Author Archives: Brian

About Brian

I like beer.

Is the craft beer market saturated?

Not from where I’m sitting. The Brewer’s Association recently released the 2015 craft beer sales data, which showed continued growth of the industry. Craft beer sales increased 12.8% by volume and 16% by dollar, marking the sixth straight year of … Continue reading

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Planning a Business

In a little over a week, June 6 will mark the two-year anniversary of my opening Google Docs and creating the file that would become the Fireforge Crafted Beer business plan. It began as Croxbone Brewing Company. I was in … Continue reading

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BTR Collaboration #2: SheaDog Irish Red

Coming up on Thursday, May 8, we’ll be releasing our Batch #2 brewed at the Brewer’s Tasting Room. In collaboration with our friends Mike Shea and Silvana Capaldi, we brewed an Irish Red in homage to Mike’s Irish heritage. We couldn’t keep … Continue reading

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Cigar City & Intuition collab at Brewer’s Tasting Room

Two of my favorite Florida breweries, Cigar City Brewing and Intuition Ale Works, teamed up over Tampa Bay Beer Week at the Brewer’s Tasting Room. Joey Redner and Keegan Malone from Cigar City and Ben Davis from Intuition collaborated on this Imperial … Continue reading

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Creative Loafing Spring Hops Beer Festival

Over the years, I’ve been to a lot of beer festivals. Many of them boast, “200+ beers from 85 breweries!” Those are the ones I now avoid. To me, a beer festival is about two things: Sampling rare and one-off … Continue reading

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Brian Cendrowski, Certified Cicerone®

What are the primary flavor characteristics that define a Belgian wit? I blanked. We’ve all been there. It’s a slow-pitch softball question. I’ve drank a hundred of these. The answer is in my brain and the neurons just can’t hit the … Continue reading

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Cigar City Hunahpu’s Snafu

In a crisis, be aware of the danger – but recognize the opportunity. – John F. Kennedy Cigar City’s Hunahpu’s Day 2014 is a day that will long be remembered in craft beer lore. It was a day when joy … Continue reading

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A Vendetta Upon the Beer World

It was a simple step. A chinchilla-soft launch. Barely a ripple in the Matrix. But the wheels are turning. Thursday night at the Brewer’s Tasting Room in St. Petersburg, FL,  the public had its first opportunity to drink a beer … Continue reading

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Quick Reference Guide to Tampa Bay Beer Week 2014

Tampa Bay Beer Week is upon us! In fact, it was upon me in full force yesterday at the Brewer’s Ball. And I am still feeling its weight! As we get into the week, are you feeling overwhelmed at all … Continue reading

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The Commercial Debut of Vendetta Blood Orange Wit

It’s the day you’ve all been waiting for. After eight years of giving my beer away for free, you’re finally going to have the opportunity to pay money for it! On February 27, my first commercially available beer will debut … Continue reading

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