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From 02 Wed Sep 2015 to 07 Mon Sep 2015 September 2, 2015 September 7, 2015 Tranquility Bay

Key West Brewfest

Fans of beers and ales can sample more than 150 varieties, including unique microbrews, at the sixth annual Key West BrewFest, set for Wednesday through Monday, Sept. 2-7. The schedule features brew-focused dinners, beer and cigar gatherings, a lighthearted “beer run,” pool parties, a lavish tasting festival on the beach and other enticements for thirsty attendees.
 
The event is presented by the Southernmost Beach Resort and the Key West Sunrise Rotary Club of the Conch Republic, and benefits Rotary charitable initiatives.
 
Beers range from intriguingly named offerings such as Purple Haze lager and Hemp Ale to local favorite Key West Sunset Ale and specialties from the Keys’ Florida Keys Brewing Co., Bone Island Brewing and Islamorada Beer Company.
 
BrewFest starts at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, with a kick-off party at Key West’s new Waterfront Brewery, 201 William St. Later Wednesday attendees can enjoy a beer dinner featuring Chef Wayne Keller’s intriguing recipes and/or a tasting of limited-release drafts paired with live music.
 
Thursday’s highlights are to include a “beer run” between the Waterfront Brewery and The Porch, 429 Caroline St., complete with beers at each stop and finisher medals for participating “athletes.”
 
Among Friday’s attractions are the Scavenger Hunt Pool Party with Florida Keys Brewing Co. at the Southernmost Beach Resort’s Pineapple Pool, 1319 Duval St., and the All AmeriCAN Summer’s Eve party featuring leading craft beers in a can at Ocean Key Resort’s Sunset Pier, 0 Duval St.
 
The festival’s centerpiece, the BrewFest Signature Tasting Festival with more than 150 beers from around the world, is set for 5-8 p.m. Saturday on Key West’s South Beach, located overlooking the Atlantic Ocean at 1405 Duval St. Admission is $35 per person in advance or $40 at the door. Lager lovers also can choose to pay $75 per person for admission to a 3-5 p.m. VIP tasting.
 
Among other events are beer brunches and late-night gatherings, the eight-course tapas-style Sam Adams Beer Dinner at the Southernmost Beach Café, 1405 Duval St., “tap takeovers” at local watering holes and a Monday night bingo bash at Key West’s landmark Green Parrot, 601 Whitehead St. 
  
Event information and ticketing: www.keywestbrewfest.com or 1-800-354-4455