Hallebrewjah. Just in time for International Beer Day (yup, that’s today), we’ve come up with a list of some of the best breweries in Polk County to cure what ales ya’. Not only do these places serve locally sourced drinks, but they’re falling into new flavors and brews just in time for autumn. Whether you’re a fan of ales, lagers, malts, or stouts, these pitcher-perfect breweries, will have you covered.
🍺 Brew Hub, 3900 Frontage Rd. S | To-go + on-site | Not only a brewery, but a lab where each drink is tested to make sure it’s up to par.
Beer to look out for this fall: Matte Black | Prices Vary | Ever wonder what coffee and beer taste like together? This dark lager, partnered with Concord Coffee (1037 Florida Ave. S. #135) combines both beer and caffeine to keep you grounded – espresso-ly during these final dog days of summer. #Pro-Tip: Check to make sure the taproom is open. 🍸
🍺The Florida Brewery, 202 Gandy Rd., Auburndale | To-go | This second-oldest brewery still in operation in FL and is still going strong. | Beer to look out for this fall: Maple Pecan Porter | $5 | To-go | Coffee + caramel lovers, unite. With hints of coffee, caramel, maple syrup + roasted pecans, this drink will quickly become your favorite drink you pe-can’t live without.
Beer to look out for this fall: Maple Pecan Porter | $5 | To-go | Coffee + caramel lovers, unite. With hints of coffee, caramel, maple syrup + roasted pecans, this drink will quickly become your favorite drink you pe-can’t live without.
Have a “brew”tiful day, checking out these 10+ breweries in Polk and beyond. Pssst…we also included some more fall favorite bevvies, to get you into the upcoming Halloween spirit.
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○TheEarly Learning Coalition of Polk County (ELC)is offering calming kits to help children cope with their emotions during COVID-19. The Calming Kit consists of a feeling wheel, bingo boards ∫strategy cards, and kits are available through The Discovery Source. The ELC has purchased more than 300 kits so far, which will be placed in daycare facilities in the county. (WFTS Tampa Bay)
○McKeel Academy is one of the first schools in Florida to head back to class this week. The school expected 70% of students to attend regular, in person classes, with the rest partaking in virtual learning. Masks are required in the classroom. (Lkld Now)
○First Friday will take place for the first time since March 6. Today, downtown restaurants + shops will take over Munn Park. The event will take place from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. and will include what The Ledger calls a “COVID twist.” This time, there will be none of the usual exhibitors such as food trucks, arts/crafts vendors, or live entertainment. (The Ledger)
○ Lake Wales is now set to approve a face mask ordinance. The decision is slated to either pass or fail during the next commission meeting on Aug. 18. At this point, the first reading of the proposal was approved, the second + final meeting will pass the law, if successful. (The Ledger)
○Thetravel ban for anyone coming to FL from NY, NJ + CT was lifted yesterday. The ban, ordering anyone traveling from those states to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, was ended by Gov. DeSantis in a new executive order. (Click Orlando)
○The Florida Education Association claims that the emergency order for the reopening of schools is unsafe and unconstitutional. The teacher’s union is aiming to stop the state from opening up schools while COVID-19 is still a threat, and with a lawsuit filed on July 20 by the teacher’s union’s against the state, the goal is to let each school district decide if face-to-face learning is feasible instead of the state deciding if schools should open. (Wesh 2 News)
○As virtual learning increases, pediatricians are concerned about eye strain in children. Dr. Samantha Roland with Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital explained that signs of vision problems may include rolling their eyes + blinking excessively. She also said that the main problem may be dry eye, and to combat that, she suggests that for every 20 minutes a child looks at a screen, they should look at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. (Bay News 9)
Hey, there. Looking for today’s #MustDo events? In accordance with the
CDC’s recommendations regarding public gatherings, we have decided to postpone public event coverage for the time being. We look forward to bringing you Lakeland’s #MustDo events soon (until then, feel free to submit your virtual events
Alright, so this isn’t exactly Lakeland, but we can’t resist. You’ve heard of goat yoga, maybe, but have you heard of alpaca yoga? 🦙
LuneSea Alpaca Farm (18810 Lone Dove Ln) in Clermont hosts alpaca yoga classes which include 45-minutes of yoga + of course, alpaca play-time. Prepare for a downward dog…or alpaca…to your heart’s content. And, if you aren’t up for a drive to Clermont, check out Monarch’s and Miracles Farm right here in Lakeland for goat yoga.
