On your marks, get set, drink! It’s Tampa Bay Beer Week, and you’d better start drinking if you want to fully experience Tampa Bay’s ever expanding craft beer scene.
You’ve got a lot of breweries to visit. In Tampa, there is Cigar City Brewing, Tampa Bay Brewing Co., Coppertail, Six Ten Brewing, Angry Chair, Hidden Springs Ale Works, Brew Bus, and more. St. Petersburg is host to Green Bench, 3 Daughters, and Cage Brewing, among others. And Dunedin is host to the “Beermuda triangle,” consisting of The Dunedin Brewery, The Dunedin House of Beer, and 7venth Sun. These are the three cities in the Tampa Bay area where you will find the most popular microbreweries; but even so, this is an abridged list.
With all these new breweries, Tampa Bay Beer Week has expanded to include over 100 events scattered throughout the Tampa Bay area. With so many events, it’s hard to choose; but when I saw that Dunedin House of Beer’s Craft Beer Fest in Edgewater Park today had free admission, I was in.
Beer trucks and tents overtook the park. It was another beautiful day in Florida, and everyone was out with their dogs, family, and friends.
There were a few things I really liked about this event:
(1) One ticket cost $5 and was good for one beer. So if you were wondering how many tickets you need for three beers, the answer is simple: you need three tickets. If only things could be this easy at the Florida state fair.
(2) Free admission! I’m not going to drink $30 worth of beer, so why should I pay a $30 admission fee?
(3) Large selection. I’d rather go to an event where I can order beer from multiple breweries instead of just one.
(4) Location. Who said beer can only be enjoyed in dark places? On a beautiful day like today, I’d rather drink outside.
Tampa Bay Beer Week is just getting started, and there are many more events to come. So check the website, mark your calendars, and drink some beer (if you are so inclined).