7th Annual Orlando Beer Festival – November 12 & 13, 2005

The 7th Annual Orlando Beer Festival will be held at Universal Studios Orlando on November 12 and 13 this year. This is a great event and well worth the price of admission (about $20 from what I recall). I’d point you to the web site, www.beerfestorlando.com, for more info. but it isn’t working right now. Here’s a tasty morsel from the press release Universal Orlando was kind enough to send our way:

The 7th Annual Orlando Beer Festival returns to Universal CityWalk on November 12 and 13, transforming CityWalk's 30 acres into a bustling
showcase for some of the finest beers from around the world.

If you plan on going be sure to get your ticket in advance. Last year both days sold out early and tickets weren’t available at the gates.

If you are a brewer and are interested in participating, here’s the goods from the press release:

Registration is currently open for brewers interested in participating in this year's event, with participation in Beer Fest is free of charge. Additionally, there are no booth fees, no limits on the number of brands, and brewers will receive complimentary tickets to Universal Orlando theme parks. Exclusive travel packages and accommodations are also available to participants, starting at $59.00 for a two-night stay. For additional information and registration, please call CityWalk Marketing at (407) 224-5386.

The winner for best overall – called “Best of the Fest” – will receive, in addition to other prizes, limited distribution at one of our Universal CityWalk venues. Last year's winner – “Beachside” from the Florida Beer Co. – became so popular that it now has permanent menu placement at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville Orlando.

I’ll be there with my beer-tasting posse (they taste beer, not taste like beer—at least not until late in the day) sampling, taking notes, and taking pictures to post here. Here’s some pics from last year’s event which was very wet:

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