That's the spirit: Tampa Bay Beer Week to drink beer for a cause next month

Holiday Cheer at the Pier will give back to a pair of local charities with the help of beer buffs.

click to enlarge Thirty-plus craft breweries will be showcased at Beer Week's Holiday Cheer at the Pier. - sashafatcat via Flickr
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Thirty-plus craft breweries will be showcased at Beer Week's Holiday Cheer at the Pier.

Next month, a craft beer festival and toy drive will get beer buffs in the holiday spirit.

Tampa Bay Beer Week, which puts on other local events in addition to its weeklong series of beer-driven happenings in early March, has Holiday Cheer at the Pier scheduled for 6 to 10 p.m. Dec. 16. This winter break brews festival from Beer Week — hosted inside the St. Petersburg Museum of History — will benefit two area charities: Affordable Christmas, an annual shopping event that helps low-income families purchase gifts, and The Spring of Tampa Bay, which provides sanctuary and services to abused adults and their children.

With the proceeds, Beer Week will purchase toys and food for the organizations. But festgoers, who will enjoy unlimited samples from more than 30 local, regional and national breweries, are also encouraged to donate new, unwrapped toys and nonperishable food items at Holiday Cheer.

Tickets, available for purchase online, include a commemorative tasting glass. General admission is $50, and VIP entry (which comes with access to a special event area at the in-house Hops and Props) costs $75.

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