Tampa Bay Beer Week 2018 Guide

Tampa Bay Beer Week 2018 is going to be one for the books. There are tons of events lined up to enjoy for the celebration of Tampa’s growing craft beer scene.

Per the website “The inaugural Tampa Bay Beer Week was established in 2012, and has since hosted thousands of events ranging from large-scale festivals to beer tastings, beer dinners and more”.

“The success of TBBW has been a major factor in the continuing growth of the Tampa Bay area craft beer community. Tampa Bay Beer Week begins on the first Saturday of March and ends 8 days later. It has become the premier Beer Week destination in the Southeast”.

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This is my guide to the events going on and my recommendations:

Visit them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TampaBayBeerWeek/

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Tampa Theatre WineFest 2018: Wine’s World This Week

Tampa’s historic Tampa Theatre located in Downtown Tampa will have their 16th Annual WineFest: Wine’s World 2018 event this week. The event is Tampa Theatre’s largest annual fundraiser.

The event will kick off on Thursday, March 1st with a screening of Wayne’ World at 7:30PM. On Friday, March 2nd guests will enjoy a special Wine Pairing presented by Mise En Place Chef Marty Blitz.  The stage of the Tampa Theatre will be expanded to host these special guests.

The main event will occur on Saturday, March 3rd with the two-tiered Wine Tasting. Guests can enjoy dozens of independent restaurants and wineries and bid on special auction items (note: the auction is already open for bidding).

Pre-bidding: http://www.bidpal.net/TAMPATHEATRE

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The Premium Tasting is from 7:00PM-8:00PM and features exclusive wines for a limited audience. The Grand Tasting is from 8:00PM-10:00PM. The Premium Tasting is already SOLD OUT, but the Grand Tasting still has tickets available while supplies last.

Buy tickets to The Grand Tasting: https://tampatheatre.ticketforce.com/orderticketsarea.asp?p=1884&a=2&src=eventperformances

Participating vendors:

  • 1895 Bar – Kitchen – Market
  • American Social Tampa
  • Anise Global Gastrobar
  • Bavaro’s Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria
  • Bizou Brasserie
  • Breakthru
  • Cape Classics
  • Carne Chophouse
  • Ceviche
  • Cremaschi Wine Imports
  • Cru Cellars
  • Culinary Creations
  • CW’s Gin Joint
  • Daughters Wines
  • District Tavern
  • Dominio de Punctum
  • Duchessa Lia
  • Ella’s
  • Folio Wines
  • Hess Winery
  • J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc.
  • La Crema Winery
  • Little Donut House
  • Mettler Family Vineyards
  • Michael David Winery
  • Noble Wines
  • O Cocina
  • Oberan Wines
  • On Swann
  • Opici
  • Oxford Exchange
  • PRP Wines
  • RNDC
  • Si-am Thaimerican
  • Sokol Blosser Winery
  • Southern Brewing
  • Terroir Wine Group
  • Totara Wines
  • Villa Sandi

The event is sponsored by Mise en Place, APG, Bank of America, The Bank of Tampa, Casper’s Service Company, Creative Contractors Inc., DeBartolo Family Foundation, Florida Health Care News, Growman Brand, Gray Robinson Attorneys at Law, Harris & Hunt P.A., HCP Research Strategy Marketing, Mutual of Omaha Bank, Phelps Dunbar LLP, Quarles & Brady LLP, Nichols Geegan King of Raymond James, Shumaker, Southwest Airlines, Silva & Associates, Tampa Steel Erecting Co., TECO, and more.

The Ultimate Brewer 3 This Friday

Tampa Bay Beer Week officially kicks off this weekend with The Ultimate Brewer 3, a competition that will get our taste buds ready for what is to come at Brew Bus Brewing in Seminole Heights.

The event will happen Friday, March 2nd, 2018 from 7PM-10PM. There are currently over 50 local breweries in Tampa Bay making craft beer daily, 25 will be competing at the event.

Tickets cost $25 in advance and $35 at the door. There is no VIP  sales for this event.

