Tampa Bay Beer Week has grown and now spills over into two weeks. This year it begins March 4 and runs through March 13. From tastings and tap takeovers to heavy metal concerts and wood car races, here are dozens of ways to have fun with Tampa Bay Beer Week.
The Ultimate Brew: This year, Tampa Bay brewers combine efforts for a massive collaboration brew. Participating breweries bring a few ounces of their favorite hop to throw in during the brewing process. VIP ticket holders will get to witness the making of this brew. VIPs also enjoy an extra hour of pours and access to the brewers and brewery representatives involved. $35, $50 VIP. 6-9 p.m. March 4. 7venth Sun Brewery Tampa, 6809 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. 813-231-5900.
Brew’s Banner Triple Hazy IPA Release: The annual release features Brew’s Banner, a monstrous Triple Hazy IPA. This year’s brew has more than 400 pounds of hops and features Citra, Mosaic and Simcoe hops. 10.2 percent alcohol. No cover (food/drink additional). 6 p.m. March 4. Coppertail Brewing Co., 2601 E Second Ave., Tampa. 813-247-1500.
Florida Brewers Guild Craft Beer Festival: Grab your commemorative tasting glass for unlimited samples of Florida craft beers. Food trucks on site. 21 and older only. Benefits the Florida Brewers Guild. Purchase tickets through Eventbrite. $45, $65 VIP. 2-5 p.m. March 5. Perry Harvey Sr. Park, 1201 N Orange St., Tampa.
Tampa Bay Beer Week: Coppertail Open with The Boardr: A skateboarding competition with a best trick contest. Skate in one direction and hit each obstacle in order. Two skaters will be chosen to advance. Free. 6-10 p.m. March 5. Coppertail Brewing Co., 2601 E Second Ave, Tampa. 813-247-1500.
Laughs and Crafts: Standup comedians who are regulars on Showtime, HBO, Netflix, TruTV and Comedy Central bring a Los Angeles-style comedy club experience to a craft brewery. $30-$80. 7-8:30 p.m. March 5. 81Bay Brewing Co., 4465 W Gandy Blvd., Tampa. 813-837-2739.
Brewers’ Ball: More than 150 of Florida’s best beers will be available for sampling at this festival with music, food trucks and a raffle. $35-$125. Noon-4:30 p.m. March 6. Perry Harvey Sr. Park, 1201 N Orange St., Tampa.
Brewers’ Ball After Party: Sip Estrella Galicia Premium Lager as well as a lineup of European and local brewery staples. The cafe will be grilling burgers and brats outdoors, and DJ Bishop D’Guruve entertains. No cover (food/drink additional). 6-9 p.m. March 6. Independent Bar & Cafe, 5016 N Florida Ave., Tampa. 813-341-4883.
Bring on the Funk: Listen to classic soul and old-school R&B music at this party celebrating tart, sour and funky beers. Tripping Animals Brewing and Pontoon Brewing provide beer-related games for prizes. Free. 6-10 p.m. March 7. Independent Bar & Cafe, 5016 N Florida Ave., Tampa. 813-341-4883.
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Total Eclipse of the 7th Sun: Enjoy 7venth Sun, raffles, swag giveaways and a meet and greet with the brewer. Also, a release of 7venth Sun X Independent collab “I Drink of My Sister.” No cover. 6-11:30 p.m. March 7. The Independent, 29 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. 727-820-9514.
First Helping: Dip your toes into the confectionery waters of an early Pi(e) Day celebration and release of bottled and canned sweet treat-related beers. The list includes: Barrel Aged Banoconut Pie, Bourbon Barrel Aged Peach Cobbler a la Mode, Cherry Amaretti Cookie, Strawberry Rhubarb Pie and Pineapple Shortcake. No cover (food/drink additional). 3-10 p.m. March 8. Corporate Ladder Brewing Company, 4935 96th St. E, Palmetto. 941-479-4799.
Cheers to Belgian Beer: Feast on Belgian-style mussels and fries as you sample multiple selections of Belgian-style beers. $30. 7-9 p.m. March 8. Independent Bar & Cafe, 5016 N Florida Ave., Tampa. 813-341-4883.
Wood Car Race: Sip on a Barrel Aged Imperial Stout as you watch kit wood car races. Kits available for pickup at the tasting room in advance. Free. 7-10 p.m. March 8. Coppertail Brewing Co., 2601 E Second Ave., Tampa. 813-247-1500.
Arkane in the Membrane: General admission gets five BA Stout bottles and one Unicorn Blood bottle, a commemorative bag, taster, special festival only beers and Tampa Bay Beer Week releases on tap. Upgrade to VIP for 30 minutes early admission and 12 additional Tampa Bay Beer Week bottles. $230-$390. 5:30-8:30 p.m. March 9. Arkane Aleworks, 2480 East Bay Drive, Largo. 727-270-7117.
Shakespeare on Tap: Puffy pants and ruffle shirts are encourage for a one-night-only presentation of Shakespeare skits. Free. 6-11:30 p.m. March 9. Independent Bar & Cafe, 5016 N Florida Ave., Tampa. 813-341-4883.
For the Love of Apples and Honey: The Independent, Maeloc Cidery, Green Bench and B Nektar join for a giant celebration of ciders and mead. Enjoy samples as you learn about Maeloc’s long pour method. Free. 6-11:30 p.m. March 9. The Independent, 29 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. 727-820-9514.
