Aging is inevitable, and for many, it signals the beginning of a new chapter - one where you cross off bucket list items and live life to the fullest, on your own terms. However, for some women, aging is a horrible prospect, filled with chronic fatigue, irritability, and inability to perform in the bedroom. If you're concerned about life in middle age and beyond, we've got great news: there are easy, proven steps that you can take to help stop the negative effect of aging.
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As women age, their hormones begin to go through changes that affect their day-to-day lives. For women, hormone deficiency and imbalance usually occur during menopause and can cause chronic fatigue, hot flashes, and mood swings, among other issues. Hormone replacement therapy helps correct hormone imbalances in women, helping them feel more vibrant and virile as they age.
Often, HRT treatments give patients enhanced quality of life that they didn't think was possible - even in their 60's and beyond.
The benefits for women are numerous and are available today through Global Life Rejuvenation.
As women age, their bodies begin to go through significant changes that affect their quality of life. This change is called menopause and marks the end of a woman's menstrual cycle and reproduction ability. Though there is no specific age when this change occurs, the average age of menopause onset is 51 years old. However, according to doctors, menopause officially starts 12 months after a woman's final period. During the transition to menopause, women's estrogen and other hormones begin to deplete.
As that happens, many women experience severe symptoms. These symptoms include:
The symptoms of hormone deficiency can be concerning and scary for both women and their spouses. However, if you're getting older and notice some of these symptoms, there is reason to be hopeful. Hormone replacement therapy and anti-aging medicine for women can correct imbalances that happen during menopause. These safe, effective treatments leave you feeling younger, healthier, and more vibrant.
The most common reason for menopause is the natural decline in a female's reproductive hormones. However, menopause can also result from the following situations:
Oophorectomy: This surgery, which removes a woman's ovaries, causes immediate menopause. Symptoms and signs of menopause in this situation can be severe, as the hormonal changes happen abruptly.
Chemotherapy: Cancer treatments like chemotherapy can induce menopause quickly, causing symptoms to appear shortly after or even during treatment.
Ovarian Insufficiency: Also called premature ovarian failure, this condition is essentially premature menopause. It happens when a woman's ovaries quit functioning before the age of 40 and can stem from genetic factors and disease. Only 1% of women suffer from premature menopause, but HRT can help protect the heart, brain, and bones.
For many women, menopause is a trying time that can be filled with many hormonal hurdles to jump through. A little knowledge can go a long way, whether you're going through menopause now or are approaching "that" age.
Here are some of the most common issues that women experience during menopause:
If you're a woman going through menopause and find that you have become increasingly depressed, you're not alone. It's estimated that 15% of women experience depression to some degree while going through menopause. What many women don't know is that depression can start during perimenopause, or the years leading up to menopause.
Depression can be hard to diagnose, especially during perimenopause and menopause. However, if you notice the following signs, it might be time to speak with a physician:
Remember, if you're experiencing depression, you're not weak or broken - you're going through a very regular emotional experience. The good news is that with proper treatment from your doctor, depression isn't a death sentence. And with HRT and anti-aging treatment for women, depression could be the catalyst you need to enjoy a new lease on life.
Hot flashes - they're one of the most well-known symptoms of menopause. Hot flashes are intense, sudden feelings of heat across a woman's upper body. Some last second, while others last minutes, making them incredibly inconvenient and uncomfortable for most women.
Symptoms of hot flashes include:
Typically, hot flashes are caused by a lack of estrogen. Low estrogen levels negatively affect a woman's hypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls body temperature and appetite. Low estrogen levels cause the hypothalamus to incorrectly assume the body is too hot, dilating blood vessels to increase blood flow. Luckily, most women don't have to settle for the uncomfortable feelings that hot flashes cause. HRT treatments for women often stabilize hormones, lessening the effects of hot flashes and menopause in general.
Mood swings are common occurrences for most people - quick shifts from happy to angry and back again, triggered by a specific event. And while many people experience mood swings, they are particularly common for women going through menopause. That's because, during menopause, the female's hormones are often imbalanced. Hormone imbalances and mood swings go hand-in-hand, resulting in frequent mood changes and even symptoms like insomnia.
