Beer for the Daddy’s Guide to enjoying Tampa Bay Beer Week
At long last, the time has come. The Second Annual Tampa Bay Beer Week is upon us. With well over 200 events scheduled between Saturday, March 2nd and Sunday, March 10th, beer lovers from near and far will be able to enjoy with the Tampa Bay beer community has to offer. There are some simple things you can do to make your Beer Week experience the best it can be.
- Do not drink and drive. I know I repeat this often, but it is probably the single-most important piece of advice I can give. There is simply no reason to get behind the wheel while under the influence. Bring a designated driver. Call a taxi. Get a hotel room. Phone a friend. Any one of these options is safer and cheaper than the potential consequences of a DUI or a drunk driving accident. So plan ahead.
- Plan your week. There are so many events to choose from, it can seem overwhelming. From tap takeovers to beer dinners to bottle releases, the choices are endless. Some of them have limited seating or tickets, so it is a good idea to plan ahead. Get your tickets, reserve your spots.
- Eat and drink. Man cannot live on beer alone, and your body needs fuel and non-beer liquid to survive. Both will be helpful should you over-indulge. I make it a general rule to drink about as much water as beer at any given event, and then plenty of water before bed.
- Be social. Beer Weeks are by their very nature social events, and through the wonders of modern technology we can now be more social than ever. Take pictures. Post them to Facebook and Twitter. Use the Twitter hashtag #TBBW and post to the official TBBW wall on Facebook and share your adventures. Check in your new beers on apps like Brewski Me or Untappd.
- Try new things. This is the perfect time to expand your beery horizons. New breweries, new beers, special beers that will only be available this week… if there was ever a time to have a new experience it is now.
- Have fun. At the end of the day, that is the most important thing. The beer community is full of awesome people. Cigar City VP Justin Clark recently said that the craft beer community is “99% asshole-free”, and I am inclined to agree. Talk to people, make new friends, share great beers. That’s what we are here for.
Have a great week! Bee safe, and say hello if you see me around!