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Highly-anticipated Craft Spirits ‘N Cocktails Festival Returns For Its 8th Year This October

by Kyandreia Jones

The Craft Spirits ‘N Cocktails Festival, Miami’s largest exhibition of spirits and cocktails, is only one month away. The festival will take place in Iconic Cruz Building in Coconut Grove on Friday, October 8th, 2021. The main event will demonstrate the best and brightest components of resurgent spirits and cocktail culture for all attendees to enjoy. Consumers will not only learn about and engage with the world of spirits, but they will also get the chance to explore the essence and allure of the industry. 

Craft Spirits ‘N Cocktails Founder, Frank Moreno, cannot wait to celebrate with Miami spirits and cocktail consumers and enthusiasts. “The goal when we started was to create a memorable event, where the curious novice or experienced aficionado, had the opportunity to learn and enjoy the craftsmanship and authenticity that goes into spirits and cocktails,” said Moreno. However, for the eighth year, Moreno is eager to entice a more specific audience. “This year we are limiting attendance to elevate the experience and safety for attendees and brands alike,” explained Moreno. 

There is more fun to be found as more spirit and cocktail enthusiasts abound. In addition to the five-day celebration, the days before the festival will include bartender competitions, happy hours, and many more activities to set a fun, thrilling tone for the subsequent event. 

On Monday, October 4th, the week of Craft Spirits ‘N Cocktails will kick off with an exciting competition called the BareKnuckle Bartender™ which will take place at 8 p.m. During the competition, Miami’s biggest and baddest bartenders will compete to make the best cocktails in a “Chopped-style” competition. The winner will earn the highly sought-after title of BareKnuckle Bartender Champ. The event is open to the public so everyone has the opportunity to start the week off with some fun, excitement, and good old-fashioned battle bartending. This event’s location is TBD so attendees should be on the lookout for more information so they don’t miss out on this opportunity. 

On Tuesday, October 5th, attendees can up the ante by heading to Cerveceria La Tropical (42 NE 25th St). Cerveceria La Tropical will host a Tapped Tuesday Extravaganza that starts at 7 p.m. Guests can “pre-game” with a Happy Hour highlighted by beer and spirited cocktails. This event is also open for the public’s enjoyment.  

On Wednesday, October 6th, ladies may strut on over to Bar Nancy (2007 SW 8th St) for Women, Whiskey & Wieners™. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the best women in the Miami bar industry will make and serve divine and delectable whiskies and whiskey cocktails from 6 to 10 p.m. The best part? A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Miami USBG Relief Fund. This event is open to the public so come one and come all for the festivities.   

Last but not least, all the fun festival events come to a culmination on Friday, October 8th. It’s the moment everyone has been waiting for, the belle of the ball, la piece de la resistance, Craft Spirits ‘N Cocktails 2021. Craft Spirits ‘N Cocktails will take place at The Cruz Building (3157 Commodore Plaza) from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. This incredible, large-scale tasting event will showcase over 100 spirits and cocktails from across the country and around the world. Attendees may also delight in food samples from local restaurants, Prohibition Era live jazz, DJ, and a rooftop cigar lounge! Tickets start at $75. 


Here are some of the spirits that consumers can expect at Craft Spirits ‘N Cocktails 2021:

6 O’clock Gin, Abasolo Whisky, Aperol Liqueur, Brugal Rum, Bulldog Gin, Campari, Chinola Liqueur, Gubba Rum, E11ven Vodka, Fistful of Bourbon, Ghost Tequila, Hendrick’s Gin, Herradura Tequila, Hudson Whiskey, Jack Daniels Signature Whiskies, Jagermeister, Milagro Tequila, Nixta Liqueur, Old Forester Signature Bourbons, NEFT Vodka, Ojo de Tigre Mezcal, Rivi Gin, Russell’s Reserve Whiskies, Santa Teresa Rum, St. George Spirits, Soul Cachaca, Strega Liqueur, Terremoto Tequila, Uncle Nearest Whiskey, WhistlePig Rye Whiskies, Wild Turkey Whiskies, Woodford Reserve Bourbons, and more!

To learn about events, save the date or for more information, visit https://www.craftspiritsfest.com/. Tickets are available at  http://snc2021.eventbrite.com/. Get them quickly because there is a limited supply!

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