Holiday Cheer at the Pier, in Prose Form


Hopefully you enjoyed yesterday’s attempt at some literary calisthenics with a beer-y twist on Clement Clarke Moore’s “A Visit From St. Nicolas”. All in good fun, of course. But for those who prefer straight, to-the-point information about such matters, let’s talk about Tampa Bay Beer Week‘s upcoming Winter break beer festival and fundraiser: Holiday Cheer at the Pier. Here are the need-to-know details:

Date: Friday, December 16th
Time: 6pm-10pm (VIP gets in at 5pm)
Location: Hops & Props, 335 2nd Ave NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
General Admission: $50
VIP Admission: $75
Tickets available at:

So, what do you get for your ticket? Let’s talk beer, first. Here is just a small sample of what will be poured:
Barley Mow Brewing Co. – Tinsel Holiday Spiced Ale
Rock Brothers Brewing – Rebelution IPA
Proof Brewing – Creatures in the Dark
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. – Sunday Mole Stout
81Bay Brewing – Goliath Double Chocolate Porter
Intuition Ale Works – Regal Rapture
Coppertail Brewing – Cryptid Imperial Stout
Dunedin Brewery – 2016 Holiday Phruitcake
JDUB’s Brewing – Cranberry Saison
Darwin’s Brewing Co. – Charapa Spiced Porter
Crooked Thumb Brewery – Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark Stout
Cigar City Brewing – Hunahpu Imperial Stout
Draai Laag Relic
Fantome Saison
Ritterguts Barentoter
…and more!


Feeling a bit peckish? Need to nosh on something while you imbibe these great liquids? Fear not, revelers! Food trucks will be on hand to satisfy.

To help set the mood, there will be live music playing for your enjoyment, spreading holiday cheer and merriment.

Speaking of spreading cheer and merriment, all attendees are highly encouraged to dress festively! Show off your most awesome, most special, and most epic holiday outfit. Show everyone that the spirit of the holidays lives in you!

What’s that? You are waiting for me to talk about the VIP tickets? Wanna know what you are getting above and beyond the General Admission, the amazing beers, delicious food, seasonal music, and great company?  Well scoot in closer, kids… Beer for the Daddy has a story for you…

On a cold* winter night, the magic elves at Hops & Props are closing their doors to the outside world and creating a place of magic and wonder. Only those sprinkled with magic winter dust** will be allowed inside, and what to their wondering eyes should appear, but all special taps, and bottles of great beer! (Sorry… sneaking in a little more C.C. Moore there…)


VIPs (and there will be a very limited number of tickets available) will receive – in addition to all the aforementioned awesomeness, the following:

  • one hour early admission to the festival
  • access to the inside bar at Hops & Props, and all of the goodies inside (including the air conditioning and bathroom facilities)
  • special hors d’oeuvres from the Hops & Props kitchen
  • special taps and bottles (here is a small teaser… more to come soon)
    • Saison DuPont Bons Voeux
    • Corsendonk Christmas
    • Barley Mow Dark Track
    • Motorworks Datil
    • Weyerbacher Brunicorn
    • CCB Bourbon Barrel Zhukov

Are you excited yet? Do you feel that old Christmas (or Kwanzaa, or Hanukkah, or just some quantum fluctuation…) magic flowing through you yet?  Of course you do.

So go buy your tickets now. It is that simple. Heck, buy one for a friend, and ensure your place on Santa’s “Nice List”. It can’t hurt, right?

*  cold is relative. the average temperature in St. Petersburg for December 16th typically varies from 60°F to 69°F and is rarely below 51°F or above 78°F.
** a.k.a. VIP wristbands

~ by Sean Nordquist on December 7, 2016.

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