Occasionally we can overload our senses. We over do it. We take in too much to process and we just get overloaded. Jupiter Craft Brewers Fest is definitely one of those times. There were 59 brewers setup for us to enjoy for 4 hours of craft beer tasting. Too many flavors, too many people to meet, too many stories to try to remember. Being a home brewer means we know what goes into crafting a delicious batch of brew. That makes us fans of every brewer willing to offer up their craft for us to taste. We don't judge - we admire. We arrived 30 minutes early on a beautiful South Florida day and breezed through the ticket line to where we waited inside the breezeway around the Roger Dean Stadium.
To name just a few breweries we enjoyed there was: M.I.A, Ookapow, Barrel of Monks, Coppertail, Twisted Trunk, Founders, Funky Buddha, Due South, Dixie Bar & Grill, Victory, Wynwood, Prosperity, Biscayne, Bangin Banjo, Cigar City, 26 Degrees, Treasure Coast Homebrewers, Holy Mackerel, Accomplice, Devour, Terrapin, Civil Society, Orange Blossum, Ommegang, Magic Hat, Sierra Nevada, Copperpoint, Swamphead, Hop Life, Sailfish, Odd Breed, Invasive Species, Mathews, Saltwater and more, and more, and more. There where 59 tents and most brewers had 3 or 4 brews on tap. Every style and then some. Among the standouts were: Saltwater's Maris Coffee vanilla Barley wine, Accomplice's Winter in South Florida cinnamon and coconut cider. There some of our favorites, new releases and experimentals. We met brewers, sources of brewers, brewery owners, craft brew fans and homebrew club members. I'm getting overloaded just trying to remember it all. It's held at a perfect venue with easy access and parking. We even chatted with the local police who were on hand making sure the event went smooth. They haven't had any incidents in the 12 years the town has held this event and it has grown to capacity. There were a couple food tents to round out the offerings and a band plaid a great mix to make sure the audio senses were stimulated. It was a day of sensory overload and we can't wait 'til next year.