Mastry’s Brewing Co. Marks First Anniversary with Three Specialty Releases

MastrysPartyInfoOn Saturday, October 14, Mastry’s Brewing Co. (St. Pete Beach, Florida) will celebrate its First Anniversary Party with the release of three new beers: Year One Wheat WineBourbon Barrel Aged Starless Night Russian Imperial Stout and Floribraska Hazy Tropical IPA.

With one year officially in the books as the first craft brewery and tasting room on St. Pete Beach, the Mastry’s Brewing Co. crew is more than ready to celebrate their first anniversary with a Beer Fest-style party on October 14.  The brewery’s theme of “taking traditional styles and combining influences from exotic locales” will be showcased at the party in the form of three special brews: Year One Wheat WineBourbon Barrel Aged Starless Night Russian Imperial Stout and Floribraska Hazy Tropical IPA.  The full descriptions and release details for these three Limited Releases are as follows:

  • Year One Wheat Wine – “The first of the specialty beer releases will be ‘Year One’, a Wheat Wine ale brewed at 8% Abv. This golden ale boasts a nose like a bouquet of Chrysanthemums. Year One has a taste that is dry and light despite the gravity. Year One is an elegant ale brewed for celebration, available on draught only.”
  • Bourbon Barrel Aged Starless Night – “The second small-batch release, will be the ‘Bourbon Barrel Aged Starless Night’. This limited-release batch of the infamous Starless Night is rested in Bourbon Barrels and is the quintessential sticky barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout. Bourbon Barrel Aged Starless Night is rich, thick and decadent with notes of Dark Chocolate, Vanilla, Bourbon, Caramel, and Macaroon. Bourbon Barrel Aged Starless Night will be available in bottles and on draught, brewed at 11% Abv.”
  • Floribraska Hazy Tropical IPA – “The third new release for the celebration will be the first out-of-state collaboration for Mastry’s Brewing Co. In partnership with Infusion Brewing Co. in Omaha, NE, the two brewing teams developed ‘Floribraska’, a hazy tropical IPA made with maize, lactose, and guava at 6.2% Abv. This limited-release IPA is hopped with copious amounts of El Dorado, Citra, and Motueka. Available on draught only, get this small-batch collaboration while you can.”

In addition to the beers listed above and a spread of their other offerings, Mastry’s Anniversary Party will have a Beer Fest vibe featuring live music, food, and a selection of tasty brews from Green Bench Brewing Co. (St. Petersburg, Florida), Hidden Springs Ale Works (Tampa, Florida), Mad Beach Craft Brewing Company (Madeira Beach, Florida) and St. Pete Brewing Company (St. Petersburg, Florida). If you are in the area and free on Saturday, be sure to swing by Mastry’s Brewing Company to raise a glass of Year One, Bourbon Barrel Aged Starless Night or Floribraska with the brewery’s staff in recognition of the past year and the many more ahead.  Prost!

 

 

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Brouwerij Bosteels to Bring Kwaktoberfest to the U.S. in October

bosteels-pauwel-kwakBrouwerij Bosteels (Buggenhout, Belgium) and Artisanal Imports have officially announced that they will be celebrating Kwaktoberfest at bars and restaurants across America during the month of October.

If you have not figured it out by now, Kwaktoberfest is Brouwerij Bosteels’ annual celebration of their iconic Pauwel Kwak, a Belgian Strong Pale Ale that is equally known for its quality and its “instantly recognizable carriage glass.”  With the help of Artisanal Imports, Brouwerij Bosteels will take this Kwaktoberfest party to participating locations coast-to-coast.  In addition to pouring Pauwel Kwak, these venues will also showcase “the brewery’s other world-class brews including Tripel Karmeliet and DeuS.”  These events will also feature special point of sale items such as “flags, coasters, posters, single and double Kwak glasses and the almighty Quattro, capable of holding four Kwak glasses at once.”

“Kwaktoberfest is a fun addition to the German Oktoberfest season,” says Lanny Hoff, SVP-Brands Manager of Artisanal Imports. “There are stylistic similarities between Kwak and German Märzen and glassware is a big part of the celebration. Whether it’s a liter of Oktoberfest or a carriage glass of Kwak, it’s fun!”

