Category Archives: Event List

Event overviews. These are specific to the event, and not a specific instance of an event.

BEE-B-Q Dinner Series

BEE-B-Q is a series of dinners focusing on meals paired with ciders and meads made from Cigar City Cider and Meadery. A recent menu included “Cowboy Dan’s Baby Back Ribs”: baby back pork ribs served with Cigar City Cider’s Cowboy Dan caramel cider-based BBQ sauce, crushed peanuts, and smoked sea salt; orange blossom chicken: chargrilled chicken thighs with Cigar City Cider’s Orange Blossom Mead honey mustard BBQ sauce. Typically includes beer/mead paired specially with the menu.

See also: Eggs and Kegs events; a brunch series hosted by Cigar City Brewery.

Check out the Loko Cuisine website at: http://www.lokocuisine.com/

  • When: usually the last Friday of the month, dinner-time
  • Where: Cigar City Cider and Mead
  • How much: $25/head

 

Eggs and Kegs Series

Egg and Kegs is a beer-based brunch served at Tampa’s Cigar City brewery on the third Sunday of every month. A recent menu included: country ham and espresso red-eye gravy made with CCB’s Cubano Espresso brown ale; southern cajun shrimp; jalapeno cheese grits; baked french toast with CCB rum barrel aged Caffe Americano double stout caramel sauce. The meals usually include pours of well-paired beers and additional related beers are available on draught.

Tampa chef-cum-entrepreneur John Loscalzo created the Eggs and Kegs series in 2009. John writes:

In 2009, I needed a creative outlet for my love of food, cooking, and community. Being a special education teacher, I knew it was nearly impossible to add a full time cooking gig to my plate.
My motivation was to create social events and dinners that were designed to showcase unique businesses and incorporate local ingredients and beverages while providing an awareness of sustainability within the community. After talking with local business owners about my concept and researching shared kitchen spaces, LOKO Cuisine was created. I was able to support local businesses through food featuring my culinary creations. I have collaborated with businesses such as Cigar City Brewing, Yuengling Brewery, Bells Brewery, Highland Brewery, The Wild Rover Brewery, Late Start Brewing, Brewers’ Tasting Room, Jonathan Wakefield Brewing, Florida Avenue Ales, Rock Brothers Brewing, Hideaway Café, Felicitous Tea & Coffee Shop, World of Beer, The Florida Aquarium, Exalted Warrior Foundation & Yogani, Mr. Empanada, Cappy’s Pizza, Cork & Olive, Lit Lounge and Tampa Street Market.

John’s Eggs and Kegs events are a staple of local Tampa beer culture. Look for them on the third Sunday of each and every month, usually at Cigar City.

See also: BEE-B-Q events; a 4-course dinner series hosted by Cigar City Cider and Meadery.

Check out the Loko Cuisine website at: http://www.lokocuisine.com/

  • When: usually the third Sunday of the Month, brunch-o’clock
  • Where: Cigar City
  • How much: $25/head

Stogies and Stouts

Dunedin Brewery has been hosting beer events for longer than some people have been drinking beer. Stogies and Stouts is one of Dunedin’s annual events – started in the year 2000. Admission typically includes a tasting glass, beer samples from local, regional, and national breweries, and of course a cigar. The lively event includes live music and entertainment. Food is included for an additional fee.

  • Who: people who like cigars and stout beers
  • When: Mid-February
  • Where: Dunedin Brewery
  • How much: $35-45, depending on food

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Tampa Bay Beer Week

TBBW describes themselves the best:

Tampa Bay Beer Week started in 2012 and hosted over 400 events throughout the Bay Area. Events included large scale festivals, beer dinners/brunches, beer tastings, food truck events, special bottle releases, limited tap releases, educational events and meet the brewer gatherings. The week is kicked off with Mayor Bob Buckhorn tapping the first firkin at the Florida Brewers Guild Festival in Tampa and “ends” with Cigar City Brewing’s Hunahpu’s Day festival. The week features hundreds of events on both sides of the bay and officially ends on Sunday of the first full week of March.

  • Who: most open, some closed events.
  • When: the first full week in March. Held annually since 2012.
  • Where: across the bay! Lots of events all over the place.
  • How much: many free, some expensive.

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Florida Brewers Guild Beer Fest

Florida Brewers Guild throws a number of beer fests each year, but most would say that the Tampa fest is the best. Look for lots of brews from Florida breweries as well as some non-local stuff that the local beer folks prefer.

  • Who: open to the public
  • When: Coincidental with Beer Week, usually the first week in March
  • Where: Downtown Tampa, typically Cotanchobee Park
  • Cost: Typically $35

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2015: March 7

Halfway There

A massive event put on by the Tampa Bay Beer Week group. The event marks the “halfway-mark” between beer weeks. Notable for its high quality brewery list and festive atmosphere, this one is not to be missed. Started in 2012.

Watch out though: typically there is very limited seating and food options are sparse.

  • Who: open to the public
  • When: typically the first Saturday in September
  • Where: probably Saint Pete – previously was held in Tampa but 2014 marked the first year in a Saint Pete venue.
  • Cost: typically about $50 a ticket; generally includes a tasting glass, unlimited samples, and memories. Lots of memories.