New beer is flowing more than usual this weekend. In addition to the release of Rollin' Oats and Green Bench Brewing Co.'s session IPA, locals will see the launch of Coppertail Brewing Co.'s Independent Pilsner.
The Ybor City craft brewery plans to celebrate the traditional German pilsner by offering what it calls the Industrial Beer Amnesty Program. Starting at noon Saturday, the program will allow people to swap an unopened bottle of Big Beer (Bud Light or what have you) for a free 12-ounce bottle of the new Coppertail brew.
"It's all about getting those industrial beers out of people's hands and off the streets so they won't harm any more taste buds," said Coppertail president Kent Bailey in a news release.
Proclaiming their preference for local brews rather than their mass-produced counterparts, hardcore beer fans will also have the option of signing Coppertail's "Declaration of the Independent." Afterward, the Declaration will hang in the brewery.
The program, which runs through Sunday, is limited to one trade per person per day. Bottles of the Independent Pilsner are limited and may only be consumed off-site.