Very few things are more synonymous with golf then the 19th hole.
Yes, I know there are only 18 holes on a traditional golf course. The 19th hole is not a hole in the literal sense, but a place to kick back and relax after a round, be it with your buddies, playing partners, or just yourself.
You might talk about politics, or that five footer you missed on 17, or even trash talk your buddies who you just grabbed a little cash off of. One thing is always consistent at the 19th hole though, and that’s a nice cold beverage.
With the 19th hole experience being such a big social aspect of the game of golf, it’s surprising that no one directly involved in the game got in on the action. Sure, Arnold Palmer has his drink consisting of a delicious combination of half lemonade and half iced tea, but what about for those looking for a little alcoholic enjoyment?
Enter GolfBeer Brewing Company.
GolfBeer Brewing was founded in 2014 by three PGA Tour professional golfers all who call the state of Florida home. Keegan Bradley (Jupiter), Freddie Jacobson (Hobe Sound), and Graeme McDowell (Orlando) got together to launch high-quality, easy-drinking craft beer for a variety of palates.
“Our lives have always revolved around golf, but we also are passionate about great beer, so we’re really excited about this,” said Freddie Jacobson, a founding partner of the GolfBeer concept. “I was first introduced to the idea of brewing a beer after a conversation I had with my friend and business associate Patrik Waxin. I immediately jumped at the opportunity to combine three of my passions: golf, beer and building a business. After doing my research and assembling a team of brewing experts, I reached out to my fellow players Keegan Bradley and Graeme McDowell to join me in this venture. Not only do they share my love of great beer, they also have an interest in building businesses and careers which transcend the golf course. Together we created refreshing and drinkable craft beers you can enjoy, whether you are on the course, at the 19th hole with friends, or at home watching a tournament on television.”
The beers were created to meet each golfer’s preference and taste profile: Freddie Jacobson’s Scandinavian Style Blonde Ale is a light ale brewed with Crystal malt and a variety of European hops; Keegan Bradley’s New England Style Lager is an easy-drinking lager brewed with two-row barley and a variety of North American hops; and G-Mac’s Celtic Style Pale Ale is a crisp, refreshing pale ale with a floral hop aroma and a snappy finish. Each of the golfers played a role in the design of the packaging which features their name, signature and silhouette.
“For me as a golfer and a restaurant owner, GolfBeer is the perfect marriage, bringing together two of my favorite things,” said Graeme McDowell. “I am excited to join the GolfBeer team and I look forward to sharing our beers, both at my restaurant Nona Blue and at courses and clubs throughout Florida.”
As of now, GolfBeer is only available on draft and in 12-ounce cans at select golf courses, restaurants, and retailers throughout Florida. The plan is to introduce all three brands in 12-ounce glass bottle (six-packs) and expand to grocery stores, bars, and restaurants in 2015.
“To have a master brewer develop a beer based on my taste preference has been an incredible experience,” said Keegan Bradley. “The beers are delicious, the concept is unique and I’m excited to be a part of it.”
For more information, or to find out where you can pick up some of the beers, visit www.golfbeer.com.
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