Last Friday was the Delray Beach Craft Beer Fest, held in the heart of the city at the Delray Beach Center For the Arts. And although I’ve seen it before, this was my first time being there. And it was a great time.
Similar to most other beer festivals, Delray Beach Craft Beer Fest had a fairly extensive selection of beers from around the country, including beers from Magic Hat, Brooklyn Brewery, Abita, my beloved Boulevard Brewery, and New Belgium, to name just a few. Almost everyone had moustaches from The Traveler Beer Co. (I saw more than one brewery confused as to why people’s glasses had moustaches). There was even a local homebrewing group, Hopaholics Brew Club from Pompano beach, that had what can only be described as a compound, giving out samples from a lengthy and interesting tap list.
What I liked about Delray Beach Craft Beer Fest over some other beer festivals was the other stuff to do. There was live music, which is always a plus. There were also artisans creating work live at the event, cornhole and giant jenga, plus a number of food and cash bars selling non-alcoholic drinks which was a godsend for me and my pregnant wife.
There was also a good number of breweries from around state, skewed understandably towards Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Naturally, I couldn’t get to every single one of them. Many of them were standards such as a bunch of selections from Tampa’s Cigar City, Bimini Twist IPA from St. Pete’s 3 Daughters Brewing, Keybilly Island Ale, the entire selection from Golf Beer Co., Concrete Beach Brewery, Miami Brewing Co., and a number of others.
There were also a number of breweries bringing some fun stuff with them, including a number of Randalls. One notable beer was from SaltWater Brewery, which is literally a 5-minute drive down Atlantic Ave from where the festival was held. They brought their Sea Cow Milk Stout (Milk Stout, 6% ABV, 20 IBU) they Randalled with vanilla and maple coffee beans.
Yes, it’s just as good as you would think. Sea Cow is a fantastic beer, and possibly my favorite milk stout in the state. Add a fantastic blend of vanilla and maple roasted coffee beans, and you have a smooth, creamy milkshake of a beer that is easily drinkable and full of flavor. Note to Saltwater: don’t save this one for special occasions. This needs to be a regular occurrence.
I am going to have reports for a lot of other breweries listed below. As I write and publish them, the list below will turn into links for the reviews. Here are all of the other Florida breweries I was able to sample stuff from at the event:
- Copperpoint Brewing
- Darwin Brewing
- Funky Buddha Brewery
- Holy Waters Brewing
- Islamorada Ale
- Lagerhead Brewing
- Orange Blossom Brewing Co.
- Orlando Brewing
- Wild Oak Ales
In all, the event had a great turnout and it was apparent people were having an enjoyable time. Thank you to Leanne and the entire team at Delray Beach Center for the Arts for their hospitality. Hope to see everyone again soon!
Drink Florida Craft,