As the unofficial end of summer has passed with Labor Day, Due South is kicking things into high gear for fall. This time of the year is anything but slow for this Boynton Beach brewery as we brew a lot of beer for a couple big events.
First, there is our second annual Oktoberfest Celebration here at the brewery. On October 3rd, 4th and 5th we invite you all to come out to the taproom and raise a few glasses of beer with us as we ring in fall the right way. We will be releasing a couple returning favorites from last autumn: our Oktoberfest Marzen lager and Isle of MaGourdo pumpkin ale. You can also expect some special treatments and cask beers being tapped throughout the weekend as well. Where else but in South Florida can you find lobster rolls served at an Oktoberfest celebration? Every day will be different with new beers and different food trucks and, of course, enough polka music to make you think you’re in Munich.
The weekend after Oktoberfest we pack up our bags and head to the Centennial State, Colorado, for our first ever appearance at the Great American Beer Festival. GABF, as it’s affectionately called, is the largest annual craft beer festival and competition in the United States. Roughly 49,000 people are expected to attend. Around 650 brewers will congregate in Denver to have their beers judged for a chance at taking home some hardware and bragging rights.
Being our first time at the festival we wanted to put our best foot forward and decided to enter 5 beers into the competition. We will be submitting our flagship beer Caramel Cream Ale along with Cafe Ole Espresso Porter, Bridgeport Scotch Ale, Category 4 IPA and Category 5 IPA. Each beer will be available for sampling at the Due South booth during each of the 4 sessions as well.
We are one of only 7 breweries representing Florida on the floor of the festival so we hope to make the beer drinkers of the Sunshine State proud. Only time will tell if any medals come home with us.
So you can see that fall is a very busy time here for us and we hope that you can come out to our Oktoberfest Celebration or, if you are at GABF, stop by the Due South booth and say hi.