American Craft Beer Week celebrations around Tampa Bay

The nationwide observation of U.S. beer culture and community is assembled annually.

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Beer destinations are hosting non-ticketed American Craft Beer Week happenings all over the Bay area.


Craft beer bars and breweries around town have organized a number of events to observe American Craft Beer Week, which kicked off Monday and runs through Sunday. Now in its 13th year, the nationwide celebration of U.S. beer culture and community is annually assembled by the Brewers Association.

Here are some beer destinations hosting non-ticketed ACBW happenings all over the Bay area:

The Ale and the Witch The Witch’s ACBW “grand finale” means its 32 taps — regularly home to a rotating selection of American-made beer — are $4 from open to close. May 20, 3-10 p.m. 111 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. 727-821-2533, thealeandthewitch.com.

The Brass Tap Like mead? And what about PB&J? Head to the Westfield Brandon location for this Wesley Chapel-founded beer bar franchise for a taste of Crafted Planet of the Grapes. The medium-bodied session mead is made with concord grapes and a healthy helping of peanuts. May 18, 7-10 p.m. 775 Brandon Town Center Mall, Brandon. 813-654-4712, brasstapbeerbar.com.

Pair O’ Dice Brewing Company During the Mini Stout SmackDown, the most popular stouts from the Tampa Bay Beer Week and Friday the 13th releases at Pair O’ Dice get tapped. Hot Cocoa (imperial sweet stout), Java the Cup (imperial sweet stout), Little Joe (oatmeal stout) and Nitro Little Joe (oatmeal stout) are in the spotlight. May 17, 3 p.m. 4400 118th Ave. N. #208, Clearwater. 727-755-3423, pairodicebrewing.com.

Pinellas Ale Works The brewery’s two-year anniversary coincides with ACBW. Howlin (barrel-aged Scotch ale), Barrel Aged Pomeranian Porter, Barrel Aged Toasted Coconut Porter, Double Stuft Milk Bones and PAWchata (horchata rice ale) make up the beer menu. Drawings for prizes and gift cards accompany the WASS Burgers food truck and AGoldPhoto Pet Photography. May 19, noon. 1962 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg. 727-235-0970, pawbeer.com.

Swan Brewing Special beer releases, live music and food truck grub are the highlights at Swan — whose grand opening went down last month. Expect brews like the house Downtown Hazelnut Brown, Inoculum Aphelion Dark Chocolate/Cherry Sour and Hidden Springs Razz Lemon Gose. May 16-20. 115 W. Pine St., Lakeland. 863-703-0472, swanbrewing.com.

Willard’s Tap House Hops take over the knowledgeable beer bar, creating a tap list that includes Tampa Beer Weeks Joosy Froot, Bear Republic Racer 5, Voodoo Hoodoo, Central State Oatsplosion, Bell’s Hopsolution DIPA and New Belgium Hemporer Hemp IPA. May 19, 2 p.m. 12500 Starkey Road, Largo. 727-581-8600, willardstaphouse.com.

World of Beer A new, exclusive keg drops every day at the locally based beer tavern franchise’s Tampa International location: Stone Totalitarian on Wednesday, Crooked Stave Raspberry Sour on Thursday, and Dogfish Head 120 Minute on Friday. May 16-18. 5311 Avion Park Drive, Tampa. 813-930-5499, worldofbeer.com.

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