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”.

 

Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach’s Ocean Hai Supports Local Charities

The next time you dine at Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach‘s Ocean Hai restaurant, sit at table #31 to support Pinellas County local charities.

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The program “You Dine, We Donate” will select a new local charity every month to feature and donates all net proceeds from food and non-alcoholic beverage purchases at the assigned table to a cause. Here is the upcoming list:

  • April: Autism Awareness Month – Tampa Bay Chapter
  • May: Troop Rewards
  • June: Pinellas County Lifeguards
  • July: Clearwater Marine Aquarium
  • August: Pinellas County Schools
  • September: Eckerd Kids
  • October: Hooked on Hope
  • November: Clearwater for Youth
  • December: Arts for Life

Not a bad view for lunch!

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Ocean Hai is the signature restaurant at Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach serving Asian-fusion cuisine with inspirations from Asian countries such as Japan, Thailand, and China.

Chef de Cuisine John Capponi previously worked at Tampa’s On Swann in Hyde Park Village as Executive Chef and as Executive Sous Chef at Skytop Lounge in Pennsylvania.

The Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach is located at 100 Coronado Drive and is ocean-front. Clearwater Beach was recently named #4 on the 2017 “Top 10 Traveler’s Choice Beaches in the United States” by TripAdvisor.

Visit Ocean Hai online to book a reservation at http://www.wyndhamgrandclearwater.com/dining/ocean-hai

Help Japan During This Crisis.

It’s no secret that Japanese cuisine is one of my favorites and I love Japan and Japanese culture in general. In case you haven’t been keeping up with the news, Japan was struck by a 8.9 earthquake this past Friday (the 5th largest earthquake in recorded history). This earthquake created a deadly tsunami that wreaked havoc on Japan. According to Japanese media, 2,000 bodies washed up in Miyagi and several thousands of people are missing and the Japanese government fears that an estimated 10,000 people or more are dead. Japan’s stocks have fallen 6% since the crisis. To make matters worse, many nuclear reactors have become unstable in Japan and two of them have exploded injuring workers and creating fears about radiation in Japan and talks of a possible radiation cloud threat to the Pacific.

You can follow the latest news about Japan on BBC at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12307698

After reading the La Times Daily Dish Blog, I was motivated to also spread the word about aid in Japan. I’ll quote them and say “If you know of any fundraisers, bake sales or anything else that might be occurring within the food community to help the people of Japan, please let me know about it so we can share the information. It doesn’t matter how big, or how small, this effort is. People are looking for a way to help”. I totally wholeheartedly agree. Please let me know of any efforts to help Japan and I’ll do my best to pass the message on.

Leave a comment here on this post, send me a reply on twitter, leave a post on Facebook, or e-mail me at carloseats [at] gmail.com and I’ll try and spread the word.

If you’re living in the USA you can text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 for Japan earthquake and Pacific Tsunami or visit this link.

Together we can make a difference in other peoples lives.