The farm recently teased the return of goat yoga on their Facebook so stay tuned for upcoming goat yoga classes + updates. 🐐
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Weather ○91º | PM Thunderstorms | 50% chance of rain
Wellness ○ ICYMI,August isNational Wellness Month. If you’re like us, you’ve spent quarantine perfecting your self-care routine.But what about your mental wellness?Raleigh-based CBD company Naternaloffers high-quality CBD products at affordable prices (starting at $25). Not sure where to start? You can taketheir quiz to see which product is best for you. Ⓟ
Cause ○ Toys for Tots is now donating books for low-income students. More specifically, the Polk County branch already includes a book during the children helped at Christmastime, but has now accepted 2,300 books for the Polk County School Board, worth around $38,000. 📚 (Lkld Now)
Community ○Pray on MLK, an event to stand + pray against injustice and racism, will be held tomorrow from 6:01 p.m.-8:01 p.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. There will be one hour of silent prayer and one hour of worship with social distancing. ○Swan Brewing will be hosting an event called Sunday Service on Aug. 9 at 11 a.m. at their Downtown location (115 W. Pine St.). During that time, people will be cleaning up trash around Lake Wire and will be given materials and a mask.
Health ○Be careful with your ground beef, Lakeland. More than 38,000 pounds of ground beef delivered to the US from Canada has been recalled in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. The reason for the recall was the lack of inspection upon entering the states. At this time, no adverse issues from consumption have been reported, however if you have these products, the USDA recommends you throw them out immediately. The beef in question is Balter Meat Company 73/27 ground beef with best by dates ranging from Aug. 9 + 10 and pack dates from July 20, 21, or 22. (News 2)
LALVotes ○ Don’t forget, tomorrow, Aug. 8 is the final day to request a ballot to be mailed to Polk County Residents who are planning to vote on Aug. 18 for the statewide primaries. Requests can be made by contacting the elections office at 863.534.5888 or online.
WaterCooler ○ FourFlorida Southern Collegebaseball players will be representing the Mocs and the 863 in summer baseball leagues across the country. The athletes, Jarrod Cande, Thomas Spinelli, Kyler Marquis, and Charlie Anderson will be spread out among different leagues with Jarrod and Thomas in the Florida Collegiate Summer League. Kyler will partake in the Coastal Plains League and Charlie in the Midwest Collegiate League. Go Mocs. 🐍
Show ○ It’s just a jump to the left and a step to the right, Lakeland. 2020 Auditions for the Rocky Horror Picture Show are here, beginning this Sun., Aug. 9 from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Both in-person and virtual auditions are being accepted with the deadline for virtual submissions at 3 p.m. on Sunday. 🎭
TryThis ○This is (virtually) American Idol. American Idol is holding the first-ever Zoom auditions, called Idol Across America,in FL on Monday. To secure your mic, make an appointment before Monday so you can show off your singing skills “face-to face” with the show’s producers. The audition process will span across all 50 states + Washington D.C. 🎤 (Tampa Bay Times)
Family ○ Busch Gardens has announced more dates have been added for Summer Nights. Originally, the event was slated to end on Aug. 16, and is now extended through Sept. 6. (Bay News 9)
Trending ○Hey Passholders. Disney announced a new magnet will be mailed out later this month. In an effort to welcome passholders back to the magic, the new Tinker Bell magnet has been released and one will be sent to each family. 🧚 (Bay News 9)
Dish ○A recent edition of Foodie Friday – the video series where Southern Homes shares cooking-at-home tips from their quaran-team – features homemade Baklava from Sales Coordinator Kate Moore Spangler. 😋 Ⓟ
PlanAhead ○ Bill Engvall, Grammy nominated, multi-platinum selling recording artist and one of the top comedians in the country is coming to the RP Funding Center on Fri., Jan. 29th, 2021. Tickets start at $40 and can be purchased here. Ⓟ
Answered: If you guessed Dunedin Brewery for our oldest brewery quiz, you’re correct.
Yesterday we asked you to weigh in on your Elvis Presley experiences. 69.2% of you said that you, or someone you knew, saw Elvis, while the remaining 30.8% did not. We even got some first-hand accounts. ⬇️
“My girlfriend and I lived in Winter Haven and we stood in line around the Polk Theater. It was the thrill of our lives…we were 14 yrs old! [We] would do it again at 77!” – Reader Diane M.
“I did attend with no great expectations, but once there, [I] got caught up in it all and sighed and yelled and swooned with all the rest!” – Reader Cecelia W.
“Elvis trivia… He actually had a concert in 1976 at the Lakeland Center when it was called the Civic Center. My mom went and I distinctly remember her enthusiasm about that event.” – Reader Lora W.
“Yes I was there with my Mother Gladys Denton and brother Ron Denton. We lived at Camp Mack at the time. I became an Elvis fan that nite and saw him 6 more times in Vegas at the Hilton and his last performance at the Lakeland Civic center and been to Graceland lots and going back in Oct.” – ReaderJack D.
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