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Free beer returns to Busch Gardens thanks to Stanley Cup

For the rest of July, the Tampa theme park is bringing back its popular perk of two free beers to toast the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Busch Gardens will give out free 7-ounce glasses of beer to visitors for the rest of July to celebrate the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Busch Gardens will give out free 7-ounce glasses of beer to visitors for the rest of July to celebrate the Tampa Bay Lightning. [ Busch Gardens ]
Published Jul. 8
Updated Jul. 8

Busch Gardens on Thursday announced that free beer is back, thanks to the Stanley Cup. For the entire month of July, guests can visit the Garden Gate Cafe to receive two 7-ounce complimentary beers during their visit to the Tampa theme park.

“Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is celebrating the Tampa Bay Lightning’s two back-to-back championships with the return of free beer,” the theme park announced.

The notion of free beer is based in the park’s roots, when it opened in 1959 as a beer garden that had bird shows and promoted the products of its then-owner Anheuser-Busch.

Related: How we scored more than two free beers at Busch Gardens back in the day

For all of 2019, the park celebrated its 60th anniversary by bringing back the free beer perk.

The park’s Garden Gate Cafe will give out 7-ounce samples of a rotating lineup of beers for those 21 and older, just like it did when it opened in 1959.

The pours will be available at the park daily from 11:30 a.m. until one hour before the park closes.

There is a current sale to save up to 30 percent on a Fun Card or Annual Pass through July 11 at buschgardenstampa.com.

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