Cigar City Tap Talks: Invasion Pale Ale

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Yesterday I visited Cigar City Brewing for Tap Talk: Invasion Pale Ale.

The Tap Talks are part of a series about the history of different beers and the City of Tampa and feature curator Rodney-Kite Powell and Cigar City’s El Lector, Neil Callaghan. Proceeds from the event benefit the Tampa Bay History Center which is located in Downtown Tampa on the Tampa Riverwalk.

The event was sold out.

We learned quite a bit about Gasparilla Pirate Festival which has been a tradition in the City of Tampa since 1904.

Cigar City created the Invasion Pale Ale for Gasparilla and wanted to make a drink that was enjoyable, but not too alcoholic for the crowd to handle while at the parade. Cigar City describes it as a “citrusy, tropical and low-alcohol session beer “.

There were many interesting things we learned about Gasparilla, such as the busy life that once existed on Franklin Street, which was decorated for Gasparilla in historical times and also that there was once a trolley on Bayshore Boulevard.

We also learned about Ye Mystic Krewe, which is the original Krewe of Gasparilla, and maintained status as the only one for decades. One of the oldest pirate flags photographed in Tampa is pictured above. Find our more about Ye Mystic Krewe at http://ymkg.com/history/.

Joe Gaspar is actually a myth according to the Tampa Bay History Center and no proof can be found that he existed. Gasparilla was originally created as an event to create tourism for Tampa and to draw people to see how nice the weather was and how they could make a living here.

The popularity has never ended and thousands still head to Tampa every year for a pirate celebration like no other. I am still looking forward to going on a pirate ship in the water during the event one day.

We finished with a rare beer made with Invasion Pale Ale and adding Orange Peel and White Oak flavors called “Lue Gim Gong” after the famous Chinese-American horticulturalist.

He was known as the “The Citrus Wizard” and inherited an orange grove that he successfully made into the foundation of the citrus industry here in Florida. The beer is available now at Cigar City Brewing, but may not be easily accessible outside of the brewery.

You can donate to the Tampa Bay History Center at http://tampabayhistorycenter.org/donate/. Donations support “education programs and exhibitions” and allows them make a “collection of more than 1,000 artifacts and documents”.

 

7venth Sun Tampa Grand Opening this weekend

Need plans this weekend? 7venth Sun will have their Tampa Grand Opening this weekend at their new Seminole Heights location located at 6809 North Nebraska Avenue on the corner of Sligh right next to The Mermaid Tavern.

The new building is 18,000 square feet and once was home to a skating rink according to the Tampa Bay Times. Pet owners: The outdoor patio is dog-friendly.

The main event will occur on Saturday, August 12th, 2017 from 11AM-1AM. Live music will be provided by Heavy Pets band at 7PM. There is no cost to attend.

Collaboration beers will be served with Green Bench, Escape, Mastry’s, Stations of the Craft, Hidden Springs, Cigar City, Angry Chair, and Cycle Brewing.

Here is the tap list:

Buddy Brew Coffee will have their food truck on-site and there will be coffee beer collaborations between the two as well as food served at their truck. The Ramen and Waffles Food Truck will be on-site as well serving food. Ramen and Waffles opened earlier this year.

Lowry Parcade will also have a pop-up at the event.

Exciting news indeed!

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Event name: 7venth Sun Tampa Grand Opening

Address: 6809 North Nebraska Avenue Tampa, FL 33604

Date & Time: Saturday, August 12th, 2017 11AM-1AM

Cost: Free to attend

Facebook RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/events/152307801989109/

 

CL Meet the Brewers Beer Festival – 2/23

Local newspaper Creative Loafing will celebrate the opening of Tampa Bay Beer Week with an intimate craft beer festival called Meet the Brewers on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017. 20 of Tampa Bay’s brewers will be on-site serving craft beer samples from 7PM to 10PM.

The event will be held at Morean Arts Center for Clay at 420 22nd Street South St. Petersburg.

Guests will be able to mingle with the brewers and enjoy 40+ brewery samples.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Current Initiatives. Current is committed to educating others on current social initiatives and mobilizing them to bring about change.

Participating breweries:

Tickets start at $35 and are on-sale now.VIP comes with an hour of early entry and VIP food offerings from The Mill.

Get tickets: http://www.cltampa.xorbia.com/brewers

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The event is sponsored by HofbräuhausFlorida Brewers GuildWhole Foods Market, Ducky’s Sports LoungeFlorida Print SolutionsRoundhouse Creative, & Lyft!

