Tampa Bay Beer Week kicks off with a Meet The Brewers Party

Creative Loafing hosted an amazing evening of craft beer and eats.

Justin Clark with Cigar City Brewing pours a sample of Invasion Pale ale

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

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
Thye crew from Cycle Brewing in St Petersburg man give out samples of Fixe- an AAMerican session IPA and Cream and Sugar coffee porter

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 prpeare Creole Shrimp and Crab cake with  sriracha aioli

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 was helped kick off beer weekat Meet The Brewers event at the CL Space on Thusday

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 at the CL Space on Thursday

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.
Current Laundry Project was the recipient of proceeds from the Meet the Brewers Party

Tampa Bay Beer Week continues through Sunday March 9, 2014


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