Bowigens Beer Company of Casselberry has been voted Best Microbrewery in our Foodster Awards for Independent Restaurants and will be awarded the Platinum placque.
Hourglass Brewing, the Longwood beermaker that recently announced a second location for Orlando, took second place for the Gold.
Red Cypress Brewery of Winter Springs was third, just squeaking ahead of Titusville's Playalinda Brewing Company.
Best Microbrewery was one of the most hotly contested of all our Foodster Award categories. Seeing as how it there have been so many small breweries opening in Central Florida lately, that shouldn't come as a surprise.
In placing her vote, Maria DiCesare said, "Bowigens has the best rotating selection of craft beers in the area! I love going there and always trying something new as well as enjoying their staple brews which are consistently delicious. Plus the staff is super friendly and always suggests the best new beers to try!"
Dan Dominguez added, "Bowegins Beer Company is by far the best Florida Brewery I’ve been too. They do a wonderful job of producing quality beer and usually have a TON of their own beers on tap! Very impressive."
Farris Riggsbee voted for Hourglass "because they have Michael DeLancett, one of the most dedicated Brewmasters in The microbrewery business. His dedication to the micro cause is unmatched." While Robert Persons stated simply, "Hourglass is the best by far."
In all, more than 30 businesses vied for the title of Best Microbrewery Foodster Award.
The final categories for 2017 will be Best New Restaurant and Best Restaurant Overall. Polling will begin next week. Leave a comment here if you'd like to nominate a restaurant for either category. Unlike previous Foodsters, write-in candidates will not be accepted.