It was hot this Labor Day weekend in Key West, but Key West Brewfest at Southernmost Beach Resort offered plenty of cold, adult refreshment.

The Key West Sunrise Rotary Club had tried for three years to hold its 10th annual event, but was stymied in 2019 by a hurricane threat and in 2020 by the pandemic shutdown. 

The 2021 event was worth the wait. The signature tasting event took place Sept. 4 at Key West’s South Beach, where thirsty throngs handed over their collectible tasting cups for samples of beers, meads, ciders, hard seltzers and other beverages. 

Dinners took place at venues all over town, offering various beer-pairing recommendations and education.

The event helped Sunrise Rotary raise more than $40,000 for its local scholarship program that helps Key West students pursue their goals of higher education.

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