A SMaSH of a Beer Festival

Everyone has their favorite way of enjoying craft beer. Mine is hanging at a brewery with friends. I'm not much of a beer festival kind of gal. I reserve my energy for the Great American Beer Festival. Having said that I recently checked out the Florida SMaSH Beer Festival sponsored by Hourglass Brewing in Longmont and I have to say I may be changing my tune.

There were many things I enjoyed about this year's Florida SMaSH. 

I liked the setup in Longwood's Historic District. The Community Building served at the VIP location. VIP got you into the event an hour early, a great bottle share with brewers and complimentary food from The Spot. The VIP area ended up being more valuable as it was nice shelter from the downpour that afternoon.

The tents were set up along the brick street out front. There were tables to sit down and enjoy your beer. Bonus were the real bathrooms!
Longwood Community Building in longwood florida

buffalo chicken sandwich from The Spot in longwood florida
Buffalo Chicken Sandwich with a side of Mac & Cheese 👍

Another aspect of the beer festival I liked was that it was a SMaSH beer event. All the brewers were local and they all used the same Single Malt and Single Hop variety. They were free to add adjuncts and any extras such as barrel aging.

There were over 80 beers to sample. 

On top of the SMaSH beers, the breweries brought one-offs as well.
smash craft beer definition


Central Florida has been in a drought for some time. The day of the event Mother Nature decided it was time for some much-needed rain. It rained pretty much the whole event and we're talking downpour. That tells you something if I was at an event drinking beer for four hours in the rain and still had a blast, you know it was a great event!
A SMaSH of a Beer Festival in longwood florida

Hometown brewery Hourglass Brewing was the host of the event. Hourglass is a big supporter of the local community and the SMaSH Beer Festival is a way for them to give back to the community. Proceeds from the event benefited The Sharing Center, an organization focused on preventing hunger and homelessness in families.
Hourglass brewing at SMaSH of a Beer Festival in Longwood florida

There were forty Florida breweries pouring their beers for the event. There were quite a few breweries there that haven't opened yet. It was a great way to sample their beers and see what we can expect once they open their doors.

Guests were given three tokens to use to vote for their favorite SMaSH beer.
cask & larder beers at SMaSH of a Beer Festival in Longwood florida
Redlight Redlight & Cask & Larder

Red Cypress beers at SMaSH of a Beer Festival in Longwood florida
Red Cypress Brewery 

Daytona beach brewing beers at SMaSH of a Beer Festival in Longwood florida
Daytona Beach Brewing 

Bowigens Beer Company won the People's Choice Award last year.
Bowigens craft beer at SMaSH of a Beer Festival in Longwood florida

Ellipsis Brewing won this year's SMaSH Beer🏆Their beers were tasty! Look for them to open near MCO this fall.
Ellipise Brewing at SMaSH of a Beer Festival in Longwood florida

Tactical Brewing Co. is another brewery that will be opening their doors in Orlando. They will be located in Baldwin Park.
tactical Brewing beer at SMaSH of a Beer Festival in Longwood florida

Ten1- Brewing beers at SMaSH of a Beer Festival in Longwood florida
Ten10 Brewing Co

Deviant Wolfe is looking to open in Sanford!
Deviant Wolf beer at SMaSH of a Beer Festival in Longwood florida


I finally got to try some Grasslands beer. They came down from Tallahassee.
grasslands craft beer at SMaSH of a Beer Festival in Longwood florida

Bayboro Brewing is looking to open in St. Petersburg.
bayboro brewing beer at SMaSH of a Beer Festival in Longwood florida

Brewery at Whisper Creek J.W. Marriott beers at SMaSH of a Beer Festival in Longwood florida
Whisper Creek The Brewery
Jacksonville was in the house with Intuition Ale Works.
intuition ale works at SMaSH of a Beer Festival in Longwood florida

Orlando brewing beer at SMaSH of a Beer Festival in Longwood florida
Orlando Brewing

Wolf Branch Brewing will be opening up in Eustis!
Wolf Branch Craft beer at SMaSH of a Beer Festival in Longwood florida


tomoka brewing beer at SMaSH of a Beer Festival in Longwood florida
Tomoka Brewing Company in Port Orange

I only got to sample about a third of the beers! That's what happens when you run into so many beer friends. I'm bummed I missed out on a lot of the beers at the event, I didn't leave disappointed. I had some great beers and there's only so much this lady can drink after coming down with the flu.
craft beer at SMaSH of a Beer Festival in Longwood florida

When the event was winding down the sun gods appeared! It didn't matter, the rain didn't damper anyone's spirits. I had a blast drinking with friends and meeting new beer friends along the way🍻

This is my kind of beer festival. I will be coming back for more SMaSH beer next year.

Cheers!
Kelli 
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