Greg Heller, a financial analyist and major beer fiend, and Stevette Hay, a former brewpub employee and local chef, are our two readers who will join an esteemed panel to help judge the New Times Beerfest 2011 awards.
Heller and Hay provided two detailed and impassioned descriptions on this blog post explaining why they'd be good to hand out awards to the best beers at Saturday's event. "I'll do ya proud!" Hay wrote, and by the answers they both provided, we have no doubt.
They'll join nine other expert judges who will select the Best Overall Brew, Best Florida Brew, Best American Brew, and Best Import Brew. Winners will be announced Monday on Clean Plate Charlie. The other judges are:
An economic development consultant, Carras is president of the
Himmarshee Village Association and manages numerous
His work has brought to him over 35 states and several countries, and in
his time off, he pursues his quest of tasting distinct local and craft
Foster is general manager of Grease Burger Bar,
which specializes in craft beers, with 12 on draft and over 120 in the
bottle. Having tasted hundreds of beers in his 17 years in the
restaurant business, Foster says his goal is to serve beers that can't
be found at other restaurants. Along with his knowledge of beers, he has
New Times restaurant critic and admitted drinker of Bud products (and also a fan of fine craft brews).
Owner and managing partner of PL8, which features an extensive list of craft beers.
Owner and head brewer at the Funky Buddha Lounge & Brewery,
Sentz was a home brewer for years before opening the Boca Raton brewpub
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five years ago. Since then, his beers have been named among the best in