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Southwest Florida musicians and visual artists converge in Sarasota this Saturday for the latest episode of the Art, Rhymes and Beer music and art show series at the Sarasota Event Center.

Working to protect a rare, endangered butterfly usually involves work in the field or the lab, or sometimes meetings and conference calls.

Now helping out the Bartram’s scrub-hairstreak butterfly can mean drinking a beer — or at least buying one.

In case you hadn't noticed craft beer has kind of taken over the world in recent years. Small breweries are popping up in communities all across the country, and home brewing has practically gone mainstream. We're joined by the owner of Eight Foot Brewing in Fort Myers. He's going to be teaching a class on brewing and appreciating beer at the Alliance for the Arts. We're also joined by the owner of BrewStory in Estero, where you can buy all of your beer brewing supplies. And we'll meet a local man who has been brewing his own beer at home for about four years.

Florida Keys Brewing Company fans, don't fret. You can still order the local brewer's popular Hogfish Amber. But because of threatened legal action by a well-known Delaware brewer, ask for a Spearfish Amber instead.

Local owners Craig and Cheryl McBay said they received an email late last year from the owners of Dogfish Head Brewery that threatened legal action if the name of the Keys Brewing beer wasn't changed.

Florida, especially the Tampa Bay area, has turned into very fertile ground for aspiring beer brewers and up-and-coming microbreweries.

That spirit will be on display Saturday in Sarasota as an all-Florida craft beer festival takes over Nathan Benderson Park.

Sip the Sunshine will benefit the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Food & Beverage Science Program.