Festival presented by The City of Longwood brings top Florida breweries together to concoct original brews all in support of The Sharing Center

This May 13, friends and local beer enthusiasts can experience one of Florida’s newest beer festivals – the Florida SMaSH Beer Festival.  This event is a celebration of creativity and comradery between brewers throughout the sunshine state to provide an opportunity to give back to the community through The Sharing Center. The festival is presented by The City of Longwood and will take place on May 13, 2017 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Longwood Community Building.

Hourglass Brewing, the oldest brewery in Longwood, Florida, and who specializes in creating world-class and outlandish beers made from exotic ingredients from across the globe, will be one of the top breweries hopping things up this year at the festival.  These breweries will concoct a beer made from the same single malt and single hop, creating a limitation to force brewers to think outside the box as well as focus on technique. With approximately 80 beers to sample, including one-offs from every brewery involved, there will be offerings for a wide range of different palates.

The festival will feature a friendly competition between brewers. All attendees will be given the chance to cast votes on their favorite selection for the day and will receive three voting tokens to distribute. Winners will take home a unique prize.

“Being a part of this year’s festival has been a very rewarding experience for the Hourglass Brewing team and we look forward to seeing the turnout in support of giving back to our local community through The Sharing Center,” said Mike DeLancett, head brewer at Hourglass Brewing in Longwood, Fla. “The team at Hourglass not only takes pride in our craft beers, but we also are big supporters of the local community.”

Proceeds from the event will benefit The Sharing Center, an organization focused on preventing hunger and homelessness for families and individuals in crisis. The Sharing Center offers a hand-up to the working poor in Seminole County and those who are struggling to move out of homelessness.

“The Sharing Center has deep roots in the Central Florida community dating back to 30 years of caring,” said Mark Romagosa from The Sharing Center. “We’re thankful for all of the breweries throughout Florida who will come together on May 13th in efforts to support our cause.”

The event is for adults 21 and older, general admission tickets can be purchased for $35 on floridasmashbeerfestival.com. The Longwood Community Building is located at 200 W. Warren Ave., Longwood, Fla., 32750.

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