It’s Time! The Ultimate Brewer…

The Ultimate Brewer Logo

We are a month and a half away from Tampa Bay Beer Week, and this year, it is kicking off with a rumble. On Friday, March 4th, fourteen Tampa Bay area breweries will go head to head in the inaugural Ultimate Brewer competition. Held at Rapp Brewing in Seminole, this will be the official Tampa Bay Beer Week kickoff party.

So what is this battle about? Are we going to see Wayne Wambles and Jon McCracken throw down in the Octogon? We will finally get to see Khris Johnson perform his devastating MLF finishing maneuver and send a message to nemesis Devon Kreps? Well, as entertaining as those scenarios might be, this one will actually be much cooler.

On Thursday, January 7th, representatives from all 14 participating breweries gathered at St. Pete Brewing. The reason: to select their ingredients for a special brew. How would you feel about a beer made with toffee and bananas? Or cinnamon and lemon peel? What about onions? Each brewery had a blind draw for one of 16 ingredients or ingredient combinations. The results will be kept secret until the event when there will be a blind tasting at The Ultimate Brewer on March 4th.

T.U.B. 3 T.U.B. 11

The breweries that will be participating are:

  • Southern Homebrew and Winemaking
  • 7venth Sun Brewing
  • Cigar City Brewing
  • Pinellas Ale Works
  • Green Bench Brewing
  • HOB Brewing
  • Rapp Brewing
  • St. Pete Brewing Company
  • Crooked Thumb Brewing
  • Barley Mow Brewing
  • Stilt House Brewing
  • Mastry’s Brewing
  • Brew Bus Brewing
  • 3Daughters Brewing

The possible ingredients or ingredient combinations are:

  • Onions
  • Real Bacon and Habanero
  • Cinnamon and Lemon peel
  • Orange and Old Bay
  • Thyme and Peaches
  • Oysters and Hot Sauce
  • Maple Syrup and Pears
  • Vanilla Bean and Pomegranate
  • Dark Chocolate and Mango
  • Coffee and Curry
  • Vanillas bean and Jalapenos
  • White Chocolate and Pistachios
  • Horseradish
  • Toffee and Bananas

Who drew which ingredients? What will these creative crazies do with them? To find out, you’ll have to join Tampa Bay Beer Week for the first ever Ultimate Brewer championship!

More details will be coming soon, but mark your calendars. You won’t want to miss this one for sure!



~ by Sean Nordquist on January 12, 2016.

One Response to “It’s Time! The Ultimate Brewer…”

  1. […] have already primed you for this, but now it is here. This is THE official kick off party for Tampa Bay Beer Week, organized and […]

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