Due South Brewing Co., located in Boynton Beach, FL, has won the award for Best Large Brewery in Florida 2014. Results were announced this past weekend at the Brewers Ball in Tampa, FL for the 14th annual Best Florida Beer Competition. In addition to winning Best Large Brewery in Florida, Due South's Mariana Trench Imperial Stout, Category 5 IPA, and Asylum Harbor Red Ale all brought home gold medals with Cafe Ole Espresso Porter winning silver and Apple Brandy Barrel Aged Pico Duarte winning bronze. The Category 5 IPA won second runner up for Best Beer in Florida out of over 380 entries.

Due South Brewing Co. announced its first international collaboration brew which will be with a new brewery, Edge Brewing, in Barcelona, Spain. Founder and head brewer Mike Halker will be crossing the Atlantic in February to brew two different styles of beer. In addition to the beer production, other things on the agenda include various events around Barcelona introducing locals to Due South's beers, beer dinners which will pair local food with Due South beers, and question and answer sessions with local brewers to provide insight on the growing craft beer industry in the United States as well as the brewing process in general.

Houston brewery's world-class beers now available to craft beer fans in four states

Saint Arnold Brewing Co., the oldest craft brewery in Texas, has finalized agreements with distributors in Florida and will enter markets along Florida¡¦s Gulf Coast this month. Florida is just the fourth state where Saint Arnold beers are available, joining Texas, Louisiana and Colorado.

Saint Arnold, which is named for Saint Arnold of Metz, the patron saint of brewers, is ranked 45th on the Brewers Association list of top craft breweries. It operates out of a 104,000 square foot 3-story brick building originally constructed in 1914. Saint Arnold's brewhouse was imported from Klosterbrauerei Raitenhaslach, a Bavarian monastery.

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