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Miami Brick-Toberfest set to heat things up

bricktoberThe fall festival season is here and it seems like every weekend there is another big event. On September 28, the focus will be on the Brickell Village area of Miami for the first annual Brick-Toberfest sponsored by Fado Irish Pub and Zevents.

The aim of the event is to launch the biggest Oktoberfest beer festival the neighborhood has ever seen and will feature popular local, regional and European craft breweries. Current breweries set to serve their delicious brews include Cigar City, Lagunitas, Brooklyn, Samuel Adams, Shock Top, Hoegaarden, to name just a few. For those who prefer wine, Delicato Family Vineyards will also be serving their award-winning wines.

The celebration kicks off at 1:00 p.m. in the heart of the Mary Brickell Village on 10th St. in Brickell just below Fado Irish Pub. The festival entrance will be located at 10th St and 1st Ave near the Publix Supermarket.

Javi Zayes, the president of Zevents said recently, “We are excited to bring such a vibrant event to Brickell and to have partnered up with Fado Irish Pub Miami as we set out to create an event beer enthusiasts will enjoy.”

Guests will be able to indulge in more than 75 beer samplings, food, live music, DJs and more. Guests are encouraged to attend the after-party at Fado Irish Pub with late-nite drink specials and live music until 4:00 a.m.

The Festival will kick off at 1:00 p.m. for guests who purchase the Ultra VIP Unlimited Sampling & Festival ticket. This ticket caters to beer connoisseurs who want to get the first taste. Guests are granted expedited entry, VIP tent sampling areas, premium sampling of more than 10 super premium beer selections, unlimited sampling of over 75 beers, food pairing and light bites from local restaurants, VIP tent access all day and night, a private restroom area and can stay for the 6:00 p.m. music festival.

At 2:00 p.m, Bricktoberfest kicks off the Unlimited Sampling Pass that allows guest to sample more than 75 craft and specialty beers, food pairings, expedited entry to the event, all-day access to a private VIP tent and private restrooms.

Finally, in true Miami fashion at 5:00 p.m. Bricktoberfest welcomes guests who are looking to get the party started with the Festival Party Pass that grants guest admission at 5:00 p.m. to the craft beer and music festival and access to the after party atFadó Irish Pub.

Tickets are from $25 to $95, depending on the level and for those who purchase in advance a 50% early bird discount is in effect. For ticket information, visit the festival website at http://bricktoberfest.com.

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2013 in Beer, Beer Festival

 

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Tasty Beers to accent your Thanksgiving table

Many beer aficionados know the story of how the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock because of a shortage of beer aboard the Mayflower. Beer was used as a water supply since water itself was unsafe to drink. Story-tellers point to a diary entry from an unnamed passenger that says, “We could not now take time for further search…our victuals being much spent, especially our beer…” The situation, it seems, was dire. Or, so the big American breweries would have you believe.

The truth of the matter is that the Pilgrims were not put out at Plymouth Rock because of a lack of beer. They were put out because of a lack of time. Quite simply, the Mayflower was due back in England and the Captain and crew told the Pilgrims to pick a spot and get off. The beer supplies on board were ample for the return trip to England. The beer companies wanted consumers to think that beer was as American as apple pie so they ran ads that said, “The Pilgrims drank beer.” While that is not entirely untrue, it is a stretch.

Regardless of the historical accuracy of beer being the reason America is here as we know it, beer is definitely a welcome addition and has a place on your Thanksgiving table. This time of year brings several interesting styles into season including Oktoberfest/ Märzen beers, fresh hop ales, and pumpkin beers. All pair nicely with your holiday dishes.

Oktoberfest-Märzen Style Beers

The original Oktoberfest was held in a field outside the city gates of Munich in the early 1800’s to celebrate the wedding of Crown Prince of Bavaria Prince Ludwig I and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghhausen. Germans being German, beer was an important part of the celebration. Oktoberfest beer is a traditional variety also known as Märzen. It is generally darker and stronger than traditional beers with alcohol content of around 6%. It is characterized by medium to full body, malty flavor, and a clean dry finish. Like all German beer, true Oktoberfest beer is brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot that precisely defines the four ingredients allowed in the brewing of beer: barley, hops, malt, and yeast. Oktoberfest beers are particularly good with meats and poultry; indeed a traditional food at Oktoberfest in Munich is roasted poultry.

Beers to try:

Ayinger Oktoberfest- Märzen
Sierra Nevada Tumbler

Fresh Hop Ales

Hops are the bittering component of beer. They grow on tall bines and consist of small cones that contain the all-important bittering agents. The vast majority of beer is made with dried hops because if the fresh picked cones are not dried within 24 hours of picking, they will begin to rot. And rotten hops do not make good beer. In the fall hop-picking season, some adventurous brewers rush out to the fields to gather fresh hops and brew with them. Because you need more fresh hops – somewhere in the neighborhood of five times more – in brewing than the concentrated dried hops, the resulting beer has a much more vegetative, earthy flavor than dry hop beers. Because of the amounts of hops necessary to brew these beers, they are made in very small batches. Fresh hop ales pair wonderfully with fresh vegetables and dishes with vegetables in them like green beans, brussel sprouts, and even stuffing made with onion and celery.

Beers to try:

Great Divide Fresh Hop Pale Ale

Pumpkin Beers

In the early days of America, malted barley was extremely hard to come by and had to be imported from England. This made the malt very expensive and out of the reach of the lower classes. So, colonists began searching for other items that could be used as sources of sugar in their brews. Pumpkins were indigenous to America, so colonists began using them for beer. Early pumpkin brews bear little resemblance to today’s brews, which generally skew more towards the pumpkin pie spices rather than the actual fruit. Because of their sweet nature, pumpkin brews are perfect with desserts like pumpkin and sweet potato pie.

Beers to try:

Dogfish Head PunKin
Southern Tier Pumking

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Posted by on November 13, 2012 in Beer, Beer Styles

 

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