(Photo Courtesy of Concrete Beach Brewery)
Fall arrives at the Social Hall this month and not a moment too soon. As the weather starts to cool and the summer comes to an end, Concrete Beach Brewery celebrates the new season with its second-annual Blocktoberfest celebration. The event marks the return of the brewery’s popular Floridafest Oktoberfest-style lager. Here’s what’s happening in the Social Hall and beyond…
Saturday, September 10th
Concrete Beach Brewery celebrates the great German tradition of Oktoberfest with its second-annual Blocktoberfest celebration. The event marks the launch of Floridafest, Concrete Beach Brewery’s Oktoberfest-inspired lager (description below). Guests are encouraged to get their oompah on with the Larry Roberts Polka Band. Oktoberfest-inspired food will be offered, including special handmade sausages by Miami Smokers. And what’s an Oktoberfest celebration without traditional games like the pretzel toss, a pretzel eating competition, a pretzel eating relay race and a stein hoisting contest to challenge those beer muscles?
In recognition of September being Hunger Action Month, one dollar from every pint of beer sold during Blocktoberfest will be donated to Feeding South Florida, the leading domestic hunger-relief organization in South Florida (with a maximum donation of $1,000). During the month of September, Concrete Beach guests are also encouraged to bring in nonperishable food items. Those who bring in three or more items will get their first beer for only $2.
Floridafest is Concrete Beach Brewery’s take on a classic German Märzen with a tropical twist. This copper-hued Oktoberfest lager opens up with aromas of subtle coconut, followed by notes of toffee and vanilla. Undertones of toasted coconut and biscuit round out this smooth, medium-bodied beer.
Malt: Europils, Dark Munich, Melanoidin and CarapilsABV: 5.7%
Hops:Hallertau and TettnangIBU: 25
Floridafest will be available on draft at the Social Hall and in select restaurants and bars starting in early September, and will also be available in six packs of 12oz cans in stores, such as Total Wine, select Whole Foods, ABC, and Milam’s supermarkets, Stop n Shop by the University of Miami, as well as where fine craft beer is sold. Look for it and Concrete Beach’s other beers on their online Beer Finder.
Monthly Social Hall Events:
Brew House Rock: Let’s Get Festive: Marzen-Style Beers and Their History
Monday, September 5th
Tickets: $5 can be purchased on Eventbrite
Brew House Rock is a monthly educational series hosted at Concrete Beach Brewery designed for anyone who is interested in developing a deeper knowledge and appreciation for craft beer. Each class has a different theme, and includes beer tastings with special ingredients to highlight subtle flavor notes, such as caramel, toffee and fruit. September’s theme is Let’s Get Festive: Marzen-Style Beers and Their History. Social Hall Manager and Certified Cicerone® Jesse Morris will be discussing this German lager typically associated with Oktoberfest.
Yoga & Beer
Wednesday, September 14th
Nah ’Ima Stay and Have a Pint. Concrete Beach Brewery is teaming up with an instructor from the Miami Life Center to host a beginners yoga class on their patio. After the class, participants can quench their thirst with a cold beer for only $4.
Concrete Comedy Night
Wednesday, September 21st
Free, but the comedians are working for tips!
The Social Hall echoes with laughter each month as Concrete Beach features five local comedians performing original material. The evening is hosted by Miami’s own funnyman David Del Rosario.
Concrete Cavalry Run Club Presented by Footworks
Wednesday, September 28th
Concrete Beach Brewery teams up each month with Footworks, Miami’s premier running store, for a three-mile run around Wynwood, starting and finishing at the Social Hall. Runners can quench their thirst with cold beer for only $4 after the run. The run is open to all running levels.
Concrete Beach will be pouring at the following area events:
Come hang out with Marco Reyna, Concrete Beach’s head brewer, and the rest of the Concrete Beach team at the Key West BrewFest September 1-5. Fans will be able to sample Tropic of Passion and Stiltsville, as well as some of the brewery’s limited offerings.
Can’t make it to the Keys? Concrete Beach will also be pouring at Oktoberfest at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens on September 23. Attendees can sample local craft beer, try a variety of festive foods and dance to a live polka band.
Concrete Beach Brewery
325 N.W. 24 Street, Miami, Florida