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 ticketfly.com. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale Inc. Visit goriverwalk.com.
Sat., April 6, 6-11 p.m., 2013
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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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