It’s Coming…


Mere days. Can you hear the thunder on the horizon? Can you sense the shift in the air? Like something is coming…

Beer Week approaches.

I am very excited about this year, as I am every year. We have a record number of breweries in the state of Florida now. New places are opening up all the time. There are new faces, new beers, and new approaches that are growing the industry in breadth as well as depth. And much of that will be on display during Tampa Bay Beer Week.

As always, people ask me what events I am most looking forward to or what they “should not miss”. I am wary about giving a one-size-fits-all answer, but here are a few that I think are pretty special.


I have already told you about this one, but it bears repeating. This is a totally unique and fun event, and tickets are selling quickly. What better way to kick off the week than trying the truly out-there stylings of some of the best breweries Tampa Bay has to offer?
What: Tampa Bay Beer Week presents The Ultimate Brewer II
When: Friday, March 3rd
Where: Crooked Thumb Brewing, Safety Harbor
Time: Doors open @ 7:30pm
Tickets: $25 in advance, $35 day of at the door.


This festival has been going on for many years, and it used to include breweries from outside the state. Now, it is a true celebration of how amazing Florida’s beer industry has become. This is the opportunity to sample some of the best beer Florida has to offer, especially those that have not made it to your local market yet. It is also a chance to meet the actual brewers as they pour their beers for everyone.
What: Florida Brewers Guild Craft Beer Festival
When: Saturday, March 4th
Where: Cotanchobee Park, Tampa
Time: VIP Entry @ 1:00 PM (one hour early access), General Admission @ 2:00 PM
Tickets: Purchase here


I love beer and food pairings, and this one looks like a lot of fun. South Tampa’s 81Bay Brewing has planned a pop-up four course pairings dinner in the production facility to let Chef Lee Aquino from Pith and Pally will play with your senses and perfect pair 81Bay beers to each exciting dish.
What: Flights and Bites II: A TBBW Celebration
When: Monday, March 6th
Where: 81Bay Brewing Company, Tampa
6pm -7pm: Reception and Mingling
7pm – 9pm: Dinner is served
9pm -10pm: Brewery tour, taproom games and more BEER!
Tickets: Limited to 48 diners and are $45 each. Get them here.

In the coming days I will throw out a few more suggestions and ideas. So many great events, and I just can’t attend them all!


~ by Sean Nordquist on February 28, 2017.

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