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Halfway There Delivered and then Some…

The first organized event since Tampa Bay Beer Week (TBBW) formally incorporated as a not-for-profit was held September 7, 2013 at the Cuban Club in Ybor City:  Halfway There – A Rare Beer Festival.  Over 500 attendees tasted and over 40 breweries, homebrew clubs, distributors and others poured tastings of truly rare beer:  beers that were “one-off” kegs (specially brewed for the event), brews unavailable in Florida, and award-winning home-brew club offerings.  Taps turned on for VIPs promptly at 5pm, with wind down/last pour at 9pm.  In between the beer and conversations flowed, and new friendships were formed over what I call “liquid art.”

Here’s a gallery of photos from the event: (Photos credit Tom Scherberger)

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And… if the initial feedback and social media postings are any indication, we (the TBBW board) hit the ball out of the park. With brews and brewer tents spread throughout the indoor cantina area and the outdoor patio, festival goers could easily mingle and mix with the brewers themselves and heartily sampled brews that will never come together in the same place again, including specialty collaboration beers between brewers at the event.  From stouts to porters to Berliner Weiss’s to IPAs to strong ales – the Halfway There (halfway to Tampa Bay Beer week in March 2014!) – catered to every palate and a myriad of beer styles.

With an upswing of 15+ production breweries in the Tampa Bay area alone with several poised to come on stream in the coming weeks, Tampa Bay is quickly becoming a craft beer destination to be reckoned with, and the variety of offerings is impressive.  When you take a look at the awards amassed by the veterans (Tampa Bay Brewing Company, Dunedin Brewing, and others) along with the newcomers (Rapp Brewing, Barley Mow Brewing Co., St. Somewhere and others) – it is not hard to see why Tampa Bay is emerging as a craft brewing leader in Florida.

With this inaugural event, Halfway There proved that the TBBW board can bring great festivals and new events to the Tampa Bay area, and if you listen to festival attendees, they are ready to drink up more of the same.  If you missed this one, stick around and watch for more of TBBW offerings in the months ahead, culminating in the week long Tampa Bay Beer Week March 1-9, 2014.

p.s., After posting this original post,  the Halfway There Rare Beer Festival was voted the Best Inaugural Beer Fest by Tampa Bay’s Creative Loafing press and Tampa Bay Beer Week 2013 was voted the Best Beer Geek Invasion.

p.p.s. Carol Dekkers is a director on the Tampa Bay Beer Week board of Directors and the Chapter Chair of the new Barley’s Angels chapter:  Tampa Bay Growler Girls (see Facebook.)  Imbibe safely!

 

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Half-way There (to Tampa Bay Beer Week) – Sept 7, 2013 – a Rare Beer FESTIVAL!

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We just couldn’t wait for Tampa Bay Beer Week to get here so we decided to throw a “Halfway There” Rare Beer Festival on September 7th at the Cuban Club (Ybor City) to quench our thirst! Click on the image above for more information!

All of the beers on tap will be specialty kegs, one-offs or event exclusive beers from your favorite breweries.

Tickets available ONLINE at https://tampabaybeerweek.eventbrite.com/

2010 N Avenida Republica De Cuba, Tampa, Florida 33605-3653
 
Join us!!!
 
Carol

 

Summer Brews!

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#BBC13 (Beer Bloggers Conference 2013) – Boston, MA – Recap

Boston

The very mention of the city conjures up thoughts of the Boston Bruins (sorry guys, you were sooo close to win the Stanley Cup in 2013!), Red Sox (actually I have to cheer for Tampa Bay Rays!), lobsters, seafood, long summer nights, accents (“I’ll go paak the caa”), festivals, food, and… a burgeoning Craft Beer industry!

Having said this, it is no big surprise that the 4th annual Beer Bloggers Conference (twitter hashtag #BBC13) found its way to Boston this past weekend (July 26-28, 2013) beating out cities such as Asheville, NC (up and coming in the NE!) and other contenders.

And what a weekend it was!

Here’s a slideshow to give you a visual idea…

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Third time’s a Charm!

This was my 3rd (of 4) BBC’s hosted by Zephyr Adventures previous conferences were held in Boulder CO (2010), Portland, OR (2011), Indianapolis (2012) – and it was clear that the growing pains of previous years are gone.  This year’s event was seemingly flawless with great weather in Boston (high 70s) topping it off and over 150 attendees representing bloggers (hobbyists to professionals), brewers (from around the US and including Florida Beer Company,) brewing associations (Cicerone certification, National Brewers Association and others), distributors and retailers.

One of the most glorious things about the Beer Bloggers Conference (there are many!) is that the 150+ attendees check their egos (and their full time professions) at the door as we all come together to collectively share a common passion – CRAFT BEER!

