A Busy Weekend
The weekend rapidly approaches, and with it the busiest professional beer-related day in my short history as a beer… person. I have promoted the upcoming events over the past few weeks, but here is one last plug for Saturday’s festivities.
For the first time, All About Beer Magazine’s premier festival comes to the downtown ‘Burg. With 18 Florida breweries pouring in addition to over 50 other breweries from around the world, this event will be top-notch. In fact, just today, CNN rated the World Beer Festival as one of the Top 5 in the country. There will be food from the Creative Catering Company that looks fantastic, as well as a “Hydration Sponsor”, Waterboy.
World Beer Festivals are about beer, of course, but there is an important element of education as well. All About Beer Magazine prides itself in offering a chance to get to know more about the drink we all love and enjoy so much. I am proud (and more than a little nervous) to be one of the featured presenters at this event, discussing the History of Beer in Florida. It’s been a very interesting and enlightening journey for me, researching and picking up information I never knew before. In addition to my talk, beer writer/traveler Gerard Walen will be discussing some of the cool names of Florida brews, and local homebrewer Danny Reid will present “Zymurgy. How the small, simple act of yeast eating sugar gives us so many great fermented beverages.”
Tickets are still available. Doors open at 11:30am, and the event officially runs from noon until 4pm. Remember this is a 21-and-over event, and please drink responsibly. Carpool if you can, use a taxi or a designated driver.
Coming off the heels of the latest Best of the Bay, what better way to celebrate than with a beer festival! The Tampa Museum of Art is opening its doors to revelers looking to enjoy some great craft beer, music from The Black Honkeys and the Distinguished Men of Brass. I will be part of a “Beer Tasting 101” panel, hoping to offer some insight to those new to craft beer, beer and food pairing, and whatever else may come up! This will also be a chance for people to try the ‘collaboration’ brew between Creative Loafing and Tampa Bay Brewing company, Loafinbräu, an German-style altbier.
Tickets are still available. Doors open at 6pm for VIP, 7pm for General Admission, and runs until 10pm. This one is also a 21-and-over event.
Two events in one day is a lot, but they should both be a lot of fun.