The rate of production of estrogen, a hormone that fluctuates during menopause, largely determines the rate of production the hormone serotonin, which regulates mood, causing mood swings.
Luckily, HRT and anti-aging treatments in Sarasota, FL for women work wonders for mood swings by regulating hormone levels like estrogen. With normal hormone levels, women around the world are now learning that they don't have to settle for mood swings during menopause.
Staying fit and healthy is hard for anyone living in modern America. However, for women with hormone imbalances during perimenopause or menopause, weight gain is even more serious. Luckily, HRT treatments for women coupled with a physician-led diet can help keep weight in check. But which hormones need to be regulated?
Lowered sexual desire - three words most men and women hate to hear. Unfortunately, for many women in perimenopausal and menopausal states, it's just a reality of life. Thankfully, today, HRT and anti-aging treatments Sarasota, FL can help women maintain a normal, healthy sex drive. But what causes low libido in women, especially as they get older?
The hormones responsible for low libido in women are progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone.
Progesterone production decreases during perimenopause, causing low sex drive in women. Lower progesterone production can also cause chronic fatigue, weight gain, and other symptoms. On the other hand, lower estrogen levels during menopause lead to vaginal dryness and even vaginal atrophy or loss of muscle tension.
Lastly, testosterone plays a role in lowered libido. And while testosterone is often grouped as a male hormone, it contributes to important health and regulatory functionality in women. A woman's testosterone serves to heighten sexual responses and enhances orgasms. When the ovaries are unable to produce sufficient levels of testosterone, it often results in a lowered sex drive.
Often uncomfortable and even painful, vaginal dryness is a serious problem for sexually active women. However, like hair loss in males, vaginal dryness is very common - almost 50% of women suffer from it during menopause.
Getting older is just a part of life, but that doesn't mean you have to settle for the side effects. HRT and anti-aging treatments for women correct vaginal dryness by re-balancing estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. When supplemented with diet and healthy living, your vagina's secretions are normalized, causing discomfort to recede.
Uterine fibroids - they're perhaps the least-known symptom of menopause and hormone imbalances in women. That's because these growths on the uterus are often symptom-free. Unfortunately, these growths can be cancerous, presenting a danger for women as they age.
Many women will have fibroids at some point. Because they're symptomless, they're usually found during routine doctor exams. Some women only get one or two, while others may have large clusters of fibroids. Because fibroids are usually caused by hormone imbalances, hysterectomies have been used as a solution, forcing women into early menopause.
Advances in HRT and anti-aging medicine for women give females a safer, non-surgical option without having to experience menopause early. At Global Life Rejuvenation, our expert physicians will implement a customized HRT program to stabilize your hormones and reduce the risk of cancerous fibroid growth.
Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS, and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.
Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.
Xenoestrogen is a hormone that is very similar to estrogen. Too much xenoestrogen is thought to stimulate endometrial tissue growth. HRT for women helps balance these hormones and, when used with a custom nutrition program, can provide relief for women across the U.S.
Hormone stability is imperative for a healthy sex drive and for a normal, stress-free life during menopause. HRT and anti-aging treatments for women balance the hormones that your body has altered due to perimenopause or menopause.
HRT for women is a revolutionary step in helping women live their best lives, even as they grow older. However, at Global Life Rejuvenation, we know that no two patients are the same. That's why we specialize in holistic treatments that utilize HRT, combined with healthy nutrition, supplements, and fitness plans that maximize hormone replacement treatments.
If you've been suffering through menopause, is HRT the answer? That's hard to say without an examination by a trusted physician, but one thing's for sure. When a woman balances her hormone levels, she has a much better shot at living a regular life with limited depression, weight gain, mood swings, and hot flashes.
Here are just a few additional benefits of HRT and anti-aging treatments for females:
Hormone imbalance causes a litany of issues. But with anti-aging treatments for women, females can better process calcium, keep their cholesterol levels safe, and maintain a healthy vagina. By replenishing the body's estrogen supply, HRT can relieve symptoms from menopause and protect against osteoporosis. But that's just the start.
