This humble blog was started to document our travels around the country during the summer of 2006, We have opted to continue updating it due to the requests from family & friends. Enjoy!
Friday, March 20, 2015
Sprung Beer Fest
March 10, 2015
Sprung Beer Fest
Another weekend, another road trip to Miami, this time to
attend the Sprung Beer Festival at Peacock Park in Coral Gables. The advent of
social media has made it so much easier to find out about events happening in
the region and when I read about Sprung, it did not take much convincing to get
me to make the drive up to attend the festival.
I enjoy beer festivals immensely, being a huge craft beer
fan and after reading that Thrilllist.com had listed Sprung as a “must-do”
springtime event, I was convinced. Unlike many beer fests across the state,
this one was relatively easy to attend and I purchased VIP tickets to get early
entry and a VIP section that featured free food and specialty beers that were
not available to the general attendees.
The festival featured over 200 beers with many available for
the first time in the Florida market, it also included almost all of the
breweries in South Florida and many of the best of the ever growing state beer
market. It was a fantastic line-up. The event also included live musical
entertainment, a huge game area featuring a variety of beer-related games and
The weather was mostly cooperative, it was bright and sunny
for the first couple of hours before a light but steady rain-storm moved in,
which made the VIP tent come in even more handy. Florida’s best breweries were
pretty much all represented with booths from the likes of Cigar City, Funky
Buddah and Wynwood Brewing all on hand.
Many, many of Miami and South Florida’s exploding craft beer
market were there as well including J. Wakefield Brewing, Miami Brewing companny,
and M.I.A. brewing. There was even representation from the Florida Keys as the
Islamorada Brewing Company was there with a huge presence.
Many regional breweries were featured as well lead by
Sweetwater out of Atlanta, Abita from New Orleans and Terrapin from Athens,
Georgia. There was an amazingly good selection for the large crowd. Being held
during the midst of Spring Break tended to trend the crowd in a younger
demographic with Spring Breakers mingling with beer geeks at about an equal
The same people will also be hosting a fall version of the
beer festival when Groovetoberfest is held in the same Peacock Park location,
not sure if my schedule will allow a return visit, but if at all possible I
will try and return.
About Us- We are Kathy Kilroy and Michael Blades and this blog was created to document our summer travels around the nation in 2006 and we have opted to continue posting to keep our friends and family informed of our lives. We each have lived in Key West for over 20 years and met and were married here in October, 2003.