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EatBeat: Jupiter Craft BrewFest and Field of Beers Tickets – Get ‘Em While Hot

January 12th, 2011 · No Comments

Now in its fifth year, the Jupiter Craft Brewer’s Festival will take over Abacoa Jupiter 28-29. Tickets are limited and have sold out in the past, so hop on them soon or plan to arrive early at the gate.

What’s New at the Fest

They’re adding 4000 square feet to the event to accommodate even more craft brewers – those who make small batches of unique beers. The road outside of Roger Dean Stadium will be closed off to allow the crowd to spread. Ten new breweries are slated to come in, but a total of 50 will pour about 175 brews, according to Fran Andrewlevich, the fest’s founder and organizer. Andrewlevich is the award-winning brewmaster for Brewzzi in CityPlace and Boca Raton.

The festival has grown from a small field with a few participants to a giant festival that attracts thousands. “I had to beg about 35 of my friends to come and volunteer at the first one – I paid them in beer, of course.” More than 70 volunteers are on board this year.

Also new this year is “Craftoberfest,” – a free event mimicking Oktoberfest celebrations, from 2-7 p.m. alongside the main festival. At the amphitheater on Main Street, a family fun event, free to the public, will offer music, dancing and food, along with a beer tent that will sell about 15 of the beers (by the glass) available at the festival. A five-piece German band, brought in from Epcot’s Germany pavilion, will be playing. Brats, pretzels, and a few German foods will be served.

Field of Beers

Carlino

On Friday night, the smaller Field of Beers beer-and-food pairing returns to the dugouts in Roger Dean Stadium. Here, 15 chefs prepare foods using the craft beers and pairing them with the special brews made in much smaller quantities.

“The response has been ridiculous already,” Andrewlevich said. “We want to limit it to 350, maybe, because of the food. It’s really stepped up this year – and the brewers really want to get into it, too, but we have to limit it because of the chefs and food. (Chef) John Carlino will head it again and is stepping it up every year. This year, for instance, he’s doing a white bean chili with pheasant.”

Andrewlevich is excited to have his dad and four brothers join him for the first time for this event. “My dad is an energetic 71, and will sing the national anthem at 7 p.m. at the stadium. He’s more excited about that than seeing me.”

Sustainable, from farm to glass to farm to table

The brewmaster said many of the brewers return the spent grain used in brewing back to farmers. “We’re slaughtering a cow that gets grain from one of our brewers to use in cattle feed,” he said. “We’ll have posters showing how the cycle works to be sustainable and is farm-to-table. Andrewlevich gives his grain to an organic vegetable farmer in Okeechobee, and was planning to use his vegetables in the dishes, but the frost wiped out his crops.

“We’re still going to tell his whole story on the board, because it shows what happens to small farmers – they’re at the mercy of Mother Nature.”

Jupiter Craft Brewer’s Festival and Craftoberfest

Where: Roger Dean Stadium grounds at Abacoa, Jupiter

When: Festival: Saturday, Jan. 29, 1-5:30 p.m.; Craftoberfest, 2-7 p.m.

Tickets: $26.50 plus service fee online, or $30 at the gate. (Craftoberfest is free)

Information, tickets: www.jupitercraftbrewersfestival.com

Field of Beers

Where: Dugouts of Roger Dean Stadium, Abacoa, Jupiter

When: Friday, Jan. 28, 6:30 -9:30 p.m.

Tickets: $73.50 plus service fee

Information and tickets: www.jupitercraftbrewersfestival.com/fobhome.html

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