This weekend’s Gasparilla International Film Festival (GIFF) in Tampa, FL features some great media events, including the Friday evening screening of the film “You” featuring actress Melora Hardin with a pre-screening party at the Tampa Bay Brewing Company in Ybor City (on the east side of Tampa). Tampa Bay Brewing Company has been a longtime favorite of mine and is one of the best craft breweries in FL. I’ve never seen draft beers from Tampa Bay Brewing Company at any other bars in the area so I can only surmise that they keep their microbrews (about 10-15 at any given time) for patrons at their on-site restaurant.
I had the opportunity to sample a few of the brews recently along with their two seasonal brews – one a double red head amber (more like a bitter in many ways) the other a heavy IPA – and settled on their Warthog Heifeweisen which the menu truthfully cast as having a slight after-taste of banana and cloves. Cloudy and definitely wheaty (no surprise here) and the banana was almost indecipherable unless you already knew about it.
If you happen to be down in FL this weekend (Mar 19-21, 2010) be sure to check out the Gasparilla International Film Festival and the Tampa Bay Brewing Company. I’m counting on the weather to be balmy and (hopefully) back to the seasonal warmth that we’ve sorely missed this winter!
Say hello if you happen to be in the area!
The “unofficial” beer goddess
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