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Eight-Foot Brewing to host ‘Birthday Extravaganza Beer Fest’
August 2, 2019

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A brewery in Cape Coral is marking one year of crafting and pouring unique selections -- and the owners want you to celebrate with them.

Eight-Foot Brewing's "Birthday Extravaganza Beer Fest" takes place this Saturday, Aug. 3, from 3-7 p.m.

The brewery will be offering unique selections of its own, as well as other beers from local brewers who have been invited to join in on the festivities.

"It's fantastic," Eight-Foot Brewing owner and brewmaster Roger Phelps said of the anniversary. "We're really happy with the location, the community and we've been trying to be a big part of it with all the different events that we host and people that we partner with."

What sets Eight-Foot Brewing apart is the ever-changing selections it offers.

Their philosophy is to brew smaller batches to give patrons a wide variety of tastes and flavors.

At Eight-Foot you can find "clean beer," "brett/alt beer" and "mixed fermentation."

Clean beer is brewed with traditional brewing techniques and conforms to a style; brett/alt beer is produced using atypical yeast, most often Brettanomyces (a non-spore forming genus of yeast) and mixed fermentation is produced by using typical yeast, atypical yeast and bacteria.

"We're a little unique in that we don't offer core styles of beer," said Phelps. "It's not fun to brew the same thing over and over again. We like to do research -- brew different styles. We'll always have lager on -- something light. We'll always have something dark on. We'll always have something hoppy on. It's a lot of fun.

"Sometimes we'll put three new beers on in a week, sometimes it'll be two weeks before we put a new beer on," he continued. "We've brewed a handful of beers more than once, but typically we're always changing."

Educating customers is a big part of the experience at Eight-Foot, as the often off-kilter beers patrons see on the menu can lead to spirited conversation.

"One of our main goals as a business is education," said Phelps. "It's a lot of fun to be able to educate people on styles they might not have heard of, but might be similar to something that they really enjoy."

Phelps' love of beer runs deep and crosses lines of just simply brewing beer, it's art to him.

A classically trained musician, Phelps finds inspiration in art, music and nature. He has a deep appreciation for the history of beer, production styles and is meticulous about recording data of past brews to learn and make adjustments to better his brand.

His favorite style of beer?

"It just depends on the day," Phelps said with a chuckle. "I enjoy lots of different beers. Right now, I'm really digging the pilsner we have on. It's super light -- refreshing. Still a very complex beer, but great for drinking in the 100 degree heat."

Phelps is always learning as well, and not just about beer, but about his customers and how to better their drinking experience -- another notch on the education belt.

"We're learning that, especially wine drinkers that come in, really tend more towards the alt/mixed fermentation beers," said Phelps. "There's a big misconception (that a) dark beer is super heavy. We brew a lot of super light dark beers."

Another interesting characteristic of the brewery is its name.

"My wife is a fan of octopuses, and so she said if I get to open a brewery, she gets to name it," said Phelps. "Octo being eight, we thought eight foot."

This Saturday, Southwest Florida residents can sample all kinds of beers across the brewing spectrum.

Big Storm Brewing Co., 3 Bridges Brewing, Crazy Dingo Brewing Co., Scotty's Bierworks, No. 3 Craft Brews & Beer Bar and Belgian Beer Distributors will all be in attendance to celebrate with Eight-Foot.

You can also find many collaborations between Eight-Foot and these breweries that will be offered at the extravaganza. Eight-Foot even partnered with Bones Coffee Co. in Cape Coral to produce an Irish Dry Stout that has been six-week barrel aged using nitro coffee.

Eight-Foot even invited local home brew clubs to attend and have the public sample their beer.

They will compete to see who will be the "Best Southwest Florida Home Brew Club."

Admission for the event is $20 with proper ID. Beer-lovers will get a special tasting glass for unlimited samples of certain pours. Full glasses will be available to purchase.

Attendees will also get a voting chip to decide who they think served up the best home brew.

Eight-Foot will also be releasing an all new Solera Series bottle in honor of its birthday. They will be available immediately after the event in the brewing area.

"This is a blend of our Solera beers that were re-fermented on blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and mango," reads a description of the beer. "This beer is nuanced, jammy and tart."

For more information on Eight-Foot Brewing and the event, visit www.EightFootBrewing.com.

Eight-Foot Brewing is at 4417 S.E. 16th Place in Cape Coral.

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