Global Life Rejuvenation's patients report many more benefits of HRT and anti-aging medicine for women:
If you're ready to feel better, look better, and recapture the vitality of your youth, it's time to contact Global Life Rejuvenation. It all starts with an in-depth consultation, where we will determine if HRT and anti-aging treatments for women are right for you. After all, every patient's body and hormone levels are different. Since all our treatment options are personalized, we do not have a single threshold for treatment. Instead, we look at our patient's hormone levels and analyze them on a case-by-case basis.
At Global Life Rejuvenation, we help women rediscover their youth with HRT treatment for women. We like to think of ourselves as an anti-aging concierge service, guiding and connecting our patients to the most qualified HRT physicians available. With customized HRT treatment plan for women, our patients experience fewer menopausal symptoms, less perimenopause & menopause depression, and often enjoy a more youth-like appearance.
Growth hormone peptides are an innovative therapy that boosts the natural human growth hormone production in a person's body. These exciting treatment options help slow down the aging process and give you a chance at restoring your youth.
Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.
Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.
Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.
Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.
One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies. Ipamorelin can boost a patient's overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life.
When there is an increased concentration of growth hormone by the pituitary gland, there are positive benefits to the body. Some benefits include:
Whether you are considering our HRT and anti-aging treatments for women in Sarasota, FL, we are here to help. The first step to reclaiming your life begins by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation. Our friendly, knowledgeable HRT experts can help answer your questions and walk you through our procedures. From there, we'll figure out which treatments are right for you. Before you know it, you'll be well on your way to looking and feeling better than you have in years!866-793-9933
While we're still in the thick of April and its lengthy lineup of area events, this week will be a little quieter than usual for concerts, likely thanks to the ...
While we're still in the thick of April and its lengthy lineup of area events, this week will be a little quieter than usual for concerts, likely thanks to the Easter holiday. Yet you'll still have plenty of options if you're looking to see live music locally.
Sarasota brewery and venue Big Top Brewing Company will host yet another concert by a rising country music star. You'll also find acclaimed blues acts including two musicians based here in Florida (who coincidentally play in a band together), as well as Americana, jazz and more. Here are this week's highlights. Event details are subject to change.
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Sarasota's Fogartyville will host two acclaimed blues-roots musicians in one show when it welcomes Roy Book Binder and Damon Fowler this week. Acoustic guitarist and singer-songwriter Book Binder was friends with Dave Van Ronk and Rev. Gary Davis, and blends their respective folk and blues sounds into his music. Meanwhile, guitarist, singer-songwriter and former Anna Maria Island resident Damon Fowler is known for releases including 2021's "Alafia Moon," which topped Billboard's blues album chart and earned a Blues Rock Album Blues Music Award nomination last year. 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show Friday; Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota; $28, $25 members, $14 students ages 13 and up; 941-894-6469; fogartyville.org
Alt-Americana act Hymn for Her will return to one of their favorite local venues, Cafe in the Park in downtown Sarasota's Payne Park. Featuring husband and wife Wayne Waxing and Lucy Tight, the group performs locally, nationally and even internationally, including when they played England's massive music festival Glastonbury in 2017. Hymn for Her has also earned recognition from Rolling Stone, which named the track "Blue Balloons" from their 2018 album "Pop-n-Downers" one of the 10 best country and Americana songs of that week. 7 p.m. Friday; Cafe in the Park, 2010 Adams Lane, Sarasota; 941-361-3032; cafeinthepark.org
Jazz Club of Sarasota's Monday Night Jazz Cabaret concert series, held in Florida Studio Theatre's John C. Court Cabaret, continues with the Danny Sinoff Trio. Sinoff is a pianist and vocalist who takes inspiration from the music of the Great American Songbook, with Frank Sinatra a particular influence. He has ties to both Massachusetts and Florida, being born and attending Berklee College of Music in the former state, and being raised and currently based in the latter, including performing regularly at The London Club in Naples. 6:30 p.m. (doors, food/drinks), 7:30 p.m. (show) Monday; John C. Court Cabaret, 1265 First St., Sarasota; $34-$39; 941-260-9951; jazzclubsarasota.org
