Jeff Brandes to host “Brews with Brandes” reception Thursday

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Republican State Sen. Jeff Brandes is asking friends and supporters to join him Thursday night for a “Brews with Brandes” event in St. Petersburg’s Edge District.

The party — billed as a “relaxing evening” with the Senator, with former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker as special guest— will begin 5:30 p.m. May 29 at the Green Bench Brewing Company.

Green Bench is at 1133 Baum Avenue, St. Petersburg. It one of hottest craft breweries, located in the city’s emerging Edge District, between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street to 16th Street, along Central Avenue and First Avenues north and south.

RSVPs are still available by calling Rick Porter at (407) 849-1112 or

 brews for brandes May 29

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