New Times' Original Beerfest Returns: Last Chance for VIP Tickets

Categories: Booze Hound

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Beerfest VIP tickets will sell out by noon today.
The New Times' Original Beerfest, presented by Isle Casino, returns to Esplanade Park with beer, music, and fun.

On Saturday, October 25, from 7 to 10 p.m., Fort Lauderdale will become the unofficial capital of beer, with more than 100 beers being served by your favorite local, craft, and international breweries, including Funky Buddha, Goose Island, Inlet Brewing, J. Wakefiend Brewing, Lagunitas, Miami Brewing Co., Opus Ales, and Cigar City.

In addition to great beer, Beerfest features interactive games, live musical entertainment, great food, and a home brew contest, making this the best beer-centric event in South Florida.

See also: Florida Beer: Happening Now Session IPA From Cigar City Brewing

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Soyka Goes Italiano on Mondays Offering Big Plates at Small Prices

Categories: Deals

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Pizza Capricciosa
Eating out is fantastic but unless your are ingesting poison from the fast food industry, it can be prohibitively expensive. While Miami Spice succeeds in making our most luxurious restaurants "affordable" for a couple months, it does nothing to address the limited access Miamians have to quality food at reasonable prices.

Soyka serves a wide array of American comfort food and has always maintained a solid reputation for delivering good food at truly sensible prices. They have gone even a step further in the value chain with an Italian menu served only on Mondays. Patrons can dine on large plates of their Italian favorites for only $10. They can choose from various types of pasta and pizzas as well as meat lasagna and both chicken and eggplant parmesan.

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J. Wakefield Brewing Company Is Hiring

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J. Wakefield Brewing Company in Wynwood is hiring for several positions.
It will not be long until J. Wakefield Brewing Company is officially open, but in the meantime the brewery is seeking to build its staff for when the time comes.

The brewery is looking to hire three beer-mind people: assistant brewer, a cellar man, and a person to fill a packaging position. Because the brewery is nearly complete and brewing is set to begin shortly after, these positions will need to be filled soon.

See also: J. Wakefield Brewing to Begin Construction Today

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Miami's Best Pizza Closing After 44 Years: "It's Total Devastation"

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A sight that will be no more come November.
A couple of days ago, reported the sad news that Miami's Best Pizza would close its doors after 44 years in business. Located on South Dixie Highway just north of Sunset Place, the pizzeria is a Miami landmark.

Best known for its laid-back vibe, cheerful owners, and hand-tossed pizza, Miami's Best is uncertain whether it will re-open elsewhere. "Both owners love to work here. It's their life, and whatever decision they make is going to be best for them and the pizza shop," says Nick Butler, one of the managers at Miami's Best and son of co-owner Charles Butler.

See also: Miami's Ten Best Pizzas

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Fontainebleau's Bakery and Chocolate Factory: Golden Ticket to Miami's Wonkaville

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Executive pastry chef Jordi Panisello takes us inside Miami's own Wonkaville.
A lot has changed at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach since its opening in 1954. The hotel has undergone renovations and upgrades, but some things remain constant: the resort has always been the most lavish playground on Miami's famed stretch of beach and the resort has always had a coffee and patisserie shop for its guests.

Chez Bon Bon, which opened about a month ago in the former Solo space, continues this tradition of offering a sweet treat and a caffeinated pick-me-up to hotel guests and locals alike.

See also: King Crab City: Inside the Fontainebleau's "Water World"

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Gaston Acurio at La Mar for James Beard Benefit Next Tuesday

If you have yet to make it to La Mar and try Gaston Acurio's Peruvian fare, you might want to mark your calendar for next Tuesday, September 23, because the celebrity chef will be making an appearance at Brickell Key's snazzy cebicheria.

In benefit of the James Beard Foundation, La Mar and executive chef Diego Oka are hosting a special Friends of James Beard benefit dinner filled with Peruvian specialties. Think raw fish and pisco sours.

See also: At La Mar, Peruvian Classics Are Elevated to Haute Cuisine

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Pubbelly Brunch Fare: Media Noche McBelly and Granola With Yuzu

Categories: Brunch Report

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Pubbelly does brunch
The Pubbelly boys might be growing an empire, but that's not keeping them from keeping the location that started it all fresh and exciting. Since opening in 2010, Pubbelly has lacked one thing: brunch. If you wanted the breakfast-meets-lunch indulgence in the form of French toast sticks, you headed over to PB Steak.

But when PB Steak announced it would close to move to the mainland, French toast dreams were shattered. Until a couple of weeks ago that is, when Pubbelly started serving "Sunday brunch fare: a wonderful fresh ingredient feast."

See also: L'echon: The Pubbelly Boys' French Brasserie Is a Glimpse of What's to Come

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Miami Brewers Alliance Unites Craft Beer Scene

Categories: Homebrew

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Take a break from bottled imports and domestic beer drudgery. Craft beer has joined the party. The Miami Brewers Alliance aims to bring the word to the street by educating vendors, consumers, and local government officials about the emerging craft brewing industry.

Ross Appel, executive director and attorney, explains the passion behind rallying the community in support of this marketplace: "It's ultra-collaborative between the brewers [in Miami] and hopefully the vendors and other businesses we work with, brewers, ultimately to promote the industry," he says.

Luis Brignoni, vice president and owner of Wynwood Brewing Company, hopes to encourage home brewers to reach a professional level so that the Miami craft brewing scene can pluck from a pool of talent.

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Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Beer, Bernstein, and a Benefit

Categories: Weekend Guide

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Louis Salgar will be remembered at Gramps.
Can you feel a change in the air? Fall is coming, bringing a time for endings and new beginnings. We say goodbye to summer, but look forward to a new school year for some and the holidays for most.

This weekend is filled with endings and new beginnings. Celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein, who closed her flagship restaurant Michy's a few months ago, is debuting a host of new dishes at a pop-up.

We enjoy the first tastes of Oktoberfest.

We also honor Louis Salgar this weekend, a member of Miami's bar community who was killed in a tragic burglary gone wrong.

Weekend starts now!

See also: Bartender Louis Salgar Remembered With Events, Special Coin

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New Times' Pairings Is Tonight: Five Reasons to Go

New Times' Pairings is here! South Florida's best foodie event happens this evening when the Broward Center for the Performing Arts hosts over 40 restaurant, each serving amazing food paired with a fine wine or craft beer.

If you haven't already snagged tickets, don't worry. Tickets available online at until 2 p.m. today. After that, they're available at the door tonight (general admission $55; VIP while supplies last $90). If you're still on the fence about going tonight, here are five reasons why you absolutely cannot miss out:

See also: The Ten Best Pairings at New Times' Pairings

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