When it comes to fan(atic)-filled events, beer fests are some of the craziest in Florida. Yes, we have big food festivals like South Beach and Palm Beach. And sure, we have a Chili Cook-Off that could compete on a national stage. But when it comes to true gustatory fandom in the Sunshine State, it’s all about the brew. From Cigar City’s Hunahpu to Funky Buddha’s Maple Bacon Coffee Porter, one of the best places to see Floridians riled up is at a celebration of their favorite local special-release beers. This time, Due South Brewing Co. is stepping up to the beerfest plate with its Trench Day Bottle Release. Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m., the brewery is releasing bottles of the beer that took home the gold medal in the Imperial Stout Category at the Best Florida Beer Championship this year, Mariana Trench. For $30 per person, attendees get a tasting glass, unlimited beer samples of more than 35 beers from Due South and other local breweries, free shuttle bus admission between Due South and Tri-Rail, and the chance to purchase two bottles of the day’s namesake beer. Only 1,000 bottles of Mariana Trench will be released; the rest are headed for Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels for release later in the year. The cost to purchase is $15 apiece. Food trucks PS 561 and Outside the Box will be onsite for the duration. Due South is located at 2900 High Ridge Road, Suite 3, in Boynton Beach. Call 561-463-BEER (2337), or visit duesouthbrewing.com.
Sat., Jan. 31, 2015