Kwaktoberfest events will be taking place throughout the U.S. during the month of October.  If you are interested in attending a Kwaktoberfest event, keep an eye on Artisanal Imports’ website and social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) for information, and be sure to check back here as we will update this post with any details we receive concerning official event dates and locations.  Stay tuned!  Prost!

Vital Information for Pauwel Kwak from Brouwerij Bosteels

Release – Year-round
Style – Belgian Strong Pale Ale 
ABV – 8.4%
Ingredients – Barley malts, mineral water, wheat, hops & white candy sugar

Availability – 11.2 oz. bottles & draft
Suggested Food Pairings – “Kwak is tremendous with any kind of grilled or roasted meats or poultry. It is also a good beer with dessert, particularly those with nuts or caramel. It goes with almost any cheese and makes a very tasty (if spendy!) beer soup.”
Fun Fact – Background on the glassware: “The legendary Kwak glass, or ‘Koetsiersglas’, hearkens back to the Napoleonic era. Back then, Pauwel Kwak was a brewer and owner of the De Hoorn inn, which saw daily visits from mail coaches and their passengers. While passengers could stop in for a drink, coachmen were prohibited from leaving their posts to join. To bypass this inconvenience, Kwak had special glasses blown with a convex bottom that could sit in the coach in a wooden stand, allowing the drivers to enjoy a glass!”

Coppertail Brewing to Celebrate 3rd Anniversary with Florida Weisse Festival

coppertaillogowhiteOn Saturday, August 26 at 1 p.m., Coppertail Brewing Co. (Tampa, Florida) will recognize its 3rd Anniversary by once again hosting a Florida Weisse Party at the brewery.

Three years of bringing “quality, Florida-brewed beer to the thirsty masses” are in the books, and Coppertail Brewing Co. is more than ready to celebrate the occasion.  Just like last year, Coppertail’s birthday theme will be “Celebrate Florida Weisse”, a party boasting a ridiculous lineup of Berliner Weisse-style brews created by their brewers and several guest breweries.  We have quite a bit to go over when it comes to this anniversary throw down, so let’s get to the details.

The Basics

  • What – Coppertail Brewing Co.’s 3rd Anniversary & Florida Weisse Festival
  • When – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 26
  • Where – Coppertail Brewing Co. – 2601 E 2nd Ave, Tampa, Florida

The Beers

Just as the name indicates, this event is all about that Florida Weisse and Coppertail Brewing is breaking out an absolute plethora of these tart, tasty brews.  Here is what they expect to be pouring during the party (**this tap list is tentative**):

  • Passion of the Frank (Passionfruit)
  • Frank the Tang (Orange)
  • Florida Jam (Orange/Vanilla)
  • Mango Grenade (Mango/Pomegranate)
  • Full Rosenberry (Strawberry/Peach)
  • Strawberry Limeade (Strawberry/Lime)
  • Dark & Stormy (Ginger/Lime/Vanilla)
  • Relish (Orange/Cranberries)
  • Whoops (Hibiscus/Cranberries)
  • Baby Genius (Gose)
  • Summertime Rools (Watermelon Gose)
  • Bay Breeze (Pineapple/Cranberries)
  • Tamarind
  • Quat’s up (Kumquats)
  • Mojito (Lime/Mint/Vanilla)
  • Cherry Lime
  • Sea Breeze (Grapefruit/Cranberries)
  • Papaya Patrick (Papaya/Starfruit)
  • Down with OPP (Orange/Prickly Pear)
  • Mother of Dragons (Lime/Dragonfruit)
  • Guava Pastelitos (Guava/Raspberries/Vanilla)
  • Obey Your Thirst (Lemon/Lime)
  • Pinky Swear (Raspberries/Lemon)
  • BOMP (Blood Orange/Mango/Passionfruit)
  • Gooseberry
  • Blackberry Slam Piece
  • Cherry Pastelitos (Cherry/Raspberries/Vanilla)

There is no denying that the list above is pretty damn awesome, but those are not the only brews that will be pouring at this event.  That’s right . . . Coppertail Brewing Co. has invited some friends over for this party, and they are bringing a few of their own goodies to contribute to the celebration.  Guest breweries include and their beers (**UPDATE** 8.25.17):

Entertainment & Food

The good folks at Coppertail Brewing Co. know that you cannot possibly have a party without music, so they have booked Sun Signs, Mike Mass, and Mountain Holler to play this event.  The festival will also feature live limited-edition t-shirt printing and some tasty eats from Coppertail’s S & V Kitchen.

