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Drink up during Greater Fort Lauderdale Beer Week.
Drink up during Greater Fort Lauderdale Beer Week.
Courtesy of Odd Breed

Greater Fort Lauderdale Beer Week Shines a Spotlight on Broward Brews

The inaugural Greater Fort Lauderdale Beer Week is scheduled to kick off Sunday, September 15. The event will present the area's increasing number of brewers, bottle shops, and craft beer venues.

The week of tastings and festivities will begin with a brewery crawl and the Beer & Body Craft Beer Girls meetup. Tuesday, September 17, a craft beer-and-cheese pairing will take place at Fat Tap Beer Bar & Eatery, followed two days later by a SoFar Sounds session. The seven-day celebration will conclude Sunday, September 22, with Blowouts, Brews, & Drag at Hair Circus in Fort Lauderdale.

The event was created by Frances Antonio-Martineau, who's also the founder of FemAle Brew Fest, now in its third year, and Fem Collective, a local community of female entrepreneurs. She's been savvy about ale for many years, but as she saw the local scene evolve, she wanted to support the women involved in it and, now, with Beer Week, shine a spotlight on the many local innovative brewers and venues riding the craft beer wave.

"We tend to get overshadowed by our neighbors in Palm Beach and Miami," Antonio-Martineau says. "But we have such amazing and differentiating assets that only need a platform to shine, including breweries like Funky Buddha and the new and popular 3 Sons Brewing, both born in the 954. The goal for the week is to bring everyone together as a uniting craft community to celebrate each other and showcase what they have to offer."

The calendar of events also includes Yeasty Brews' release of its Guava Milkshake IPA, along with the introduction of a collaborative brew by Gulf Stream Brewing, Orchestrated Minds, and Tripping Animals during Gulf Stream's anniversary party September 21. Other participating businesses are Odd Breed Wild Ales, Craft Beer Cellar, LauderAle, and the Hideaway.

The spirit of Beer Week, Antonio-Martineau says, is about "a population ever-warming to the idea that beer should not only taste like something but taste like something delicious."

Greater Fort Lauderdale Beer Week. Sunday, September 15, through Sunday, September 22, at various locations; gflbeerweek.com.

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