First-ever guide to Craft Breweries along Florida’s Gulf Coast Released; “The Gulf Toast” provides information on local breweries, wineries and spirits in a five-county region

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First-ever guide to Craft Breweries along Florida’s Gulf Coast Released

The Gulf Toast” provides information on local breweries, wineries

and spirits in a five-county region

SARASOTA, Fla. (November 3, 2015) – The ever-popular craft beer movement inspired five destinations across Florida’s Gulf Coast to partner on the first-ever “The Gulf Toast” guide to craft breweries, spirits and wine. The Destination Management Organizations (DMO’s) in Charlotte, Collier, Lee, Manatee and Sarasota Counties partnered on the guide to be released on November 6, 2015.

The easy-to-use guide is simple to read with color-coded information providing the availability of craft breweries, spirits and wineries in the five-county region. A map pinpoints the location of the stops and detailed descriptions, logos and websites are included to encourage more discovery about what each brewery or winery has to offer.

“The Presidents of the other local DMO’s and I have been looking for the perfect opportunity to collaborate on a project of this nature,” said Virginia Haley, President, Visit Sarasota County. “The craft beer trend was an easy one to collaborate on since we all have several new ones in our communities. By showcasing them all on one map, we are able to make a bigger statement about what Florida’s Gulf Coast has to offer.”

The Observer Media Group designed the guide and will distribute it in the November 6, 2015 edition of The Business Observer.

Where to Get the Guide

  • Sarasota County: Visit Sarasota County Visitor Center (, 800-800-3906). The Visitor Center is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and is located at 14 N. Lemon Avenue, Sarasota, Fla.
  • Collier County: Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce Visitor Information Center located at 2390 Tamiami Trail N. Ste 210 Naples, Fla. and the Naples, Marco Island Everglades Convention & Visitors Bureau located at 2660 N. Horseshoe Dr. #105 Naples, Fla. Or on the web at
  • Charlotte County: Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau Office (, 941-743-1900). The office is open Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and is located in the Charlotte County Administration Building, 18500 Murdock Circle, Suite B104, Port Charlotte, Fla.
  • Manatee County: 1 Haben Boulevard; Palmetto, FL 34221; Telephone: (941) 729-9177.


About Sarasota County

Located on Southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, Sarasota County offers a vibrant arts and cultural scene, a diverse array of culinary experiences, a circus heritage unlike no other in the world and a variety of opportunities to take advantage of the clear waters and the great outdoors. Sarasota County provides a beach getaway with numerous sprawling, white-sand beaches, including Siesta Beach, named the Trip Advisors’ People’s Choice Award for “Best Beach” in 2015. In 2017, Sarasota County’s Nathan Benderson Park will host the 2017 World Rowing Championships—the first United States destination to host the event in more than 20 years. For more information on visiting Sarasota County, visit or call (800) 522-9799.

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