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Best Florida Beer 2023 Results

Calusa Brewing came home with 5 medals from Best Florida Beer competition on Sunday (3/5/23). The competition is held in Tampa, FL every year, inviting breweries from across Florida to participate. This was the third year entering since opening in April 2016, we medaled 5 out of 8 beers entered.

"Woah! What an amazing day, and a testament to the whole crew at Calusa, both front and back of the house. 5 medals for some of our favorite lagers and IPAs. Truly a dedication to hard work! It blows my mind that some of our oldest recipes continue to do so well, and at the same time, even our experiments can garner some accolades. Congrats to the whole @calusabrewing Squad!!!"

Jason Thompson - Owner/Head Brewer



GOLD MEDAL - Hazy Imperial IPA category

8.8% Double NEIPA w/ 100% Citra Hops

Our Citronious IPA...BIG. The enticing haze...the HUGE citrus character...the downright reckless quantities of Citra showcased within the elegant power of a Double IPA.


SILVER MEDAL - Hazy IPA category

7.5% NEIPA w/ Citra, Mosaic, Cascade and Centennial hops

Hazy, juicy and fresh, Zote IPA showcases the modern, citrusy character of Citra and Mosaic with classic Cascade and Centennial hops. Our flagship beer, Zote (ZOH-tay) takes its name from antique maps of Florida’s West Coast.


SILVER MEDAL - Hazy Strong Pale Ale category

6.5% NEIPA w/ 100% Citra Hops

Pouring a hazy gold, Citronious blasts with the fresh flavor and aromas of citrus, mango, and tropical fruits. This single-hopped IPA is a true showcase for the juicy, dank, notoriously big character of the dynamic Citra hop. This is the third time Citronious won a medal at Best Florida Beer Competition, in 2022 Silver in the Strong Hazy Pale Ale category, and in 2019 Gold Medal in the Hazy IPA category.


BRONZE MEDAL - American-style Lager

4.5% American Light Lager

Barley, Wheat, Rice, Corn, Yeast & Hops. This beer is an attempt to combine some of our favorite lite lagers into one beer. Great malt character and supremely drinkable.

ONE BITE (Collaboration with Recycled Brewing)

BRONZE MEDAL - American-style Lager

5.5% West Coast Pilsner w/ Citra, Nelson, Motueka and Apollo hops.

A friendship that started with a ham sandwich and a deli meat napkin... Now bringing you a West Coast Pilsner, aka a West Coast Pale Ale with Lager yeast. Enjoy.

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