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New Smyrna Marina Coastal Art & Craft Beer Festival
New Smyrna Marina Coastal Art & Craft Beer Festival
Robert J Wiebel

Melbourne, FL – April 9, 2014 - On April 5th the Outriggers Tiki Bar and Grille, the New Smyrna Marina, Fluid Magazine and the Smyrna Safari Club hosted the Coastal Art and Craft Beer Festival. The event was located on the grounds of the New Smyrna Marina. The marina is located on Boatyard Street just south of North Causeway which runs parallel east – west along the Halifax River.

The weekend’s festival had three components, an art show, a craft beer tasting and great dock-side food. The art show was located in the grassed area in front of “The Village at New Smyrna Marina”. There were about ten booths of local artist showing and selling their artwork. There were 17 booths dispensing samples of craft beers and hard cider. There were more than 20 American Craft Brewers showcasing specialty beers. Some of the more noteworthy brewers were, Abita, Terrapin, K. Spoetzl Brewery, The Traveler Beer Company, Magic Hat, Red Hook, New Belgium, Wood Chuck, Kona Brewing Company, Orange Blossom Pilsner, Goose Island Craft Beer and New Smyrna Beach Brewing Company. Making one round at each booth sampling all the different craft beers was definitely an accomplishment and if you wanted to be able to drive home at the festival’s end at 7:00 PM. Many of the craft beers that were sampled can be purchased at ABC stores and Publix.

After an afternoon of looking at local art and craft beer sampling, the Outrigger Tiki Bar & Grille and Marina was a perfect place to kick back and enjoy a cool one. This afternoon the Outrigger Tiki Bar & Grille and its dock-side tables were jammed packed. As soon as one table emptied it fill right up again keeping the entire Outrigger Tiki Bar & Grille crew busy as bees. The restaurant had a very nice selection of salads, burgers, seafood, red and white wines, mixed drinks and 15 craft beers. One of the more popular drinks of this day was the Mojito. It seemed that every other table had at least one Mojito be enjoyed by a restaurant guest. Craft beer was the other beverage of choice which one would expect being that a craft beer tasting event was happening right next door in the Marina’s paved area in front of the boat storage building.

All in all this is was a great festival. So if you missing the festival this year, do not get disheartened. You can get many of the beers at the Outrigger Tiki Bar & Grille and the festival will be back again next year. I am also told that ABC Stores and Publix carry many of the brews we tasted today.

So mark your calendar.

So until next time, be safe in the sun and have a great day in the great outdoors.