Best Of 2013

Best inaugural beer fest: Halfway There Rare Beer Festival

Best inaugural beer fest

This was the first fundraiser for Tampa Bay Beer Week, the nonprofit group behind the two-year-old spring beer event that grew exponentially this year. The fest, in the courtyard and cantina of the Cuban Club on Sept. 7, wowed the crowd of dedicated beer geeks in both concept — stuff they couldn’t get at their local tavern — and execution. It showed why Tampa Bay has become Beertopia in Florida. tampabaybeerweek.com.