Facebook RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/events/927629810672458/

St. Pete Beer & Bacon Fest – 1/21

Craft beer and bacon fans can rejoice on January 21st from 12PM-6PM at the St. Pete Beer & Bacon Fest in Vinoy Park.

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General Admission is available to guests ages 11 and older for $15 pre-sale and $20 on the day of the event and does not cover beer or food costs.

Beer Sampling Admission for ages 21+ is $35 in advance and $40 the day of the event and includes unlimited beer samples from 2PM-6PM, but does not include food.

Sonny’s BBQ VIP Admission for ages 21+ is $75 for pre-sale with limited tickets available and includes a variety of features including Sonny’s BBQ appetizers and unlimited beer sampling with limited small batch beers in VIP tent.

Buy tickets: http://stpetebeerandbacon.com/tickets.html

Children ages 10 and under are FREE.

This food and beer festival will showcase over 80 beers from local craft breweries and samplings of bacon dishes from local chefs and restaurants. Some things on the menus include bacon sirloin meatballs with smoked porter BBQ sauce, bacon beer cheese mac, house duck bacon, BBQ bacon waffle burgers, and more.

Live music will also play throughout the day.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Pet Pal Animal Shelter. The Pet Pal Animal Shelter is a non-profit organization helping stray animals get adopted and medical attention.

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Restaurant/Food Vendor Participants (prices will range from $2-$4):

  • Sonny’s BBQ
  • Nico’s Kitchen
  • Craving Donuts
  • Carmel Kitchen
  • Vanchetta Rolling Rotisserie
  • Jolly Porker
  • Sweet Life Cupcakes
  • The Twisted Iron
  • BCA BBQ
  • Taste Time To Love Us
  • I Wanna Wok
  • Prime 19
  • Healthy Heritage Grass Fed Beef
  • Jimmy’s Slider Truck

Menus: http://stpetebeerandbacon.com/food.html

Event Schedule: http://stpetebeerandbacon.com/schedule.html

Brewery list:

  • Big Top Brewing Co.
  • Big Storm Brewing Co.
  • Bold City Brewery
  • Coppertail Brewing Co.
  • Darwin Brewing Co.
  • De Bine Brewing Co.
  • Kona Brewing Co.
  • Florida Avenue Brewing Co.
  • Hidden Springs Ale Works
  • Motorworks Brewing Co.
  • Mad Beach Craft Brewing Co.
  • Magic Hat Brewing Co.
  • Pair O’ Dice Brewing Co.
  • Rapp Brewing Co.
  • Sea Dog Brewing Co.
  • Shipyard Brewing Co.
  • Southern Tier Brewing Co.
  • SweetWater Brewing Co.
  • Tampa Bay Brewing Co.
  • Silverking Brewing Co.
  • 3 Daughters Brewing Co.

Interested in volunteering? Check out this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409054cadad2fa0fc1-stpete

New Year’s Eve 2017 – Gatsby Gala @ Mastry’s Brewing Co.

Want to take it back to the 1920s for NYE 2017? Mastry’s Brewing Co. located at 7701 Blind Pass Road on St. Pete Beach will be hosting a Gatsby-themed New Year’s Eve party for craft beer fans this NYE from 7PM-1AM. Mastry’s Brewing Co. opened their doors earlier this year in October 2016.

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The event will feature a new beer release, food truck, DJ, and photobooth. Limited-edition souvenir glasses will be able for $15 each to the first 100 guests to arrive. Purchase a glass and enjoy 1/2 off drafts all night long. Pre-Sales will be available over the phone or in the tasting room.

There will be no cover charge to attend this event. 21+ only.

Chalk Board Mobile Event Service will be serving food at the party. Here is the menu:

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Oktoberfest Tampa 2016 this weekend!

UPDATE: Due to Hurricane Matthew – Friday’s schedule is cancelled for Oktoberfest Tampa – However Saturday and Sunday will proceed and Friday VIP ticket holders will be able to use their tickets on Sunday. More info is available on their Facebook listed above.

The 7th Annual Oktoberfest Tampa will occur this upcoming weekend from October 7th to October 9th, 2016. Participants will celebrate German culture and enjoy entertainment and German food and beer on Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. The event is presented by Goose Island Beer Company, Audi Tampa, and Are You Safe.

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There will be daily Ceremonial Keg Tappings, Mr. & Mrs. Oktoberfest and Mustache competition on Saturday, and some good ol’ chicken dancing every day.The event is family-friendly and pet-friendly. Oktoberfest Games are FREE to play for all.

