Newsy Nuggets: Brews and other stuff

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Hourglass Hope

A Spoon Full of Hope, the retail product line of Second Harvest of Central Florida, has teamed up with Hourglass Brewing to present An Hourglass Full of Hope, which will bring you a glass full of beer.

A steam lager, actually, made with ASFOH’s orange blossom honey. According to Hourglass’s tasting notes, the beer has “fragrant notes of spiced sap and swirling sweet lemon-lime citrus” there are also “flourishes of golden biscuits and freshly baked bread” plus “a subtle caramel finish” that comes from resting the lager on cracked honeycomb toffee that was made with the same honey. You can experience all that – and help fund Second Harvest’s Culinary Training Program – at Hourglass Brewing, the addresses for which you’ll find on its website.

  • Speaking of brewing, Gatlin Hall Brewing is still on tap (see what I did there?) to open this quarter inSoSoDo. Besides an onsite brewing facility, the hall will feature food vendors. Final permitting has been completed and the owners are looking for a mid March opening. Also moving into the strip mall at South Orange Avenue and Gatlin Avenue will be a second location of Winter Park’s The Porch, I hear.

Ootoya exterior

For several months now there has been a sign in the window of the former Shari Sushi announcing that Ootoya Sushi & Lounge would be taking over the space a few doors down from Soco of Thornton Park. It’s a second location for an Altamonte Springs restaurant. Looks like they’ll finally open next weekend. No, not this coming weekend, next weekend.

After closing for several weeks following an apparently whirlwind soft opening, Gideon’s Bakehouse has hard-opened its Disney Springs flagship location. According to one online poster, there was a 9 to 11 hour wait on its grand opening day last weekend. A nine hour wait. For a cookie. It’s a very good cookie, mind you, but it’s still a cookie.

And word comes from France that the vaunted Michelin Guide has awarded a star to a vegan restaurant, a first. The restaurant, ONA, which stands for Origine Non Animale, is in a small village near Bordeaux. Like most restaurants in France, ONA is currently closed due to the pandemic.

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