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Thursday, February 06, 2014

Sprung!, the seasonal beer festival is back

Sprung!, the free-spirited, sister festival of Grovetoberfest, will kick Spring into action with their craft beer festival on Saturday, March 8. The unlimited beer tasting will feature over 150 Spring and Summer ales in the heart of Coconut Grove from 3:00 to 7:00 pm at Peacock Park.

New Belgium, Founder’s, SweetWater, Green Flash, Sierra Nevada, Brooklyn Brewery, Kona, Magic Hat, Shiner, Shipyard, Harpoon, Blue Moon and many others will showcase their spring and summer offerings. Sprung! will also host a complete lineup of Florida beers from Schnebley, Cigar City, Tequesta Brewing and Florida Beer along with local breweries such as Funky Buddha, Wynwood Brewing, M.I.A, and Opus Ales. This lineup will include a complete list of ciders such as Crispin Cider, Magner’s and Woodchuck. 

Beer enthusiasts will also be treated to a selection not available in South Florida, and in keeping with tradition, the homebrew section will showcase brews created by locals who are passionate about their beer. Sprung! will also bring back the Orange Pride Games Arena & Bar -- a dedicated game section, which includes Corn Hole, Giant Jenga, Beer Pong, Mega Twister, Human Bowling and a few other surprises. In addition to Bougainvillea’s Live Music Stage, there will be plenty of vendors offering a wide range of food and the Gold Coast Beverage Distributor Culinary Experience, which will pair beer with the talents of some of South Florida’s favorite chefs.

“Sprung! is a true celebration of the craft beer lifestyle. Last year, over 4,700 people were proud to say They Got Sprung! Much like Grovetoberfest, our staple event, this festival has become synonymous with the season. This pleases me to no end, because all I wanted to do was get South Florida involved in the craft beer revolution,” said Tony Albelo, event director.

General Admission tickets are currently on sale for $40 at The following tickets are also available: $70 Beer Socialite, which gives people access to the event at 3:00 pm; and $90 VIP, which is limited to 500 people. VIP ticket holders are given access to the event at 2:30 pm, a meet and greet with the brewers, early tastings and access to the VIP lounge, which offers specialty beers, complimentary appetizers and air-conditioned bathrooms.

Use the code: GRAPEVINE5 when ordering tickets for $5 off.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

1st, will these folks be drinking & then driving? 2'd, if they want us to buy their product they should give us free samples and not charge us. A coffee maker sent out 10,000 free machines along with 24 samples.

February 07, 2014 7:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ anon 7:37 am - yes, it is mandatory that every attendee drink until thoroughly inebriated, then drive him or her self home. Anyone seen with a DD, taking a cab, walking, or otherwise acting like a functional adult will be tarred and feathered.

February 07, 2014 10:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So $40 for me.
Another $40 for my girl friend.
Then $20 for parking (because all the lots gouge during events)
Then I get to be herded into an area of Peacock Park surrounded by chain link fence so I can wait in line for a wee plastic cup or two of beer to hold me over for standing in line for the next wee cup.
Then I get in line for some overpriced carnival food that'll probably end up being $10 per person per booth. Another $20 per person.
We're talking about $150 all together.
If a friend comes and brings a girlfriend that's another $150.
That's $300 for a couple hours of standing in lines.

Yet another Grove event designed for tourists, college kids and those with a greater disposable income than those of us who live and work in the Grove. There's no way that someone who works for minimum wage at the stores in the village or works as a server in one of the restaraunts can afford to go to events held in the Grove.

Greed indeed.

The new motto shouldn't be "Get Your Sail On". It should be "If You Ain't Got No Money Take Your Broke Ass Home".

To the comment at 10:46
So you believe that the majority of those who attend this are not going for the specific purpose of getting as drunk as possible and will be responsible enough to not get behind the wheel afterwards?
Ya know, I've got some B-E-A-utiful property for sale just west of Krome that you might be interested in.

February 07, 2014 11:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Anon 11:38 am - A) why are you paying for your friend and his girlfriend? B) you clearly don't live in the grove if you work for minimum wage. C) learn context, it might have helped understand some humor in the prior post D) responsible people don't drive drunk, and people that drive drunk will do so regardless of this or any other event.

February 07, 2014 2:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A: Because he just lost his job at Johnny Rockets and I'm a nice guy.

B: I've lived in the Grove for fifty years and I earn more than minimum but I have friends that manage to live here by several of them chipping in on apartment space. If you think no one works for minimum wage in the Grove and lives here then you are way out of touch.
C: that was sarcasm not humor.
D: Exactly correct. Sending drunk drivers out on the roads is the social cost of an event like this. I had responded to your comment because it seemed to brush aside the earlier commenters concern about drunk driver with a rather flippant attitude. If the event brings in 4,700 people like last year and only 10 percent of those (a conservative estimate, I assure you) are leaving and driving DUI, then 470 people are driving out of the Grove drunk. Not an insignificant number.

