Silicon Beach: Geeks Toast Oktoberfest at Beerup

It seems like there's a tweetup every five minutes in South Florida these days. But what could be better than one with beer?

A successful September 23 event was organized by some very active tweeters: Cristina Sotolongo (@cristnabls), director of new media at thinkbsg; William Plasencia (@miamime), a journalist currently working as managing editor for Latin Trade Magazine; and Chad Cohen (@chad_cohen), account director at Fish Consulting and author of Brickell Life.

About fifty people gathered at Fritz and Franz Bierhaus in Coral Gables for $5 tap beer specials, including a crisp Oktoberfest brew served in a whopping double pint. Eats featured free chicken wings, which made it hard to shake hands. There's nothing like sticking a business card full of grease in your pocket.

After a business card raffle featuring modest prizes, things started to wind down and yours truly sat with a Miami Herald contingent to enjoy some more grub -- a delicious, fresh-baked pretzel smothered in spicy, grainy mustard accompanied by a full-size bratwurst that inspired unspoken phallic symbol jokes. Conversations about iPhone augmented reality apps prevailed at the table.

Want to talk beer on Twitter? Here are some hard-core enthusiasts who wax eloquently about brew in 140 characters or less: Chris Montelius (@chrismontelius), Enzo Balc (@enzobalc) and of course, South Florida Beer Blog (@sflbeerblog).

Click here for a full slideshow from the beerup.


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