Justin Clark with Cigar City Brewing pours a sample of Invasion Pale ale
Tampa Bay Beer Week kicked off Thursday with a Meet The Brewers party at Creative Loafing's CL Space. The event, which coincided with CL's Drinking Issue , was attended by an enthusiastic crowd anxious to taste the variety of beer available from Cigar City Brewing, Cycle Brewing, 7venth Sun Brewery, and Tampa Bay Brewing Company on Thursday.
Over 100 people turned out for the Meet the Brewers Party to kick off Tampa Bay Beer Week 2014
The brewers each brought samples of special beer and spoke with attendees about the brewing process and the unique qualities of their product
The crew from Cycle Brewing in St Petersburg give out samples of Fixie — an American session IPA — and Cream & Sugar Please Coffee Porter.
Food was provided by The Bricks and Tampa Bay Brewing Company.
John Boyle, executive chef at Tampa Bay Brewing Company, prepares Creole shrimp and crab cakes with sriracha aioli, just one of the food offerings at the Meet The Brewers party.
Food provided by The Bricks helped kick off beer week at Meet The Brewers event
A Q & A session was part of the evening with reps from the different breweries talking about their plans for Tampa Bay Beer Week 2014.
CL's Food Editor Arielle Stevenson hosts a Q and A with representatives of the 4 breweries
The proceeds from the night went to The Laundry Project, which assists low-income families with meeting a basic need — washing clothes and linens.
Tampa Bay Beer Week continues through Sunday March 9, 2014