Buy tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3320638

“Pairs of unusual ingredients were randomly drawn and 25 participating breweries chose the beer style that best demonstrates those ingredients. Garlic, Wasabi, or Hazelnut might test a brewer’s creativity, but combine one of those with pineapple, coriander, or chives and now you have quite the challenge. These ingredients are kept secret and the beers are tasted blind on March 2nd 7PM-10PM”.

“The winner will be chosen between a balance of two votes:

  • Consumer Choice as chosen by you’
  • Pro Panel chosen by the participating brewers.

“The brewery with the most votes wins The Ultimate Brewer 2018, will have their name etched on the trophy, and will be presented with the opportunity to brew the official beer of TBBW 2019. The trophy currently resides at Brew Bus Brewing, two-time champion and brewer of this year’s official beer of TBBW 2018″. 

Brew Bus Brewing is located at 4101 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33603.

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Participating breweries:

Winter Whiskeyfest this Friday, February 9th, 2018

Do you love whiskey? I know I do. Winter Whiskeyfest is happening this Friday, February 9th, 2018 from 6PM to 9PM. The event is presented by I Love The Burg. It will take place at La Florida above Red Mesa in Downtown St. Petersburg (128 3rd Street South St. Petersburg, FL 33701).

Tickets are limited and there are only 250 tickets available. Tickets cost $75 per person for admission.

Use discount code CARLOSDRINKS for $10 OFF until February 7th.

Whiskey glasses.

This includes entry to the event, over 12 different whiskey brands to taste, a commemorative tasting glass, light bites such as steak crostinis and ceviche, as well as live entertainment by DJ Austen Van Der Bleek.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit METRO to support their LGBT, Transgender, and Youth programs.

Participating distillers:

  • Belle Meade Bourbon
  • Coopers Craft
  • Old Forester Signature 100
  • Old Forester Statesman
  • Jack Daniels
  • Michters
  • Whistle Pig
  • High West
  • Kentucky Owl
  • Hillbilly
  • Elijah Craig Small Batch
  • Pikesville Rye
  • Larceny
  • Evan Williams Single Barrel
  • Deanston
  • Bunnahabhain
  • Ledaig
  • Breaker Bourbon Whisky
  • Kozuba Distillery
  • Horse Soldier Bourbon
  • Amador
  • Kentucky Peerless Distilling

Buy tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/winter-whiskeyfest-tickets-41520523002

Valentine’s Day Dinner at Hard Rock’s new The Rez Grill

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino‘s newest 5,000 square ft. American grill restaurant and casual-dining concept in Tampa, The Rez Grill, will have a special Valentine’s Day dinner with a 5-course meal available for $75 per person. Reservations are now being accepted.

Some interesting options on the special menu include Maryland Crab Cakes, Beef Tartare, and a Crispy Snapper Filet. The Rez Grill will offer a complimentary glass of champagne and a wine pairing with the dinner.

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The Rez Grill features Creative Culinary Director, Frank Anderson, whose background includes running James Beard restaurants in Los Angeles Animal and Son of a Gun as Chef de Cuisine.

The bar program features made-to-order drinks using house made syrups and juices as well as an array of bourbon and whiskey choices and American-made vodkas and gin. A signature option: “The Rez Cocktail” features house-infused pineapple tequila, mint, lime, and club soda.

Craft beer fans will find Cigar City, Coppertail Brewing, and Barrel of Monks on tap. Wine enthusiasts have over 100 options to choose from at The Rez Grill.

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Reservations can be made by calling (813) 627-8120 and begin at 5PM on Valentine’s Day.

Here is the menu:

Win Free Tacos For One Year From Jimmy Hula’s Clearwater

Jimmy Hula’s in Clearwater will celebrate its one year anniversary with a contest where customers can enter to win FREE Tacos for a Year (valued at over $19,700 in tacos) to the first 50 guests to enter the restaurant at 10AM on Saturday, February 3rd, 2018.