Admission Information

Coppertail’s Florida Weisse Festival is free to attend and tickets are not needed to gain entry.  All you have to do is show up and pay per pour.

If you are free on Saturday, in the area and have a love for tart, refreshing brews, you need to be at this Florida Weisse Festival to raise a glass with the Coppertail Brewing crew to the past three years and the many more ahead.  Make it happen, have some good times, and just be sure to arrange for a responsible way home after the party.  Prost!

 

 

LOKO Cuisine and Ichicoro Unite Once Again for Eggs & Kegs: IchiLoko

LOKOlargeOn Sunday, September 17 at 10:45 a.m., LOKO Cuisine and Ichicoro Ramen will head back to the Fermentorium at Cigar City Brewing (3924 W Spruce St, Tampa, Florida) to collaborate on a second edition of Eggs & Kegs: IchiLoko.

For IchiLoko: Round 2, the chefs of LOKO Cuisine and Ichicoro Ramen will combine their talents to honor Oktoberfest with a four-course brunch that merges the culinary traditions of Germany and Asia.  The menu will consist of the following inventive dishes:

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To cover the “kegs” side of this event, Cigar City Brewing will be pouring their Oktoberfest German-style Festbier and “other delicious beers.”  All attendees will receive one beer ticket “good for any pint or snifter of equal value.” If you would like a beverage other than beer, Ginger Beard Coffee will also be on-site with nitro-infused cold brew coffee and nitro matcha green tea on tap (coffee & tea not included in ticket cost).

Tickets for this installment of Eggs & Kegs: IchiLoko are available now for $32.10 each, and you can purchase yours by clicking here.  Ticket cost includes the four-course brunch and one pour of beer (pint or snifter of equal value).  Physical tickets will not be issued, but your name will be added to a paid list once the purchase process is completed. FYI: Everyone in your party will have to check in under the purchaser’s name at the door.

Friendly word of advice: If you wish to attend IchiLoko, we suggest that you secure your tickets as soon as possible because this event will be limited to just 60 seats due to the Cigar City taproom being closed for remodeling.  Make it happen and we hope to see you all there!  Prost!

LOKO Cuisine and Bell’s Brewery to Host Fruit & Fire Pairing at Pour House

lokocuisinelogoOn Sunday, September 24 at 11:30 a.m., LOKO Cuisine will set up shop at Pour House – Tampa (1208 E. Kennedy Suite 112, Tampa, Florida) to feature the offerings of Bell’s Brewery (Comstock, Michigan) at a Rare Beer & A Plate Lunch event dubbed Fruit & Fire.

As autumn draws closer with each passing day, the folks at LOKO Cuisine are using Fruit & Fire as an excuse to fire up the smoker “one last time for an end of summer BBQ that will bring the sweet and the heat.”  The centerpiece of this event will be the following spread of smoked brisket, fruit-infused sauces, and tasty sides:

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If that menu has your attention, you will certainly be all in on Fruit & Fire when you hear that Bell’s Brewery has selected 10+ rare and/or seasonal beers to pair with this summer BBQ.  The full taplist is as follows (click any beer below for description):

One pint/snifter (of equal value) is included with the ticket price, and each attendee will also receive a souvenir imperial pint glass from Bell’s Brewery.  If beer is not your thing, there will also be mimosas and wine available to choose as your included beverage.

Tickets are available now for the price of $26.75 each, and you can purchase your tickets by clicking here.  Ticket cost gets you all-you-can-eat brisket and sides; one beer (pint/snifter of equal value), mimosa or glass of wine; and a souvenir imperial pint glass.  Physical tickets will not be issued, but your name will be added to a paid list once the purchase process is completed. FYI: Everyone in your party will have to check in under the purchaser’s name at the door.  Please keep in mind that most LOKO Cuisine events sell out quickly, so be sure to secure your tickets to Fruit & Fire as soon as possible.  Prost!

Cycle Brewing Marks Fourth Anniversary with Four Bottle Releases

Cycle4thCycle Brewing (534 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL) has taken to social media to announce that it will celebrate its Fourth Anniversary with four straight days of rare bottle releases beginning on Tuesday, August 15.

