Things to Do in Miami: Tripping Animals Irie Jungle Beer Festival April 24, 2021
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After more than a year without any craft beer events in Miami, a Doral brewery is bringing back its annual festival with a lot to celebrate.
Irie Jungle from Tripping Animals is back this month – and bigger than ever. In addition to more than 50 guest breweries, the festival will begin with a series of publications before the event and takeover of guest tapers.
“Our third Craft Beer Festival returns with trippy vengeance to make up for last year’s unforeseen and unexpected cancellation,” says Ignacio Montenegro, co-founder of Tripping Animals. “The idea was to make this a big festival to welcome everyone back to.”
The festival will welcome dozens of participating breweries on Saturday April 24th. The list includes non-state names like Alvarado Street Brewery, Aslin Beer Company, Bartiris Brewing, Burial Beer Co., Burley Oak Brewing Co., and Evil Twin NYC. Other guests include Forager Brewery, Imprint Beer Company, Mortalis Brewing Co., Other Half Brewing Co., Resident Culture Brewing Co., Eighth State Brewing Co., Toppling Goliath Brewing Co., and Vitamin Sea Brewing Co.
“This year we also passed the invitation on to our local friends, as this is a kind of reunification,” explains Montenegro. “We have so many industry friends that we’ve worked with in the past. This is a celebration of those relationships. “
For the past six months, the Tripping Animals team has been working to curate the Irie Jungle for a post-pandemic environment in 2021. To ensure safety, the brewery follows CDC guidelines for events. Masks are required as you move around the room, and disinfection stations are available in several locations.
Montenegro said two levels of admission and two timed entry sessions will allow for adequate social distancing. The maximum number of participants is 200 people per session and lasts three hours from 12 noon to 3 pm. From 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the on-site restaurant Tripping Animal, Gorilla City Meats & Sandwiches as well as pop-ups from Haochi Dumplings, Frate Kitchen, Asquerosito Street Food and LuchaDough are offered.
Each $ 75 general admission ticket holder receives a 5-ounce glass that can be used for unlimited pourings, with groceries available for purchase. VIP entry, priced at $ 250, offers one hour early access with unlimited pouring, VIP pouring only, an Irie Jungle glass, a meal ticket, and a set of five barrel-aged stouts from Tripping Animals in half a liter bottles.
In the days leading up to the event, Tripping Animals will host a series of can dropping with breweries outside of the state and on-site.
On Saturday, April 17th, the brewery’s Irie Jungle pre-party begins from 8 p.m. to midnight with a special knock from Vortex Of Darkness, an imperial stout in a bourbon barrel with hazelnut, coconut and cocoa nibs and music by DJ Massta .
On Tuesday, April 20th, from 4 p.m. to midnight, the brewery will be releasing three cans, including two exclusive four-packs from 450 North of Indiana (Slushy XL Maui Waui and Slushy XXL Bahama Mama). The day’s release will also include a double IPA collaboration with Cerebral Brewing, known as the Fossil Record, brewed with hops from Citra, Pacific Sunrise, Galaxy and Strata.
On Wednesday April 21st, from 4pm to midnight, the brewery will be serving beers at Moksa Brewing, Kings Brewing, Bottle Logic Brewing, Mikerphone, Homes Brewery and Cerebral Brewing.
On Thursday, April 22nd, from 4pm to midnight, beers will be tapped with the Vitamin C Brewery, Equilibrium Brewery, Other Semi-Brewery, District 96 Brewery, Mortalis Brewery, and Definitive Brewery.
On Friday, April 23rd, from 4 p.m. to midnight, the brewery will be releasing its Irie Jungle-themed cans, starting with Irie Jungle 2021, a triple IPA with hops made from Galaxy, Citra, Incognito and Cashmere-Cryo. and Irie Jungle Sour Vibes, a sour ale made with blackcurrants, blueberries, raspberries, mango, peach, toasted coconut, marshmallow, Madagascar vanilla, and lactose.
For those unable to attend the event, the Irie Jungle After-Party will be held from 9pm to 1am in the brewery’s taproom with music by Juan Carlos Guardiola, aka Johnny Dread. Entry to the brewery after the party is free and the bar is open to guests.
“Irie Jungle is about feeling great, getting together and having fun,” says Montenegro. “Due to the pandemic, this is currently more true than ever for the craft beer world. There was no travel, no personal collaboration, no festivals, no get-togethers to share beer. Now we can finally celebrate Irie Jungle properly and introduce some new breweries in Doral and Miami. “
Stumbling Animals Irie Jungle Beer Festival. Noon to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at the Tripping Animals Brewery Co., 2685 NW 105th Ave., Doral; 305-646-1339; trippinganimals.com. Tickets cost $ 75 to $ 250.
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Nicole Danna is a Palm Beach County-based reporter who has been reporting on the South Florida food scene for the New Times since 2011. She also enjoys drinking beer and writing about the growing craft beer community in the region.