We’re Not Firkin Around Anymore…

Saturday, March 1st, kicks off the Third Annual Tampa Bay Beer Week. Last year, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn got the party started by tapping a firkin at the Florida Brewers Guild Beer Fest. This beer was a blend of beer from every local Tampa Bay brewery, 13 in all.  This year, the tradition continues. In an astonishing display of how the local industry has grown in just a year, there are now over two dozen breweries included in the cask.

Tapping the First Firkin

The firkin that will be tapped by Mayor Buckhorn on Saturday is a testament to the spirit and camaraderie in the Tampa Bay craft beer community. Among the contributors to this one-of-a-kind blend are:

  • Barley Mow
  • 7venth Sun
  • Dunedin
  • Rapp
  • Pair O’ Dice
  • Wild Rover
  • R Bar
  • Mad Beach
  • Big Storm
  • Sex Ten
  • Cigar City
  • Cigar City Brewpub
  • Cigar City Cider and Mead
  • Brew Bus
  • Tampa Bay Brewing Company
  • Three Palms
  • Two Henrys
  • Brewers Tasting Room
  • Cycle
  • Green Bench
  • St. Pete Brewing
  • 3 Daughters
  • Lagerhaus
  • Florida Avenue
  • Yuengling
  • Coppertail

It is possible I missed one or two… and if I did I sincerely apologize (and please let me know!)  Of course, the inevitable question is “What style is it?” The answer is “Tampa Bay Beer Week” style, I suppose. Mostly the contributions were of the pale ale variety, but there are some wild cards in there, to be sure. Last year’s was surprisingly tasty. I expect this year to be interesting if nothing else.


~ by Sean Nordquist on February 28, 2014.

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