Florida Keys Craft Beer and Bubbly Festival

There’s no place like home for the holidays. Those immortal lyrics crooned by the great Perry Como are true. But if you’re not home for the holidays because you’ll be on vacation (not a bad second option), there’s no place like the Middle Keys. The celebrating isn’t confined there to Christmas and New Year’s.

The Florida Keys Craft Beer & Bubbly Festival in Marathon—an outdoor food, drink and live music event—is Sunday, December 27, noon to 7 p.m. at Marathon Community Park, Mile Marker 49. There’s no cover charge at this popular Florida Keys festival, unless you want to upgrade to a VIP pass. Otherwise you’ll be able to buy all the beer, wine and champagne you want by the glass, enjoy munchies from a great array of food vendors and listen to an exceptional all-day lineup of entertainers.

Florida-keys-beer-festivalThe beers

As categorized by BeerAdvocate™, RateBeer™ or BeerMenus:

From Aviator Brewing Co., Fuquay Varina, NC
• MadBeach, an American pale wheat ale

From Bulmers Ireland (C&C Group), Clonmel, Ireland
• Magners Pear Cider, a fruit-vegetable beer

From Ballast Point Brewing Co., San Diego, CA
• Big Eye IPA, an American IPA
• Sculpin IPA, an American IPA

From Cigar City Brewing, Tampa, FL
• Florida Cracker, a Belgian-style wheat ale

From Due South Brewing Co., Boynton Beach, FL
• Caramel Cream Ale, a cream ale

From Florida Avenue Brewing Co., Tampa, FL
• Florida Avenue Ale, an American pale wheat ale
• Florida Avenue India Pale Ale, an American IPA

From Funky Buddha Brewery, Oakland Park, FL
• Hop Gun, an American IPA

From Inlet Brewing Co., Jupiter, FL
• Monk in the Trunk, an organic American amber-red ale

Florida-Keys-Beer-Festival-IPAFrom Islamorada Brewing Co., Islamorada, FL
• Channel Marker IPA, an American IPA
• Islamorada Ale, an American blonde ale
• Sandbar Sunday, An American pale wheat ale

From Kona Brewing Co., Kailua Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
• Castaway, an American IPA

From Magic Hat Brewing Co., South Burlington, VT
• #9, a fruit beer

From The Native Brewing Co., Fort Lauderdale, FL
• Native Lager, a pale lager

From Narragansett Brewing Co., Providence, RI
• Narragansett Lager, a pale lager

From SaltWater Brewery, Delray Beach, FL
• Screamin’ Reels, an American IPA

From Sea Dog Brewing Co., Bangor, ME
• Blueberry Wheat Ale, fruit beer

From Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH, Salzburg, Austria
• Stiegl Radler Grapefruit, a fruit beer

From Widmer Brothers Brewing Co., Portland, OR
• Omission Lager, a gluten-free American pale lager

From Vermont Hard Cider Co., LLC (C&C Group), Middlebury, VT
• Woodchuck Amber Hard Cider, a fruit beer

red-wine-florida-keys-festivalThe wines


From Brancott Winery, Marlborugh, New Zealand
• Brancott Pinot Noir 11

From Campo Viejo Winery, Rioja, Spain
• Campo Viejo Garnacha, (Grenache)

From Graffigna Wines, San Juan, Argentina
• Graffigna Centenario Malbec

From Jacob’s Creek Winery, Barossa Valley, Australia
• Jacob’s Creek Shiraz Reserve

From Kenwood Vineyards, Kenwood, CA
• Kenwood Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County

From O Wines Winery, Woodinville, WA
• O Wines Red Wine Blend (Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah)

From Snoqualmie Vineyards, Paterson, WA
• Snoqualmie Cabernet Sauvignon Naked
• Snoqualmie Merlot Naked

From Tormaresca Winery, Minervino Murge, Southern Italy
• Tormaresca Neprica (Negromaro, Primitivo, Cabernet Sauvignon)
• Tormaresca Primitivo


From Brancott Winery
• Brancott Sauvignon Blanc

From Santa Cristina by Antinori Winery, Florence, Italy
• Antinori Santa Cristina Pinot Grigio

From Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, Woodinville, WA
• Chateau Saint Michelle Dry Riesling

From Jacob’s Creek Winery
• Jacob’s Creek Moscato

From Kenwood Vineyards
• Kenwood Chardonnay Sonoma County

From Snoqualmie Vineyards
• Snoqualmie Chardonnay Naked

From Tormaresca Winery
• Tormaresca Chardonnay

From Villa Maria Winery, Marlborough, New Zealand
• Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc Private Bin

FL-keys-festival-champagneThe champagnes and sparkling wines


From Miguel Torres Winery, Curicó
• Santa Digna Estelado Rosé (Mission)


From Penrod Picard USA, imported from Bordeaux

• Café de Paris Pear Sparkling Wine
• Café de Paris Pomegranate Sparkling Wine


From Col de’ Salici Winery, Veneto Region
• Col de’ Salici Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Extra Dry


From Campo Viejo Winery
• Campo Viejo Cava Brut Reserva
• Campo Viejo Cava Brut Rosé

United States

From Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
• Michelle Brut
• Michelle Brut Rosé

From Kenwood Vineyards
• Kenwood Brut Yulupa

From Mumm Napa Winery, Napa, CA
• Mumm Napa Brut Prestige

FL-Keys-Festival-FoodThe food vendors

Arepas Las Gorditas: South American grilled cornbread patties with a variety of fillings; the specialty, called the Pabellon, includes white cheese with beef, beans or plantains.

Cheeseburger Baby: Angus hamburgers and cheeseburgers (including the Baby’s Fave, a bacon cheddar-cheeseburger with fried egg served with hand-cut pickles); turkey and veggie burgers; chili cheese fries.

Crazydilla: Gourmet tacos and quesadillas (including the Cuban, the Mex, the Caprese, the Reuben, the Cordon Bleu and the Buffalo).

The Original Greek: Authentic Greek and Mediterranean cuisine, specializing in Megas Yeeros™.

Palate Party: Farm-to-table gourmet appetizers like Mushroom Risotto Balls and sustainable seafood entrees like the Soft Shell Crab Sandwich.

Parabas Grill: Beef, grouper and crab cake sliders; mahi, grouper, chicken, pork and cheesesteak tacos; fish and chips; deserts like Habañero Key Lime Pie and Coconut Rice Pudding.

Tacos Veracruz: Taco varieties including grilled chicken, grilled beef, ground beef, chorizo, beef marinated in pineapple sauce and flank steak with mild chili; also burritos, quesadillas and tamales.

FL-Keys-Festival-BandThe entertainers

Noon-1:20 p.m.

Eric Stone Band: Eric Stone is a veteran performer of pop, rock and country with 11 studio CDs and a “best of” to his credit.

1:40 p.m.-3 p.m.

Adrienne & Injade: Singer-songwriter Adrienne Zolondick built a loyal fan base from Boston to Key West and now joins one of her regular collaborators, guitarist-vocalist David Tortoriano, in a new band gaining traction on the airways.

3:30 p.m.-4:40 p.m.

John Bartus & Storm Watch: John Bartus, a singer-songwriter and guitarist, and a former actual mayor of Marathon, has opened for musical legends like Tom Petty, Kansas, Clarence Clemons and Edgar Winter.

5 p.m.-7 p.m.

Myles Mancuso: In 2010, the guitar education website truefire.com rated Myles Mancuso one of the top 7 guitar prodigies in the world—when he was 14. A multi-instrumentalist, he’s equally comfortable playing the top clubs in New York City and hopscotching the Keys.

FL-Keys-Beer-Festival-VIPVIP tickets

VIP ticket purchases benefit the Marathon Chamber of Commerce’s Scholarship Program and Marathon Rotary Club. Ticket holders get free access to the VIP tent and unlimited food and drink, plus coupons for beers outside the tent and more.

Enjoy the holidays the Keys way, at the Marathon Craft Beer and Bubbly Festival.

Photo Credits: Beer in Focus, regan76, Table of Champagne, and Erk Cleves Kristensen via cc

Florida Keys Craft Beer & Bubbly Festival
Starts: 12/27/2015
Marathon Community Park