Cocktails & Spirits

Grovetoberfest Winner: 4th Age Brewing

Grovetoberfest is this Saturday, October 19, at Peacock Park in Coconut Grove, giving beer lovers an opportunity to sample over 200 different brews in many categories.

But, out of all the craft porters and IPA's available to sample, the most intriguing beers are always the ones produced by local brew clubs and individuals. After all, with two breweries in the 305 and more on the way, today's home brewers could be the next Wynwood Brewing Company.

Last Thursday, a group of professionals brewers, chefs, and beer geeks met at Gold Coast Distributing's own pub to choose winners in the 2013 Grovetoberfest Home Brew Competition. Beers were judged for taste, color, aroma, and originality in four categories. In addition, a Best of Show beer was named, with the overall winner receiving a home kegging kit, a trophy, and the ability of their beer to be featured in at least one Miami bar or restaurant (to be named at a later date). Category winners receive $50 prize packs and a trophy.

See also: Grovetoberfest 2013: Rare Keg Tappings, Celebrity Chefs

4th Age Brewing was the clear winner, snagging top honors in the Malt Forward, Hop Forward, and Best in Show categories. The brewmasters behind these beers, Chris Campos and Danny Morales, and planning to open a brewery in the near future and are seeking investors.

See also: 4th Age Brewing: Chris Campos and Danny Morales Hang a Shingle

Here are all the winners (by category):

Malt Forward Category

Flan (Sweet Stout) by 4th Age Brewing

Balanced Category

Roasted gator IPA (American IPA) by Osmin Rodriguez

Hop Forward Category

Betrayal of Man (American IPA) by 4th Age Brewing

Gasolina Category (10%+ ABV)

Caligula's Horse (Russian Imperial Raspberry) by Gary Fuller

Best of Show

Betrayal of Man (American IPA) by 4th Age Brewing

Look out for these beers at Grovetoberfest, scheduled for this Saturday at Peacock Park. Tickets range from $45 for general admission to $90 for VIP. Each level has its own perks and all include unlimited beer sampling. To purchase tickets in advance, visit through midnight Friday, October 18. After that, tickets will be available at the gate, while supplies last.

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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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