Beer & Wine

Miami 2018 Winter and Spring Beer Festival Guide

The JWB crew at last year's festival
The JWB crew at last year's festival
The advent of the beer festival in Miami was years ago, but the growing craft brewing industry means there are now many more.

There seems to be a beer fest for all seasons in the Magic City. Even beer releases and grand openings can draw large crowds and turn into large-scale parties. One that comes to mind is the Maple Bacon Coffee Porter Festival at Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park. Brewers such as Wynwood and J. Wakefield throw their own events that attract thousands of attendees.

In the coming months, South Florida will host several popular beer releases, openings, and festivals. Here's a list to help you plan.

January 5

Honey Do This! and Holy Molé Double Release at Holy Mackerel Small Batch Beers. Holy Mackerel Small Batch Beers in Pompano Beach is releasing two beers: Honey Do This!, a golden braggot sitting at 11.5 percent alcohol by volume (ABV), and Holy Molé, a chocolate chili oatmeal stout made with banana, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, coconut, and vanilla, weighing in at 7.5 percent ABV. Grub from Taco Inn Mobile food truck will be available. 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Holy Mackerel Small Batch Beers, 3260 NW 23rd Ave., Suite 400, Pompano Beach; 954-532-0196; Admission is free.

January 6

Barrel Aged Coxness Monster Release at Copperpoint Brewing Company.  Copperpoint Brewing Company will release the Coxness Monster Imperial Stout, a 100 percent brew barrel-aged for 13 months in Chattanooga whiskey barrels. A limited number of bottles will be sold in the taproom. Noon to 11 p.m. at Copperpoint Brewing Company,151 Commerce Rd., Boynton Beach; 561-508-7676; Admission is free.

January 12

Anything Gose Sour Festival at Bangin' Banjo Brewing Company. For the third year in a row, Bangin' Banjo Brewing Company is throwing a gose extravaganza. According to Beer Advocate, a gose is an unfiltered German wheat beer made with 50 to 60 percent malted wheat sometimes laced with various syrups. It's not a very hoppy beer but has a "complementary dryness" and is kind of sour. At least 62 beers will be available. 6 to 11:59 p.m. at Bangin' Banjo Brewing Company, 3200 NW 23rd Ave., Pompano Beach; 954-978-3113; Tickets cost $35 in advance and $40 at the door.

January 13

Maple Bacon Coffee Porter Festival at Funky Buddha Brewery. This one began as a popular beer-release event that morphed into a full-fledged festival. Maple Bacon Coffee Porter (MBCP) has some of the highest ratings on RateBeer and Beer Advocate and is well known to beer fans across the nation. 1 to 5 p.m. at Funky Buddha Brewery,1201 NE 38th St., Oakland Park; 954-440-0046; Tickets cost $60 to $256.

Mathews Brewing Co. Grand Opening. Mathews Brewing Co.'s grand opening will include food trucks, live bands, and lots of beer. Get there early, and your second beer is on the house until 5 p.m. Everyone who attends will receive a free Mathews Brewing grand-opening souvenir glass. Noon to 11 p.m. at Matthews Brewing Co., 130 South H St., Lake Worth; 561-812-3738; Admission is free.

January 20

Miami Beer Festival at Marlins Park. Now in its sixth year, the Miami Beer Festival brings South Florida breweries together in the plaza at Marlins Park. Like many local festivals, it's a proving ground for up-and-coming local breweries and homebrewers. The fest includes food trucks, DJs, and other entertainment. 5 to 8 p.m. at Marlins Park, 501 Marlins Way, Miami; 877-627-5467; Tickets cost $40 to 50.

Trench Day 2018 at Due South Brewing Co. Trench Day at Due South Brewing is the release day for the brewery's highly regarded Mariana Trench Imperial Stout, a beer that clocks in at 9.8 percent ABV. Considered an "intimate" beer festival, Trench Day will offer nearly 40 kinds of beer from Due South and guest breweries. This year's edition will be different from past installments because it's the first year Due South will release Mariana Trench in cans. 3 to 6 p.m. at Due South Brewing Co., 2900 High Ridge Rd., #3, Boynton Beach; 561-463-2337; Tickets cost $35 to $45 (at the door if available).

January 26 and 27

Jupiter Craft Brewers Festival. This is a two-day festival that begins with the Field of Beers, which lasts from 6 to 9 p.m. the first day and offers a food pairing headed by local chef Kyle Pintarelli and Rock Star Catering. The next day from 1 to 5 p.m., the Jupiter Craft Brewers Festival will present more than 60 brewers and 175 beers. Roger Dean Stadium, 4751 Main St., Jupiter; 561-775-1818; Tickets cost $33.

February 10

BrewMiami. This is a craft beer festival that's organized by staff members from Florida International University and the Miami Brewers Alliance. Its aim is to promote locally made beer and the local beer industry. The festival will also offer local restaurants pairing food with beer. 5 to 10 p.m. at Riccardo Silva Stadium, 11310 SW 17th St., Miami, Florida; 305-348-4263; Tickets cost $30 to $60.

February 17

WakeFest. The festival celebrates J. Wakefield Brewing's anniversary and presents more than 100 other breweries. Held rain or shine at Mana Wynwood, WakeFest will offer food trucks, DJs, and nearly 30 of J. Wakefield beers on tap. Noon to 6 p.m. at Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 23rd St., Miami; 305-573-0371; Tickets cost $60 to $350.

March 24

FemAle Brew Fest. South Florida's first all-female beer festival, which highlights women in the brewing industry, is back for its second year. The festival will present breweries from across the nation that are either owned, funded, or operated by female brewers. There will also be food, music, and vendors. All beer fans, including men, are invited. 2 to 8 p.m. at Huizenga Plaza, 32 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; Tickets cost $17 to $101.

April 7

Sprung! Beer Festival. Sprung! is one of South Florida's largest craft beer festivals, offering games, live music, merchandise, culinary delights, and more than 300 brews. 2:30 to 7 p.m. at the RC Cola Plant, 550 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-461-2700; Tickets cost $50 to $90.

May 12
Brew at the Zoo.
New Times' Brew at the Zoo has been held just outside the gates of Miami's premier animal home for years and always draws thousands. Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St., 305 251-0400; Tickets cost $40 to $80.

May 19

Ocean Blues & Brews. The second-annual Ocean Blues & Brews festival presents a variety of blues musicians and 125 craft beers and ciders. Aside from music and beer, there will be food, and all attendees will receive a souvenir glass. 3 to 7 p.m. at 149 SE 21st Ave., Deerfield Beach; 954-480-4200; Tickets cost $5 to $40.
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