I finally made it to the final day of Tampa Bay Beer Week. Like a determined athlete, I dragged my feet toward the finish line, clutching my liver and pounding a liter jug of bottled water. Many of the Beer Week events for Sunday (the eighth day of Beer Week, by the way) were themed on recovery, and that sounded like my kind of thing.
We started out easy, the Brew & Food Day at Rapp Brewing. This afternoon, Greg Rapp was busy brewing two large batches of beer in the back on his custom-built system, while members of the Pinellas Urban Brewer's Guild were brewing three more, smaller batches outside, answering questions about the brewing process, and generally just relaxing and having a good time. One informative brewery tour and several flights of Rapp beer samples later, we headed over to 7venth Sun Brewing in Dunedin for the Hunahpu's Hangover Day, featuring special beer releases and one-off beer treatments from Cigar City Brewing, Dunedin Brewery, and 7venth Sun itself.
Unfortunately, all of the really unusual specialty beers were gone by the time we arrived, but we were able to enjoy 7venth Sun's Buddy Brune infused with Ethiopian Sidamo coffee beans from Tampa-based Buddy Brew coffee, as well as its Chelsea Grin Imperial Porter infused with raspberries and vanilla. Dunedin Brewery also had an interesting rye ale that I enjoyed called Rye Heart, brewed from partly caramelized wort (unfermented beer) and peat-smoked malt.
Finally, we headed home to St. Pete and stopped by the Ale & the Witch along the way for The Grand Finale. This was a laid-back, winding-down kind of event, but with the addition of live music in the courtyard. The special here was 32 taps of beer, all for $4 until 8 p.m. We finished off the week with a Terrapin Wake 'n' Bake Oatmeal Coffee Stout while people-watching from the upstairs balcony. And would you believe it? I even got a good night's sleep afterward.