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Brews at the Beach

They had me at "unlimited beer samples."

Beer, glorious beer will be on tap at Fort Lauderdale Beach this weekend for the inaugural Brews at the Beach Festival.

The fest, from the braintrust at 66 Productions, which puts on the annual Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival in March, kicks off with a Beachside Pig Roast on Friday night at the ocean-adjacent Birch State Park, with a dinner that includes all the fixings and craft beer options.

Saturday is the big festival day at Fort Lauderdale Beach at Sunrise and A1A, where more than 50 local, regional, and international breweries will serve up unlimited beer samples from more than 50 local, regional, and international breweries. Some of South Florida's best from Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park, Fort Lauderdale's Gulf Stream Brewing Company, Hollywood Brewing Company, and LauderAle highlight the day's craft beer offerings.

Sunday's Beer Brunch also features bottomless brews, plus beer-centric cocktails, small-plate delicacies, and food stations at Wild Thyme Oceanside Eatery, inside the Atlantic Hotel on Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard.

Proceeds from the weekend's events benefit the Crockett Foundation, founded in Fort Lauderdale by brothers Henri and Zack Crockett, college and NFL standouts and Blanche Ely alums.

A rundown of the weekend's events, featured breweries and ticket info can be found at the Brews at the Beach Festival website.