Sponsors include Goose Island, Audi, Coppertail Brewing Co., Creative Loafing Tampa, Pepin Distributing, Barrymore Hotel, Victory Brewing Co., Tampa Bay Metro Magazine, Jack Bernstein, The Eagle 107.3, and Aloft Tampa.


Get Tickets

Tickets are on-sale and are $10 for 1 day General-Admission and $25 for Weekend General Admission passes, plus applicable fees. Buy GA tickets: http://bit.ly/2dzH4DB

VIP tickets range from $100-$150 and includes a commemorative Oktoberfest stein, no lines, complimentary refills on beer, wine, or pop, König’s Feast (full-plate of food plus a pretzel), table-side service (food delivered to you), air-conditioned VIP restrooms, VIP box office, a VIP shade tent with private bar, VIP concierge, and bottle service.

Use promo code CARLOSEATS and get $10 off VIP at Oktoberfest Tampa. Buy VIP tickets: http://www.oktoberfesttampa.com/vip

FREE ENTRY for any Military members (active or retired) & Tampa First Responders (TPD, TFD, EMS) and significant other — simply show proper ID at the front gate.

Event re-entry will be allowed at the event and wristbands will be tied to each day. Cash or Credit Card accepted on site (VISA, MC, AmEx, Discover) and ATMs will be on-site.


Food & Drinks

Beer will cost $5 a Half-Liter and $10 for a Liter. You must have a commemorative Stein in order to purchase 1 Liter.

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Beer line-up:

  • Goose Island Oktoberfest
  • Blue Point Brewery Oktoberfest
  • Victory Brewing Company Festbier
  • Beck’s Brewery Pilsner
  • Oktoberfest Tampa Dunkel by Coppertail Brewing
  • Coppertail Brewing Co – Wheat Stroke
  • Tampa Bay Brewing Company – craft firkins (daily)
  • Hidden Springs Ale Works (frikin tapping Sunday)
  • O’Douls – cans

Wine:

  • Riesling (Chateau St. Michelle)
  • Gewürztraminer (Chateau St. Michelle)
  • Merlot (Clos du Bois)

Coppertail Brewing Co. will unveil a new beer at Oktoberfest Tampa – a German style dunkel.

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Food will include a variety of traditional German food fare such as chicken schnitzel, traditional bratwurst, Sauerbraten (German-style pot roast), German pretzels, cucumber salad, traditional potato salad, sauerkraut, Spätzle, and a variety of bratwurst including Nurmberger Bratwurst, Frankfurter, Debreziner, and Currywurst.


Schedule:

Friday – 4PM-11PM

Saturday – 11AM-11PM

Sunday – 11AM-6PM


Event Name: Oktoberfest Tampa

Venue: Curtis Hixon Park

Address: 600 N Ashley Dr, Tampa, FL 33602

Date & Time: Friday, October 7th, 4PM-11PM, Saturday, October 8th, 11AM-11PM, Sunday, October 9th, 11AM-6PM

Cost: $10-$150, Kids ages 12 and under FREE

Website: http://www.oktoberfesttampa.com/

Twitter: @OktoberfestTPA #beerisgood

Facebook RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/events/1047043435347720/

New Belgium Craft Beer Dinner @ World of Beer – Fowler

This coming Wednesday, October 5th, 2016, World of Beer – Fowler will host a New Belgium Craft Beer Dinner from 6PM-8PM. Guests will enjoy a 5-course meal paired with beer selections including:

  • Tuscan Hummus Plate, paired with Fat Tire Amber Ale
  • Korean Spicy Wings, paired with Citradelic Tangerine IPA
  • Spring Greens & Kale Salad, paired with Snapshot Tart Wheat
  • Chicken Enchilada Soup, paired with 1554 Black Lager
  • IPA Fresh Grilled Salmon, paired with Slow Ride IPA
  • Pumpkin Mousse, paired with Pumpkick Ale

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Tickets cost $40 per person and can be purchased anytime before October 5th. Tickets will cost $45 at the door. Space is limited so get your tickets today.

About New Belgium Beer: New Belgium is the fourth largest craft brewery as defined by the Brewers Association. An American craft brewer is small, independent and traditional. New Belgium currently sells beer in 45 states, the District of Columbia and British Columbia. In 2015, New Belgium Brewing sold 914,000 barrels of beer. All of New Belgium’s beer is brewed in Fort Collins, Colorado, although we are building a second brewery in Asheville, North Carolina that began brewing in the Spring of 2016.

Event name: New Belgium Beer Dinner

Venue: World of Beer – Fowler

Address: 2815 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33612

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 5th, 2016, 6PM-8PM

Phone: (813) 559-1530

Facebook RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/events/1773172042897135/