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New Times Beerfest: Homebrew Alley New For 2013

Since ancient days in Egypt, people have been brewing their own beers and ales. That means that beer has a much longer history than most anything else humans drink.

After centuries of drinking beers and ales made by monks, pubs, and fancy-pants breweries, people are finally turning back to home brewing. Hey - even the President of the United States has his own beer.

Let's face it. There's nothing more satisfying than drinking beer you made with your own two hands. That's probably why home brewing is so popular in south Florida lately. In fact, just this week, Riverside Market had a home brew throwdown, See? That proves our point!

New Times is joining the home brew revolution with the inclusion of Homebrew Alley at our annual Beerfest, Saturday, April 6 from 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. at Esplanade Park in downtown Fort Lauderdale. 

Homebrew Alley will feature south Florida's best home brewers in their own special tent, where event goers can sample their unique creations -- many using local fruits and flavors. In addition, the home brews will be judged by a team of professionals, with the winners featured prominently on New Times Facebook pages and on the event website.

If you're a home brewer who's got what it takes (and by that we mean delicious beer or ale), we want you! To participate, brewers must bring the equivalent of at least three kegs to the party (so to speak). We'll provide you with a table, two chairs, a lighted space, signage, and two staff badges.

We're also looking for home brewers for our sister event, Brew at the Zoo at Zoo Miami on May 4 from 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.

To find out more details and to reserve your spot, contact or call (305) 571-7579.

In the meantime, have you gotten your Beerfest tickets yet? This awesome event, in its 16th year, features over 100 beers from great breweries like Magic Hat; Abita; Shipyard; Samuel Adams; Most Wanted; and Cigar City for you to sample, including fantastic one-of-a-kind home brews at Homebrew Alley. There's also interactive games, live music, and basketball on large screen televisions.

General admission tickets are only $30 in advance. VIP tickets are $75 and include access to the special VIP tent, additional samplings of premium craft beers, and preferred stage views for the live concert. Purchase tickets here or click here to win tickets now.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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