Local beer, food planned for Brew Bus grand opening

Brew Bus will celebrate its Seminole Heights debut with food trucks, beer releases and more.

click to enlarge The revamped home of Brew Bus rests along North Florida Avenue. - Brew Bus
Brew Bus
The revamped home of Brew Bus rests along North Florida Avenue.

On the heels of this week's other grand opening announcements, Brew Bus has another to add into the mix.

Now headquartered in Seminole Heights, Brew Bus will premiere its newly renovated terminal, craft brewery and tasting room, called The Terminal, to locals starting at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16.

Releases from Brew Bus and guest breweries around the state, Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally eats, local tunes and raffles prizes to benefit the Children's Dream Fund will be highlighted throughout the day. The Florida Women in Brewing group will receive 10 percent of the bottle and draft sales from a Barley Berry Jam tapping as well.

In addition to its tasting room and 20-barrel brewing system, the 15,000-square-foot, pet-friendly terminal features a retail shop, corporate offices and will soon house a private banquet area with catering, a game room, outdoor patio and kitchen.

Local, seasonal drafts from a variety of breweries will be featured on tap alongside Brew Bus signatures, including the hoppy Are Wheat There Yet? and English-style Double Decker porter.

Area artists contributed to the look of the terminal, too. Above the bar, the tap list was created by Rustic Steel Creations, which also welded a car-sized replica of the brewery's keg bus. Built designed tables and high-tops, the bar's front facade and the storage barn door. LiveWork Studios fashioned the concrete bar top. And the mural in front of the building is by Ron Francis.

While bus tours will primarily launch Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the terminal is set to operate daily. A beer-pairing brunch titled Toast is planned for May in partnership with Cigar City Brewpub.

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