Bourbon legends: Maker's Mark, others hit Tampa fest Dec. 6

Another round of drinks, barbecue and music in store for Tampa's Bourbon and Brew Festival.

click to enlarge Ten bourbon brands, including Jim Beam and Angel's Envy, are on tap for the Bourbon and Brew Festival with more to be announced. - Big City Events via Vimeo
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Ten bourbon brands, including Jim Beam and Angel's Envy, are on tap for the Bourbon and Brew Festival with more to be announced.


Gather 'round for more maple-bourbon and bacon cocktails, mango-bourbon slushies and country-music toe-tappin' at the second annual Bourbon and Brew Festival, happening from 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6.

More than 5,000 people are expected to flood The Heights Waterfront for bourbon-fueled merriment, according to a news release. Last year, the event drew around 4,000.

An $15 presale ticket gets festivalgoers cocktail tastes crafted with big-name bourbons, including that Maker's Mark Mango Slushie. Prepare to sip on Jim Beam, Knob Creek, Calumet and other barrel-aged liquids.

The Grand Bourbon Tasting — a sampling of more than 40 bourbons and whiskeys that range from mass produced to ultra rare — will highlight brands like Angel's Envy, George Dickel and Lexington until 6. Tasting tickets are $30 and come with a commemorative rocks glass.

Throughout the eight-hour fest, Budweiser, SweetWater Brewing Company and Magic Hat Brewing Company will serve up brews. There will be a full bar available for the small few who don't partake in beer, or America's natural spirit.

Barbecue offerings will be slung alongside the libations.

Those who purchase $75 VIP tickets will have access to the grand tasting, an open bar, lounge seating and a nice view of the stage. Dean Alexander, Heather Lucas and The Logan Grant Band will provide the fest's supporting tunes, while Craig Campbell headlines.

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