Miami Beer Festival Hits Sun Life Stadium February 1

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Attendees at the inaugural Miami Beer Festival mob one of 50 booths.
While most of the country will be under a foot of snow February 1, Miami will host a boozy way to cool down: the Miami Beer Festival.

Last year's inaugural event introduced around 2,000 attendees to more than 150 beers under the retractable roof of Marlins Park, with 50 breweries featuring at least three beers on tap.

This year's festival shifts to the football field at Sun Life Stadium and will have a greater focus on local breweries and local ingredients.

See also: Inaugural Miami Beer Festival to Take Over Marlins Park January 19

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South Florida BrewFest: Drink the Best Local Craft Beers This Saturday

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This Saturday at the Kovens Center, taste the finest brews Florida has ever known.
Drinking beer is quickly becoming one of South Florida's favorite pastimes. And this Saturday, you can find some of the state's best craft brews during South Florida BrewFest at the Kovens Conference Center in North Miami.

By "best craft brews," we don't mean only commercial beers. Several homebrew clubs in Miami-Dade and Broward -- such as 2LiveBrews, 4th Age Brewing and Opus Ales -- will also participate in the fest.

See also: Biscayne Brewers Bash at Kovens Conference Center (Photos)

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M.A.S.H. Members Earn Professional Beer Judge Certification

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David Minsky
M.A.S.H.'s Danny Argudin (center) and Robert Billany are now professional beer judges.
When the term "beer geek" is used, it's more than likely referring to people like Robert Billany and Danny Argudin of the Miami Area Society of Homebrewers.

Argudin, who's also part of the startup Sexy Llama Brewing, and Billany are now also professional beer judges. They earned their new credentials last week after receiving confirmation from the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP).

See also: M.A.S.H.: The Original Miami Homebrewers

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Grovetoberfest 2013 Fashion: Lederhosen, Vikings, Sgt. Pepper (Photos)

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Photos by Laine Doss
Jackie Sayet of Michael's Genuine tats up a BAC meter at Grovetoberfest.
Grovetoberfest is a party, no doubt. With more than 200 beers, music, and a day with friends in Coconut Grove's Peacock Park, the day always turns out to be one of the most festive, with people dressing in beer hats, dirndls, and superhero costumes.

This year, event director Tony Albelo gave people an extra incentive to dress up for the event -- half-price admission and a special entrance to anyone in costume. The result: an early beer-themed Halloween party. Some people even brought snacks -- worn as jewelry. Take a look at the best costumes we encountered.

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Get Your Grove On: Grovetoberfest, Florida's Largest Beer Festival, Takes Place This Saturday

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October is such an awesome month. We sweat less and our hair doesn't get as frizzy, there are a ton of beer-guzzling Oktoberfest events, and it ends wth Halloween. One other reason that Miamians look forward to October is the annual Grovetoberfest event in Coconut Grove.

Now in its third year, Grovetoberfest is the largest beer festival in Florida and it takes place this Saturday. Expect over 250 craft beers from around the world, including plenty of local brews.

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DaddyBrews Homebrew Supply Store Grand Opening Saturday

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Jacob Lindsay is ready to hold the grand opening of DaddyBrews, Miami's newest homebrew supply store.
With all of the breweries popping up around town lately, it's surprising to know that Miami has only two homebrew supply stores. Now comes DaddyBrews Homebrew Supply store, which holds its grand opening party on September 28.

Amazingly, this is the middle of Oktoberfest. So if you're not looking to travel far and scrounge for parking, celebrate the opening of a place that fosters the spirit of home brewing.

See also: CerveTech: Surburban Laboratory for the Wizards of Craft Beer

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Moron Brothers Brewery Featured Homebrewer at World of Beer Tonight

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Small-batch homebrew is always the best.
The beer scene in Miami is so hot right now that even homebrewers are getting props. And they should because they make some of the best stuff on Earth -- and you will never be able to find it in stores.

Tonight Moron Brothers will be the featured homebrewer of the month at World of Beer in Kendall. To anyone who hasn't tried some Moron Brothers' small-batch brews, here is the chance.

See also: World of Beer Adding Two Miami Locations

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Miami Brewing Company Hires Andrew Guthrie as Brewmaster

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Andrew Guthrie signs on as brewmaster for Miami Brewing Company.
The Miami beer scene grew a little stronger as Miami Brewing Company brought in Andrew Guthrie to be its new brewmaster. Guthrie will come on board as the creative talent behind all of the brewery's recipes.

Guthrie will be MBC's (also known as Schnebly Redland's Winery) first proper brewmaster since the company started making beer roughly two years ago. Before him, MBC relied on a wine maker to brew, not that this was a bad thing because they brewed some pretty good stuff.

See also: Schnebly: Finally, a Microbrewery

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Brewskis: "Hook Up and Trade Up" Exclusive Bottle Trade and Tasting This Sunday

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An important part of the craft beer culture is trading bottles with fellow collectors and Brewskis in South Miami recognizes this which is why they are hosting Nightlife Brewing Company's "Hook Up and Trade Up" bottle trade event on August 18.

Bottle trading is serious business. These are gatherings where some of the rarest beers on Earth frequently change hands.

See also: Wakefield Brewing Begins Collaboration with Cigar City

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Gravity Brewlab, Cigar City Make "Gin and Juice"

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What happens when you mix a double IPA and gin? You get a beer called "Gin and Juice," of course, the result of a collaboration between Miami's Gravity Brewlab and the Cigar City Brewpub in Tampa.

It all began when Gravity's Diego Ganoza and a Chicago executive with Ransom Old Tom Gin met at The Broken Shaker for a few beers. Ganoza purchased a few gin barrels from him and held them in storage. After calling Cigar City's Joey Redner, the conversation shifted to Gravity's head brewer, Roberto Tejon, doing an internship at Cigar City.

See also: Craft Brewja Arwen Lehman's 2013 Beer Predictions

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