Beer fes­ti­val to of­fer 500 brews this week­end in Mi­ami

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - Showtime - Broward - - FRONT PAGE - By Phillip Valys SOUTHFLORIDA.COM

Flood­ing woes once washed Grove­to­ber­fest away, but the mas­sive beer fes­ti­val is back in Co­conut Grove’s Pea­cock Park this week­end.

The craft-beer bash re­turns to its long­time home on Satur­day, Oct. 13, af­ter two con­sec­u­tive years of king tides and heavy rain­fall forced event or­ga­nizer Swarm to move Grove­to­ber­fest to nearby Re­gatta Park and Vir­ginia Key.

The 8-year-old fes­ti­val will come bear­ing 500 ales and lagers from 80-plus brew­eries across South Flor­ida, along with DJs, food ven­dors, 8-bit video games and un­lim­ited beer sam­ples.

Here’s what else is brew­ing at Grove­to­ber­fest.

Park­ing sounds rough. Where is it?

Grove­to­ber­fest, by far South Flor­ida’s big­gest beer fes­ti­val for its depth of lo­cal and na­tional brews (and PBR, if that does it for you), pours enough suds for 15,000 drinkers.

Uber and Lyft are smart bets, and so is hop­ping the Mi­ami Trol­ley to Pea­cock Park from the Co­conut Grove Metro­rail sta­tion. If you must park, seek out the Yacht Har­bor Lot (2984 Grand Ave.), Garage at Son­esta Co­conut Grove (2889 McFar­lane Road) or St. Stephen’s Lot (2980 McFar­lane Road).

Who’s pour­ing this year?

Just about ev­ery South Flor­ida brew­ery is on the lineup, in­clud­ing the heavy­weights (Funky Bud­dha, J. Wake­field, Due South) and smaller out­fits (Boyn­ton Beach’s De­vour, Pom­pano Beach’s Ban­gin’ Banjo). Big Beer brands are rep­re­sented by Ter­rapin, Guin­ness, La­gu­ni­tas, New Bel­gium and oth­ers.

Is it ex­pen­sive?

Not re­ally. Al­though gen­eral-ad­mis­sion passes cost $35 in ad­vance via Eventbrite, an­other four bucks will buy you the $39 Beer So­cialite Groupon ($74 at the gate), which in­cludes a sou­venir pint glass, tote bag and 3 p.m. early ad­mis­sion. (This is not to be con­fused with the $89 VIP pack­age, which is sold out.)

Grove­to­ber­fest will take place 2-7 p.m. Satur­day, Oct. 13, at Pea­cock Park, 2820 McFar­lane Road, in Co­conut Grove. Ad­mis­sion is $35-$89. Call 305-461-2700 or go to Grove­to­ber­fest.com. pvalys@southflorida.com or 954-356-4364

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