Some of Tampa Bay's best breweries are heading to Miami’s ‘Free the Whales' beer festival next month

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click to enlarge Some of Tampa Bay's best breweries are heading to Miami’s ‘Free the Whales' beer festival next month
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The New Times describes Free the Whales as “Miami’s OG beer fest,” and this year’s rendition features some of Tampa Bay’s most popular breweries.

This is the seven-year anniversary of the annual beer festival, which aims to celebrate the Sunshine State’s best and rarest brews. Miami’s Tripping Animals Brewery—which has collaborated with Tampa’s King State for its sour amber with guava, vanilla & lime—hosts the festival next month in South Florida.

Tickets are available on and run from $50-$100, depending on what tier you prefer. All tickets come with unlimited sips and a souvenir glass, but VIP passes grant you access to the festival an hour earlier than the GA folks.

There is also a $50 “3 hour ticket” where guests can sip from 2 p.m.-5 p.m.

Angry Chair, 7th Sun, Arkane, Barriehaus, Corporate Ladder, King State, Magnanimous, Woven Water, and Sarasota’s Calusa Brewing will be representing the greater Tampa Bay area at this weekend’s Free the Whales event. Over 100 exclusive, limited-batch brews will be available for sipping during the 5 hour-long event—including craft beer from out of state breweries, like the New York-based Froth Brewing and Georgia's Little Cottage Brewery.

Brewed Events, the organizers of Free the Whales,  just announced the tap list for this year's event, which includes  Angry Chair's imperial German snowball cupcake, Barriehaus's Italian pilsner and Woven Water's PB&J fusion beer.
Ology Brewing will also be featured at Free the Whales, as the Tallahassee-based business is currently in the process of opening its fourth taproom in Tampa.

In addition to a wide range of brews to sip and sample, there will be a variety of food vendors to choose from. Lazy Oysters, Luchadough, Meat & Bone, Panolo's, Ted's Burgers and Off-Site will provide the eats at this year’s Save the Whales celebration.

 For more information on the 7th annual Free the Whales beer festival, visit  Brewed Events' Facebook page


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Kyla Fields

Kyla Fields is the Managing Editor of Creative Loafing Tampa Bay who started their journey at CL as summer 2019 intern. They are the proud owner of a charming, sausage-shaped, four-year-old rescue mutt named Piña.
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