Beer:30 Friday: Crowlers at Swine & Sons, bottles from Hourglass Brewery and a Farm Ale Project event at St. Matt's

The work week's almost over for most of us and that means that our thoughts are drifting toward weekend plans: plans which often involve beer. This week has been full of news for local beer fans, starting with the opening this morning of Swine & Sons Provisions in Winter Park. If you haven't stopped by yet to pick up a few four-packs of their 32-ounce "crowlers" (canned growlers), you might want to see about knocking off early to avoid the rush once that work whistle blows. While you're there, make sure to pick up some snacks to go along with their house-made brew. Nothing kills a party quicker than drinking on an empty stomach, after all.

While Hourglass Brewery in Longwood has started popping up on our music radar due to an aggressive schedule of well-curated free shows, drunks beer aficionados have long admired the brewpub's tasty offerings and cheap prices ($10 for your first pitcher of homemade stout on Saturdays? Hell yeah.) This week, the brewery announced that it will finally be serving its beer in conveniently take-homeable large-format bottles, with canned brews planned for further down the line. You can preorder a 750mL bottle of their first release, Schizandra – a Belgian Quadrupel aged in bourbon barrels over tart cherries that clocks in at a cheek-flushing 10.5 percent ABV – at their website for $20. We advise you to get at least one to save, as it's sure to become a collector's item.

For those who like to plan ahead, we got word this week that Broken Strings Brewery, whose plans for opening a brewery and taproom in Ivanhoe Village fell through earlier this year, has found a new location in Parramore at 1012 W. Church St., mere yards from the site of Orlando City's future stadium. And as an added bonus, they'll be sharing the space with Longwood-based Black Cauldron Brewing, so we'll be getting two breweries for the price of one this fall. Or spending twice the money at one space. Everyone wins!

And if all this beer talk is making you thirsty, you may want to check out St. Matthew's Tavern tomorrow (Saturday, April 4), as the Farm Ale Project has a fantastic deal set up for those who want to day drink. They're bringing two kegs of homebrew – a Rauchbier Marzen and a Florida Orange Witbier – for a meeting of their Beer Club. For a donation of $12 to the club, you get to "sample" as much of both varieties as you like until the kegs are dry. We hear they're also planning on cooking up some brats to go along with the German-style beers, but you may want to get there early because those are sure to go fast. Prost!

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