Sarasota's Big Top Brewing Company, which has become a popular venue for concerts by rising country music stars, hosts another such act when Ashley Cooke plays a headlining show on her way to perform at Fort Lauderdale Beach's Tortuga Music Festival. Hailing from Parkland, Cooke is best known for her song "Never Til Now" featuring country star Brett Young, who she's also recently been playing shows with. The song serves as the opening track to her debut album "Already Drank That Beer," released last year and also featuring the Jimmie Allen collaboration "Good Goodbye." Matt Roy and Cody Lohden will also perform. 7 p.m. Thursday, April 13; Big Top Brewing Company, 975 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota; $15; 941-371-2939; bigtopbrewing.com
Sarasota County restaurant and blues venue Englewoods on Dearborn's live music lineup this week will include South Florida guitarist and singer-songwriter J.P. Soars with his band the Red Hots. The group received four Blues Music Awards nominations last year including Band of the Year, B.B. King Entertainer and Instrumentalist — Guitar for Soars, and Instrumentalist — Drums for bandmate Chris Peet. Along with his solo career, Soars is a member of the supergroup Southern Hospitality with Grammy-nominated pianist Victor Wainwright and fellow Floridian Fowler. 6 p.m. Thursday; Englewoods on Dearborn, 362 W. Dearborn St., Englewood; $7; 941-475-7501; englewoodsondearborn.com
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SARASOTA — No longer are they the first-year owners of the Sarasota Open. Mixing the sports metaphor, as rookies in 2022, Remington Reynolds and Steve Gareleck were thrust into the middle of the batting order.They took on the Open, while working for the first time with the title sponsor of the event, Elizabeth Moore, in a new venue, the Payne Park Tennis Center, the...
SARASOTA — No longer are they the first-year owners of the Sarasota Open. Mixing the sports metaphor, as rookies in 2022, Remington Reynolds and Steve Gareleck were thrust into the middle of the batting order.
They took on the Open, while working for the first time with the title sponsor of the event, Elizabeth Moore, in a new venue, the Payne Park Tennis Center, the Open’s fifth home in its 15-year history.
Not all their swings were pretty. Each one didn’t produce contact. But Reynolds believes the two produced a lot more hits than outs.
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“Last year,” he said, “coming into a new venue, and it turned out to be great. "
The two, both collegiate tennis players, first met in college. In their 20s, Reynolds and Gareleck formed a telecommunications company. Later, they started the Necker Cup, an exhibition tennis tournament played annually on Necker Island, a 74-acre island located in the British Virgin Islands and owned by Sir Richard Branson.
In 2008, the duo bought the Racquet Club of the South, the largest tennis venue in Georgia, and from 2008-2012, Gareleck said, revenues doubled annually. When former Sarasota Open director Tony Driscoll was looking to sell, Reynolds and Gareleck, already investors in the Open, stepped forward.
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To secure the event, Payne Park had to better its lighting, and $500,000 in lighting improvements, Reynolds believes, contributed to Payne’s increased membership. “The members have to love us,” he said.
While Reynolds said he was happy with ticket sales last year, the ticketing operation and platform were lacking. “We weren’t really that optimized,” he said. This year’s event will have a VIP will-call area, a ticket scanner and box office. “And the volunteer base was undertrained, on top of all those things,” Reynolds said. “It will be more streamlined this year.”
He said this year’s Open will have more than double the sponsors. Fans may notice other changes as well. Seats in general admission have been moved closer to the court. A food court will be added, as well as a bigger tent and increased air flow.
“Listen,” Reynolds said, “it’s not going to be perfect this year, but it’s going to be radically better than last year. As long as we’re making improvements every year, it’s a positive.”
On the court, the number of ATP points awarded to the winner has increased from 100 to 125, as has the purse, from $100,000 to $160,000. Reynolds said Moore wants to move the Sarasota Open into the $250,000 range and have a stadium added to Payne.
“It would have to be a destination tournament,” Reynolds said, “like Indian Wells, where people just fly it to make it a 250. It’s a dream and a hope.”
This year’s field includes Daniel Elahi Galan and Steve Johnson, respectively, the winner and runner-up from last year’s Open. The highest-ranked player in attendance will be Australia’s Jason Kubler, ranked 70th in the world.
