[Enjoy this repost from my Examiner.com local craft beer series]
It’s August and good guava it’s a hot one out there. And while the craft beer stores and taps usher in their Oktoberfest favorites, you may be still trying to grab hold of something a little more refreshing as you walk through our city-sized sauna. Luckily, there are still some events you can keep cool while still looking sickeningly hot (but not the sweat-stained-imminent-heat-stroke variety).
Wywood Brewing Company’s Anniversary Block Party
Saturday, August 16 – Noon to midnight – NW 24th ST between 5th and 6th Ave / Wynwood Brewing Tap Room, $5 beer tickets
It seems like only yesterday, the Wynwood Brewing Company crew was merely sampling beers at Sprung! 2013, talking up fans with big plans about trailblazing a new generation of breweries right here in Miami. Flash forward a year and change later, and the crew is now celebrating its first anniversary and bottle release. What better way to do so than with a block party featuring oh, 27 of your finest local brews? Be sure to also catch timed cask tappings, live art, music, plus guest taps from Funky Buddha, Due South, Proof Brewing, Cigar City, MIA and Saltwater Brewery. Food truck goodness will be provided by Jersey Dawg, Poblano’s Mexican Fusion and 2 Jive Turkeys and Liquid Ice Cream. This one’s sure to be a bona fide beer bonanza! Party starts 12 p.m. and lasts all day until 10 p.m., then moves inside until midnight.
Grovetoberfest 2014 Tasting #1
Monday, August 25 – 6 to 8 p.m. – Brewski’s, Free
Long live the free tasting and Miami’s largest beer fest to date, Grovetoberfest. Now in it’s 3rd installment, the crew behind the fest is no doubt well underway planning for the October 18 event; specially priced ticket codes have already been released (GA30 and VIP50) and the first free tasting location is set. Intimidated by 300 beers that might be at the event? Come Monday and have your brain tastefully hopped with education.
“Pedal to the Barrel III” Bicycle Pub Crawl
Saturday, August 16 – departs 4 p.m. – Across Filling Station & Garage, Free to ride
Beers and bikes are arguably the best combo because you need the carbs to fuel your ride and two seconds into that blazing inferno (a.k.a. outdoors in August) leaves you thinking “man, I need a cold one, like, now.” Cool off while you burn at CycleHolics’ “Pedal to the Barrel III” pub crawl, a bicycle pub crawl that stops at several local hangouts while providing the safety of riding in the group, the chance to meet new people, plus get some food and drink specials from places like Batch, Mr. Moe’s, The Bar, Al Carbon and the Filling Station just from riding with the crew. It’s one cycle you won’t wanna break.
Miami Craft Beer Tours with Miami Brew Bus
August 16, 17, 23, 30 – 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Departs from Kush Wynwood, $60 per person
Before you (or your kids) inevitably hop back on the school bus, why not get on board with a bus that takes you somewhere you’d want to go? Miami Brew Bus schedules weekend tours of local breweries including Funky Buddha, Wynwood, MIA and even Miami Rum Club, which include a behind-the-scenes tour, sampling, and ample schmoozing time with brewers and fellow brewheads joining you on your Willy Wonka style tour. Not to worry, the only oompa loompas here will merely usher you back to the bus, where they’ll rush you to the next locale to guzzle down wheats … doopity doo.
Key West BrewFest
August 29 – September 2 – Various locations, Key West, FL
Shoes are optional at Key West Brewfest, a days-long escape for lovers of craft beer and endless summers. The southernmost city will host a variety of events over Labor Day weekend from beer dinners to beer foot races and paddle boat adventures, all of which culminates with the Signature Tasting Festival ($35 GA in advance, $75 VIP) on the sands of South Beach. Take our advice or better yet, our pictures from from last year’s event and make this one your southernmost hangover of the year.