That’s right, Cycle Brewing is going 4 Beers for 4 Years for its Fourth Anniversary celebration, and the folks at the brewery are hitting fans with some mighty fine rarities during these bottle releases that span from Tuesday, August 15 to Friday, August 18.  It’s probably best for us to just skip all the pomp and circumstance, so here’s the full rundown on these featured celebratory beers:

  • 8 a.m. on Tuesday, August 15: Rare DOS 1, Whiskey Barrel-aged Imperial Stout (aged over a year) – $25 per bottle, bottle limit to be determined. Details:Rare DOS 1, this is Rare DOS that was aged over 1 year in the sweltering heat, just like Lost DOS for those who remember, and it was a good year and some of our finest beer that is nothing more than Beer, Barrel and Time.”
  • 8 a.m. on Wednesday, August 16: Hazelnut, Barrel-aged Hazelnut Imperial Stout with Cocoa Nibs – $30 per bottle, bottle limit to be determined. Details: Hazelnut with nibs is actually what we had in the first Hazelnut (black label, brown line hazelnut, the new art is reminiscent of it) and while the first label was printed before we decided to add nibs, we didn’t regret that addition and have created another batch.”
  • 8 a.m. on Thursday, August 17: Rare Noa (a collaboration with Omnipollo), Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout with Coffee, Cinnamon & Pecan – $30 per bottle, bottle limit to be determined. Details:Rare NOA, the collab with Omnipollo is a mash up of our stout and barrel aging and their adjunct expertise from Noa Pecan Mud Cake, this is a dream for those who want dessert beer – purists can skip this one, it is 100% unabashed adulterated decadence.”
  • 8 a.m. on Friday, August 18: Rare DOS Double Barrel (Sunday 2017), Bourbon Barrel then Cinnamon Vanilla Whiskey Barrel-aged Imperial Stout- $35 per bottle, bottle limit to be determined. Clarifying information on this beer: “Friday is perhaps the most confusing beer label, sorry, it’s accurate but tough to decipher if you don’t follow our beers closely, and probably even if you do. The non barrel aged stout we released on Sunday during TBBW, with coffee and cocoa nibs, was a completely different recipe from Rare DOS as we added a high percentage of Munich malt. Around the brewery we just called it Munich Stout, which is entirely confusing as it’s not a style and it’s not really related to Munich, Germany outside of the name of the malt so we decided not to call it that but then didn’t have a name and so we were left with the first batch we brewed being in barrels and we released the second batch as the Sunday beer. Now it’s “Sunday Stout“, that has been moved from its first barrels into Cinnamon/Vanilla whiskey barrels (whatever those are) and is being released on a Friday. It’s a mess, writing this is even confusing, we failed to clear anything up but damnit if this beer isn’t excellent.”

Quantities for all four beers are limited.  Bottle limits will be based on how many people are in line, and the brewery will establish those limits at the time of each release. This being the case, there is no need to disturb Cycle’s neighbors by forming a line hours before each release. With that said, the brewery does recommend that you arrive by 7:45 a.m. to be considered in the head count. All four of these bottle releases are CASH ONLY while there is a line.  Release times are for bottles only.  These beers will be available on tap at 5 p.m. on their respective release dates.

With just a glance at that list, it becomes quite clear that these bottles will sell out with a quickness.  If you are after one (or all four) of these beers, just make sure you are in line by 7:45 a.m. with cash in hand on the respective day.  Above all else, just remember to respectful of the brewery’s neighbors while in line and be sure to wish the crew at Cycle Brewing a happy anniversary while you are there.  Prost!

 

Escape Brewing Sets Date for 3 Year Anniversary Party and Bottle Release

EscapePartyOn Saturday, September 23 at 7 p.m., Escape Brewing Company (Trinity, Florida) will officially celebrate its Third Anniversary by hosting a ticketed party and special bottle release featuring three versions of its Bourbon Barrel-aged Seeds of Doubt Russian Imperial Stout.

