People are saying that one of the biggest Beer Fest events is a morning-after party at New World Brewery on Sunday, a sour beer breakfast after Cigar City's Hunahpu's release party on Saturday.
Well, based on Wednesday evening, the temperature dipping south of 50 degrees, Ybor's New World seemed like the place to be midweek, too.
There's a woman in an aggressively fuchsia tutu (the evening sponsored by the women of Stone, Bell's and Anchor breweries and importer Merchant Du Vin in support of breast cancer awareness); out back Rebekah Pully is entertaining the crowd, and inside people are eating seriously good barbecue by the light of the Simpsons Pinball Party machine.
New World attracts an ambitious facial-hair crowd (men in their 20s who own mustache wax and high-end barber clippers), but on Wednesday the focus was more on Bell's Hopslam (with Beer Advocate's score of a perfect 100) and Orval Trappist ale (BA gives this one a still mighty boast-worthy 94), a Belgian classic medium-bodied ale with three fingers of dense foam and complex flavors that may leave everyone at the table in righteous discord. (Banana and pineapple! No, sweet biscuit malts!)
No matter. Disputes of these sorts gently vaporize under New World's constellations of vintage globes and $5 smoked chicken plates.