally, we also knew the most important thing of all: Tallahassee craft beer was good. Like, really, really, really good. And we wanted to tell the world everything.
So we raced, going from Twitter to Facebook, to Instagram, to TikTok – organically amassing over 16,000 followers. We started this bi-weekly “Around The Brew Bend” column in the Tallahassee Democrat – which has now been running for over 4 years and reaching tens of thousands of readers monthly.
Swag, charities and festivals
We have made Beer society loot and started using it to help raise money for charity. We have created a website. We launched an internship program. We have developed a membership card (tlhbeersociety.com). We created a radio show on ESPN 97.9 and recorded 150 episodes. We helped to organize and organize festivals. We traveled to other cities to promote our beer scene.
We started to associate Visit Tallahassee (visittalahassee.com) on initiatives to attract visitors to our breweries – and ultimately our city. And we even had a “TLH Beer Society Pizza” named after us by the great people at Ricardo’s Italian Restaurant.
These are really just a few of the many highlights.
But, above all, we’ve become Tallahassee residents’ trusted go-to place for the latest craft beer news, regular news, area events, releases, reviews, giveaways, the festival, the bottle-sharing events, the entertainment, a few laughs – and really everything craft beer related in between.
It’s been one hell of a ride, #TLHBeerFam. I won’t lie!
Birthday party time
Fast forward five years later, and your Tallahassee Beer Society officially turns 5 at the end of this month.
We never made much of Turn 1, or 2, or 3, or 4. But we felt like turning five – like Turn 21, or getting into our thirties, or hitting the dreaded 4- 0 – just a little different. And that means the news we teased social media for more than a week is finally ready to be unveiled.
To celebrate our 5th anniversary, we’re having a hell of a party on Saturday August 6th. Everyone who has supported us and our local breweries over the past 5 years is invited to come celebrate. Free. No ticket needed. No RSVP listing.
If you’ve been on this journey with us – or want to start – please come celebrate!
Here are all the details – and you might want to pour a beer before you start reading.
Space at Feather Oaks
To start, clear those calendars for the evening of August 6th. The party starts at 5 p.m. – there will be many “5 themes” at this party – at Space at Feather Oaks and it will last until 10 p.m. If you’ve never been to Feather Oaks, you need to check out their website and see for yourself the amazing atmosphere we’ll be celebrating in.
Their horse farm turned event space is truly a Tallahassee treasure! We’re beyond excited to partner with them for this event, and we hear they even have a little announcement to make on the night of the party that will be of interest to craft beer lovers.
These days we now cover about 15 breweries within a 90 mile radius – expansion was just part of our natural growth over the past five years – and we asked them to donate a keg of beer at this event so both are symbolically represented at the party, and so attendees can get a REAL “taste of Tallahassee.”
So if you come on August 6, expect to sample the following beers: Proof, Lake Tribe, Deep, Ology, Civic Brewing, Eastpoint Beer Co., Oyster City, Halpatter, Southern Fields, Salty Oak Brewing, Blountstown Beer Co ., Southern Philosophy, Georgia Beer Company, and Amicus Brewing Ventures, which is 850’s next planned brewery and hopes to open in early 2023.
We even added a homebrewer who has been a big part of our journey and a big supporter at every turn: Tim Rach of Hammerhead Brewerywhich specializes in house ciders and has twice won the “Best Beer” award at the Tallahassee Beer Festival.
Tim will be donating a keg of his cider for all cider fans in the house on August 6th. But none of the aforementioned people will lift a finger on the night of the event. That’s because we’ve hired a trusted local service Bartender on the rocks to take care of it all. We just want everyone, including reps from all of our breweries, to just show up and celebrate with us that night!
Food, food and more food. Our craft beer journey has passed through so many local restaurants over the years that support our local breweries by proudly wearing their beer, we’d need an entire column to shout everyone out. So, it wouldn’t be a “Tallahassee Beer Society party” without copious amounts of great food!
There will be appetizers courtesy of Red Shed BBQ, Rankin Tacos and the Crumbox Gastgarden, while local food trucks Tally Mac Shack, RyRys BBQ, 88 Crepes, Oyster Mom, TC Bakery and BK’s SnowKone Factory will be on hand. place to serve all night – and all of them will be giving guests some sort of $5 special in honor of our 5th anniversary.
In the case of Tally Mac Shack – which opened in October 2017 shortly after the launch of TLHBS and has been supporting us since day one – they will be generously giving away free 5oz tasting boxes of macs to the first 200 guests. that night. So be sure to arrive early!
Every good party needs good music, right? Well, we’ve locked down one of the VERY best artists Tallahassee has to offer: Quincy’s Own Ben Flournoy, a 16-year-old music prodigy who will likely live in Nashville, Tennessee, continuing his music career this time next year. And if you’ve never heard it, you’re really in for a treat. Ben will be accompanied by two other star local musicians: marlon williams and Ryan Stidam. These three are absolutely going to light up the night on August 6th.
The Feather Oaks has plenty of space, and we plan to use it all! We will have lawn games like cornhole, putting greens, frisbee toss, ladder toss and, of course, beer pong! And our friends at Visit Tallahassee will have goody bags (until they sell out) and we’ll have a giant sticker table set up for you to collect stickers from all the breweries to take home.
And finally and perhaps the best detail of all — will be the presence of the Leon County Humane Society that night. As you may already know, we launched the very first Tallahassee Beer Society Membership Card earlier this year, it gave you benefits at 30 breweries, restaurants, distilleries, craft beer bars and bottle shops, and we’ve pledged to donate a portion of the proceeds to the Leon County Humane Society.
And after 4 months of selling cards from Valdosta to Marianna in Apalachicola we are ready to make our donation. The big reveal will therefore take place on August 6th during the 5th anniversary celebration! The LCHS will also be on hand with several adoptable dogs and information about what they are doing to help rescue animals in the area.
Doesn’t sound too shabby of a night, does it? We’re very excited about it and we hope you are too!
As the holiday approaches, we will post on our social media — Facebook, Twitter and instagram — a special Uber/Lyft code that you can use on the night of the event to save money on your journey to and from the event.
Oh, and one more thing: we’re asking everyone coming on August 6 to wear (if you have one) your Drink Tallahassee Beer shirt OR your favorite local brewery shirt. We’ll have a photographer AND a drone photographer that night, and we can’t wait to see that group photo! Don’t have one and want one before the party? Take one at tlhbeers.com.
Thank you to everyone in and around Tallahassee that we met and connected with during this trip. We appreciate all the support – and this is our way of showing it! We hope you’ll consider coming, celebrating with us, and toasting a beer to five, Tallahassee!
Questions about the party? Feel free to email us at: [email protected]
All you have to do is count the days until August 6th! Cheers!
Danny Aller is the co-founder, with Matthew Crumbaker, of the TLH Beer Society. Join the Beer Society on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or email: [email protected]
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