FIU's South Florida Brewfest Celebrates Local Beer

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FIU students served their own creations at the South Florida Brewfest.
FIU's South Florida Brewfest, held at the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, was truly a local affair. Every brewery, from major players like Tampa's Cigar City to home brewers like Home Sick Brewing in Sanford, were born and brewed in Florida.

When you consider that there were over two dozen brewers pouring about 100 different beers, you can finally get the magnitude of just how far Florida has come in the craft beer industry.

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Dean Mike Hampton on Tomorrow's FIU's Brewfest: "This Will be a Lightbulb Experience"

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FIU Brewfest via Facebook
Brewfest: Where learning means drinking beer.
FIU's South Florida Brewfest comes to the university's Chaplin School of Hospitality this Saturday, November 22 and, although South Florida has a host of beer-related events (including Miami New Times' own Brew at the Zoo), FIU's is markedly different.

The festival, now in its third year, started as a way for students involved in the university's brewing science program to share their knowledge. Dean of FIU's Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, Mike Hampton, explains. "There was a core of students who decided to invite a group of craft beer makers to the campus to share ideas and sample the beers. The first year, it was a very small group."

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Pubbelly Turns Four This Sunday: Anniversary Brunch With Brad Kilgore

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The belly turns four.
Everyone's favorite gastropub, Pubbelly, is turning four this Sunday. To celebrate, the Sunset Harbour restaurant is inviting in Brad Kilgore for a special celebratory brunch that includes bacon jam, a Thanksgiving-style Benedict, and duck confit French toast. And because it wouldn't be a celebration without booze, bottomless mimosas, bloody marys, and sangrias will be available so you can toast to the last four years of pork belly ramen and duck and pumpkin stuffed dumplings.

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Discover Your Craft at South Florida BrewFest This Saturday

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Lots tickets are still available for the third annual South Florida BrewFest.
A brewery, seminars, and beer -- sounds like college, right? It is. The South Florida BrewFest this Saturday at FIU's Chaplin School of Hospitality, except there's no entrance exam.

If that doesn't sound enticing enough, then how about learning about the business of craft beer from some of the state's top craft brewers while enjoying some fresh beer? For all of this knowledge and beverage in a four-hour period, the price at the gate is only $40 for same-day general admission. It may be best bargained beer baccalaureate ever.

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E11even Miami's Rick Grand Shows Us How to Roll a Cigar in Cognac (Video)

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Rick Grand might just have the best job in Miami. As general manager of E11even, the dapper gentleman works alongside some of the most beautiful women in the world. Of course, there's more to being a general manager of a mega-club that never sleeps. You have to be a master at time management, have mad people skills, and know how to roll a cigar in cognac.

Grand, who fashions himself a cigar aficionado, says that, although he doesn't smoke everyday, there's nothing like a great cigar after a long day at work or a good meal, "preferably a nice, oily Connecticut Shade Wrap with a leathery binder to sink my teeth into. I also like the aroma and draw of an aged cigar."

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Frozen Kirin Beer at Disney's Epcot Is Amazing and Practical

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Frozen Kirin beer: Worth the 215-mile drive.
Fans of beer innovation might have to travel a bit for this particular beverage, but it's totally worth it.

Frozen Kirin Ichiban is available at more than 1,300 restaurants throughout Japan. It's also available in Hawaii. If you're looking to find the frosty beverage without flying halfway around the world, there's only one location in the continental United States where it resides full-time, and that place is only a short drive from Miami. Epcot.

According to a PR rep for Walt Disney World, the frozen draft beer is available for $8.25 at the Garden House and the Kabuki Cafe in the Japan Pavilion of Epcot's World Showcase.

This past weekend, I drove to the theme park to try it and found it wasn't at all what I had expected.

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Free Herradura Cocktails at Pride & Joy and Butcher Shop Tonight

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This could be yours tonight.
Want free tequila? No, that's not a trick question.

Last night, Herradura Tequila invited lovers of booze and art to participate in the second-annual Miami Barrel Head Art program. Three out of five Wynwood bars and restaurants unveiled tequila barrels turned into unique works of art by one of their employees.

Last night's unveiling included Wood Tavern, R House, and Shots Miami. The tequila crawl continues tonight with Pride & Joy and the Butcher Shop as they unveil their artistic talents in a special event including a margarita DYI station, interactive painting, and gratis tequila.

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MC Kitchen Hosts Rare Cigar and Beer Dinner With Dogfish Head's Sam Calagione

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Dogfish Head Brewery founder Sam Calagione will be at MC Kitchen's beer dinner next Thursday.
MC Kitchen is hosting a rare Dogfish Head beer dinner next Thursday with brewery founder and president Sam Calagione.

The event is a unique beer fete. Why?Because not only will there be extremely limited suds, but Calagione just doesn't do beer dinners that often. In fact, hardly ever, says MC Kitchen's Dena Marino.

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The Rum Line Features Tiki Cocktails and Classic Daiquiris

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The Rum Line: Not just a tiki bar.
The Rum Line doesn't want to be known as just a tiki bar. The new outdoor spot for cocktails, located on the patio adjacent to Lure Fishbar, would rather you recall the romance of Miami Beach in the 1940s and '50s, when it was a playground for the well-heeled who liked a bit of sand in their toes and a lot of rum in their glass.

That's perfectly OK with us, but since there's a dearth of bars in Miami Beach serving potent potables in porcelain skulls, if you're hankering to sip a tiki cocktail under the stars, this is your new, best hideaway.

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South Florida's Gold Coast Beverage Distributors To Be Acquired by Reyes Beverage Group

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Reyes is set to acquire Gold Coast.
In what could be a pivotal move in the worldwide beverage arena, Chicago-based Reyes Beverage Group has reached an agreement to acquire Gold Coast Beverage Distributors, Inc.

Terms of the acquisition, scheduled to close in January, have not been disclosed, but the transaction stands to place Reyes Beverage Group as the largest beer distributor in the United States, even surpassing Anheuser-Busch InBev, according to Chicago Business.

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