This week I’m visiting a local brewery… in a sense. Sea Dog Brewing Company can be said to be local in several cities in Maine, New Hampshire, and Florida.
In addition, they are owned by Shipyard Brewing which has an even harder sell at being called a local establishment.
The particular “local” Sea Dog I went to is in Orlando, FL. The call came to have dinner with an aunt who was doing the whole Disney thing and Sea Dog was the closest brewery I could find in that area of Orlando. Don’t get me wrong. I really like their beer and always have. I was just worried that there was going to be a “chain store” vibe and that there wouldn’t be much original going on. I was pleasantly surprised.
The decor and atmosphere is certainly in line with craft beer tap room standards.
After enjoying a few beers and dinner, I wandered over to where some brewers were cleaning up. Apologies for the blurry picture here.
I found out that this particular Sea Dog location brewed a unique beer (I’m talking mango/pineapple/habanero unique) every single week. So, I could actually come here all year and get something truly local and different every time. Unfortunately, I avoid the Disney area of Orlando like the plague. But, it’s great to know that when friends and family want to meet up there, I can have a go to place and still get something different every time.
Last, but certainly not least, I toured the gift shop and found a really interesting drinking product. At first glance, I really couldn’t picture just what the hell this thing could possibly be used for.
After a quick demonstration and explanation I find that these things are called Lil Suckers. If you put one on the bottom edge of a glass, can, or bottle, it creates suction on whatever surface you set it down on and makes it hard to spill.
In the picture, I’m actually pulling up on the glass as hard as I can (to no avail). If you lift the edge of the Lil Sucker up lust a lil bit, it lets go of the surface and releases your beer. Pretty damn neat toy really.
So, despite my originally low expectations, Sea Dog turned out to be one of my better brewery visits. I didn’t come away with any bottles, but I have plenty of those already. For this visit, I was free to enjoy the beer, the atmosphere, and the Lil Sucker.