Cheese and Charcuterie: Join advanced cicerone Ami Parrino on a journey through beer, cheese, charcuterie and their relationship with each other. Includes a 16-ounce welcome beer, four pairings and a guided explanation of how each 5-ounce beer, cheese and charcuterie complement each other. $45. 7-8:30 p.m. March 9. Florida Avenue Brewing Co., 2029 Arrowgrass Drive, Wesley Chapel. 813-452-6333.
Dortmunder Day: Alice in Munderland: Travel down the rabbit hole to the land of hops and barley at this celebration marking the release of the brewhouse’s Dortmunder Export, a bold golden lager fit for the Mad Hatter’s tea party. Also, live music and a preview Green Bench Brewing’s new blend of Alice. Free. Noon-midnight March 10. Grand Central Brewhouse, 2340 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-202-6071.
MiniPalooza: All you can drink mead with an event glass and a meal. $100. 5-7:30 p.m. March 10. Garagiste Meadery, 1506 N Florida Ave., Tampa. 813-209-9666.
Hooray for IPA and Battle of the Beards: An IPA celebration featuring Magnanimous Brewing, Ology Brewing and Recycled Brewing. Sip IPA’s and DIPA’s as you watch, or compete in, a beard competition with categories such as “Only Drinks IPAs,” “Most Likely a Brewer” and “Has been to Asheville and will tell you within minutes of meeting you.” Free. 6-11:30 p.m. March 10. Independent Bar and Cafe, 5016 N Florida Ave., Tampa, 813-341-4882.
Dinner in the Loft: A five course dinner paired with five beers. Features a shrimp appetizer, pork belly, mixed salad, lamb chop and dessert. $65. 7-10 p.m. March 10. Coppertail Brewing Co., 2601 E Second Ave, Tampa. 813-247-1500.
Barrel Aged (BA) Day: Includes a festival only bottle, commemorative glass and unlimited pours. Upgrade to VIP for entrance one hour early. $100-$125. Noon-4 p.m. March 11. Mirror Lake St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, 559 Mirror Lake Drive N, St. Petersburg. 727-822-2083.
Foeder for Thought: This annual celebration of fermentation forward beers features World class fermentation forward beers from across the globe, unlimited pours of every beer on tap, event exclusive beers, a panel discussion by Michael Kiser of Good Beer Hunting and a commemorative glass. $150. 5-10 p.m. March 11. Green Bench Brewing Co., 1133 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-800-7836.
Woodwright Brewing Co. Anniversary Party: Get to the beer garden and join the brewery in celebrating its sixth anniversary with music by Benjamin Road (7 p.m.) and food available for purchase from The Duneatery. 18 and up only. No cover (food/drink additional). 5-11 p.m. March 11. Woodwright Brewing Co., 985 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. 727-238-8717.
Motorworks Brewing Tap Takeover: Sip on your choice of 11 Motorworks brews and meet head brewer Bob Haa at this tap takeover with beer flights, prizes, brewery swag, food truck on site and covered outdoor seating in the beer garden. Free. 7-10 p.m. March 11. c.1949 Bar and Beer Garden, 6905 N Orleans Ave., Tampa. 813-990-8883.
Hofbrauhaus Party: Take a break from IPA’s, sours and imperial dessert stouts to enjoy $10 German liters and bratwurst specials. No cover (food/drink additional). 6-11:30 p.m. March 12. Independent Bar & Cafe, 5016 N Florida Ave., Tampa. 727-480-7461.
Cigars and Stouts: Smoke a hand rolled cigar from Ybor City as you sip dark styles such as dunkels, porters, stouts, schwarzbiers and more. No cover (food/drink/cigars additional). 6-11:30 p.m. March 12. The Independent, 29 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. 727-820-9514.
Hunahpu’s Day: A limited number of 16-ounce cans of 2022 Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout and Camazotz’s Imperial Stout were offered by lottery Jan. 19-Feb. 9. Lottery winners were notified Feb. 11. Winners can pick up two cans of either or both Stouts. Lottery price pre-paid on credit card. Pick up during business hours March 12. Cigar City Brewing, 3924 West Spruce St., Tampa. 813-348-6363.
Pi(e) Day: This celebration of all things pie and dessert features more than 10 dessert inspired beers including multiple barrel aged stout and sour bottles, as well as non-ba cans to-go. No cover (food/drink additional). Noon-10 p.m. March 13. Corporate Ladder Brewing Company, 4935 96th St. E, Palmetto. 941-479-4799.
Bottomless Brunch: End Tampa Bay Beer Week with brunch and bottomless mimosas and beermosas. Includes melon bites, pancakes, bacon, pulled pork Benedict and fried chicken. $40. Noon-2 p.m. March 13. Coppertail Brewing Co., 2601 E Second Ave, Tampa. 813-247-1500.
Hop King Invitational: Masters of hop-forward beers gather in a celebration of hops and all the amazing things they can do in beer. Each competing brewery pours a hop-forward beer of their choice and attendees vote for who they believe deserves the title of Hop King. Free. 1-5 p.m. March 13. Tampa Bay Brewing Co., 1600 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. 813-247-1422.
Sunday Jazz Project: Sample various Estrella Galicia and Maeloc beers and ciders as you listen to live jazz by James Suggs (trumpet), Sandi Grecco (drums) and Mark Moultrup (keyboard). No cover (food/drink additional). 3-7 p.m. March 13. The Independent, 29 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. 727-820-9514.