“This year will probably have a stronger draw,” Reynolds said. “I think it’s a pretty solid draw. We are over-represented by non-Americans, but the tennis level is going to be very good.”
“I think we’re one of the biggest (tennis) calendar (events) in the U.S.,” he said. “There are one or two out there that are bigger. Listen, it’s got a bright future. There’s definitely an appetite for tennis, the demographics are great, and the people are nice. We just have to keep building and growing every year.”
Saturday will feature a pro-am in the morning, followed by a free youth clinic. Singles qualifying starts Sunday, and the first-round of singles play begins Monday at noon. The Open concludes on April 16 with the singles finals.
For tickets, or more information, visit SarasotaOpen.com.
SARASOTA — After 20 years and changes in format and organizers, the Newtwon Easter Parade is slated to return to Sarasota's historically Black neighborhood for the holiday on Sunday, April 9.Beginning at 2 p.m., the Easter parade will bring a festive celebration back to the community while also connecting generations of residents. The walking parade route begins at the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Osprey Avenue and will end at Cocoanut Avenue.In conjunction with the parade, organizers ...
SARASOTA — After 20 years and changes in format and organizers, the Newtwon Easter Parade is slated to return to Sarasota's historically Black neighborhood for the holiday on Sunday, April 9.
Beginning at 2 p.m., the Easter parade will bring a festive celebration back to the community while also connecting generations of residents. The walking parade route begins at the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Osprey Avenue and will end at Cocoanut Avenue.
In conjunction with the parade, organizers will again host the spring festival from 2 to 7 p.m. The festival will be adjacent to the Sarasota African American Cultural Coalition's (SAACC) Historic Leonard Reid House at Dr. MLK Jr. Way and Orange Avenue. The parade and the festival are free and open to the public and guests can expect live music, food trucks, vendors, performances, and of course, an egg hunt for children.
The parade's long hiatus has been a result of a combination of organizer efforts, community support, and safety concerns. But this year's plans for the holiday parade and festival have been backed by the city of Sarasota, along with city officials and longtime community leaders.
After a successful revamp and trial run of the spring festival at the Robert Taylor Community Center last Easter, festival organizers Walter Gilbert, Norice Wright, and city commissioner and Mayor Kyle Battie felt the time was right to bring back the entire experience for new generations.
"We are hoping to help revitalize the community and bring back the old flavor for kids that are two generations away from even knowing what an Easter parade looks like," Gilbert said.
Gilbert, who has been a part of the Newtown Easter celebration in some capacity since 1963, and Wright worked for months to organize the parade and are expecting a high turnout. Thanks to support and help from the city, the organizers believe this year's celebration will begin a new tradition of partnership with the local community and the city.
"People organizing before were burned out and fell away from it," Gilbert. "The conversation to bring it back started with Commissioner Kyle Battie. He really went to bat at the city level to make this happen."
Battie, a Sarasota native, said the parade and festivities are much more than surface level for the community.
He and the City Commission have worked since last Easter for funding and support to execute this year's event. The mayor said the organizers are expecting between 1,000 and 2,000 families and individuals to attend the festivities Sunday.
"I'm ecstatic to bring back this honored tradition to Newtown," Battie said. "It's been defunct for a generation. With tradition comes pride, so this is not just about the entertainment that's part of the festivities but about building a sense of community and instilling a sense of pride in kids in the community. The parade is in Newtown but it's for the entire city of Sarasota."
Samantha Gholar covers news for the Herald-Tribune and USA TODAY Network. Connect with her at [email protected] or on Twitter: @samanthagholar
From the moment I exited my mother’s womb I was a Chicago Cubs fan.My first words were in fact, “Hey Chicago, whaddaya say?” and my parents both pinched my cheeks, changed my diaper and proudly responded, “The Cubs are gonna win today!”Family reunions started taking place at Wrigley Field before I knew what beer was, I partied in Wrigleyville with my cousins before IPA beers became mainstream, and I watched the Cubs win the World Series in 2016 against my now-husband’s home team as we sipped ...
From the moment I exited my mother’s womb I was a Chicago Cubs fan.
