Grovetoberfest took place this past Saturday in its new Miami Marine Stadium home on Key Biscayne. When it was time to leave my Miramar home, we had already had a few inches of rain that morning, so we were a bit nervous for the day. It didn't rain one drop at the festival, however. What a beautiful day it turned out to be!
Let me see if I can tell the story of the day with some beer t-shirt pictures (with a few others mixed in too, I guess).
My wife and I bumped into our friends Floribrew and Mrs. Floribrew in the entrance line. Mrs. was sporting a pretty sweet Dogfish shirt!
The VIP area had some new and interesting beers. I suppose my favorite was Bourbon County Brand Stout, paired with some really awesome sliders, tacos and sandwiches from Latin House Grill!
Alpine Beers are the first table inside the festival? This isn't going to be in alphabetical order is it? Seriously though, Hoppy Birthday is a fabulous beer!
Over at the "Support Florida Breweries" section, we stopped at a bunch of local and semi-local stops including Funky Buddha. Red Velvet Red Ale is amazing!
One of the distributor reps that was pouring was friends with a guy who was drinking Jolly Pumpkin beer while wearing a Bam the Dog shirt!
I didn't even know Elysian was distributed here in South Florida, but apparently I can look for Space Dust IPA and others at local liquor stores! And I guess I'll have to do that since I never made it back for this beer's tapping.
Hey, there's Anler from Bacardi and Hatuey! Besides their Pale Ale, Anler pulled a bottle with no label on it and said he wanted me to taste it, LOL. Apparently, these guys finally ventured to Beer #2, a pilsner created to replicate one the brewery brewed back in Cuba. Grovetoberfest got to sample the test batch! Nice and crisp, refreshing.
Anler is the Chief!
My wife got caught trying to take a picture of the burly dude with the best beard ever. Guess what? That's David from Wynwood Brewing, the reason I gave up trying to grow a beard. And yeah, Pop's was there too!
On the other side of the "Support Florida Breweries" trailer were some out-of-state breweries I definitely support as well!
Like, for example, the beers of Duvel, Ommegang, and Boulevard being poured by two of my favorite brewery employees, Jessica and John. John told me about all the recent successes the breweries had at GABF while I philosophized over a shot of Three Philosophers. But the beer that caught my attention (and my wife and our friends too) was the Boulevard Tripel Julep!
While the woman from Founders Brewing poured me some favorite Centennial IPA, a new yellow can caught my eye. Founders recently started brewing their new PC Pils, featuring American hops and coming in at 5.5% alcohol. Also available in those handy 15 packs. Full of flavor, crisp, refreshing.
I guess it's time to check out Lincoln's Beard Brewing!
I'm such a sucker. She got pissed when I told her I didn't want to try the beer! I caved in though.
Bangin' Banjo Brewing and Adam were there showing off their beers. Sure, I'd love some Hop of the Muffin IPA!
Right after we left the Bangin' Banjo table, I chased down a guy I saw with the shirt below. Turns out it was Adam's uncle! LOL.
Miami Marine Park was spacious and I think a big improvement on the park in Coconut Grove. Also a big bonus is that the set up is on concrete (remember the mud from last year?) Parking was also way more convenient. The crowd was big but not on top of each other. I hope the festival organizers continues to hold Grovetoberfest here.
Here's a picture after the festival got into full swing (and the weather-conscious attendees figured out the sun was shining).
Guinness was pouring two new beers from The Brewers Collection. Antwerpen Stout and Rye Pale Ale.
Islamorada Brewing had a couple of nice looking local beers to check out!
MIA Beer Company had quite the crew led by owner Eddie Leon. And quite the line of people wanting to sample their beers!
Thank you very much! I'll take that!
Copperpoint Brewing from Boynton Beach was on the scene! DEFINITELY go visit that brewery!
Magic Hat was pouring Belgo Sutra Quad among other beers. I didn't try them at this festival but have a bottle of Belgo Sutra waiting in my fridge for the Fifth Annual #QuadDay December 2nd.
The Tank Brewing is another brewery that I must visit soon. Right off the Palmetto. Hmmm. Maybe Thursday, LOL.
Stone Brewing is one of my all-time favorites. Everything is terrific...
...including their Devastatingly Dank Enjoy By Series!
Abita was serving their Purple Haze among other beers.
No, Phil isn't here! I wonder how many people asked this guy if Barrel of Monks Brand Manager Phil Palmisano made the long trip from Palm Beach County to MIA.
Coppertail brews some fabulous beers! Their entire core lineup is money including Wheat Stroke!
Green Man in the house!
Inner Peace!?! The End!