Apopka Hop Pale Ale makes its debut

first_img The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your comment! TAGSApopka Hop Pale AleFirst Magnitude BreweryFresh from Florida Previous articleFormer Apopka employee files federal whistleblower lawsuitNext articleA new era of playground begins today in Apopka Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Florida-grown hops is the feature of this brewApopka is a city in transition in many ways. Once known as the indoor foliage capital of the world, Apopka is now on the front end of developing a long-awaited City Center to refurbish its downtown sector, and the emergence of a state-of-the-art hospital taking the place of a 40-year-old hospital with limited services.But is it possible that Apopka could one day be known for beer?The First Magnitude Brewing Company in Gainesville hosted a release party Thursday for its newest beer, Apopka Hop Pale Ale. This unique brew was created from hops grown at the University of Florida IFAS Center in Apopka.The first-ever beer made with Florida-grown hops.Dr. Brian Pearson, an assistant professor at the Center, partnered with First Magnitude to produce the limited-edition beer (they brewed one barrel, which is approximately 31 gallons) to be packaged with the label “Fresh from Florida, Made with Florida Hops.” The first batch yielded 150 bottles, plus enough to have on tap for the release event Thursday.Pearson, a 1999 graduate of Apopka High School, has experimented with growing hops in Florida for five years. It started as a hobby and evolved into his research program.His team received a two-year, $158,000 grant from the USDA that expires at the end of 2017, so they are pursuing additional funding sources. “Getting research dollars to expeditiously continue this effort is the missing piece right now,” he said.Pearson, who brews his own batches of beer at home, reached out recently to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumers Services and Brewers at First Magnitude to create a distinct beer from his Apopka-grown hops. He delivered about 3 and a half pounds of whole hops – something new for First Magnitude, which typically uses pellets processed from hops.Despite the irregular hops delivery, Pearson is thrilled with the end-product.“Florida has experienced rapid growth in the last three years in craft beer products,” Pearson said. “I worked with First Magnitude on other research projects being so close to the university (in Gainesville). They were elated to brew a beer with these hops. And they brewed a special beer.”Head brewer John Denny said he is pleased how the first batch came out: “It is an American pale ale with a biscuit malt character. It also has a citrus character, and a unique earthy quality as well.”Apopka Mayor Joe Kilsheimer made the drive to Gainesville to attend the event. He ranked Apopka Hop Pale Ale in a particular category of noteworthy events in Apopka’s recent history.“There are a lot of exciting things happening in Apopka,” he said. “But this is probably the coolest thing to happen in Apopka in a long time.”Orange County Commissioner Bryan Nelson was also at the event and was impressed with the new Apopka beer.“It was great to be in Gainesville for the Apopka Hop Pale Ale introduction,” he said. “Thanks to Dr. Brian Pearson and the folks at First Magnitude for a great event. Apopka Hop Pale Ale is a great Florida beer.”Nelson is offering a bottle of Apopka Hop Pale Ale for charity on his Facebook page. In a post he writes:“Bid for a bottle of Apopka Hop Pale Ale which was brewed by First Magnitude Brewery in Gainesville using hops grown by Dr. Brian Pearson of IFAS. All proceeds will go to Debbie Turner’s Cancer Center. BID HIGH my thirsty friends.”To bid on the bottle, go here.Mary Anne Sanders from the University of Florida contributed to this report. Several of the photos courtesy of Dr. Brian Pearson and John Denny.last_img read more

