Adolphus Busch and Eberhard Anheuser may have been the first to extensively bottle beer, use pasteurization to keep that beer fresh, and employ refrigerated railroad cars to keep that beer cold, but the real story over the last several years has been the democratization of the art: microbreweries have shifted into the underpinnings of a nationwide artisnal craft beer movement. Before, the mystagogues of beer were grumpy old men making small-batch home-brews in their garage during golden retirement years; present-day we're looking at bearded guys in their 20s and 30s with pun-laden twitter accounts and a true taste for specialized beers, harvesting their notoriety through hops and grain, one bottle at a time.
One of the more recent additions to this melee is Persimmon Hollow, founded three years ago in sleepy DeLand, Florida from a simple between best friends and award-winning home brewers Andy Sistrunk and Robbie Carelli. Central Florida, which had few acceptable breweries up until about 10 years ago when Cigar City Brewing came on the scene, is now home to a blossoming micro brewing community from Daytona to Tampa and the Volusia County brewing spot everyone is talking about happens to be Persimmon Hollow.
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