Melbourne, FL – April 13, 2015 – Under a bright and sunny sky on April 4th, the Brewmaster’s Invitation Beer Fest got under way. There was ample parking around the Port Canaveral Exploration Tower for everyone to park. When I arrived, the line at the ticket booth was about 50 beer lovers long where they were either picking up their paid-in-advance tickets or paying at the door.
After getting one’s entrance lanyard with the ticket attached, you had to pass through the main gate where they were only letting the VIP tickle holders pass. This was because each VIP ticket holder got into the fest one hour before the general admission ticket holders were let in and they got a plastic miniature beer mug to use when tasting the many different beers being sampled today.
The fest was set up with four long rows of craft beer tents where the different craft beers were on display. There were three stages where different kinds of music were being played all day long. My favorite band was a duo playing German drinking music. You cannot have a beer fest without German music. Click HERE for link to the bands that played.
The selection of craft beers to sample was just simply thrust quenching on this hot ans sunny Saturday afternoon. There were craft beer names like Nooner, Beer Camp, Hunter IPA, Purple Haze, Wrought Iron IPA, Right on Red, Yella Pils and many, many more. Enough beer was flowing that if you had to drive home, you needed to be careful not to get drunk. If you stayed and sampled craft beer all day, that might have been a big problem. Because I do not like the bitter taste of many IPA and Ale brands, I stick to finding a light lager beer that I like. At this craft beer fest, the Florida Beer Company’s Key West Pilsner Light was my go to beer. Every time I passed their booth, I got a refill. In addition to liking light beers, flavored lager beers are another of my favorites. Abita’s Purple Haze Lager, one of my favorite flavored beers, was being sampled at the Fest. I also enjoyed Sea Dog Brewery’s Bluepaw Blueberry Wheat Ale. You can get these beers at local supermarkets, convenience stores, and wine and beer stores here in Brevard County. Total Wine in Viera, FL carries many of the craft beers that were being tasted on this day.
Along one side of fest east fence were two food trucks, Slow & Low BBQ and Taco City. Each truck had long line all afternoon long as craft beer drinkers were cleaning their palate between brews. Speaking of palate cleaning, there were many beer drinkers who were wearing a necklace made up of mini-pretzels. The pretzels were being used to cleanse one’s palate between drinking craft beers. The next time I go to a craft beer tasting event, I will most surly will have my pretzel necklace.
9 Mile Media did a great job putting on this craft beer festival in Port Canaveral. This craft beer festival was bigger than the New Smyrna Festival I attended last year. It was well worth the VIP or General Admission ticket price. You could tell by walking around that everyone was having a great time. I sincerely hope that they bring it back next year. Hope to see you there in 2016. Click HERE to watch my You Tube video of the fest.
Until next time, be safe in the sun and have a great day in the great outdoors.