Beerfest Hits Puberty

The New Times “Original” Beerfest turns Sweet 16 on Saturday. On one hand, it’s hard to believe it’s been 16 years; on the other, the time since last year’s Beerfest seems painfully long. The wait for the 17th-annual suds fest is sure to seem even longer, but for a few sweet hours on Saturday — from 6 to 11 p.m. — we can all revel in the beer-tasting extravaganza that is Beerfest. This year, there will be a college basketball viewing pavilion with Jumbotron screens; 100-plus local, international, and craft beers; live music performances; interactive games; good food; and a swell time to be had by all. There will be a VIP area where guests can enjoy premium craft beers not available in general admission, unlimited sampling of delicious food from local restaurants, liquor samplings, and premium stage views. Esplanade Park is located at 400 SW Second St. in Fort Lauderdale. At the gate, general admission $40; VIP is $85. Advance tickets are available online until 2 p.m. Saturday for $10 off at A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale Inc. Visit
Sat., April 6, 6-11 p.m., 2013

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