One of the side effects/perks/symptoms of collecting beer bottles is that I am always on the hunt for new breweries and/or new beers. So, last January when Mrs. Usedhair and I went to The Central Florida Scottish Highland Games. I was pleased to find a brewery that I had not previously heard of selling pitchers of excellent beer there.
I looked up Dunedin Brewery (pronounced like the word “done” and the word “Eden” [like the Garden of Eden])and found that (at about a 2 1/2 hour drive) they were close enough that I should go and far enough away that I would have to combine the trip with something else. Fortunately, Mrs. Usedhair and I decided that after 22 years of marriage without ever having taken a honeymoon trip (but that is another story), it was time to take one this year. We decided to drive down to Sanibel Island as we love beaches, and Mrs. Usedhair loves to collect seashells. A major perk of the trip for me was that the drive would take us more or less right past Dunedin Brewery. If there’s one thing that keeps a marriage going for 22 years, it’s knowing how to balance out a trip to keep both of us happy. Our first stop of the trip was the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa. After filling our eyes with beasties for the day, we took the short drive to Dunedin, FL and stopped into Dunedin Brewery for a beer and a bite to eat. My biggest fear in going to any brewery is that they will not have bottles to sell and will only have beer on tap. My second biggest fear is that they brewery will be stocked with only the most standard of beer types (e.g., blonde, IPA, hefeweizen). Turns out Dunedin actually had some really nice bottles with impressive art work. It also helped that the bottles were filled with some really impressive beer styles.
This adventure turned out excellent because I not only got some excellent and unique bottles for the collection, but also because I got to start out a honeymoon trip in the best possible way.