Jupiter Craft Brewers Festival: Hanging With The Beer Lovers
This past Saturday, if you ventured around Abacoa at all, you would have seen an influx of beer-themed T-shirts and Coachella-esque wardrobes flocking towards a cluster of white tents at Roger Dean Stadium. These happy people were heading to the penultimate event for South Florida Beer Week: the Jupter Craft Brewers Festival.
Sure, $35 is a good price to pay for an afternoon of unlimited beer samples from some of the best craft breweries that distribute into the state. But it's probably doubly worth the admission for some beer geeks to get face-to-face with the owners and brewers of some of their darling brands.
As Ryan Sentz, owner and brewer for Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park told us previously, "It's one of the best beer events in Florida; mostly because it's run by a brewer -- it's not a get-drunk fest."
We snaked through the early lines, donned our blue wristband and snazzy VIP-concert-tour-like badge (don't worry, everyone got one), and entered into the world of the beer fest.
The weather was perfect for a late January in Florida. As we started, we headed to some of the tents we knew would have some long lines: Cigar City Brewing, Funky Buddha, Founders... but we were struck by the line formed for Delray Beach's newest brewery, Saltwater Brewing, which was causing quite the commotion from festival-goers.
Still, we were impressed by the sheer number of breweries from Florida in attendance, including Barley Mow, Green Room, Brewzzi, Engine 15, Saint Somewhere,Tequesta Brewing... the list went on and on in the best way possible.