From humble beginnings and the first #TBBW in 2012, to becoming a 501c6 not-for-profit organization, Tampa Bay Beer Week has emerged as one of the premiere beer weeks in North America involving the Florida Brewers Guild, Best Florida Beer, and scores of breweries, brewpubs, bars and restaurants throughout our multi-county region.
For five years running, #TBBW has featured local breweries (now numbering close to 50 in the region) and some of the finest brews and friendliest people around. There’s just one small problem… how can anyone who works full-time really get out and enjoy the festivities?
Some people I know have taken the week off from work, but unless you’re a tourist here on vacation or independently wealthy, this is simply not an option for many of us. I’ve seen the entire event lineup at www.tampabaybeerweek.com and while there are adventurous types who will turn #TBBW into a marathon tasting event, I’m going to be taking in the weekend events and a select few in between.
I hope you’ll find some great things to do and taste some great local brews here in Tampa Bay. Thank you for being a part of the vibrant craft beer industry here in Southwest Florida, and for reading this post! Wishing you a week of enjoyment, new friends, fun times and responsible drinking. PLEASE arrange to get home safely (Lyft and Uber or a designated driver) – so you can enjoy many more #TBBW to come!
————— Short list of don’t miss events #TBBW 2016 (Full details at tampabaybeerweek.com/events)———–
THURS Mar 3, 2016 – 6:30-9:30 St Pete Beach, FL – All Tapped Out – A Tasting Extravaganza… (click for tickets) — unlimited tapas and draft beer pairings at Tapz and Tapaz, 348 Corey Avenue St Pete Beach. Tickets $25 adv/$30 door
FRI Mar 4, 2016 – The Ultimate Brewer – 8-11:30pm at Rapp Brewing Company, 10930 Endeavor Way, Ste C, Seminole, Florida 33777. 14 local breweries debut their special recipe in a blind tasting competition along the lines of the Iron Chef. Each brewery was given a list of secret ingredients ranging from Oranges and Old Bay Seasoning to Oysters and Hot Sauce to Horseradish to… Tickets only $20 advance.
SAT Mar 5, 2016 – Florida Brewers Guild Craft Beer Craft Beer Festival 2-5 pm (VIP 1-5 pm) -Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park, 601 Old Water St, Tampa. Featuring brews from around the state (and beyond) in an open air setting in downtown Tampa. Benefits the non-profit trade association dedicated to advancing the craft brewing industry in Florida.
Tickets $45 GA / $65 VIP.
SUN Mar 6, 2016 – Best Florida Beer presents Brewers Ball – 12noon-5pm – Water Works Park Tampa, 1710 N Highland Ave, Tampa, Florida 33602. The Brewers Ball festival celebrates the best beers in Florida. The top three beers in each class of beer, mead and cider will be served up for your enjoyment. The Brewers Ball has been held for over 10 years celebrating the breweries, the brewers and the beer they make right here in Florida. Tickets $65. (includes food)
SUN Mar 6, 2016 – 5 pm – 7th ANNUAL BREWERS’ BALL AFTER PARTY!! (even if you don’t go to the Brewers Ball) – at Independent Bar & Cafe, 5016 N Florida Ave, Tampa – Special brews on tap for the event, and will also be serving burgers and brats outside to satisfy the hungry folks coming from the beer festival. LIVE MUSIC 6-9 PM BY LAURIS VIDAL! NO COVER!
WED Mar 9, 2016 – Rare and Big Beer Night -7 pm at Rapp Brewing Company, 10930 ENDEAVOUR WAY STE C, Seminole FL. No ticket fee. Come join us as we bring out all of our rare and big beers for your enjoyment! Some have never been available!
