One of our favorite times of the year is here, Tampa Bay Beer Week. It’s happening all over the bay area from March 5-13. We’re extra excited this year because Big Sea Design, creator of The Brewery Bay, is sponsoring!
And even more exciting, you’ll find us in the Creative Loafing Beer Week issue! We’ve got a full-page, official The Brewery Bay map to guide you through your drinking journey.
So let’s get into the main event – what exciting events can you expect to find during Tampa Bay Beer Week?
We couldn’t include everything and more are being added all the time so your best bet is to browse the lengthy event list yourself, but we’ve compiled some of the events that caught our eye here.
Friday, March 4th
Girl Scout Cookies and Crooked Thumb
Crooked Thumb Brewery
Crooked Thumb took two things you love and put it together. Try Thin Mint, Samoa, and Tagalong inspired beers, and pick up some of the real thing from the Girl Scout Troop selling them outside.
One of our resident beer drinkers, Chris, was able to try it out and had great things to say.
Tampa Bay Beer Week Presents: THE ULTIMATE BREWER
Rapp Brewing Company
This is the official TBBW kick-off party. And to start off the week off on a friendly note, it’s pitting 14 breweries against each other.
Have you ever wanted to try a beer made with onions? How about a coffee and curry combo? Oysters and hot sauce? That’s just what you’ll find at The Ultimate Brewer.
In January, the 14 breweries came together and drew from a hat of combinations. Now, they finally reveal the ingredients and the results.
Saturday, March 5th
Dunedin House of Beer’s 6th Annual Craft Beer Fest
Lots of beer, lots of music, and admission is free! They’ve got 100+ beers from 36 different breweries, plus special casks tapped every hour.
Florida Brewers Guild Craft Beer Festival
Drink a beer and raise money for the Florida Brewers Guild. You’ll be able to sample more than 200 beers from 50+ breweries from across the state of Florida. Bring a designated driver – they’ll get in for free.
Sunday, March 6th
Brew Bus Local Loop Scavenger Hunt
St. Pete and Tampa
Spend TBBW supporting your local breweries. The Brew Bus Local Loop runs every Sunday in St. Pete and Tampa but this week it’s extra special. Participate in the scavenger hunt and you could win a free draft at the new Brew Bus Brewery.
Water Works Park
Brewers Ball celebrates the best beers in Florida from the Best Florida Beer Championships’ Best of Show winners, along with cider and mead. Enjoy live music in the park while you drink. Head to The Independent afterwards for the after party!
Monday, March 7th
Total Eclipse of the (7th) Sun
The Independent will be tapping 14 7venth Sun Specialty beers! Come down to try them, and enter the raffle to win growlers, t-shirts, glassware, and bottled beer.
Six Ten Brewing / Jug & Bottle Dept. 2nd Annual Beer & Cheese Pairing
Six Ten Brewing
5:30pm & 8:00pm
If you like cheese and beer, head over to Six Ten to feel classy while you drink. They’ll provide the cheese and talk you through the beer pairings. Purchase tickets by phone or in the brewery before they sell out!
Tuesday, March 8th
In Season: A Fruited Beer Event
Pair O’ Dice Brewing
Like fruity beers? Pair O’ Dice will be tapping beers made with actual real fruit! Come by and try Guava IPA, Starfruit Pale Ale, Papaya Wheat, Grapefruit Amber, and Lucky Lucy Strawberry Blonde. A food truck will be on site.
Wednesday, March 9th
Rare and Big Beer Night
Rapp Brewing Company
They’re big, they’re rare, and you get to try them! Some of the beers being released have never been available before, so head to Rapp to try something new.
You call that a Saision? A Contest
Think you can tell this saisons apart? Prove it. You’ll be given 7 samples and a list of 10 possible answers. If you’re in the top 3, you’ll win a gift certificate. Enjoy meats, cheeses, and artisanal bread while drinking.
Thursday, March 10th
The Wild Beer Jam
The Ale and the Witch
The Ale and the Witch is hosting 7 breweries from Florida and beyond with 14 taps, bottles, and cans! Enjoy live music while you drink and enjoy this no cover event in downtown St. Pete.
Friday, March 11th
Mustache + Beard Face Off at Coppertail Brewing
Start growing out your beards now, it’s time to enter it into some competitions. Come compete or just to stare at facial hair in all its glory. The winner gets a facial grooming kit and a special beer package.
Foeder For Thought
Green Bench Brewing Company
Celebrate oak fermentation at the 3rd annual Foeder for Thought. They’ll be tapping a different beer every hour along with an interview and Q&A surrounding the beer. This event in a unique opportunity to try some less common beers and learn about it while you’re at it.
Saturday, March 12th
Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park
Unfortunately this event is sold out, but we couldn’t get through this post without mentioning it (especially since we created the event website). Your best bet is to find a friend with a ticket who’s willing to share a bottle afterwards!
Sunday, March 13th
Hunahpu’s Hangover Day 2016
7venth Sun Tampa & Dunedin
Cure your hangover from Hunaphu’s Day (or other drinking activities) by drinking more. Pay the $20 for 4 beers and you’re in! There will be a food truck onsite and they’ll be raffling off bottles of Vermont Barrel-Aged syrup. The Tampa location is still under construction, so that party will be held in the parking lot.