Creative Loafing's Beer Fest 2016

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Cerveza. Brewski. Libation. Whatever you call beer, there's no denying CL loves it—and we know you do too!

More than 1,500 people joined us in celebrating your favorite brews at an indoor summertime festival dedicated to the hoppy goodness Tampa Bay can't seem to get enough of. Say hello to Creative Loafing's Beer Fest 2016!

Yes, that's right. Beer Fest was back, but this year we're brought the fun downtown to Glazer Children's Museum—where you got to play like a kid while drinking like an adult!

Attendees chose from more than 95 craft beer varieties from more than 40 local and national breweries, interacted with playful and exciting Glazer exhibits, enjoyed amazing views of downtown Tampa, purchased tasty food from SaltBlock Catering Co., had fun in a photo booth by Premier Photo Booths of Tampa, and much, much more!

A portion of proceeds went to Humane Society of Tampa Bay.

Thank you to Tampa Bay video studio, Roundhouse Creative, for capturing all the fun!


Creative Loafing's Beer Fest
Sat., Aug. 20th 
VIP: 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. | GA: 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. 
110 W. Gasparilla Plaza in downtown Tampa


10 Barrel Brewing
Joe IPA & Pina
Brown Pelican Dunkelweiss & Melon Hull Watermelon Wheat
5 Rabbit Cervecería
Lizard & Vulture
7venth Sun Brewery
Graffiti Orange & Time Bomb
Angry Chair Brewing
Ascension IPA & Red Ale
Ballast Point Brewing
Mango Even Keel IPA & Pineapple Sculpin
Barley Mow Brewing Company
Americana & Oktoberfest Marzen
Big Storm Brewing Co.
Category 1 Belgian Single, Firestorm Black IPA, Helicity Pilsner, & Loafin Brau Kolsch (CL’s Exclusive Best of the Bay Beer)
Blue Point Brewing Co
Hoptical Illusion, Oktoberfest, & Toasted Lager
Brew Bus Brewing
Rollin Dirty Irish Red Ale & You're My Boy, Blue! Blueberry Wheat Ale
Cigar City Brewing
Zhukov Imperial Stout (VIP ONLY), Jai Alai, & Lager
Cigar City Cider & Mead
Hard Cider & Homemade Apple Pie Cider
Coppertail Brewing Co.
Nightswim Porter & Unholy Trippel
Crooked Thumb Brewery
Chai Porter & Grandpa Jack's Pilsner
Cycle Brewing
Cream and Sugar Please & Fixie
Duck Rabbit Brewery
Hoppy Bunny & Milk Stout
Dunedin Brewery
Apricot Wheat & Red Head Red
Elysian Brewing Company
Space Dust IPA & Super Fuzz APA
Funky Buddha Brewery
Floridian & Sticky Treats
Green Bench Brewing Co.
Apricot Vert & Sunshine City IPA
Green Flash Brewing
Dia De Los Serranos (VIP ONLY)
Green Man Brewery
ESB & Wayfarer IPA
Hidden Springs Ale Works
Deja Moo Milk Stout & Tropic Thunder Berliner Weisse
M.I.A. Beer Company
Miami Weiss & Tourist Trappe
Mad Beach Brewing
Kalypso Key Lime Cider & Savvy Hard Cider
Magic Hat Brewing Company
#9, Low Key Session IPA, & Stealin Time Wheat Ale
New Belgium Brewing Company
Lips Of Faith Blackberry Barley Wine (VIP ONLY), Citradelic, Fat Tire, & Heavy Melon
Oskar Blues Brewery
IPA, Mama's Little Yellow Pilsner, & Old Chubb
Saint Somewhere Brewing Company
Serge (VIP ONLY), Coq Rouge, & Saison
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Hop Hunter, Otra Vez Gose Ale, & Summerfest
Six Ten Brewing
Blackberry CBGB & Vanilla Porter
Sixpoint Brewery
Bengali & Jammer
Southern Tier Brewing
Harvest ESB, Imperial Cherry Gose, & Pumking
St. Pete Brewing Company
I-275 Imperial Red Ale & Grateful Stout
Stone Brewing
RuinTen (VIP ONLY)
SweetWater Brewing Company
420, Blue, & Hash Brown
Tampa Bay Brewing Company
Reef Donkey APA & Subtropical Porter
Terrapin Beer Company
Hopsecutioner & Liquid Bliss
Toppling Goliath Brewing Co.
Golden Nugget & pseudoSue
Two Henrys Brewing Company
7 Mile Bridge IPA & Biltmore Blueberry Van Wheat
Woodchuck Cider
Day Chaser Dry Cider & Fall


SaltBlock Catering Co.

Kitchen Sink BBQ Sandwich 
braised beef, roasted pork, BBQ spiced chicken skin crumble, bourbon BBQ sauce, bread

Build Your Own Brat 
beer braised brats, condiment bar, potato bun

Mac 'n Cheese 
twisted elbow macaroni, cheddar cheese sauce, garlic breadcrumb

hard pretzels, whole grain Dijon honey mustard


SaltBlock Catering Co.

Black Eyed Pea Hummus
pureed black eyed peas, Green Flash Dia de los Serranos, serrano chili oil
Paired with Green Flash Brewing's Dia De Los Serranas

Marinated Olives
Castelvetrano olives, fresh garlic and citrus, roasted garlic oil
Paired with Stone Brewing's RuinTen

Twice The Swine Sliders
slow roasted pork, candied bacon, bourbon BBQ, bread and butter pickle
Paired with Cigar City Brewing's Zhukov Impertial Stout

Plus Datz's Sriracha Cheddar Popcorn & Dough's Beer-fused Ice Cream

General Admission:
$60 Adv. (July 21st - August 19th) | $70 Door (August 20th)
Includes unlimited beer sampling & access to Glazer exhibits.
$105 Adv. (July 21st - August 19th) | $125 Door (August 20th)
Includes early entry for an extra hour of sampling without the crowds from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., unlimited beer sampling, access to Glazer exhibits, a VIP-only area featuring amazing views of downtown Tampa, VIP-only beer options, one swag item, and food pairings by SaltBlock Catering Co., as well as bites by Datz and Dough!

We teamed up with Lyft to get attendees to and from Beer Fest safely! First-time Lyft users got their first ride free up to $20 by downloading the app, creating an account, and entering the code CLTAMPA in the 'Payment' section at checkout.

Special thanks to our sponsors and partners SaltBlock Catering Co., DatzWhole Foods, Tampa Triumph, Brew HubBig Storm Brewing Co., The Pet Loss CenterHopcloth, TopgolfAmeriprise Financial, & Lyft.


Check out last year's event below!
Thank you to Tampa Bay video studio, Roundhouse Creative, for capturing all the fun!

21+ only. Programming subject to change. Event takes place rain or shine. No refunds are available.

Interested in sponsoring Beer Fest? Please contact Alexis Chamberlain at [email protected] or (813) 739-4879.

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