THURS Mar 10, 2016 –(2nd Annual Mini Festival) Jester King, Jolly Pumpkin one off’s and Cantillon on draft & in bottle. Plus a Blend your own Gueuze class! 7:30 pm, Tickets $35 in advance. Mr Dunderbak’s Biergarten and Brewery, 14929 Bruce B Downs Blvd, Tampa. Jester king, Jolly Pumpkin & Cantillon will be on draft and in the bottle. Including a wide range of sour, funky beers from Shelton.Blaugies, De Ranke, De La Senne, Drie Fonteinen, Green Bench, Saint Somewhere and more….. European Cheeses and Artisanal bread will be provided to cleanse the palette. Starts at 7:30. Tickets (very limited) call JB @ 813-977-4104
THURS Mar 10, 2016 – Special Hoperations Fundraiser – 7-9pm Hidden Springs Ale Works, 1631 N Franklin St, Tampa. Tickets $15 non-members, (Members: Free) This is a fun social event to help raise funds for local Tampa homebrew club Special Hoperations. We’ll have taps in the brewery flowing with medal winning homebrew from the #1 homebrew club in Florida along with a 50/50 raffle and some Special Hops shirts floating around.
THURS Mar 10, 2016 – The Wild Beer JAM at the Witch with Green Bench Brewing & more…., 3-11 pm (entertainment after dark) – The Ale and the Witch, 111 2nd ave NE Downtown St Pete, No cover, beers a-la-carte pricing.Hosting 7 breweries (Green Bench, Almanac, Prairie Artisan Ales, Jolly Pumpkin, Central State, St Somewhere, Jester King) 14 taps, bottles and cans
FRI Mar 11, 2016 – 3rd Annual Brew and BBQ – 5pm, Pair O’ Dice Brewing, 4400 118th Avenue North, Ste 208, Clearwater. $10-$15. Back by popular demand, our own Ken Rosenthal will team up with Out Of The Pot to cook up his famous Texas-style brisket. We’ll be pairing Pair O’ Dice brews with lots of competition quality, 18 hour slow smoked brisket served Texas style. That means white bread, pickles, and onions with sauce on the side because this brisket is so good it just doesn’t deserve to be covered up. Sides will include baked beans and creamed corn. BBQ plates will be available for purchase first come first serve while supplies last so you better get here before the meat runs out. #GetAPair – I’ve missed this one two years in a row because the brisket sells out quickly! Don’t miss it!
FRI Mar 11, 2016 – 3rd Annual Foeder for Thought Festival, 5pm-midnight, Green Bench Brewing Company
1133 Baum Ave, St Petersburg. Tickets $60. Foeder for Thought celebrates oak fermentation. This is one of the most unique and intimate festivals during Tampa Bay Beer Week offering beer to sample from across the country.
SAT Mar 12, 2016 – Hunahpu’s Day – sold out months ago. This specialty festival’s limited tickets and pricing ($200. minimum for festival entrance and 4 bottles of Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout) is a #TBBW staple and sought after festival. Unless you are an oil baron or financier, you’ll have to find other events to keep you busy today. Worth a mention just because… you can’t get in.
SAT Mar 12, 2016 – Pucker up with Almanac Brewing Company and Cascade Brewing – 6pm, Independent Bar & Cafe, 5016 N Florida Ave, Tampa. No cover, drink prices vary. If you love sour beers, you can’t beat this one… We have some amazing sour beers coming from ALMANAC BEER CO. AND CASCADE BREWING BARRELHOUSE!! DRAFT LIST! (Flights will be available)
Valley of the Heart’s Delight (Sour Blonde with foraged Apricots, Dates, and Mulberries)
Peach de Brettaville (100% Brett Saison with local Peaches)
Farmer’s Reserve Blackberry (Sour Blonde with Blackberries)
Hoppy Sour Mosaic – Sour Blonde dry hopped with Mosaic
Almanac IPA – West Coast IPA with Citra, Simcoe, and Cascade
Cascade Bourbonic Plague
Cascade Vlad the Imp Aler
SUN Mar 13, 2016 – Hunahpu’s Hangover Day at 7th Sun (two locations: 7th Sun Brewing, Dunedin, and new Tampa (parking lot) location 6809 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa) 11am – 5pm. Buy four beer tickets to get in ($20 total), purchase additional beer tickets at $5 each (beers will range in size from 8 oz to 12 oz). This year for Hangover day, we are christening our new location with a lot party in honor of you. Since we are still in the process of building-out for the new facility, the parking lot will host the event. And because Dunedin is where it’s started and what you made possible, we’re also going to continue the tradition of Dunedin Hangover Day too. (Dunedin location only – extended hours 11am-10pm)