My first words were in fact, “Hey Chicago, whaddaya say?” and my parents both pinched my cheeks, changed my diaper and proudly responded, “The Cubs are gonna win today!”
Family reunions started taking place at Wrigley Field before I knew what beer was, I partied in Wrigleyville with my cousins before IPA beers became mainstream, and I watched the Cubs win the World Series in 2016 against my now-husband’s home team as we sipped on stouts and cried for two different reasons.
Whether you attend games to eat concession snacks or because you’re a lifelong fan, there is something about choosing your game day cap, slapping on some sunscreen, heading to your first game or turning the game on at home, cracking open a beer, taking a sip and saying, “It’s a 'brewtiful' day for a baseball game.”
Our community is full of local breweries, with more entering the area by the fleets to feed us their fermented adult beverages. This made narrowing down the choices more difficult than understanding the new rules of baseball (like how the pitch clock will cut into my beer-consuming time). Like the beauty of baseball, these tasty three breweries in Sarasota and Manatee counties have created core memories for this below-average beer boozer who happens to be an above-average baseball fan.
Here are three breweries that have knocked it out of the park for me lately.
975 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota, 941-371-2939; 2507 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton, 941-708-2966; BigTopBrewing.com
Most Valuable Player: Hawaiian Lion Porter ($7 draft, $12 6-pack). I know porters are primarily purchased in the winter months, but when you add 150 pounds of fresh coconut to local Java Dog Coffee and make it into an alluring and appetizing alcoholic beverage, I could sip that stuff 365 days a year. This rich, smooth and memorable beer has seen my fridge (and my belly) monthly for the past seven years — not to mention the lion design pops so proudly on the Publix shelves.
Grand Slam: Spring Kolsch ($6 draft, $14 6-pack). I drank Kolsch while living in Cologne, Germany, in 2011, where the beverage originates. Kolsch, in its light-bodied beer profile, reminds me of spring weather, being near or on the water and watching the sun fade away into the night. Big Top’s additive of peach flavors in their Spring Kolsch, 4.8% ABV, puts me in a pleasant mood and provides my palate with nostalgia that I didn’t know I missed so dearly. When you are in need of a beer that won’t bloat your belly but will get your boozy dance moves going, turn to the peach product from Big Top.
Fly the “W” Flag: Hazy Sky Wire NEIPA ($7 draft, $14 6-pack). Winning Best Juicy & Hazy Pale Ale in the state of Florida at the Best Florida Beer Brewer’s Ball, this grapefruit, pine and tropical fruit infused New England IPA is bright, beautiful and bold. NEIPAs, as shown in this Sarasota sampling, have a full flavorful body with fruit flavors at a lower bitter level than other IPAs. With obvious correlations to our circus community, Big Top’s creativity behind names and designs like this make me proud to support Sarasota (and now Lakewood Ranch!) brewmeisters like these.
Pre-Season Batter Up: I’m counting the days until Pumpkin Stiltskin Ale is on draft again. This pumpkin ale is spooky spectacular, devilishly deliciously and hauntingly worth the hype. Local pumpkin beer has never hit the mark for me, but Big Top’s version suspended any further speculation. With flavors of baked pumpkin and vanilla, cinnamon, honey and brown sugar — I wish this 8.9% ABV concoction could be featured continuously throughout the year. Hey hey, whaddaya say, Big Top?
Extra Base Hit: Nosh on K.D. Blue’s Gastropub on Wheels at the Big Top Sarasota location or join them for a food truck rally every second Saturday of the month. To soak up the pints of beer you can’t stop ordering, try the fried ravioli ($11.95). It will surely save your liver and treat your tastebuds to something super savory. Rotating food trucks are featured at the Lakewood Ranch location.
1570 Lakefront Drive, Sarasota; 941-238-6466; GoodLiquidBrewingCompany.com
Most Valuable Player: Orange Wheat (4 oz. $3, 16 oz. $6.50, 32 oz. $12.50). As our one-minute-of-spring season fades into summer, drinking heavy beer is not on the agenda for most. Good Liquid knows how to generate libations for the summer season quickly sizzling its way toward us! This American-style wheat, clocking in at 5.5% ABV, has notes of sweet orange peel and zest — a perfect pair for a Floridian fan of beers during the dog days of April.
