January 25, 2011 | 7:00am
The Jupiter Craft Brewers Festival
is less than a week away, and with it comes over a hundred amazing craft beers from Florida as well as nationwide. With that many brews on tap, making your way from booth to booth sampling will be something like a scavenger hunt. To cross everything off your list will take patience, a rock-solid gut, and plenty of planning.
Luckily, Charlie's got the inside scoop on some of the best beers the festival has to offer. We spoke with JCBF organizer and head brewmaster at Brewzzi restaurants, Fran Andrewlevich, and he pointed us in the direction of these ten must-try beers at the festival. So grab your sampling cups and get ready to drink.
Brewzzi does it big each year for the festival, and this year is no different. Key among its special additions is a beer known as a the SIPA, a hoppy IPA made with spelt. Spelt is a wheat-like grain that sports a dry and spicy character similar to rye. Expect a strong IPA with the aromas of Citra and Colombus hops. (Also on tap: a chocolate-brown farmhouse ale made with Brettanomyces, a yeast strain known for its tangy Belgian characteristics.)