Customers of all ages are welcome to this celebration. Live music will be playing throughout the event.

Enjoy a hula hoop contest every hour for a chance to win a $20 gift card. FREE appetizers for every table until 3PM. Their bottomless brunch drinks and menu will be available during the event as well.

As an added bonus, Jimmy Hula’s will also donate 50% of the proceeds on Saturday to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA). This local non-profit works daily to rescue marine life, rehabilitate, and release them back into the ocean. CMA also cares for resident animals and seeks to educate the public about marine life.

The restaurant is also shifting from a counter service concept to a full sit-down concept starting on Monday, February 12th, 2018 so look out for that.

Event name: Jimmy Hula’s Clearwater – One Year Anniversary Party

Date & Time: Saturday, February 3rd, 10AM-3PM

Address: 454 Mandalay Avenue, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Facebook RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/events/528319754201956/

Gasparilla Party @ The Drynk Soho – 1/27

The Drynk Soho will have a Gasparilla party from 4PM-3AM on Saturday, January 27th, 2018. The event will be hosted by Floribama Shore’s Gus Symrnios.

The Drynk is located at 302 South Howard Avenue, Tampa, FL 33606.

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Tickets are now on-sale and are currently at $15 for General Admission. The event is presented by The Black Heart Group.

Buy tickets: https://www.tablelist.com/e/gasparilla-2018-day-party-at-the-drynk-soho-d68b062de86254f4

Gasparilla Weekend 2018 @ American Social Tampa – 1/27

One of Tampa’s newest hotspots on Harbour Island, American Social, is hosting an event filled with Gasparilla festivities on Saturday, January 27th, 2018 from 10AM-4PM.

The event is for ages 21+ and no refunds will be given.

There is a limited amount of tickets available. Tickets cost $100 and includes:

  • A waterfront view of Tampa Bay where all the Gasparilla action will be happening
  • Open Bar from 10AM-Noon
  • Choice of 1 Food Item from food tents – options include hamburger, hot dog, chicken sandwich, or mac and cheese
  • $3 16 oz. Coors Light beer and $5 Tito’s vodka mixed drinks

Buy tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gasparilla-invasion-party-tickets-41800791292

Gasparilla Block Party @ WaterWorks Bar & Grill

Celebrate Gasparilla at WaterWorks Bar & Grill on the Riverwalk across from the Straz Center on Saturday, January 27th, 2018 from 8PM-Midnight in the Riverwalk Room. WaterWorks Bar & Grill is located at The Barrymore Hotel (111 West Fortune Street Tampa, Florida 33602).

According to the event page there will be one FREE shot for everyone. Complimentary chips & salsa for everyone and $6 Pirate Beers and Rum Drinks. The Mermaids from Sugar Island Rum will be there from 9:30PM-11:30PM.

Event name: Gasparilla Block Party

Venue: WaterWorks Bar & Grill – The Barrymore Hotel

Date & Time: Saturday, January 27th, 8PM-Midnight

Address: 111 West Fortune Street Tampa, Florida 33602

Cost: FREE to Attend, Food & Drinks for-sale

Website: http://www.waterworksbarandgrill.com/

Indie Flea Market launches at Armature Works – 1/21

The popular Indie Flea Market will expand to Armature Works on Sunday, January 21st, 2018 from 11AM-3PM.

The event will be recurring every 3rd Sunday of the month. Vendors will assemble at the upcoming food hall and event center to sell “handmade wares, upcycled home goods, vintage treasuries, artisanal foods, flowers and cacti…to name a few things”.

Hundreds of people regularly attend this event so it is great that they are expanding in size.

The event is a dream come true for Tampa’s growing hipster-scene that started in Ybor City and Seminole Heights, and has now shifted into Tampa Heights.

Still no concrete word on when Armature Works (originally slated for a September 2016 opening) will open fully to the public, but it has to be close if the posts online are any indication.

Address: 1910 N Ola Ave, Tampa, FL 33602

Facebook RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/events/176520142952144/

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