The proof was in the pudding, so to speak, as such industry luminaries as  Jim Koch, founder of Samuel Adams brewerycurrently the largest US-owned, nationally distributed brewery in the US, and Julia Herz of the Brewers Association and CraftBeer.com – co-mingled and talked “shop” with all of us.  The event started Friday afternoon at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel (some attended the “pre” conference excursion in Maine on Thursday night) – with a trade show, followed by a trip to Sam Adams R&D brewery/center in Boston and a night out hosted by Heavy Seas brewing at Stoddard’s bar.  Throughout the weekend, various breweries and distributors hosted / entertained / spoke / poured for us until we had to say our fond goodbyes just after noon on Sunday.

Takeaways / highlights from BBC 13:

In no particular order:

  • Being able to talk “craft beer” with people who are not intimidated to drink non-mass produced malt beverages. We talked flavors, styles, brewing techniques, food pairings, favorites, best local bars, geography, trends, social media – and nothing to do with the stresses of everyday life (minimal talk about problems with kids, jobs, finances…) —  just pure passionate discussions about craft beer!
  • Positive talk all day, all night – about a hobby I love!
  • Upbeat people who came to Boston to share experiences and offer best practices about blogging, writing, monetizing, short cuts, in other words – helping each other to become successful in beer blogging and in life;
  • Sampling new brews, meeting new people, exchanging experiences, discovering new ways to share our passion about craft beer;
  • Learning what works and doesn’t work about blogging technologies, tools, widgets, platforms, all the IT stuff that goes along with writing and publishing;
  • Visiting the breweries, Boston pubs, distributors, and seeing a bit of Boston by bus;
  • Lots of fun photo opportunities (see slideshow above);
  • Meeting other Florida people who are also passionate about the industry;
  • Finding out that my personality + what I already know about craft beer + a personal way of writing = priceless results;
  • Getting inspired to write more, blog more, get out more!

Thank you to all of our sponsors and our great organizers at Zephyr Adventures for their generous support of the conference.  You rock!

– See more at: http://beerbloggersconference.org/#sthash.kF0079O4.dpuf

I can’t wait for BBC14 (site and dates being finalized) – it’s going to be another awesome time with great people!

Happy imbibing!

Carol

Save the date – Creative Loafing Tampa “Beerfest Sept 22, 2012”

Tickets will soon go on sale for the September 22, 2012 Creative Loafing BEERFEST in downtown Tampa, FL at the Tampa Museum of Art.

Here’s a few details:

What: Creative Loafing Beer Fest 2012: The Art of Beer
When: Saturday, September 22; GA: 7 – 10 p.m. VIP: 6 – 7 p.m.
Where: Tampa Museum of Art; 120 West Gasparilla Plaza; Tampa, FL; 33602; (813) 274-8130
How Much: General Admission: $30 adv, $40 door / VIP: $60 adv, $75 door

Let me know if you’re going – and maybe we can chat over a pint or two.

Have a great weekend and please… drink responsibly!

an unOfficial Beer Goddess

It’s American Craft Beer Week May 14-20, 2012 (inclusive!)

Don’t miss out on the happenings all over the country for the American Craft Beer Week!

Visit craftbeer.com for more details and be safe!

Colorado + Fitness + Craft Beer = Priceless!

Can you imagine a more “Zen” place to train your body (and get your palate conditioned!) for the Great American Beer Festival than the trails near Boulder, Colorado?

Zephyr Adventures has teamed up with an impressive array of sponsors/partners including Draft magazine, New Belgium BreweryUntappd, and World Class Beer for a pre-festival “Colorado Hike, Bike, Beer & Brewpubs Tour” October 8-12, 2012 – AND (this is exciting) YOU COULD WIN a free trip (including lodging, most meals, activities, brewery visits, guides, and local transportation!)

Having been to the Beer Bloggers Conference (BBC10) arranged by Zephyr Adventures in Boulder, CO in 2010 (and I am signed up for BBC12 in July 2012 in Indianapolis), I can vouch for the professionalism and high energy of Zephyr events.

I would love to join them on this tour (or any of their others!)  – visit their site at http://www.zephyradventures.com/adventures for  details about this and other innovative events throughout the US (and the world.)

Don’t forget to REGISTER TO WIN today (form at the bottom of the page) by May 31, 2012! Good luck, and I hope that I will see you at the Great American Beer Festival this October 2012 in Denver, CO. Good luck!!!

Colorado + Fitness + Craft Beer = Priceless!

Happy (and safe) imbibing!

An unOfficial Beer Goddess

 

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