St. Petersburg's Cycle Brewing, owned by Doug and Tara Dorzak, was recently named Best Brewer in Florida by Ratebeer.com.
“We currently serve 12 taps downtown and over the course of the year, we make as many as 30-40 new beers that we try out," Doug Dozark said in a press release. "Our customers are big fans of the barrel-aged beer and we work hard to create something new for them to taste when they come in. We appreciate that they have faith in it and want it and that’s how we have built a reputation in St. Petersburg.”
Ratebeer.com invites beer drinkers from around the world to rate and discuss beers and brewers in an open forum online. According to the website, it is the most thorough and popular source of industry information for beer enthusiasts.
In January, Ratebeer tabulated scores from 2016 to award accolades to top beers and brewers from around the world. In addition to Florida’s highest honor, Cycle also earned prizes in the style and new beer categories.
Because of the open polling style of the website, Dorzak is particularly humbled and gratified by the awards.
“Unlike a competition in which you choose what you enter, all of our beers are under scrutiny," he said. "RateBeer allows people to post tasting notes and descriptions. People get into that. There are 23,000 different brewers out there. People are avid about posting new beers and we appreciate our fans.”