What do you get when you cross the experience of award-winning home-brewers with the creativity and passion of young service men and women? The result is a one-of-a-kind craft beer festival to raise funds for a charity (USO Central Florida) committed to military families on Feb 6, 2016 (6-8pm) at the oldest St Petersburg craft brewery: Brewers’ Tasting Room!
is the first ever craft beer festival that connects the Tampa Bay craft brewing scene with the military, laid out in two different sections: The Tour of Duty and Band of Brewers Competition (see further info below.) Guests will to sample (until the kegs run out!) 20+ beers from local home-brew clubs and will vote for their favorite military team’s beer to decide the winner of the first annual Band of Brewers Competition.
BAND OF BREWERS:
Six teams from the Tampa Bay area representing each branch of the military are poised to compete against each other with individually brewed beer. Festival attendees vote for their favorite beer and one branch is declared Band of Brewers Champion.
Teams are composed of by team captains (award-winning home-brewers) and team members representing the air force, army, coast guard, marines, navy, and national guard/reserves. These teams met during for a “Brew day” during Nov/Dec 2015 to brew their own secret beer recipe. It is going to be a fun evening of sampling their results and networking with these incredible teams!
THIS JUST IN:
Rick Wolfe, owner of Brewers’ Tasting Room announced that the Winning team from the Band of Brewers will be invited to pour their beer at the BTR tent at Hunahpu’s Day 2016 on March 12, 2016 at Cotanchobee Park in Tampa. May the best team win!
TOUR OF DUTY:
We have also engaged with local home-brew clubs to brew beers representative of the Coalition Force countries working with the US military around the world. These beers may be a literal interpretation of a beer from the chosen country or highlight a unique food or spice that has become synonymous with that country. This will certainly be a fun, unique and creative section to visit at the festival.
The following home-brew clubs are brewing several specialty beers to feature at the festival:
– Beer Can Island Brewers – Belgium
– Brandon Bootleggers – England
– PUB Guild – Germany
– St Pete Brew Club – Morocco
– Suncoast Barley Mashers – France
We have also invited our local professional breweries to donate gift baskets and other items for a fund-raising raffle!
It’s going to be an evening of camaraderie and gourmet beer tasting. Coincidentally, Feb 4 is the 75th anniversary of USO serving military families, so the Feb 6 festival is apropos for our fund-raising efforts.
Please join us on Feb 6, from 6-8 pm to raise funds for the USO Central Florida!
**** Update: If you live out of the area or you can’t make it to the festival, consider buying a “support” ticket (a tax deductible donation -ask for a 501c3 if you’d like to deduct it!) – on the same site for $20 (money goes to USO Central FL!) and you get to choose which team you’d like to support. The team that raises the most money wins a happy hour for 50 friends at Brewers’ Tasting Room.
Tickets (click on this link) are only $20 in advance ($25 at the door) for unlimited tastings of the Band of Brewers brews and Tour of Duty home-brews! Come out and support the teams and taste some of the finest brews in the Tampa Bay area. (After the festival you can stay and purchase pints!)
Here is our link to the TV Channel 8 – WFLA segment that aired on Daytime on Jan 12, 2016: We Want Brew! Fest