Grand Slam: Coconut Key Lime Sour (4 oz. $3, 16 oz. $6.50, 32 oz. $12.50). I might stand alone here, but I prefer sour beers to most other brewski offerings — as long as I’m carrying my to-go Tums container in my purse. Sours are brewed to the highest level of acidity possible, but according to this brew-babe, sours are the crisp of the crop. So when Good Liquid released a coconut and key lime sour, then won a silver medal in the Best Florida Beer Sour category, I packed my anti-acids. In a flash, I found myself in line at the Waterside-based bar eager and excited for the enchanting extracts of Floridian flavors in a fermented fashion.
Fly the “W” Flag: Milk Stout (4 oz. $3.50, 16 oz .$7, 32 oz. $17.50). I am cocoa-nuts for this. I like my stouts like I like my coffee: chocolaty, milky and sugary — and that is exactly how Good Liquid creates its American milk stout, 6% ABV. While this offering is only available for a limited time, the chocoholic in me had to chime in and chant for this chocolate contribution to the community. For those with a dairy allergy, this might not be the brew for you, but with all the other Good Liquid offers, you won’t be standing sober, I assure you.
Pre-Season Batter Up: A dear friend of mine would have lived at Good Liquid after having this apricot hefeweizen if she hadn’t moved away. I’ve never seen someone have a heart for hefeweizen like her — whether it was a day on the boat or a bonfire night, her hefeweizen appreciation rang true all year through. This German-style white beer is blended with a luscious apricot puree that pairs perfectly with plopping down on a pleasant rocking chair placed on the restaurant’s porch. I’ll save you a seat for your return to Lakewood Ranch, Meghan.
Extra Base Hit: It’s the cast iron meatballs ($15.50) topped with grated grana Padano that make boozing on the dock, in the beer garden under the string lights and inside the restaurant all that more delicious for me. But don’t let the appetizers fool you. There is a full menu with burgers, pizzas, entrees and more — including a brunch menu!
5701 Derek Ave., Sarasota; 941-922-8150; CalusaBrewing.com
Most Valuable Player: Zote. When my brother-in-law, who is a brew master in North Carolina, sat down and sipped Zote for the first time, the words that left his grinning mouth were, “Damn, if that isn’t the juiciest beer I’ve ever had.” Most restaurants and bars in Sarasota carry Calusa’s 7.5% ABV flagship beer as the standard IPA on draft — as they should. Tropical, citrus, and when poured into a glass, it shines like the Florida sunshine.
Grand Slam: My husband and I have two part Maine Coon cats and plan on loving as many four-legged fur babies as our house can hold for years to come. So when Calusa released a beer named after their own brewery-based cats, I instantly needed to try it, meet these two purrfect local celebrities and promise my husband and the staff that I would not put them in my bag and bring them home. Recently tapped at the brewery, the Bones and Domino Double NEIPA is back and will have you feline fine in no time.
Fly the “W” Flag: Talk about tart, tasty and totally top-tier beer. The LemonBerry Squeeze Fruit Beer, coming in at 5.%% ABV, is currently offered on draft in the taproom or can be purchased in four-packs to go. It gave my sour-loving heart a sweet and sensational feeling that only brew-based guardian angels could relinquish. Twists of strawberry and as Calusa’s social media posts put it, a “flavorful escape in every sip.”
Pre-Season Batter Up: With can releases happening on Saturdays at the brewery, these brewing geniuses will probably release another new can to the mix before this column is even published. For example, Taylor Pogue, the marketing director for Calusa Brewing, gave me a sneak peek into the BA PB Swirl that is out now (but wasn't at the time of this research). I will tell you before relishing this refreshment that when you bring roasted peanuts and vanilla beans aged in a bourbon barrel for six months into the alcoholic atmosphere, it assures that all dreams can become realities.
Extra Base Hit: Calusa’s food truck schedule is updated weekly on its website and Facebook page. But some of the tasty trucks that I have delightfully dined with include Big Blue Grilled Cheese, The Greeks Food Truck and Il Funky Fusion. The list of food truck offerings, which ranges from burgers to barbecue to everything in between, is pretty impressive.
