Cocktails & Spirits

Grovetoberfest: Homebrew Contest and Secret Discount Codes

Thank goodness for fall, already. Sure Labor Day marks the "unofficial" end of summer -- but aren't you looking forward to actually being able to walk outside without getting eaten alive by mosquitoes?

Besides, the coming of autumn brings that oh-so-special annual Coconut Grove event -- Grovetoberfest. The celebration of all things brew is October 19 at Peacock Park and features unlimited tastings of hundreds of craft beers, imported beers, and (or favorites) -- homebrews.

See also: Grovetoberfest: A Celebration of Beer in Peacock Park (Pictures)

What we like best about Grovetoberfest is that it's all about Miami and the local beer scene. It was at Grovetoberfest we recall being blown away the first time by some of Miami's best up and coming brewers like Gravity and MIA. And last year, chef Michael Schwartz himself poured his Michael's Genuine Home Brew, showing his love for beer and the local community.

This year, Grovetoberfest is hosting the Miami's Best Home Brew competition in the search for the new ultimate local home brewer. The contest is open to all homebrewers in South Florida and there's no entry fee (but there are some rules like beer must be made in compliance with "best brewing practices" and must be served in unmarked, dark bottles). If you're interested in participating, you must fill out the official entry form by September 30.

Advance tickets for Grovetoberfest are $40 for general admission (which includes unlimited beer sampling from 4 to 7 p.m.); $70 for Beer Socialites (which includes unlimited beer sampling from 3 to 7 p.m., a custom pint glass and bag); and $90 for VIP (which includes unlimited beer samples from 2:30 to 7 p.m., a t-shirt, access to the VIP lounge with limited release beers and food, and special VIP-only air conditioned bathrooms for when you break your beer seal). Tickets can be purchased online at

Short Order has gotten some discount codes leaked to us and we're sharing it with you so you can save a few bucks. Take $15 off GA tickets when you use code 13GA and take $40 off VIP tickets when you use code 13VIP. These special codes end Aug 28 at 11:55 p.m.

Shhh, don't say you got these codes from us. OK?

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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.
Contact: Laine Doss