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New Times' Original Beerfest Features Your Favorite Florida Beers

Fall is here and that means the return of football, pumpkin-flavored everything, and New Times' "Original" Beerfest, presented by Isle Casino.

This celebration of beer is the best and coolest way to celebrate the suds in South Florida — and a lot cheaper and easier than getting to Oktoberfest in Germany!

The party takes place at Fort Lauderdale's Esplanade Park on Saturday, October 10. From 7 to 10 p.m., enjoy unlimited sampling of over 100 international, local, and craft beers. The event also features live musical performances, interactive games, good food, and the first Miss Beerfest competition, where beer-loving ladies will compete in games of brew-related skill like hoisting the boot, for the chance at the coveted Miss Beerfest 2015 title!

New beers are being announced daily on the Beerfest website, including favorites from breweries like Cigar City and Funky Buddha. Breweries joining the fun include:
  • 26 Degree Brewing Company
  • Aviator Brewing Company
  • Bangin Banjo Brewery
  • Barrel of Monks Brewing
  • Beer Stream
  • Blue Point Brewing Company (VIP)
  • Boulevard Brewing Co.
  • Breckenridge Brewery
  • Brew Bus Brewing
  • Cigar City Brewing
  • Descarga Brewing Company
  • Estrella Damm
  • Florida Avenue Brewing Company
  • Founders Brewing
  • Four Loko
  • Florida Beer Company
  • Funky Buddha
  • Goose Island (VIP)
  • Green Flash Brewing Company
  • Hatuey
  • He'Brew, The Chosen Beer
  • Holba 
  • Hollywood
  • Islamorada Beer Company
  • Johnny Appleseed
  • Kona Brewing Co.
  • Lauderale
  • Legacy Caribbean Craft Brewery
  • Magic Hat Brewing Company
  • Medalla Light
  • Mixx Tail
  • Murphy's Stout
  • Native Brewing Company
  • NOLA Brewing Company
  • Ommegang
  • Ookapow Brewing Company
  • Orlando Brewing
  • Oskar Blues Brewery
  • Palm
  • Red Hook
  • Rekordelig Cider
  • Rodenbach
  • Rooney's Beer Co.
  • Saltwater Brewery
  • Sea Dog Brewing Co.
  • Saint Arnold Brewing Company
  • Shock Top
  • Woodchuck Hard Cider
  • Victory Brewing Co.
  • Wynwood Brewing Company
If you haven't gotten your Beerfest tickets, now's the time before they sell out.

General Admission tickets include unlimited local and international beer sampling from over vendors, live musical performances, and special offers from local merchants, and cost $30 through October 9. Tickets at the door (if not sold out) are $40. You can also purchase a four-pack of GA tickets for only $75 — which brings each ticket to $18.75 a person — cheaper than your usual evening at the local watering hole! Tickets can be purchased at

VIP tickets to Beerfest include one hour early admission to the event at 6 p.m., unlimited liquor samples and food samples from some of Fort Lauderdale's best restaurants, unique craft beers available only in VIP, and access to the exclusive VIP lounge. VIP tickets are $75 through October 9 and $80 at the door, if available. Tickets can be purchased at

If you're looking to party early, but don't need all the VIP perks, there's the Brewmaster ticket. For $65, you'll enjoy one hour early entrance at 6pm, a commemorative Beerfest gift, unlimited local and international beer sampling from over 100 vendors, live musical performances, and special offers from local merchants, plus access to our Brew Master Beer Garden with exclusive craft beer sampling. Tickets can be purchased at 
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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.
Contact: Laine Doss