A again: (full disclosure)
I don't have a friend that works... um..worked at Johnny Rockets. I guess I was unclear how I phrased my friend and his spending an additional $150 thus between us arriving at a total of $300. There are many other ways for us to spend that combined $300 on a Saturday in Miami than 3-4 hours of standing in line to rent beer and then standing in line for the Port-a-Potty and then standing in line again for beer rental. Of course, if we spend the extra $50 per person on the VIP tickets we get access to the air-conditioned bathrooms.

February 07, 2014 3:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lots of whining about the cost of admission. There's similar brew fests all over South Florida and, guess what, THEY ALL MORE OR LESS COST THE SAME!

Cost of other beer fests:
Key West Brewfest = $37
Brew at the Zoo = $30
Miami Beer Festival = $40
Brew on the Bay (Key Largo) = $35 advance / $40 at the gate

February 07, 2014 4:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm the 1st anon, many folks will leave drunk and that's not responsible. And only a foolish person would pay for beer that is made by folks who are merely experimenting with their new brew of beer and folks who have disposable bucks who are [so sorry] stupid enough to waste this kind of money; is all dumb, dumber, stupid and absurd. If Jimbo's were still open they could go over there and kill some parent diving over to Virginia Key - - - - total stupid event.

February 07, 2014 6:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A lot of disgruntled folks on here. No wonder the Grove is dead. Can't even enjoy an event dedicated to beer.

February 07, 2014 10:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This event isn't dedicated to beer; it's dedicated to greed and taking advantage of folks who want to brew their own brew & want other folks to pay for their new habit. And the Grove is far from dead as I've lived in the same home since 1965, and if I need so socialize or have a night out there's plenty to do besides enjoy alcoholic beverages made by these home brewers. Drinking beer isn't "FUN", nor is any other alcoholic beverage, hell it's all just a chemical called alcohol that harms the brain, the heart, leaves many without loved ones & cost our health system billions annually. Not to mention the Marlborough man just died, didn't he. "FUN my ASS"!

February 08, 2014 1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You must be fun at parties.

February 08, 2014 9:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

whoa. I did not know there were still people in favor of prohibition.

This has to be trolling, right?

and to the guy breaking down the number of people driving drunk - I guess if this event didn't exist, there would be 0 people consuming alcohol or driving drunk in Miami (let alone the grove), right???

This is insane.

February 10, 2014 1:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There seems to be only one post that appears to be anti-alcohol and even that one never mentions prohibition.

I also never once stated that this event should not exist. My issue was with the insane pricing. I had responded to someone who tried to make make light of the issue of people driving drunk. Considering that I low balled my estimate at ten percent of the attendees when the actual number is probably around 60-80% let me ask you this. Do you think it's okay for over 1,000 to 2,000 people leave the Grove driving DUI? That's if only between less than 25% and 50% are irresponsible enough to drive drunk. Having the event end at 7pm also means that afterwards people are going to be going either up into the Grove to drink more or will be driving to Brickell or Miami Beach or Wynnwood to drink more.

Miami is a party city and people come here from around the world and do just that. I figure that on any given Saturday a cop could pick pretty much any car at random and catch someone driving dirty on alcohol, weed or pharmaceuticals.

There was a great writer/journalist who said, "In a closed society where everybody's guilty, the only crime is getting caught. In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity". While he was referring to politics I think it applies here. A great many of our drivers are out there on weekends DUI and we punish the ones who cross the line. Usually the poor ones but that's another discussion.

More full disclosure here. I would rather see someone with three beers under their belt behind the wheel than someone texting.

I also feel that being aware of an issue and discussing it is not insane. I think the attitude of "Yes it's illegal but everybody does it so stop bringing it up" is the insane way of dealing with the issue.

-Guy Breaking Down the Numbers

February 12, 2014 8:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, people wouldn't drink if it weren't for this event. Gotchya. Or wait, are you saying they would? Then you're failing to make any point. Or, it's a NIMBY issue. In that case, I'm sure you like where the grove is headed.

February 12, 2014 4:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good try at creating a straw man. At no time did I ever say say people would not drink if it were not for this event. The current business model in the Grove is predicated on getting people drunk, getting them out of their seat, then getting the next person in the seat. Wash, rinse repeat. The consequence of this is another DUI on the road. You either have comprehension issues or you are being deliberately obtuse. Would you like an ELI5 version?

Drinking and driving is bad.
Miami makes a great deal of money off tourists drinking.
People drink and drive even though it's illegal.
This is another event that enables and creates more drunk drivers.

Now I want you to pay close attention and I will try to make this as monosyllabic as I can. I was replying to a post that made light of those who drive DUI in Miami.
DUI is bad, m'kay? AND people will drink and drive despite the law. Two seemingly conflcting statements that are both true. One is a statement of fact and one is a statement of human nature. As you grow older you will come across many situations like this in life and you will develop critical thinking skills to to deal with them.

The point I was trying to make was to the second post (you?) who tried to make light of the first posts concern about drunk drivers.

The only issue I have with the event is being charged $40 to stand inside a chain link fence to stand in line for beer and bathrooms for 4 hours.

February 13, 2014 9:31 AM  

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