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Lots of craft beer to go 'round, 4th o' July fun and more!

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Be sure to check out our Fourth of July weekend events list for even more diverting activities!

Wednesday, June 29: Parkshore Grill
To celebrate the 35th Anniversary of The Judgment of Paris Tasting — where Stag's Leap Wine Cellars' Cabernet won a blind tasting and brought global attention to Napa Valley as a world class winemaking region (see the film Bottle Shock for reference) — Parkshore is hosting this exclusive wine tasting. Taste an array of offerings from Stag Leap and enter the silent auction for a chance to win tasty prizes. All proceeds from wines sold at this tasting will benefit Zoe's Edible Garden at All Children's Hospital. $30; 6-8 p.m. 300 Beach Drive NE, St. Pete, 727-896-9463,

Thursday, June 30: ABC Fine Wine and Spirits - Hudson
It's another installment of ABC's tastings featuring over 50 wine selections from around the globe and cigars. Each guest receives a souvenir wine glass and a coupon for $5 off any purchase the night of the event. $10, 6-8 p.m. 14248 US Hwy 19 N, Hudson, 727-869-3003,

Thursday, June 30: Whole Foods Market
Learn to prepare easy vegetarian dishes with look and taste restaurant-worthy. Register by the exit lobby or by emailing [email protected] Free; 6:30-7:30 p.m. 1548 North Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa. 813-874-9435,

Friday-Monday, July 1-4: The Bearded Clam Restaurant and Tiki Bar
Enjoy live music, food and drink specials, a huge buffet and poolside grill all holiday weekend long at The Bearded Clam. Offering a great view of the fireworks, too! 7150 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 941-355-2600,

Friday-Saturday, July 1-2: Toasted Pheasant Bistro
Offering an all-American fish fry and Low Country boil for their weekend special and live music by Misty Hall. 14445 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, 813-265-6700,

Friday, July 1: Cigar City Brewing
Grab a pint of CCB's newest brew, Puppy's Breath Porter, at this release party. Also offering a firkin of the Chocolate Cherry Porter — Puppy's Breath Porter aged on cacao nibs and fresh Rainier cherries. 3924 W Spruce Street Suite A, Tampa, 813-348-6363,

Friday-Saturday, July 1-2: Willard's Tap House
Willard's is hosting the release party for Evil Twin Brewing, a new brewer from Denmark, this weekend. Taste four of their oddly-named offerings on draft. Free event; Starts at 9 p.m. Friday. 12500 Starkey Road, Largo,

Saturday, July 2: Whole Foods Market
For a small donation to a local charity, enjoy a meal fit for Independence Day, with everything from classic American burgers to tilapia-bacon-cheddar-jalapeno-burgers and vegan hot dogs. Bring your family to enjoy a hot lunch, listen to some cool live music from the Michael Ross Trio, and celebrate 4th of July weekend. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 1548 North Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa. 813-874-9435,

Saturday, July 2: St. Petersburg Coliseum
The Ale and the Witch — the newest craft beer bar to hit Downtown St. Pete — is hosting the first annual Brewgrass Festival at the St. Petersburg Coliseum. It will be a day full of great bluegrass bands, tasty food provided by Lee Roy Selmon's and, of course, an array of craft beers. Dunedin Brewery will be tapping their special release IPA keg and selling it for $5 a pint with a percentage of proceeds benefiting 'Helping Hands 4 St Pete's Finest'. Tickets are limited and sold only at The Ale and the Witch or the Dunedin Brewery. Free parking. $17.76; 5 p.m. 535 4th Ave. N, St. Pete, 727-892-5202,

Monday, July 4: Channelside
American Victory Ship’s Annual 4th of July Family Funfest: The ship, located next to the Channelside firework barge, will offer arts and crafts projects, music, face painting, and contests and prizes for children. Mickey’s Peanuts will provide an assortment of food options, and there will be a beer and wine tent. Purchase tickets can be purchased at, 866-468-7630, or aboard the ship. $12 for adults, $7 for children 12 and under. 705 Channelside Drive, Tampa. —Melanie Wiesen

Monday, July 4: The Florida Aquarium
Stretch out your sea legs and experience fireworks over the Channel from the Florida Aquarium’s new Ecotour boat, the Bay Spirit II. The 72-foot catamaran has large viewing windows, bar and seating, an air-conditioned lower deck and a covered second floor. The boat will embark on an intimate, two-hour sunset cruise and return to the Channel, where passengers will get a boat-side view of fireworks. There will be a full liquor cash bar, as well as light hors d’oeuvres and coffee. Tickets include admission to the Aquarium, parking, food and fireworks. $50 per person ($40 for members); 7:15- 9 p.m. 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, 813-273-4568, —MW

Tuesday, July 5: Toasted Pheasant Bistro
Chef Peter will be demonstrating how to make French Onion Soup, Beef Tips with Red Wine and Wild Mushrooms Burgundy Style at this French bistro-themed cooking class. Seating limited to 8 per class; RSVP required. $27; 6:30 p.m. 14445 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, 813-265-6700,

Wednesday, July 6: Pour House Tampa
It's "Keep the Pint Night" at Pour House featuring Stone Brewing Co. beers. Nine different Stone beers will be available on draft — including the exclusive Double Dry Hopped Ruination — and you keep the Stone pint if you order one. Free with purchase; 7:30-11:30 p.m. 1208 E. Kennedy Blvd. Suite #112, Tampa, 813-402-2923,

Weekly Specials:

Weekdays: Wood Fired Pizza Wine Bar
Monday- College Night: 2-4-1 happy hour with college or faculty ID, 5 p.m.- close; Tuesday- Half-priced wine bottles, 5 p.m.- close; Wednesday- 2-4-1 glasses of wine. 5p.m.- close; Thursday- $12 unlimited drafts, 8-10 p.m. 2822 E. Bearss Ave., Tampa. 813-341-2900,

Mondays: Peabody’s
Penny pitchers! Buy one pitcher get the second for a penny, including well liquor pitchers and select draft beers. 15333 Amberly Dr., Tampa. 813-972-1725,

Tuesdays: Cafe Alma
Who needs a Friday or Saturday date night? Get out on a Tuesday to indulge half-priced bottles of wine and tapas all evening, starting at 4:30 p.m. Being frugal never tasted so good. 260 1st Avenue S., St. Pete. 727-502-5002

Tuesdays: Tampa Tap Room
Karaoke night! Half-priced burgers until 8 p.m., $5 domestic and $6 craft/import liters.
13150 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, 813- 961-BEER,

Tuesdays: St. Pete Brasserie
Happy hour prices, prixe fixe deals and $5 apps all night! 539 Central Ave, St. Pete. 727-823-3700,

Wednesdays: World of Beer (all locations)
Half-off select drafts and, if you kill one of the kegs, you’ll be the lucky winner of a $10 gift card to spend on even more beer at WOB. Open-close.

Thursdays: Red Mesa Cantina
On "Ruleta Thursdays," bar patrons call the drink, spin the wheel and win that drink if their prediction is correct. Spin to win! 128 Third St. S., St. Pete, 727-896-8226,

Thursdays: Kon Tiki at The Tahitian Inn
$5 SKYY martinis and half-priced bottles of wine. 601 S. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa. 800-876-1397,

Fridays: Taps Wine and Beer Eatery
Ladies receive $4 martinis from 5-10 p.m. 777 N. Ashley Dr., Tampa. 813-463-1968,

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