Mac and Whitney Brewing in Mount Dora and Mammoth Oak Brewing Company in Leesburg are also new additions to the festival. Returning breweries include Bully Brewing in Leesburg, Leader Brewing in Palm Bay, Wop’s Hops Brewing Company in Sanford, Crooked Can Brewing Company in Winter Garden, American Icon Brewery in Vero Beach, Hourglass Brewery in Longwood and Ancient City Brewing in St. Augustine.
St. Johns Hops is a veteran owned and operated farm that specializes in horticulture therapy to aid veterans diagnosed with PTSD. All proceeds from the festival will benefit their non-profit, Warriors to Farmers, to sponsor more veterans in program.
In July, Sebastien’s platoon mate Mark Eubanks came on staff as the certified horticulturist, elevating the quality of their hops and opening doors for a teaching program at the farm.
“Went from paroling side by side together in Afghanistan, with metal detectors looking for IEDs, to walking side by side growing hops together at the farm,” Sebastien says.
They along with other veterans in the program will be at the festival, giving tours and information on their program.