Florida Beer Company Wins Gold Medal at 2012 U.S. Open Beer Championship

MELBOURNE, FL – The Florida Beer Company, Florida’s leading craft brewer recently competed in the prestigious 2012 U.S. Open Beer Championship. Florida Beer Company is pleased to announce that its Hurricane Reef Pale Ale was awarded the Gold Medal in the very competitive, English Pale Ale Category.

The U.S. Open Beer Championship announced the winners on July 31. Over 1,650 beers were entered this year in 65 categories from breweries from around the world.
Over 20 international breweries entered the competition. This year the judges were selected from England, Canada and the United States.

“Florida Beer Company is extremely pleased to receive a Gold Medal in this highly competitve competition,” said Rick Clay, VP of Florida Beer Company. “We are constantly striving to make great beer and represent Florida at these competitions and a Gold Medal affirms our strong commitment to these goals.”

For more information on the 2012 U.S. OPEN BEER CHAMPIONSHIP go to www.usopenbeer.com


The Florida Beer Company, located in Melbourne, Florida, is the leading craft brewer in the state. Florida Beer Company is the sixth largest Craft Brewer in the Southern U.S.

The Florida Beer Company portfolio consists of its flagship brand, Key West, Florida Beer Swamp Ape IPA, Florida Lager, Ybor Gold, Hurricane Reef, La Tropical and Kelly’s Hard Cider. Along with production of these equity brands, Florida Beer Company also produces a number of contract and private label craft beers. Florida Beer Company beers are distributed by a network of top-level distributors in Florida, Virginia, Maryland, D.C. and New York.

Due to come online in the 4th quarter of 2012, Florida Beer Company will be completing a major expansion in beautiful Cape Canaveral, FL. The expansion includes over 5 acres and a 60,000 sq.ft., state of the art facility, conveniently located next to Port Canaveral.