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Darwin's on 4th wins silver medal; new logo for Darwin Brewing

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Darwin Santa Maria bites the silver medal his Darwin's on 4th brewpub in Sarasota won for its Charapa spiced porter at the Best Florida Beer Championships in Tampa on March 2. (Provided by Darwin's on 4th)

Darwin Santa Maria bites the silver medal his Darwin's on 4th brewpub in Sarasota won for its Charapa spiced porter at the Best Florida Beer Championships in Tampa on March 2. (Provided by Darwin's on 4th)

This weekend's Best Florida Beer Championships revealed that Sarasota brewpub Darwin's on 4th (1525 4th St.) won a silver medal for its Charapa, a spiced porter. It was the only craft brewery honored from Sarasota and Manatee counties. From a news release:

“I am extremely happy about this award,” said Darwin Santa Maria, chef/owner of Darwin’s on 4th and a champion of the local craft beer movement. “The Charapa, especially, really represents our story — the many flavors it incorporates from both Florida and my native country, Peru, and how well it pairs with our wonderful menu in the restaurant.”

The Charapa Spiced Porter is flavored with aji charapitas, annatto, orange blossom honey and amazon cacao, with 7% ABV, and the recipe was developed by the Darwin Brewing Company team lead by Brewmaster Jorge Rosabal.

“Tampa Bay Beer Week was awesome,” said Rosabal. “I love that we can share our experiences with other Florida brewers and see what else is going on in the industry. Plus the organizers and judges are all so great and very professional. I’m very proud of receiving this medal and I’m also sure we can continue to improve, espeically with the new brewery — it will be beautiful!”

The BFBC previously released a list of winners, but didn't reveal who won what.

In related news, Darwin Brewing Co., the spin-off production brewery in Bradenton, unveiled a new logo, designed by Kyle Cross:

Darwin Brewing Co.'s new logo, designed by Kyle Cross. (Provided by Darwin Brewing Co.)

Darwin Brewing Co.'s new logo, designed by Kyle Cross. (Provided by Darwin Brewing Co.)

Readers may remember that Cross designed the labels for the brewery's coming cans.

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Alan Shaw has been a fan of craft beer for more than a decade. He is partial to hops and has been an editor at the Herald-Tribune since 1997. He can be reached at (941) 361-4914, by email or mail at 1741 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. Follow him at @alancshaw on Twitter and on Facebook.
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