The FemAle Brew Fest, is a South Florida beer festival highlighting female beer experts and brewmasters in the craft beer industry as well as female solo artists, DJ’s, and bands. This festival is also pet-friendly and part of the proceeds benefit the Abandoned Pet Rescue Inc. Below are a list of some of the best breweries to check out at the FemAle Brew Fest.
Jillian and KJ Lynch fell in love with each other over a beer and decided to open up their own brewery. They opened the first brewery in Riverview, FL and will be celebrating their one year anniversary party on March 30th. Be sure to taste Cheeky Blonde (an ale with 4.6% abv), Quaker Goats (an Oatmeal Stout with 5.5% abv) and G’Boy Bailey IPA, (made with Citra, Amarillo and Mosaic hops.)
Black Star Line Brewing prides themselves on cultivating community, by welcoming all people of all backgrounds at their brewery. Even though Black Star Line Brewing is only 18 months old, they are already impacting the craft beer community through beer collaborations, social justice, and fueling the #sweetbeermovement.
Winter Springs, FL
Red Cypress Brewing has lots of ladies on deck building their brand. Head Brewer, Sandra Mailey believes it is because ”bitches get stuff done.” Some of their beers include an easy to drink Devil’s Chair IPA with a 6% abv, Death Roll Milk Stout made with a chocolate malt profile, and Spook Hill Pale Ale made with juicy mango and papaya.
“For Concrete Beach, being part of FemAle Brew Fest means we are continuing to support women in the craft beer space, which has been historically dominated by men. We’re leveling the playing field,” said Senior Marketing Specialist, Nathalie Maltez.
Concrete Beach Brewery makes an artistic array of craft beers as well as classically brewed ales and lagers. Be sure to try the Havana Lager Suave, a smooth lager with notes of sunburst oranges (the Florida state fruit), Solar IPA made with four different hop varieties for a tropical and juicy IPA, and She is Brutiful IPA, in Honor of International Women’s Day.
Get ready to expand your beer horizon at Infinite Ale Works where they have 34 different taps as well as local and non-local brews. Their Raspberry Witfinite won the Best Florida Beer Medal two times. Enjoy the traditional wit-bier flavor with some added tartness from the fresh raspberries. They are also releasing a small batch of Watermelon Tea Gose, the perfect beer to drink poolside.
Bootleggers Brewery Co. started as a wine and brewing supplies store 9 years ago and later decided to open up their own brewery and specialty line of unique craft beers. They even make beers based on childhood favorites including ice cream sandwiches. Be sure to try Bootlegger Brewing Company’s Ice Cream Sammich, a milk stout loaded with bitter dark malts, caramel malts and well and their signature malt provided by Maris Otter.
Islamorada Beer Company’s Sandbar is known for being the perfect spot to savor an ice cold beer by the water. All of their beers have tropical themed names including Island Morada Ale (island citrus ale), Mermaid Kiss (chocolate raspberry stout), and No Wake Zone (key lime coconut ale.) Last year, they even crafted a special glitter beer for FemAle Brew Fest that shimmered like the sun.
Punta Gorda, FL
Fat Point Brewing is a microbrewery that prides themselves on crafting fresh and local beers. Be sure to try their Big Bocca Ale (Florida Common Ale 5.1% abv), Bru Man Chu (Belgian-Style Tripel, 11.0% abv), and Ryeght Angle IPA (Rye Indian Pale Ale 7.1% abv.)
Swamp Head Brewery opened in 2008 with not only a vision to craft incredible beers but also to be pioneers in the brewing industry. Swamp Head Brewery will be pouring seasonal offering including Reef Patrol, a Caribbean Style Lager made with pilsner malts and sterling hops alongside world-renowned shark expert George Burgess. Also, be sure to try Morning Glow, a Vanilla Coffee Blonde made with locally blonde roasted coffee from Strongtree Coffee, pilsner, flaked oats, Vienna malts and Columbus hops.
“FemAle is very much a celebration of craft beer but it also brings awareness to the notion that despite craft beer being a male-dominated industry, women are very much engaged in crucial roles. Whether the role be Ownership, Quality Control, Brewing, Marketing, or Tap Rooms, this industry is about superb quality beer and that’s something that everyone can get excited about and be involved in,” said Tom Davis, Marketing Coordinator at Swamp Head Brewery.
Deviant Wolfe’s Taproom provides great brews and encourages their patrons to order from restaurants in the surrounding area, promoting the local community. If you love unique experimental beers with big flavor you’ll love the selection at Deviant. Some of their brews include Chocolate Habanero Sour (a kettle sour blonde with Serrano peppers and cocoa), Pineapple Troll Cake (made with pineapple, coconuts and rum soaked oak chips), Sour Not Sorry (a sour IPA with Amarillo, Mosaic and Citra hops) and Justin Timberlake fans can enjoy Cry Me A Braspberry (a kettle sour blonde ale with blueberries inside raspberries.)