Four of the state's most renowned brewers will be serving up their foamy concoctions at Crafts on 2, located in the arts center's second-floor lobby. Wines, cocktails and snacks will also be available.
center opened, has been highly successful. So, he adds, it only made sense to expand the options and involve more communitybased vendors. Wojciechowicz notes that each of the four brews on tap offers “a totally different profile,” which means that guests will be able to enjoy a variety of taste experiences. That’s fine with the quartet of brewers, who describe themselves as friendly competitors who share a passion for their art. It’s all about the beer, they insist. At Crafts on 2, Orlando Brewing is touting its Organic Blonde Ale (made with organic hops to create a low hop bitterness with a crisp, dry finish), while Ten10 is showcasing its Urban Pale Ale (an aromatic and hoppy beer with notes of citrus). You can also try Crooked Can's McStagger Imperial IPA (a double dose of hops counterbalanced with a healthy dose of malt), or Big Storm’s Oats in Hose Oatmeal Stout (a creamy, complex oatmeal stout that uses 200 pounds of oats to balance out the roasted smokiness of a traditional stout). Still, if you’d prefer wine or a cocktail, Crafts on 2 has got you covered. The Quantum Leap Wine Bar offers Italian Pinot Grigio, Monterey Red Blend, Columbia Valley White Blend and Stellenbosch Caber20
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net Sauvignon from the Quantum Leap Winery, located in Orlando’s Mills 50 District. And the Craft Cocktail Bar offers creative concoctions using beverages from Louisvillebased Brown-Forman, whose iconic brands include Jack Daniels, Woodford Reserve and Old Forester as well as an array of other legendary spirits, including tequila and vodka. “Whiskey and bourbon — the brown spirits — have enjoyed 30 to 40 percent growth over the past several years,” says Lucas Patterson, field sales manager of the hotel and restaurant division for Breakthru Beverage Group, Brown-Forman's local distributor. “It could be a retro thing. Some of these are the drinks that brought us out of the Great Depression.” Each bar offers carefully selected food pairings provided by Olde Hearth Bakery, Puff ‘n Stuff Catering and Le Gourmet Break. And Barnie’s will continue to offer its signature selection of coffees, lattes and cappuccinos with such tasty bites as macaroons and croissants. “We’re really thrilled to be a part of this,” says Mike Wallace, head brewer and vice president of Ten10 Brewing. “We want to find more ways to be a part of the community and we’re big fans of the arts, so it’s a nice fit.”