Sprung! beer festival blooms in its second year

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Springtime and its splendor for lovers, beer, and beer lovers can be best summoned up by as passage from renowned American poet Walt Whitman:

Ever-returning spring, trinity sure to me you bring,
Lilac blooming perennial and drooping star in the west,
And thought of [beer] I love.

Ok, so I added the beer part. And actually I’m pretty sure this is a poem about a recently deceased Abe Lincoln. But, the sentiment remains, good beer blooms in the spring, and Sprung! is the garden.

Over 150 spring and summer brews will flow at Sprung! Spring Beer Festival, sister event to Grovetoberfest, that’s now in its second year. It’s expected over 5000 beer lovers will gather at Peacock Park, excited for a whole lot of freshly hopped goodness from well-known breweries New Belgium, Brooklyn Brewery, Sierra Nevada, SweetWater, Green Flash and others at the March 8 event.

Naturally, our local South Florida craft beer brewers will also represent, you’re bound to run into your ex, La Rubia (Wynwood), go M.I.A for a while until your friends find you passed out in a Funky (Buddha) state, with an Opus to tell of your journey through the 4th Age. (Like what I did there?)

Beats and ambiance will be provided by Bougainvillea’s Live Music Stage and you’ll be able to soak up some of that experimental mead with fried goodies from a series of vendors. For a little edu-tainment, cooking demonstrations and beer pairing seminars will be provided at the Gold Coast Beverage Distributor Culinary Experience.

America’s pastime, Human Bowling and Giant Jenga will be back to prove that the formula for fun is take something boring, enlarge it 500%, add 14-16 two ounce cups of beer and boom! –  now that photo’s worth posting. Just be glad they’re not bringing back human darts and human hungry hungry hippos, the results were tragic.

It all happens March 8 from 4 to 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $40 and available at IgotSprung.com. $70 Beer Socialite tickets give you access an hour early at 3 p.m.; and a $90 VIP ticket, which is limited to 500 people, gives access at 2:30 p.m., and to the VIP lounge, which offers specialty beers, appetizers and air-conditioned bathrooms.

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That’s a pretty good deal, but you know what’s even better? 2 FREE TICKETS to SPRUNG! thanks to our OH-MAN-GET-ME-SOME-OF-THOSE-TASTY-BEERS-IN-ABUNDANCE! GIVEAWAY (working title).

Stay tuned for more details on the contest and our coverage of the road to Sprung!

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