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The 17th Annual Original New Times Beerfest is Saturday, October 25.
The 17th Annual New Times' Original Beerfest, presented by Isle Casino, is setting up to be a truly epic local beer event, returning to Fort Lauderdale's Esplanade Park this year with more beer -- and more fun -- than ever before.

Beer brewers from all over the state and the country come to show local drinkers their stuff. Even local homebrewers (and maybe some aspiring professionals) can offer their beers to the suds-swilling public.

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Julio Cabrera Mentoring Young Miami Bartenders

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Julio Cabrera: Mixologist mentor.
Most people take time to consider the care taken by the chef to prepare their meals. But, until recently, the same respect wasn't always afforded to bartenders. But if you really think about what's in that cocktail, you'll find the same, if not more attention to detail. Before a bartender serves you that drink, there were bitters to be made, juices to be squeezed, and even fresh herbs to be grown. A mixologist, more than ever, is a noble profession that takes years of training. Cantinero Julio Cabrera wants to mentor the next round of bartenders coming up.

The award-winning mixologist is much in demand, having been named a managing partner at the Regent Cocktail Club and consulting on cocktail programs for Little Havana's Ball & Chain and the Thompson Miami Beach. But even with a full dance card, Cabrera feels its necessary to take time out to share his skills. The master mixologist has teamed up with Bacardi to teach a cantinero's master class, sort of an advanced degree in bartending.

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Third-Annual Homebrewers Bash at Lokal Begins Tonight

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Wild Oak Artisan Ales will be among the brewers at Lokal's third-annual Homebrewers Bash.
The real Oktoberfest ended several days ago, but in Miami the spirit lives on in the third-annual Homebrewers Bash at Lokal this Wednesday and Thursday.

It will be the third year in a row that local homebrewers gather in Coconut Grove and offer free samples of some of the finest brews in town. Each night will feature three brewers. The event kicks off a weekend of nothing but beer that ends with a larger festival nearby, Grovetoberfest in Peacock Park.

See also: Barley Works Wins Grovetoberfest Home Brewers' Competition

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Stoli Elit Pairing Dinner at City Hall Wows Locals

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Last week, Stoli unveiled it's latest high-end vodka line to a crowd of eager locals at Biscayne Boulevard hotspot City Hall. The event was a joint collaboration between mixologist Gil Lopez and chef Luis Lopez Jr. Together they planned a menu that combined the tasty offering City Hall is known for, with cocktails infused with this ultra-premium spirit.

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Barley Works Wins Grovetoberfest Home Brewers' Competition

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Barley Works' Tony Hernandez and Luis Diaz toast to their big win.
As part of a ramp up to Grovetoberfest, the beer-centric festival to be held at Coconut Grove's Peacock Park this Saturday, October 18, held its third annual Miami's Best Homebrew competition. After a panel of judges that included local Miami brewers, restaurateurs, and journalists (myself included), Barley Works, a team of three homebrewers from Hialeah emerged victorious, taking home top prizes in two categories, as well as the Best of Show title.

The competition took place at Gold Coast Distributors' on-site pub, and beers were judged on a simple point system. Each brew was poured blindly for judges, who rated for aroma, appearance, taste, and overall quality. In addition, each beer was graded for the Best of Show award, with results tallied on the spot by Grovetoberfest director Tony Albelo.

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Broken Shaker Named One of the World's 50 Best Bars

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The Broken Shaker's Gabe Orta and Elad Zvi are world-class mixologists.
It's official. Miami is one of the best places to imbibe.

The annual list "the World's 50 Best Bars" has been released for the sixth year, and a Miami bar has finally been deemed worthy of a spot.

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The Rum Line: Classic Hemingway Cocktails Coming to New SoBe Bar

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Hand-shaken pina colada. Hemingway approved.
Imagine this. It's Miami Beach circa the late 1940s. You're sitting at a rustic, yet elegant beach bar, enjoying one of those daiquiris you've heard are all the rage with a writer named Hemingway in a little island town called Havana. A warm breeze softly shakes the lights strung up between the palm trees as you sip this glorious, exotic mix of rum, lime, and sugar.

That's the inspiration behind the Rum Line, a new bar set to open adjacent to Lure Fishbar at the Loews Hotel Miami Beach sometime this fall. The outdoor bar, decorated in teak furnishings and strung lights is designed to invoke visions of Ernest Hemingway in Cuba or Bogie and Bacall having a drink and witty banter in Key Largo.

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4th Age Brewing Headed to Wynwood, Eater Reports

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4th Age Brewing Company: Is Wynwood gaining a fourth brewery?
When 4th Age Brewing Company's Chris Campos and Daniel Morales began their voyage into beer production, they brewed a modest five gallons a month as a hobby. But when the amount of drinkable frothy concoction swelled to as much as 35 gallons per week, costing tens of thousands of dollars, the two friends considered turning their zythological endeavor into a career.

The guys behind 4th Age Brewing have not spoken publicly about their specific intentions to establish a brewery. State records show Morales and Campos have registered a corporation under the name "Miami Beer Ventures LLC." But a brewery might be coming sooner than we think, at least according to an interview published yesterday on Eater Miami.

See also: 4th Age Brewing: Chris Campos and Danny Morales Hang a Shingle

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Craft Spirits Festival Returns to Coconut Grove Tomorrow

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Local distillers will shake things up at the Craft Spirits Festival.
Tomorrow, on Thursday, October 9, Coconut Grove's Cruz Building will house some of the world's finest craft spirits at the Craft Spirits Festival's Grand Tasting event.

This second annual tasting, held from 7 to 11 p.m., features over 120 distinct spirits by more than 30 exhibitors. In addition to small batch and rare rums, vodkas, gins, and whiskies, the event will offer craft cocktails by some of Miami's best mixologists, giving you a "first taste" of what you can do with these fine spirits.

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New Times Beerfest Introduces Brewmaster Ticket: Exclusive Beers, Early Entry

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Max Reed
Brewmasters make good friends.
The 17th-annual New Times' "Original" Beerfest, presented by Isle Casino, returns to Fort Lauderdale's Esplanade Park Saturday, October 25, and it promises to be one amazing evening filled with music, fun, and beer.

More than 100 brews will be on hand for your sampling enjoyment, including beers from Florida's best local breweries, such as Funky Buddha, Miami Brewing Company, Hollywood Organic Brewing, Cigar City, and Islamorada Beer Company.

See also: Homebrewers Wanted for New Times' Beerfest Competition

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