Not only is this years Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference packed full of great speakers and informative sessions, we also have loads of tasting opportunities coupled with fun excursions in Tampa and beyond planned. From our hosts at Visit Tampa Bay, we have a post Live Beer Blogging tour arranged that is sure to knock your socks off.
After wrapping up Live Beer Blogging at JJ Taylor, of course you will be thirsty. Hop aboard the Brew Bus for a whirlwind tour of a few of the best breweries Tampa has to offer. Brew Bus is not merely a bus that will whisk you away to the breweries of your dreams (although it is also that), they’re also in the business of making award-winning beers for you to drink while en route. Their “You’re My Boy Blue” took home a silver medal at last year’s Great American Beer Festival. Each stop along the tour is catering plenty of food to make this event a true Tampa tasting excursion!
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Stop 1: Cigar City Brewing
Perhaps the brewery least in need of an introduction, Cigar City has been at it for seven years now, blending great beer and Tampa history. This tap room is so much more than a spot to grab their best-selling Jai Alai IPA, you’ll find an extensive tap list full of staples, collaborations with other breweries and one-offs you cannot find anywhere else in the world.
Stop 2: Coppertail Brewing
Somewhat of a newbie to the Tampa brewing scene, Coppertail has hit the ground running with their excellent “Core 4” beers and a seriously incredible facility. Confess your sins in an authentic confessional, spend some time on their old-school table top arcade machine or just bask in the aura of massive murals and funky reclaimed décor.
Find out more about Coppertail Brewing!
Stop 3: Ulele Springs Brewery
This brewery is the only one of the bunch on our excursion that is attached to a restaurant, in fact, one of Tampa’s best restaurants. Nestled on the bank of the Hillsborough River, Ulele now occupies a space once home to the city’s water works facilities. Head Brewer Tim Shackton operates a one-man brewing operation with an old-school approach. You will find no artificial preservatives here, just lagers and ales made from nothing but grains, hops, yeast, fresh fruit and local honey.
The 2016 Beer Bloggers & Writers conference chose Tampa as it’s host city not only for it’s awesome beer scene but it’s also the perfect family getaway. Economically accommodating, and easy to get to, Tampa has something for everyone. We wanted to offer an environment this year where are alumni and new attendees would have the chance to bring their friends or family (or both!) down South for sunshine, beaches and of course lots and lots of #BayCrafted brews.
Want to join in the fun, listen to great speakers and absorb some beer blogging knowledge? Get registered today!
About Visit Tampa Bay
The beer industry in Tampa is booming, and as the county’s Destination Marketing Organization, it’s our job to help spread the word of our incredible craft beer scene to our more than 20 million visitors a year. Our Bay Crafted campaign last summer reached 1 million households within Florida. With our breweries making plenty of well-respected “best of” lists we’re excited to watch Tampa grow as a “Beercation” destination. See how Tampa ranks among the top craft beer destinations in the country for 2016…hint; they are #3 this year!