Adrian Wyllie launching statewide tour of craft breweries

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Adrian Wyllie, the Libertarian candidate for governor, is launching a month-long, 30-city campaign tour for August, as a series of “meet-and-greet” events at Florida’s craft beer breweries and pubs.

“We are taking our grassroots campaign on the road to meet Floridians, to show them that I’m for real, and that this is truly a three-way race for governor,” Wyllie said in a statement.

The “Craft Brewery Tour” runs Aug. 1-30 and will cross the state.

Wyllie’s statewide tour is admittedly an ambitious project – unprecedented for a third-party gubernatorial candidate — that his campaign says, “rivals the campaign schedule of his major-party competitors.”

A recent Quinnipiac University poll placing Wyllie at 9 percent in a three-way race  with incumbent Gov. Rick Scott and former governor Charlie Crist. His campaign is seeking to capitalize on the increase in support and media attention.

“With Adrian’s climbing poll numbers and major press coverage, the timing of this tour couldn’t be better,” said campaign manager Danielle Alexandre. “People across the state are very excited about it.”

Wyllie will be focusing on craft breweries during the tour, as a show of support for a small-business industry that came under fire during the 2014 legislative session. He believes that proposed bills in the GOP-controlled Legislature  would have made it nearly impossible for new brewers to open and for established craft breweries to grow. 

“As a small-business owner,” Wyllie said, “I know firsthand the obstacles government places in our path, and how they can crush an entire industry with the stroke of a pen.

“If we truly want to restore the economy and create real jobs,” he added, “we first have to get government out of our way…and that’s what I intend to do as governor.”

Wyllie does not foresee any problems with his campaign, even though he is working with a fraction of the money of his opponents. As of July 18, Wyllie’s campaign has taken in nearly $40,000, and spent almost $29,500.

“We certainly don’t have a 60-foot tour bus, we won’t be staying at five-star hotels, and we’ll probably be eating at IHOP,” Wyllie remarked, “But that doesn’t matter to us.

“What’s important is that the people of Florida know that they have a third choice in this election…and a chance to end the corruption, and to restore economic freedom and individual liberty.”

Bay area visits include trips to Dunedin, Clearwater, Largo and Tampa. All events are open to the public and the media:

  • Friday Aug. 1

5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Fort Myers Brewing Company

12811 Commerce Lakes Drive #28, Fort Myers

8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Marco Island Brewery

1089 N Collier Blvd Ste. 427, Marco Island

  • Saturday Aug. 2

5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saltwater Brewery

1701 W Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach

10 p.m. to 11 p.m. Big Bear Brewing Co

1800 N University Dr., Coral Springs

  • Sunday Aug. 3

4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Seadog Tavern

628 Duval Street, Key West

  • Monday Aug. 4

6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sarasota Brewing Co

6607 Gateway Ave., Sarasota

  • Thursday Aug. 7

7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dunedin Brewery

937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin

  • Friday Aug. 8

7 p.m. 8 p.m. Copp Winery & Brewery

11 NE Fourth Ave., Crystal River

  • Saturday Aug. 9

7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Swamp Head Brewery

3140 SW 42nd Way, Gainesville

  • Sunday Aug. 10

4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Momo’s Pizza & Brewpub

1410 Market St, Tallahassee

  • Monday Aug. 11

7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wild Rover Pub & Brewery

8740 N Mobley Rd, Odessa

  • Wednesday Aug. 13

7 p.m. 8 p.m. Barley Mow Brewing Company

518 West Bay Dr., Largo

  • Thursday Aug. 14

7 p.m. 8 p.m. Sea Dog Brewing Co

26200 US Highway 19 N Clearwater

  • Saturday Aug. 16

3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Green Room Brewing

228 3rd St N, Jacksonville Beach

5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Seven Bridges Grille and Brewery

9735 Gate Pkwy N, Jacksonville

  • Sunday Aug. 17

2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Crispy’s Beer and Wine Bar

604 Barnes Blvd, Rockledge

5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Orlando Brewing Co.

1301 Atlanta Ave., Orlando

  • Tuesday Aug. 19

7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Motorworks Brewing

1014 9th Street West, Bradenton, FL

  • Wednesday Aug. 20

7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Florida Avenue Brewing Co.

4101 North Florida Avenue, Tampa

  • Thursday Aug. 21

6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sailfish Brewing Company

407 N 2nd St, Fort Pierce

  • Friday Aug. 22

6:00 to 7 p.m. Cocoa Beach Brewery

150 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach

Saturday Aug. 23

5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Cask & Larder

565 W Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park

9 p.m. to 10 p.m. Redlight Redlight Craft Beer Parlour

2810 Corrine Drive, Orlando

Sunday Aug. 24

4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Three Palms Brewing

1509 Hobbs St, Tampa

6 p.m. to 7 p.m. St Petersburg Brewing Co

544 1st Ave. N, Saint Petersburg

Tuesday Aug. 26

7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Cigar City Brewing Co.

3924 W Spruce St, Tampa

Wednesday Aug. 27

7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Rapp Brewing Company

10930 Endeavour Way Ste C, Seminole

Thursday Aug. 28

7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Darwin’s on 4th

1525 4th St, Sarasota

Saturday Aug. 30

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. CST Uncle Ernie’s Bayfront Grill & Brew House

1151 Bayview Ave. Panama City, FL 32401-1452

5 p.m. to 6 p.m. CST Props Craft Brewery

255 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE Unit B19, Fort Walton Beach

9 p.m. to 10 p.m. CST McGuire’s Irish Pub and Brewery – Pensacola

600 E Gregory St, Pensacola

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