With a new contract extension that will keep him as the artistic leader of The Sarasota Ballet for 10 more years, Director Iain Webb has put together a new season that will include two world premieres, hoped-for company premieres and new looks at past productions designed to challenge a growing and changing company.There will be no big productions at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall because the venue will be booked next season with the ...
With a new contract extension that will keep him as the artistic leader of The Sarasota Ballet for 10 more years, Director Iain Webb has put together a new season that will include two world premieres, hoped-for company premieres and new looks at past productions designed to challenge a growing and changing company.
There will be no big productions at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall because the venue will be booked next season with the Sarasota premiere of “Hamilton” and other Broadway shows that will limit availability of the hall, where the company recently produced the classic “La Sylphide” and last year’s world premiere of David Bintley’s “The Comedy of Errors.”
Instead, the company will offer three programs at its home base in the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, which it shares with Asolo Repertory Theatre, and four at the Sarasota Opera House.
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There will be world premieres by Gemma Bond and resident choreographer Ricardo Graziano, both of whom introduced new pieces to launch the 2022-23 season.
Here’s a look at the seven programs planned, with a few slots still to be finalized.
Oct. 20-22, FSU Center
Gemma Bond, whose “Excursions” was part of an all-premiere fall opener, will create a new piece to open next season. “This one will be more classically oriented, but we’re still discussing what she wants to do,” Webb said. It will be paired with Frederick Ashton’s “Varii Caprici” which the company performed last summer at the Joyce Theatre in New York, and Johan Kobborg’s “Salute,” which was last presented in 2012.
Nov. 17-18, Sarasota Opera House
The evening will feature the company premiere of “The Art of War” by Edward Liang, artistic director of Ballet Met in Columbus, Ohio, and a former New York City Ballet dancer. “We’ve wanted to do this for a while and we’ve finally worked out timing where he can come to work with us,” said Webb, adding that the title may be misleading. It was inspired by Chinese calligraphy and depicts dancers striking the right lines and knowing when to release control, as in calligraphy. The piece will be paired with Ashton’s “Dance Sonata” and Paul Taylor’s “Company B,” set to music by the Andrews Sisters, which it last performed in a digital program during the pandemic shutdown.
Dec. 15-16, Sarasota Opera House
George Balanchine’s “Theme & Variations” is “the really perfect piece” to showcase the classical skills of the current company of dancers. Those same dancers will face the challenges of Twyla Tharp’s “In the Upper Room,” which the company first performed in 2010. “When we first did it, I was so over the top with the adrenaline and the fact that the dancers got through it. It’s so physically hard,” Webb said. Also expected on the program are Kobborg’s “Les Lutins” and other divertissements.
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Jan. 26-29, FSU Center
To mark the 10th anniversary of principal dancer Ricardo Graziano being named resident choreographer, Webb will devote an entire evening to his work, including a world premiere. It is the company’s second all-Graziano program. It will also include his “Sonatina” and his widely acclaimed “In the State of Weightlessness.” Herald-Tribune dance critic Carrie Seidman said his “exploration of suspension, lightness and ethereality was so mesmerizing, it seemed to go by in a heartbeat.”
March 8-11, FSU Center
The Sarasota Ballet continues its “We Present” series, which features outside dance troupes performing in Sarasota. It will announce the performance company later. This year, it presented Dance Theatre of Harlem.
April 5-6, Opera House
An evening of reprises features George Balanchine’s “Emeralds” section of his full-length “Jewels” and the Gershwin-inspired “Who Cares,” bookending Kenneth MacMillan’s dramatic “Las Hermanas,” a dance version of Federico Garcia Lorca’s play “The House of Bernarda Alba,” about a demanding mother leading her five daughters through a long period of mourning following the death of her husband.
April 26-27, Opera House
Most of this evening is still to be announced. Webb is hopeful to present at least one, and possibly two company premieres but contracts had not been finalized. It will include Ashton’s “Sinfonietta,” which the company has not performed in several years.
Live music will accompany programs 3, 6 and 7.
For details about tickets, contact The Sarasota Ballet at 941-359-0099 or go to sarasotaballet.org.
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