How to Get Started Brewing At Home, And Maybe Get Famous At New Times Beerfest

Doug Fairall
Transferring wort to the brew pot. The joys of brewing at home!
Fancy yourself a craft beer connoisseur? Sure, you might enjoy drinking it, but have you ever thought of making it? What about showing off your creation to other beer enthusiasts in South Florida?

Coming up in about six weeks is the 2014 New Times Beerfest (April 5, 2014, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at America's Backyard), which will feature a homebrewing competition that anyone with enough homebrewed beer can enter. If you've ever experienced a homebrewing competition, you know that it means you can expect to find beers ranging from the most basic of pale ales to the complex and culinary inspired beers like conditioned stouts and wild ales.

See also: Due South Brewing Makes Shortlist of Winners for Annual Best Florida Beer Event

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Beerfest is Back: Exclusive Pre-Sale Tickets Available Now

Beerfest is back!
It's back! The 17th annual New Times "Original" Beerfest returns to downtown Fort Lauderdale on April 5 with more beer and entertainment than ever before.

We're talking over 100 of the world's best local and international beers -- all yours for the sipping.

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Jupiter Craft Brewers Festival: Hanging With The Beer Lovers

Doug Fairall

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."

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Jupiter Craft Brewers Festival Returns January 25 as South Florida Beer Week's Grand Finale

Categories: Beerfest

Laine Doss
Beer Fest time!

It's no secret that South Florida has always been a few steps behind the rest of the country when it comes to craft beer culture. But locals like Funky Buddha, Due South and the spanking new Saltwater Brewery have given beer drinkers something to be excited about. Finally Florida is on par with the big boys and we have a craft beer offering we are proud to call our own. Couple the South Florida breweries with top guns like Tampa's Cigar City and Dunedin's 7venth Sun and Florida is finally on the map. Parallel with the obvious growth of craft beer breweries and enthusiasts alike, the Jupiter Craft Brewer's Festival has developed into a full blown local beer lover's dream.

This is not your typical beer fest. The Jupiter Craft Brewer's Festival at Roger Dean Stadium is where the brewers meet the drinkers and the specialty brews meet the mouth's of their biggest fans. The event was started eight years ago by Fran Andrewlevich, Co-owner of Tequesta Brewing Company. Andrewlevich, along with his wife, still run every aspect of the fest including hand picking the breweries (there's a waiting list) and printing the commemorative t-shirts, and all of those efforts are visible to the lucky 3,000 who grab a ticket to the event.

See Also: The Ultimate South Florida Beer Week Event Guide

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Coastline Festival in West Palm Beach November 10: Art, Food Trucks and Lots of Beer

David Minsky
Native Brewing and many other local craft brewers will be at the Craft Beer Cove this November 10.
Ever imagine what the beer equivalent to Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory would be? Well there's no need to stretch your brain too much since odds are it would probably look a lot like the Coastline Festival this November 10 at the Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach.

The festival is being organized by Live Nation and Ledge Entertainment, two of the nation's leading live entertainment companies. The festival will feature a Beer-copia with a "Craft Beer Cove" featuring over 25 brewers. It's not simply a beer festival, but one that showcases food, music and art as well, each facet designed to compliment the other. A Food Trucktopia and an Isle of Art will feature a lineup of Mediterranean to Vegetarian and Argentinean cuisine and local art.

See also: Ten Best South Florida Craft Beers

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Drink Around Florida This Saturday At Brewers Guild Festival In Boynton Beach

Mike Meredith
Palm trees and beer. Kind of our signature down here.

The veritable beerfest. As the weather improves, it's become more and more pleasant to spend a couple of hours outside drinking a lot of craft and imported beer. And while most beer festivals focus on a solid spread of beer producers from across the country and around the world, this weekend one can expect to find a beer festival that's a little more local.

Enter the first South Florida Brewers Guild Festival. This celebration of all things Florida-based is the new sister event to the long running Florida Brewer's Guild Beer Fest held every March in Tampa.

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- Due South Brewing Cans Will Soon Be Available in West Palm Beach Stores

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Jupiter's Summer Fest Previewed New Belgium, Celebrated Home Brewers

Doug Fairall

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.

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Cold Beer And Air Conditioning Rule At First Palm Beach Summer Beer Fest

Doug Fairall

The sky was cloudy and forecast for rain. It didn't seem to bother anybody, though, as they made their way indoors to the Expo Center of the South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach for the inaugural Palm Beach Summer Beer Fest. Being South Florida's only indoor festival was indeed cause of celebration, and the burden of constantly checking weather updates removed from our collective shoulders. This is, especially during the heat of the summer months, the perfect venue for a beer festival.

"Which one would you like?" the enthusiastic beer pourer at the Unibroue booth asked. I pointed to the gold foil-capped bottle with a majestic sailboat on it. Don de Dieu, a golden colored triple wheat ale; yeasty, flowery, and spicy. There was a strong showing of these Quebec beers. Beside me, people clamoring for a sampling of their brew Terrible, a Belgian-style beer that belies its name, and is instead not terrible at all.

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- South Florida Food & Drink Events This Week: Full Moons, Lotsa Lobster, and More
- Portland's Widmer Bros. Brewer at Tap 42; Talks Cigar City Collaboration, Florida Beer Scene

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Palm Beach Summer Beer Fest Is Tomorrow

Categories: Beerfest

Courtesy PBSBF
A/C! Shade! The best compliments to beer drinking since pretzels and nuts.

Leave your sunscreen and hats at home this Saturday, and head indoors for the 2013 Palm Beach Summer Beer Fest. Over 150 beers will be featured at this event, held at the Expo Center on the South Florida Fairgrounds. Expect to imbibe brews from noted brew houses such as Pyramid, Oskar Blues, Terrapin, Widmer Brothers, Stone, Left Hand, and Victory.

As beer festivals go, this is an exciting one: It's the only indoor beerfest around, which is a godsend when you're talking about Florida's notorious heat, humidity, and afternoon thunderstorms.

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- Raise a Pint In Support of Your Local Homebrewers
- Portland's Widmer Bros. Brewer at Tap 42; Talks Cigar City Collaboration, Florida Beer Scene

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Old School Beerfest Tonight in Delray Beach, Local Brewers Featured

American Craft Beer Week in South Florida is not over until the fat lady sings, or at least until the beer taps run dry at the Old School Beefest in Delray Beach.

The pouring starts at 6 p.m. and goes until 10 in the Outdoor Pavilion at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts. If you haven't already gotten your tickets, general admission can be purchased at the gate for $40.

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- Broward Homebrewers Aim to Take Their Craft Out of the Garage
- Whole Foods Coral Springs Launches Craft Beer Tap Bar

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