KEY WEST BREWFEST ON TAP FOR LABOR DAY WEEKEND

Toko Irie enjoys refreshment while providing entertainment last year. BREWFEST/Contributed

Where else but Key West can someone raise money for a local Rotary Club’s scholarship program by drinking beer, eating gourmet food and enjoying pool parties?

Everyone’s a winner at the annual Key West BrewFest, sponsored by the Sunrise Rotary Club of Key West.

The foamy fun starts Thursday, Sept. 1 with an afternoon pool party at The Marker Resort and an evening kickoff party at The Perry Hotel & Marina. 

Southernmost Beach Resort hosts two events on Friday, Sept. 2, with a Pineapple Pool Party sponsored by Islamorada Beer Co. and a five-course beer-pairing dinner with Florida Keys Brewing Co. 

Saturday is Key West BrewFest’s signature tasting extravaganza at Key West’s South Beach. The VIP hours take place from 3 to 5 p.m. for $100 per person, and the main event takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. for $40 per person. 

A giant tent fills the beach area and hundreds of tasting booths fill the tent with representatives pulling taps and filling signature Brewfest tasting glasses.

Cheers, ladies, to another successful Brewfest.

Then on Sunday, Sept. 4, Kimpton’s Winslow Bungalows hosts a pool party. The Perry Hotel & Marina hosts a beer-pairing dinner with Sailfish Brewing and the hit band Glass Cats performs live on the beach at Southernmost Beach Resort

The holiday weekend wraps up Monday evening with a bingo fundraiser at the Green Parrot Bar

“Key West BrewFest has grown to be the largest event put on by Key West Sunrise Rotary. Each day offers things to do with events taking place at many restaurants, hotels, and bars all over Key West,” states the event website.Visit keywestbrewfest.com for a complete schedule and to buy tickets for various events.

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Mandy Miles drops stuff, breaks things and falls down more than any adult should. An award-winning writer, reporter and columnist, she's been stringing words together in Key West since 1998. "Local news is crucial," she says. "It informs and connects a community. It prompts conversation. It gets people involved, holds people accountable. The Keys Weekly takes its responsibility seriously. Our owners are raising families in Key West & Marathon. Our writers live in the communities we cover - Key West, Marathon & the Upper Keys. We respect our readers. We question our leaders. We believe in the Florida Keys community. And we like to have a good time." Mandy's married to a saintly — and handy — fishing captain, and can't imagine living anywhere else.