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Orlando Beer Festival, November 12

For froth, buds, and all the sips under the sun, Orlando Beer Festival will once again pour into Festival Park at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 12. It’s noon if you’re a VIP, and 1 p.m. if you’re GA+, because for many of us, three hours of unlimited beer isn’t enough.

After taking a mandatory COVID year, the City Beautiful came back thirstier than ever in 2021 — and in record numbers — for Orlando’s biggest soapy shindig. This year we’ve rounded up a beer crowd and other alcoholic beverages to host another festival in the heart of the Milk District. Fifty breweries (along with distilleries, wineries, and canned cocktail and hard seltzer companies) will serve 200 different drinks for all-day tasting. And there’s so much more that makes this Central Florida’s biggest fall festival, even if beer isn’t your poison.

Arrive early for lunch in the Tasty Takeover Food Truck Zone. GA and GA+ will be admitted to this area one hour before their official festival entry time, giving them plenty of time to enjoy Hot Asian Buns, Supreme Wings, The Knot, EastSide Barbecue and more without cutting into the time of the festival. And go wild on the Hard Rock main stage with live music from the Tom O’Keef Trio, Wilted Chilis and DJ ET.

Once again, the Orlando Beer Festival will be friendlier than ever, with the Pups Pub Dog Zone for all the really good boys and girls, including the return of the Swift Paws Lure course. For us two-legged folks, there’s the Game Zone – giant beer pong, an inflatable Twister, carnival games and, well, you get the picture.

Are you worried that you miss college football? Don’t! You can sit on the comfortable couch in the Advance Air Conditioning Chill Zone and watch games all day on the Jumbotron. If shopping is your thing, head to the market, with a school bus “boutique” stocked with clothing from Canyon Couture, Goldies Little Shop, Tiny Bois and a dozen other local artists and vendors.

If you’re a VIP, the super stylish and fitted limited edition OFB ’22 black t-shirt will be waiting for you in the Publix VIP area. (For everyone else, stop by the Cryos tent for a chance to score one.) Also, don’t miss the Firefly 360 Cam and other wall-worthy Instagram moments from Walls of Pho Hoa, Milk District, Van Cam and 321 Flower Walls. Your friends, fans and followers will be green with #OBF22 #FOMO.

Amid all the fun things to do, don’t forget about sampling! In addition to all the beer, there will be over a dozen other drinks, including hard seltzers, ciders, hard lemonade, wine, spirits and ready-to-drink cocktails. As is OBF tradition, VIPs will also sip a special cocktail of Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

But don’t let all that “and more” fool you. The Orlando Beer Festival is Central Florida’s largest beer-tasting event, with more local, regional and national breweries in one place than at any other time of year. In 2022, the trend for creative flavor infusions continues with beers like Coconut Vanilla Brown Ale from Salty Llama Brewing, Key Lime Cream Sic-Ale from Dead Lizard, Bromosa Tangerine from Big Storm and Pulp Fiction Grapefruit IPA from Motorworks. If fruit-flavored beers aren’t your thing, there will be plenty of well-crafted, more traditional beers and IPAs from Tampa Brewing Company, Wicked Weed, Crooked Can, and Ivanhoe Brewing. From piney pale ales and refreshing misty IPAs to malty lagers and crisp craft pilsners, you’re sure to discover pleasures for the palate, most likely from a brewery you’ve never experienced before.

Not only does the festival serve as a discovery ground for new beers, but it also provides an annual gathering point for friends of the region who appreciate local beer and breweries. “There is a community of local beer lovers who stay connected through social media as they live in different parts of the city and don’t bump into each other too often,” says Broken Strings Brewery owner and head brewer Charles Frizzell. . “Orlando Beer Festival gives these people the opportunity to meet, see each other, compare notes and just enjoy the company of those who share their passion for beer and local breweries.” Frizzell has been part of the planning for the Orlando Beer Festival since its inception in 2015 and continues to partner with the Orlando Beer Festival each year, brewing the festival’s official beer. This year, Frizzell and Broken Strings Brewery have produced a refreshing sour beer called Orange Soda Sour (think Orange Crush in a beer!), which will be served exclusively in the VIP section of the festival and during pre-event OBF promotions.

“We want to involve more breweries, especially those that have opened since COVID,” says Frizzell. “The brewing community needs to make sure we’re at the forefront so people realize there are plenty of great craft breweries to visit while you’re in Orlando – getting the word out to people who visit here, who live here and move here.” We think the Orlando Beer Festival is a great way to do it!

And don’t forget to vote! Yes, the general election will be over by the time of the Orlando Beer Festival, but there are some coveted OBF prizes up for grabs by brewers. So take your coin to the Orlando Weekly tent and throw it in the booth’s aquarium which should net you some cash and bragging rights.

For more information and to purchase your Orlando Beer Festival tickets and an adorable tasting mug, visit the Orlando Beer Festival website.


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