American Craft Beer Week is the mother of all suds lovin' celebrations. Lokal Burgers & Beer in Coconut Grove is embracing this momentous occasion by giving over its taps to beers brewed locally in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.
Starting at 6 p.m., newly-opened Due South Brewing Company from Boynton Beach will have a tap on hand with five gallons of their Category 3 IPA. Tequesta Brewing Company will have five gallons each of their Der Chancellor Kolsch and Dark Saison. All pints cost $7, but it will be worth it.
Not so local, but still Florida is Cigar City Brewing Company from Tampa. It will provide five gallons each of Blueberry Muffin Brown Ale, Bone Valley Brown Ale and Tocobaga Red Ale on tap. Saint Somewhere Brewing Company from Tarpon Springs is tapping a keg of the Caitlin Farmhouse Ale Saison.
OK, now for the best part: Funky Buddha Lounge from Boca Raton will be tapping a five gallon keg of Raspberry Wheat and tastings are free.
Piero Rodriguez from Subvert Ales, a Miami homebrew club that is an offshoot of Misfit Home-Brew Club, will tap five-gallon kegs of A Gentleman and A Scholar Cucumber Pale ale and Cafe con Leche Coffee Cream Ale -- two beer flavors you have probably never tried before. Tastings are free.
There will also be a half-barrel (15 half gallons) of Deviant Dales Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Brewery, a brewery from Longmont, Colorado. And five gallons of Saison du Buff will be available; this is a collaboration brew from Dogfish Head, Stone and Victory brewing companies. Pints of these are $7.
These are not the only beers at Lokal. They have ten craft beers on tap and 30 bottles available.
"I refuse to have anything from Anheuser-Busch, Coors or Miller, or anything from InBev for that matter," says David Rodriguez, Lokal's bar manager, and coincidentally not the same David Rodriguez from Schnebly's and B.R.E.W. FIU.
Sorry, major label domestics and imports, but we still love you
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Time is of the essence. Get to the Lokal tonight and get some free beer. If you happen to miss tonight's event, there is always tomorrow. And Subvert Ales will be at Cervezas tomorrow with a keg each of their cucumber pale ale and Vanilla A-Go-Go Cream Porter.
The best way to celebrate this week, of course, is to drink beer, and what's
better than beer that's local and free? Nothing !