Beer festivals can be boring places where companies bring out the same old core beers year after year and increasingly cost more and more money in entrance fees. Break away from the status quo and enter the world of the homebrewing competitions. On Saturday, head down to the Mardi Gras Casino in Hallandale Beach from 2 to 6 p.m. for its inaugural homebrewing competition, where local homebrewers will compete for best in the area while you listen to some great music and sample their beers and eat delicious barbecue.
For only $15 (a fraction of a beer festival admission), guests will be given a pretzel necklace and a cup to sample from the 30-plus beers that will be onsite, including those made from South Florida's own Russ Brunner -- winner of both a gold medal at the 35th Annual National Homebrewers Conference and the Sam Adams LongShot competition. Competitions like this are great places to witness the future of brewing. Call 954-924-3200. Mardi Gras Casino is located at 831 N. Federal Highway in Hallandale Beach.
Sat., Jan. 18, 2-6 p.m., 2014