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Brewvolucion Postponed: Meet Miami's Homebrew Crew UPDATED

America finished celebrating its biggest holiday two weeks ago, but Miami is having a revolution of its own, a beer revolution or Brewvolucion.

Unfortunately, the event was originally scheduled for this Saturday at 1 p.m. at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne but is postponed for Sunday, August 26, due to scheduling conflicts. It's one month away so mark your calendar because you do not want to miss this.

This Sunday at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne, beginning at 1 p.m., you can join the craft beer revolutionaries who are making it all go down.

What exactly is Brewvolucion? Consider it like one big Miami home-brew salad. It's just going to be a bunch of independent Miami home-brewers and people who are brew enthusiasts who want to get together and strengthen the bonds of the home-brew unity.

"I would equate it to a potluck dinner," says Diego Ganoza, owner of soon-to-be-open Gravity Brewbar. "Hopefully it will grow from there. We will see how it goes. If we continue you doing it, eventually we might do it once a month and possibly at Gravity once we get that going."

If you don't already know, craft beer and home-brewing in Miami is a big deal. All of the top generals will be there: Nick Armada from CerveTech, the cats from B.R.E.W. FIU, Diego Ganoza, Wynwood Brewing Company, The Craft Brewjas, some members of Misfits Home-Brewers, Subvert Ales and more.

The event is open to the public and is intended for anybody in Miami-Dade, as well as Broward and Palm Beach counties, who either is a homebrewer or wants to learn the ropes of craft beer brewing. It is also open to any of the business types who are interested in checking out local talent (wink wink, nudge nudge).

The brewers will be busting out their equipment to demonstrate the first step in making craft beer. The beer recipe in question will be a "Miami" saison, or a light, low-alcohol pale ale that is brewed seasonally in Belgium's French-speaking farming region.

The first stage of brewing will be demonstrated, as well as the hopping and possibly the yeasting stages. They are bringing enough material for 10-gallon batches.

If you're interested in brewing and knowing the local brew community, just come down and watch. Don't come expecting free beer; this isn't meant as a giveaway. If you plan on drinking, BYOB. But if you're nice, the brewers might share.

Once you get there, look for the brewing equipment. Or if you're showing up fashionably late, just follow your nose to the smell of boiling oatmeal. Viva La Brewvolucion!

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David Minsky is a U.S. Navy veteran and Tulane graduate who has experience reporting on stories from California, South Florida, and the Deep South. He has also won some journalism awards. Email or tweet David with story tips and ideas.
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