Get ready for Tampa Bay Beer Week March 3-10, 2012

Tampa Bay is completely hopped out for the inaugural Tampa Bay Beer Week!

Tampa Bay joins the ranks of such cities as Philadelphia, New York and Boston - cities with famous beer weeks of their own. Soon our local legends will emerge to national (and international) fame as our craft brewers win more awards (already they have amassed tens of national awards) and become sought after brews from coast to coast!

Where Should a Newbie Beer Taster start?

How about at the grand launch event at Centro Ybor on March 3: The Florida Brewers Guild's Craft Beer Festival is slated for Centro Ybor in Ybor City, from 2-6 p.m, on March 3. For an entrance fee of less than a 50-spot, you can sample and imbibe on a veritable pot-pourri (for you guys, a smorg) of craft beers from near and far. Why spend your after-tax dollars on full 6-packs of beer that you only hope you will like, when you can sample them all at one venue? Visit the site above ( and click on "events" to pre-purchase your tickets. (In past years, this event has SOLD OUT, so don’t delay!)

Other happenings:

Throughout the Bay area, brewpubs will be featuring brewery representatives with story-telling and tastings. And, hop houses with onsite brewing facilities, such asTampa Bay Brewing Company, Seventh Sun Brewing, Dunedin Brewery, Cigar City Brewing, will be pouring their finest and freshest for you.

Join in on the fun - with a full 100+ events in the coming week! You have no excuse to couch surf - come out and enjoy Tampa Bay Beer Week!

[Editor's Note: For much more on Tampa Bay Beer Week, including the story of how the event came together, check out Sean Nordquist's piece from this week's print edition of Creative Loafing.]

  • Tampa Bay Beer Week

Tampa Bay is hopping beyond belief! With the inaugural TB Beer Week positioned to offer over 100 craft beer related events in 7 days, you can't blame anyone but yourself if you don't get all "Hopped Out" for the occasion.

In case you've been sleeping through the past decade of the Tampa Bay and Florida craft beer industry "explosion," this is YOUR week to catch up!

What is Beer Week all about?

From IPAs (India Pale Ales) to Ambers to Firkins (large beer kegs) to Lambics (fruit infused farmhouse ales) - our local craft breweries (no less than seven on the market today) and brewpubs and brewhouses are poised to educate, quench, and otherwise thoroughly entertain your palate with an array of exciting new beverage experiences. Even if your beer knowledge to date involves only Bud Light, Miller or Coors - this is your week to find your (beer) calling!


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