Tampa Bay Beer Week switches up annual Halfway There event

Halfway There, set for October, will act as one big food and craft beer pairing.

With the region’s weeklong craft-beer-palooza getting closer, Tampa Bay Beer Week plans to refresh its annual midpoint celebration, Halfway There.

Unlike past years, when Halfway There has functioned as a fundraising beer festival and countdown to Beer Week’s early March kickoff, the “Mid-Way Soiree” will instead serve as a one big beer and food pairing. The synergetic event, hosted 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 1, will showcase Florida-based restaurants matching their small plate selections with diverse specialty brews from 50 breweries — local, national and international — at Terminal 2 of Channel District’s Port Tampa Bay.

Guests will discover rare beer finds (a Halfway There tradition) in the limited event’s curated “bottle share area” as well as offerings by homebrew clubs. Brewery owners, chefs and other industry figures will also be in attendance.

Each $100 ticket, which may be purchased online in advance, includes unlimited pairings, five bottle-share pours, a commemorative tasting glass and entry into the raffle’s grand prize drawing.

While a portion of the proceeds is set to benefit the National Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the rest will go to Beer Week administration, events and goals.

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