4th Annual Jupiter Craft Brewers Festival Saturday
By Dan Oliver, columnist
To have a chance at tasting “beers your mom would be proud of,” you will have to arrive early at this year’s Jupiter Craft Brewers Festival. The 4th installment of the annual suds event begins Saturday afternoon at its new home, Roger Dean Stadium, and online tickets have already sold out. 1500 more will be available for purchase at the gate.
New brews on tap
While the above humorous reference to motherly approval will adorn this year’s official festival T-shirts, event co-organizer Fran Andrewlevich is seriously excited about his murderer’s row lineup of killer ales and lagers set to be served at the baseball stadium this weekend.
“It’s by far the best collection of beers we’ve had in the four years of this festival, and a lot of people I know are really looking forward to this event.”
Humming Ale has Kiwi hops
Among some very rare beers on tap will be Humming Ale, a commemorative creation from Anchor Brewing, made with the unusual Nelson Sauvin hop, grown in New Zealand with similar qualities to the Cabernet Sauvignon grape. Humming Ale makes its Florida debut at the JCBF.
And that’s just for starters. Cigar City Brewing out of Tampa is bringing along some of its more unusual brews as well, including an Imperial Stout flavored with Mayan chocolate and peppers. The JCBF newcomer took home a gold medal in its Great American Beer Festival debut in September.
Local breweries offerings
The local breweries will be out to impress as well, with special beers made just for this event, including an Imperial Coffee Porter from Brewzzi of West Palm Beach and Boca Raton, a Double Diablo Imperial Amber from Coral Spring’s Big Bear, and a Bourbon Barrel aged Milk Stout from Corner Café and Brewery in Tequesta.
Homebrew from BX Beer Depot, Lake Worth
There’s even homebrew to sample as well. The BX Beer Depot will be serving an IPA brewed especially for the occasion, while the Palm Beach Draughtsmen are serving up some “Carry my Bags Porter”.
In all, over 40 breweries will be pouring more than 150 samples of truly tasty, unique beers. In limiting the attendance to 3,300 people, Andrewlevich feels he has kept the JCBF small enough to keep the event from turning into a drinking fest while staying true to its’ original roots as a celebration of quality craft beer.
Easing the gate at Roger Dean
If you are one of the lucky 1500 at the gate, your wait should be a much shorter one than the massive lines seen at previous festivals, as Andrewlevich has doubled the amount of volunteers and ticket takers.
The Best Dressed Monk Contest, sponsored by Jupiter’s Inlet Brewing Company, makers of Monk in the Trunk Belgian Amber Ale will take center stage again with a cash prize for the winner, as will the ever popular “Silent Disco” and of course live music throughout the afternoon. And don’t forget to say “hey” to Dan the Beer Man. As host and emcee, I’ll be roaming the fest in my very authentic looking Monk’s habit. Hope to see you there.
Jupiter Craft Brewers Festival
- Roger Dean Stadium, Abacoa, Jupiter
- Saturday, Jan. 30, 1-5:30 p.m.
- Tickets: $30 at the door (cash only)
- For more info: www.jupitercraftbrewersfestival.com
Dan Oliver, of West Palm Beach, writes about beer for JanNorris.com.