Just about had it with summer? Between killer mosquitoes and alternating burning sun and thunderstorms, we're looking forward to the relative cool of autumn. That -- and beer.
October is traditionally the time for beer and, while Germany's Oktoberfest is world famous, Miami has its own unique celebration of brew. We're talking about Grovetoberfest.
The one-day cavalcade of beer returns to Coconut Grove's Peacock Park on Saturday, Oct. 18, and this year promises to be bigger than ever. Translation: more beer.
A lot more beer, in fact. Grovetoberfest organizer and "chief beer taster" Tony Albelo tells Short Order that this year's event will feature dozens more beers than before. "This year we'll have over 300 beers, compared to 250 different brews last year. Plus, many breweries are going to be releasing new brews for the first time at Grovetoberfest including Wynwood Brewing, MIA Brewing, Miami Brewing, and for the first time anywhere, Concrete Beach beers."
In addition to limited release brews available in the VIP section, Albelo said that many breweries will bring special brews for "timed tappings" throughout the festival, for everyone. Last year, Oakland Park's Funky Buddha Brewery offered up a different special beer hourly, including their popular "No Crust," which is best described as PB&J in a glass.
Returning to Grovetoberfest is the Milam's Kitchen Lab, where some of Miami's best chefs demonstrate how to cook with beer, and the Miami homebrew contest, where some of South Florida's best home brewers get to strut their stuff.
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Tickets are $40 for general admission (with entrance from 4 to 7 p.m.); $70 for beer socialite (with early entrance at 3 p.m.); and $90 for VIP (2:30 p.m. entrance and access to the VIP area) and go on sale August 1. The festival is offering a special "insider" discount to Short Order readers, while supplies last. Use code VIP50 to purchase $90 VIP tickets for $50 (only 200 tickets will be sold at this price). General admission tickets, normally $40, can be purchased for $30 using code GA30 (only 1,000 tickets will be sold at this price).
Albelo also told us that Grovetoberfest attendance will be capped at a total of 6,500 tickets, a directive from city officials, and he's expecting the event to be sold out way inadvance . Best get in on the action early. Visit grovetoberfest.com to purchase your tickets.