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Messages have long circulated the internet, encouraging people to shop local at small businesses. They usually say something along the lines of “When you shop at a locally owned business, you aren’t helping a CEO buy a third holiday home. You’re helping pay for a little girls’ dance lessons or helping a mom put food on the table.”

People who visited Busch Gardens in Tampa over a decade ago might remember receiving free samples of beer.

That program was discontinued in 2009 after then-owner Anheuser-Busch sold the theme park and its sibling park, SeaWorld, to the Blackstone Group.

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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.