This handy guide to the weekend's best local food and drink events isn't solely composed of beer-fueled gatherings. But, well, this is Tampa Bay, after all. We love us some suds.
• Starting at noon Friday, Four Stacks Brewing's 3x4 + Kai Fighter Release welcomes two new brews. The 3x4, going on tap first, is a sweet stout gloriously finished with red velvet cake, cacao and Madagascar vanilla. What follows at 3 p.m. is the third addition to the brewery's Sacch Trois series, Kai Fighter — an IPA featuring El Dorado, Amarillo and Simcoe hops. Kai Fighter is eligible for growler and crowler fills, while bottles of The 3x4 are available for preorder (the bottle release is scheduled for May 25). Free, money for beer. 5469 N. U.S. Highway 41, Apollo Beach. 813-641-2036.
• Southern Brewing & Winemaking has filled the barrels in the back of its tasting room with beer, which means Friday's Barrels of Awesome is a release party for the brewery's latest creations. Barrel-aged Oud Sigma (sour brown), barrel-aged orange blossom mead and barrel-aged My Fair Lady (Flanders red) are among the tap list offerings, alongside three foeder treatments. Flights are available, but crowler fills aren't. Free, money for beer. 4500 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa. 813-238-7800.
• On Saturday, beer lovers on both sides of the region have reason to enjoy a cold one or three — they don't have to travel to downtown St. Pete or Dunedin or Seminole Heights to enjoy a wide variety of brews. North Pinellas has the 2nd Annual Clearwater Craft Beer & Music Festival, featuring live music all day, and Hillsborough’s suburban wilds are treated to the Temple Terrace Craft BrewFest, boasting a veritable bevy of beermakers. Both events are family-friendly. Clearwater: 500 & 600 blocks of Cleveland Street. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Temple Terrace: Woodmont Park, 415 Woodmont Ave. 4-8 p.m. —Scott Harrell
• UNION72's second Booze Brunch, hosted 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, complements four courses of inventive brunch plates with five craft cocktails — including the kiwi-rum mimosa, the welcome sipper made with fresh kiwi purée, rum, lime and Champagne. Expect to see avocado toast with house-made guacamole, grilled peach salad, blackened shrimp and grits with pickled okra, and Southern-fried chicken biscuit on the menu. Find tickets online. Space is limited, and tables are first come, first served. $50. 2000 Piazza Ave. #150, Wesley Chapel. 813-575-9999.
• Also on Sunday, get a taste of the locals helping Dunedin's food and drink community thrive during the annual Taste of Dunedin from 1 to 4 p.m. Guests looking to fuel up must buy a Taste card, which gets them 10 samples of their choice from participating breweries or restaurants set up throughout the downtown core. On the day of, Taste cards can be purchased at ticket booths that open at noon in front of both the Dunedin Historical Museum and the Shoppes at Victoria Place. Don't forget to grab an event map. $20 for one, $40 for two. Dunedin Historical Museum, 349 Main St., Dunedin. 727-736-1176.