20 Tampa Bay Beer Week events, parties, and special releases

It runs from Friday, March 3 to Sunday, March 12.

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Tampa Bay Beer Week 2023 runs from March 3-12, and this year’s festivities will definitely tantalize the local beer lover. From large-scale events like the 14th Annual Brewer's Ball to exclusive releases like Cigar City’s Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout drop—craft breweries from every corner of the Bay are celebrating their all-time favorite beers. From out-of-town tap takeovers, educational programs and unique beer launches, here are almost two dozen parties, events and exclusive releases to help celebrate the return of Tampa Bay Beer Week. To discover more events, head to tampabaybeerweek.com.

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Tampa Bay Beer Week kickoff Dunedin’s House of Beer helps celebrate the return of TBBW 2023 with a tap list full of local beers, in addition to other festivities. Friday, March 3. Dunedin House of Beer, 927 Broadway, Dunedin. dunedinhob.com

Florida Lager Road Trip BarrieHaus Beer Co. brings some of Florida’s most prized breweries to the heart of Tampa. Expected guests on its taps include Tactical Brewing, Invasive Species Brewing, Gatlin Hall Brewing, Prison Pals Brewing Co. and many, many more. Friday, March 3. BarrieHaus Beer Co., 1403 E 5th Ave., Ybor City. barriehaus.com

The Ultimate Brew This massive, community-focused brewing event has been a TBBW mainstay for the past few years. Over 30 local breweries will bring a few ounces of their favorite hops to throw into a massive collaborative brew. Friday, March 3. $30. Magnanimous Brewing, 1420 N Florida Ave., Tampa. magnanimousbrewing.com

Florida Brewers Guild Craft Beer Festival This huge gathering of industry folks features sips from almost 100 different breweries, food trucks and other festivities. Profits from this festival support the Guild, which not only educates the public about the good work brewers do, but also advocates for brewers inside the state capitol in Tallahassee. Saturday, March 4. $45-$65. Perry Harvey Sr. Park, 1000 E Harrison St., Tampa. floridabrewersguild.org

Brewer’s Ball 2023 This party features food, live music, beer samples and the main event of the evening: a presentation of the winners of 2023’s Best Florida Beer Championship. Kudos to organizers for bringing it to Sulphur Springs. ​​ Sunday, March 5. $60. River Tower Park, 401 E Bird St., Tampa. bestfloridabeer.org

Shakespeare on Tap! The Independent hosts a slew of TBBW-themed events next week, but Jobsite Theatre’s Giles Davies and William Glenn will give a uniquely tipsy rendition of Shakespeare skits at this weekday gig. Monday, March 6. Independent Bar and Cafe, 5016 N Florida Ave., Tampa. independentbartampa.com

Halfway to Rapptoberfest: A Lager Celebration For one night only, Rapp’s taps will be chock full of crispy German-style lagers to celebrate the halfway mark to its annual Rapptoberfest party. Tuesday, March 7. Rapp Brewing Co.,10930 Endeavour Wy., Pinellas Park. rappbrewing.com

Beer Week Beer Dinner This beachside mainstay hosts a three-course dinner paired with its most prized brews. Wednesday, March 8. $45. Mastry's Brewing Co., 7701 Blind Pass Rd., St. Pete Beach. mastrysbrewingco.com

Arkane In The Membrane
Sample over 30 of Arkane’s most prized beers, including its “Unicorn Blood” Key lime pie Weisse and the “Double Barrel Dessert Eagle,” complete with notes of marshmallow and peanut butter. Wednesday, March 8. $100-$200. Arkane Aleworks, 2480 E Bay Dr., Largo. arkanebeer.ticketspice.com

Lagerfest 2023 Join over 35 different breweries from around the county, all pouring unlimited sips of their crispiest lagers. There will also be a King State coffee bar on site if you need a little help sobering up. VIP is sold-out online, so best act on the GA tickets ASAP. Thursday, March 9. $50-$75. The Brutalist, 1776 11th Ave., N, St. Petersburg. Kslagerfest.com

Beer Dinner with Motorworks Brewing Epicurean's multi-course tasting dinner will complement this Bradenton-based brewery’s helles smoked lager, oyster stout and tequila barrel aged datil imperial porter. Thursday, March 9.$60. Epicurean Theater, 1207 S Howard Ave., Tampa. epicureanhotel.com

Bohdega This newly-opened Tampa brewery celebrates its inaugural TBBW with a unique bodega pop-up experience with NY-forward eats and 16 exclusive taps. Friday, March 10. Ology Tampa, 6401 N Florida Ave., Tampa. ologybrewing.com

Berry Beer Fest Over a dozen local breweries will pour their best berry-forward beer and mead at Crooked Thumb’s first-ever Berry Beer Fest. Friday, March 10. $40. Crooked Thumb 555 10th Ave. S, Safety Harbor. crookedthumbbrew.com

Coppertail Open Coppertail Brewing pairs with The Boardr to host this high energy skateboarding competition, complete with a $500 grand prize. Friday, March 10. Coppertail Brewing Co 2601 E 2nd Ave., Tampa. coppertailbrewing.com

Foeder for Thought Fermentation-forward beers are the star of this annual party, but Green Bench always seems to put a fresh spin on things. This year’s rendition features over 20 brews to sample, industry panel discussions and complimentary tasting glasses. Friday, March 10. $115. Green Bench Brewing Co., 1133 Baum Ave. N, St. Petersburg. greenbenchbrewing.com

Dark Embrace Invitational Cycle, Angry Chair and Ology Brewing come together to host this collaborative TBBW party. They’ve invited over 40 breweries around the world to sling their best barrel-aged brews at this exclusive event, hosted for the first time at Angry Chair’s new taproom. Sunday, March 11. $150-$250. Angry Chair Brewing, 4101 N Florida Ave., Tampa. thedarkembraceinvitational.com

Hunahpu’s Day 2023 For the 13th year in a row, Florida beer-lovers will line up bright and early to wait for the annual release of the Hunahpu’s Imperial stout, an 12.5% ABV beer chock full of cacao nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon and guajillo chili peppers. While Hunahpu’s Day is Cigar City’s biggest TBBW event, the brewery will release several other exclusive brews throughout the week, including the “Tuesday,” a barrel-aged Imperial stout that honors Ybor City’s vibrant history. Saturday, March 11. Cigar City Brewing, 3924 W Spruce St., Tampa. cigarcitybrewing.com

Pye Road Meadworks 2-Year Anniversary Weekend This weekend-long party features exclusive mead kegs—including barrel-aged brews and exotic treatments—live music, food and local craft beers from Pye Road’s favorite local breweries. Sunday, March 12. Pye Road Meadworks, 8533 Gunn Hwy.,Odessa. pyeroad.com

IPA Smackdown Homebrew Contest This friendly, amatuer-focused competition coincides with Troubled Waters’ 4th anniversary party, which will feature music, food, and of course, lots of craft beer. Sunday, March 12. Troubled Waters Brewing, 670 Main St.,Safety Harbor. troubledwatersbeer.com

Hop King Invitational This light-hearted, free-to-attend competition will feature some of the Bay’s best hop-forward beers, where the winner will be crowned 2023’s “Hop King Champs.” Sunday, March 12. Tampa Bay Brewing Company, 1600 E 8th Ave., Ybor City. tbbc.beer

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Kyla Fields

Kyla Fields is the Managing Editor of Creative Loafing Tampa Bay who started their journey at CL as summer 2019 intern. They are the proud owner of a charming, sausage-shaped, four-year-old rescue mutt named Piña.
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