Underwood Recovers 49 Bales of Drugs from Caribbean Sea

first_img The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36), recovered 49 bales of narcotics from the Caribbean Sea during Operation Martillo, on Aug. 3. Underwood pursued a “go-fast” speed boat late on Aug. 2, but it dumped its load before the frigate was able to effect a boarding. A Customs and Border Protection maritime patrol aircraft flying overheard, reported the “go-fast” dumping packages over the side and informed Underwood, which marked the position of the debris field in order to locate the packages in daylight. Chief Warrant Officer 3 Miguel Aponte, a member of the bridge watch team, spotted the first bale in the water around 8:15 a.m. Underwood Sailors manned the boat deck and loaded a team, including two members of an onboard U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET), into a rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB). Over the next few hours, Sailors aboard Underwood used binoculars to search the surrounding area for more bales while the RHIB team recovered anything spotted in the water. “Right off the bat, we just start picking up bales that were floating in our area,” said a member of the LEDET. “After that, the ship vectored us in to different sections that they could see from a further distance and then also the helo [helicopter] vectored us in.” An SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Vipers of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light Four Eight Detachment Three launched to assist the search from the air. “Initially we took off, were given two initial points to go between, searching back and forth using a linear pattern,” said Lt. j.g. Lance Herdon, one of the SH-60B pilots that flew the mission. “We got vectored in by the ship after calculating set and drift. We went to that area and began spotting the packages. We called the position back to the ship and they began directing the RHIB over in that area. We orbited the area and continued to find more packages.” In the end, Underwood recovered approximately 1,225 kilograms of narcotics. “Going wholesale price is $22,500 per kilo. So with 49 bales and 25 kilos per bale, we estimate about $27.5 million” worth of narcotics recovered today, according to a Naval Criminal Investigative Services Special Agent familiar with the case. Operation Martillo (Spanish for ‘hammer’) is a U.S., European, and Western Hemisphere partner nation effort targeting illicit trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus. Underwood is deployed to Central and South America and the Caribbean in support of Southern Seas 2012. By Dialogo August 09, 2012last_img read more

Spencer-Van Etten closes due to positive COVID case

first_imgThe district says while students may not have come into contact with the positive case, they have been directed by the Department of Health to close effective immediately until October 26th. The district said the employee works in multiple locations within the district, and after speaking with the health department, decided to close school. SPENCER/VAN ETTEN, N.Y. (WBNG) — The Spencer-Van Etten Central School District announced Thursday that it will close until October 26th after an employee tested positive for the coronavirus. The Tioga County Health Department said any person who was in direct contact with the confirmed case will be notified, asked to quarantine, and will be given further guidance. The district asks families, students, and staff to check their email for more information before calling the district to allow phone lines to remain open. The individual has started the process of quarantining and Spencer- Van Etten is working with the Tioga County Health Department to begin contact tracing. It is unclear if the district will move to remote learning.last_img read more

UN: Children massacred in South Sudan battles

first_imgDozens of children have been killed in fighting in South Sudan, where battles rage despite political deals to end almost two years of civil war, the United Nations has said.The UN said that fighting in the northern battleground state of Unity has “intensified with grave consequences for civilians” in recent weeks, adding that 40,000 people are also starving to death.The report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) released late on Friday detailed killings in just one area of Unity state during a two-week period.It said that in the Leer district of southern Unity, which has swapped hands multiple times between government and rebel forces, at least 80 civilians were killed between October 4 to 22. Almost three-quarters of those killed were children – at least 57 killed in Leer – while there were more than 50 cases of rape being used as “a weapon of war”, the report said.Both sides are accused of having perpetrated ethnic massacres, recruited and killed children and carried out widespread rape, torture and forced displacement of populations to “cleanse” areas of their opponents.Hunger experts from the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) have warned of a “concrete risk of famine” before the end of the year if fighting continues and aid does not reach the hardest-hit areas.While some aid has reached two districts in Unity – Buaw and Koch – other areas are cut off.Some 3.9 million people are in critical need of aid – a third of the country’s population and a massive 80% rise compared to the same period last year, the UN said.Civil war began in December 2013 when President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of planning a coup, setting off a cycle of retaliatory killings that have split the poverty-stricken, landlocked country along ethnic lines.The army and rebels have repeatedly accused each other of breaking an internationally-brokered August 26 ceasefire, the eighth such agreement aimed at ending the nearly two-year long war.last_img read more