Cocktails & Spirits

Florida Breweries Shine at Beerfest 2014 (Photos)

Saturday's New Times' Beerfest at Fort Lauderdale's Esplanade Park had a lot going on: a great band, people sporting pretzel necklaces and lederhosen, and giant turkey legs roasting on an open flame. But, of course, the thousands of people who attended had one thing on their mind -- great beer.

From fantastic seasonal pumpkin beers that tasted like autumn in a glass to crisp IPAs, the selection didn't disappoint. What Beerfest proved, however, once and for all, is that South Florida's local beer scene is alive and well, with some of the best beers at the festival being brewed right here in out backyard -- including some kick-ass home brews that stood tall with the big boys.

See also: Wynwood Brewing Wins Gold Medal at Great American Beer Festival

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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