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Rare beer night with Cigar City Brewing and Schmaltz Brewing

CIGAR CITY BREWING AND SCHMALTZ BREWING are teaming up for a night of RARE BEERS. We will have a selection of their rare beers on draft and brewery owners and representatives will be on hand to discuss these brews and mingle with all of you beer aficionados! Don’t miss your chance to try these amazing one-offs!

From Cigar City Brewing, we will have several special drafts including the 5 for 5 New Zealand Double IPA, Humidor Sour, 5 for 5 Imperial Oatmeal Porter and Peach IPA.

On draft from Shmaltz Brewing Co.: MAZEL HOPS!! Brewed for their 20th Anniversary as a dry hopped imperial IPA, this is certainly the most aggressively-hopped beer they have featured in a long while. The aroma is intoxicating — luscious, fruity hops practically jump out of the glass! The massive 81 IBUs of this big brew grab the palate and linger on the tongue well after the sip is complete.

Also featured: JEWBELATION QUINCEANERA 15, a lifetime new limited-edition release, 15 malts, 15 hops, 15% ABV aged for 5 months in Siembra Azul Tequila barrels. Siembra Azul is a small-batch, artisanally crafted, super premium tequila made from 100% of only the finest blue agave, grown and produced in the town of Aran-das, in the Highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. It is a kosher and double distilled spirit of unparalleled quality.

Mingle with Shmaltz Brewing proprietor Jeremy Cowan – no cover, cash bar, 7-9 p

Beer and Loathing in Las Vegas

Beer and Loathing in Las Vegas

“Beer and Loathing in Las Vegas” will feature craft beers and local brewers, plus snacks and samples from some of Tampa’s top independent restaurants.

Though the lineup for this year’s event is still forming, returning BeerFest event co-chairs Michelle Baker, General Manager of The Refinery, and Veronica Danko, owner of The Independent Bar and Café, promise that “Beer and Loathing in Las Vegas” will feature enough oddball antics and outlandish fun to do its 1998 namesake film proud. Past participants have included The Independent, The Refinery, Cigar City Brewing and the Saint Somewhere Brewing Company.

And in classic Hunter S. Thompson fashion, there’s “the good stuff” and then there’s “the really good stuff.” A limited-capacity Premium sampling begins at 7:00pm, and Grand sampling ticket-holders mix in at 8:00pm. At 10:00pm, BeerFest 2014 becomes nothing but a hallucinogenic memory…

Patrons are encouraged to dress as their favorite character or come in a “Loathing”-inspired costume.

Tickets are $70.00 / $45.00 at the Tampa Theatre Box Office and $73.00 / $48.00 online (all service fees included).  Tampa Theatre members save $5 off advance ticket prices, and any remaining tickets will be sold day-of at the Box Office for $80.00 / $55.00.

Bay Area Barley's Angels

Blossoming Barley’s Angels: New Belgium Brewing

TBBN’s sincerest congratulations go out to Lisa Schneider Colburn of the Tampa Bay chapter of the Bay Area Barley’s Angels and Independent Owner Veronica Danko. On October 23, Wood Cellar Manager, Blender, and Sensory Specialist at New Belgium Brewing Company Lauren Salazar presented to the group about her efforts to revolutionize their sensory tasting programs and develop their barrel aging program. All the while, the ladies of Bay Area Barley’s Angels savored delicious New Belgium beers and gnoshed on stinky cheeses. Lucky. Hey Lisa, can I come to the next one on my press pass?


edit: words. Brouhaha was completely the wrong word to use here. 🙁