Nicole Dempsey of Southern Philosophy Brewing Company based in Bainbridge, Ga. explains how a choice beer is made to a curious customer. [ Frank Stephenson | Contributed ]
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St. George Island Brewfest sets turnout record

Organizers of the annual SGI Brewfest on St. George Island reported a record turnout for Saturday’s competition that saw 60 breweries compete for best-of-show prizes. More than 1,200 tickets were sold out three weeks before the single-day event opened, which was the seventh in the series.

Independent brewmasters from around the country – plus several from such beer-loving countries as Finland, Scotland, Sweden and Spain – enjoyed serving samples of their craft to an enthusiastic crowd under picture-perfect skies. 

Sweeping top honors was Tallahassee’s own Deep Brewing Company, voted both best brewery and best beer, marking the first time a single vendor was awarded both of the festival’s top prizes.

All proceeds for the event go to underwrite the nonprofit Franklin County Humane Society. In 2023, the event contributed $70,000 in proceeds to the organization which provides a variety of services aimed at improving the lives of homeless animals.

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David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

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