SaltWater Brewing Talks Distribution; Homebrewers Get Wild and Oaky at Old School Beerfest
Doug Fairall Pliny!? Unfortunately only in shirt form.
Thirsty South Floridians descended onto the lawn of the Delray Beach Center for the Arts this past Friday for the third-annual Old School BeerFest, a craft-beer-leaning (but not exclusive) fundraising event for the downtown arts complex.
Hundreds braved the excruciatingly pleasant weather to enjoy samplings from some of the big names of brewing in our region: Terrapin Beer Co., Sweetwater Brewing Co., Founders Brewing Co., Cigar City Brewing, New Belgium Brewing, and Harpoon Brewery among many others.
Local participants included Delray Beach's own SaltWater Brewery, which brought in a randal (a device to give flavors to beers on the fly) to treat their Chocolate Mayday beer with coffee beans and vanilla. Brewer Dustin Jeffers remarked on their recent growth into a distribution contract with Brown Distributing. "Delray Beach is our home, so we're going to make sure the local venues here are happy," he said. "We're prepared for this." Expect to see SaltWater beers out in the wild with some introductory beer dinners and food pairings starting in mid-June. Observant fans might notice a keg here or there (like at the Lion and Eagle English Pub this past weekend) scattered through until it reaches wider distribution.
But this wasn't just about the commercial favorites. Scattered about the fringes were some of the up-and-coming groups vying to make crowd-pleasing concoctions and further their names.