Jupiter's Summer Fest Previewed New Belgium, Celebrated Home Brewers
Abacoa; it's a "New Urbanist's" dream of townhomes wrapped around a walkable central business core. It's also just a pretty cool place to come hang out and watch spring training or minor league baseball.
But this past Saturday saw, instead, the inaugural Jupiter Summer Fest, the first craft beer, wine and music lovers festival for the city. Presented by Gold Coast Distributing (one of the major beer distributors in our area), the festival featured beers from such craft breweries as Sweetwater Brewing of Georgia, Sam Adams and Angry Orchard from Massachusetts, and New Belgium Brewing from Colorado.
Starting today, one of Colorado's most sought after breweries (and third largest craft brewer in the nation) will be available in the Sunshine State. Bottles of New Belgium should be in stores already, but festival-goers were lucky to get a sneak preview of what will be available at retail. Like Fat Tire amber, an easy and approachable ale that will convert even the most stringent maco-drinkers, or the west coast hoppy Ranger IPA bursting with North American hops and a dry hop finish, or the Trippel Belgian style ale with spice, herbalness and banana-like flavors.
We were even lucky to sample a couple of the famed 'Lips of Faith' series, the brewery's small batch offerings. Brett Beer, for example, was a little funky (from the use of Brettanomyces) with some honey and clove flavors while the Paardebloem gave us some complex flavors derived from the grains of paradise and dandelion greens used. Enthusiasm is too mellow a word to describe being able to find bottles of these in stores.