REDINGTON BEACH – A Craft Beer Garden Oktoberfest hosted by Santa’s Angels will be held Saturday, Oct. 3, 7-10:30 p.m., at Friendship Park, 164th Avenue and Second Street.

Cost is $30 in advance and $35 at the door.

The event supports the purchase of gifts and food basket items to be given to underprivileged children at Christmas.

Craft beers at the event will be provided by, among others, 3 Daughters Brewing, Florida Avenue Brewing Co., Green Bench Brewing Co. and Rapp Brewing Company.

Sausages, German pizza, cocktails and wine also will be available.

The evening will include music by DJ Kevin Daw, skill games, a raffle and a quick auction.

So many beers. So little time.

Actually, beer lovers should have plenty of time to sample all there is to offer at the first Celebrate Beer festival coming to Kissimmee’s Osceola Heritage Park, Friday and Saturday. The event runs from 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and 3 p.m. to midnight, Saturday.

But it will be impossible to sample the hundreds of types and styles of brews that will be offered at the inaugural event.

“We have more than 85 brewers now,” said Celebrate Beer Director and Production Manager Darren Scully, “and it still growing.”

With so many beers, it could be overwhelming even to a beer aficionado on where to start. For the casual beer drinker who has a Bud or a Miller Lite, it can be overwhelming.

For the first-timer, Scully recommends taking in one of the several beer seminars offered. Another definite option: the Chocolate and Beer Paring, featuring Grimaldi Candy and Orlando Brewing.

Other seminars include topics like Home Brewing: How to Make Commercial Quality Beer Right in Your Own Home. The seminars also will help you pace yourself, if you are planning on spending several hours at the festival.

Another good tip: Bring along someone who doesn’t drink beer. Admission is just $10 for a Designated Driver ticket. Designated Drivers can’t drink beer at the festival, but they have their own lounge with complimentary water, soda and snacks.

What kind of beer can you expect? Pretty much everything, Scully said.

There are microbrews from all over the country, plus many imports as well as corporate big boys like Anheuser-Busch.

The line-up includes Abita, Anchor Steam, Aviator Brewing, Ballast Point, Belhaven, Bell’s, Big Storm, Big Top, Bitburger, Blue Moon, Blue Point, Bold City, Boulevard, Brew Bus, Breckinridge, Brew Hub, Brooklyn, Carlsburg, Corona, Crabbie’s Ginger Beer, Crooked Can, Darwin, Fat Tire, Florida Avenue, Florida Beer Company, Funky Buddha, George Killian’s, Golf Beer, Goose Island, Green Flash, Harpoon, Kona Brewing, Lagunitas Brewing, Leinenkugel, Magic Hat, Modelo, Motorworks, Not Your Father’s Root Beer, OmmeGang, Orange Blossom, Orlando Brewing, Osaka Blues, Pacifico, Palm, Pilsner Urquell, Radeberger, Red Hook, Rekorderlig Cider, Reprise, Rodenbach, Saint Arnold, Samuel Adams, Schofferhofer, Sea Dog, Shipyard, Shock-Top, Sierra Nevada, Southern Tier, Spencer, Stella Artois, Stone Brewing, Sweet Water, Tampa Bay, Tenth and Blake, Terrapin, 3 Daughters, Timmermans, Tomoka, Two Henrys, Vermont Hard Cider, Victory, Widmer, Wop’s Hops and Wyder’s. While you can’t sample every beer out there, it might be fun to stick with one style throughout the night or maybe just explore the growing number of beers now made in Florida, including the newest, Reprise Brewing from St. Cloud.

There is more information on the individual brewing companies at http://celebratethebeer.com/see-whos-coming/.

In addition to beer and seminars, the main stage will feature live entertainment throughout the event, including local favorites Supervillains and the popular group that played at Epcot for many years, Off Kilter. Other events include life-size beer pong, knocker-ball, the Brew Master & People’s Choice Awards, cooler car racing and more.

Read more at Tampa Bay Newspapers Weekly here.

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