Florida Brewers Guild Brewfest Rocked Centro Ybor

Any backroom hitches went unnoticed by the sunshine-warmed crowd, who appreciated the free-flowing taps, myriad of styles, and specially timed releases of small batches. It was great to see the community come together in support of the burgeoning craft brew industry, which now boasts close to ten award-winning breweries in Tampa Bay. (Many more are located throughout Florida, from Pensacola to Jacksonville to Miami.)

Kudos to The Florida Brewers Guild, the 100+ volunteers, and the participating brewers for a well-run event. I look forward to blogging from more of the Tampa Bay Beer Week activities and tastings - and to an even bigger 2013 Brewfest.

click to enlarge Florida Brewers Guild Brewfest Rocked Centro Ybor - Carol Dekkers
Carol Dekkers
Florida Brewers Guild Brewfest Rocked Centro Ybor

What a kickoff to the first annual Tampa Bay Beer Week, as Centro Ybor transformed itself into a three-block veritable beer garden this past Saturday! Craft beer lovers sniffed, swirled, tasted and pondered an array of brews from both local brewers as close as Tampa Bay Brewing Company (on the premises) to out-of-state establishments like Sierra Nevada (Chico, California) and Sam Adams (Boston, Massachusetts).

Adorned in beer-related t-shirts and handcrafted "pretzel" necklaces, supporters of the sold-out event sported smiles and good moods, and happily celebrated one of Tampa Bay's best kept secrets: award-winning craft brews.

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