After John McGregor and Matt Thompson cut their teeth making homebrew in their garages, they decided to leave their jobs in corporate America three years ago to found Escape Brewing Company.  Armed with just the American dream, a 3 BBL brew system, a taproom and limited distribution; Matt, John and their team have since established themselves in the Tampa beer community and endeared themselves to their countless fans and regulars in Trinity.  All the folks at Escape Brewing Company realize that the past three years of success would not have been possible without those fans, so they are going to throw one hell of an Anniversary Party as a thank you.  There are a lot of details to cover when it comes to this shindig, so let’s get to it!

The Basics

What – Escape Brewing Company’s 3 Year Anniversary Party & Bottle Release
When – Saturday, September 23 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Where – 9945 Trinity Blvd Suite 108, Trinity, Florida

The Beer

Those who attend this event will enjoy unlimited pours of 35+ beers from 10 or more local breweries.  Escape Brewing is currently in the process of compiling the list of guest breweries and featured beers.  We will update you with that information just as soon as we have it.

The Bottle Release

Attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase bottles of Bourbon Barrel-aged Seeds of Doubt Russian Imperial Stout.  The first two versions are as follows:

  • Seeds of Doubt Russian Imperial Stout Barrel Aged in a Knob Creek Barrel – $20 each
  • Seeds of Doubt Russian Imperial Stout Barrel Aged in a Four Roses Barrel – $20 each

The two versions above will have a total bottle limit of six (6) bottles per person.  This limit is aggregate, meaning you could do “4 Knob Creek and 2 Four Roses or 3 Knob Creek and 3 Four Roses or 1 Four Roses and 5 Knob Creek.” Basically, you can mix and match however you wish just as long as your total amounts to 6 or fewer bottles.

There will also be a third version of Bourbon Barrel-aged Seeds of Doubt available during this event, but this one is much more limited in quantity.  Thanks to their friends at Craft Street Kitchen, Escape Brewing got ahold of a hand-selected 13 Year Knob Creek barrel and you know they put some Seeds of Doubt in that bad boy.  Seeds of Doubt Russian Imperial Stout Barrel Aged in a 13 Year Knob Creek Barrel will be available for the cost of $25 each and will have a separate limit of one (1) bottle per person.

Ticket Info

Tickets for Escape Brewing Company’s 3 Year Anniversary Party and Bottle Release are available now for $30 each, and you can secure your tickets by clicking here (maximum purchase per person is two [2] tickets).   Ticket cost grants you admission into the party, a commemorative tasting glass, unlimited pours of featured beers, and the ability to purchase bottles of Barrel-aged Seeds of Doubt Russian Imperial Stout for an additional cost.

There will be no physical tickets issued.  Once you purchase your tickets, your name will be added to a Will Call list.  A proper ID matching the purchaser’s name will be required to claim tickets at Will Call.

This is strictly a 21 and up event, and tickets can only be purchased online.

More details are sure to be released as we get closer to the event, and we will update you with that information here just as soon as we receive it.  Stay tuned.  Prost!

Field Trip: An Evening with Lord Hobo Brewing Co.

On Monday, July 31, Cavalier Distributing welcomed Lord Hobo Brewing Co. (Woburn, Massachusetts) to the Florida beer scene with an industry-only event at The Dalí Museum.  We were lucky enough to score an invite to the event, and you know we took plenty of photos to document the festivities for you.

Just last week, we let you all know the exciting news that Lord Hobo Brewing Co. was arriving in Florida with a series of launch events set to take place from August 2 to August 12 (click here to read that post).  The party got off to an early start on Monday as representatives from Tampa-area breweries and craft beer establishments got together at The Dalí to introduce themselves to the crew and brews of Lord Hobo.  The evening was filled with damn good beer, tasty eats, great tunes and even better conversation held against a backdrop of Salvador Dalí’s artistic masterpieces.  It was a truly unique, craft beer experience that is probably best conveyed in a visual format.  Check out photos of the festivities below, and be sure to hit up one of the remaining launch events so that you too can get to know the amazing folks of Lord Hobo Brewing Co. while they are in town.  Prost!

 

**Click any photo below to enlarge, read descriptions, and/or view the gallery as a slideshow**

 

7venth Sun Brewery Gears Up for Grand Opening of Tampa Facility

7venthSunTampaPosterAt 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 12, 7venth Sun Brewery (Dunedin & Tampa, Florida) will officially open their new brewery and taproom in Tampa with a Grand Opening celebration comprised of collaboration beers, tasty grub, live music and plenty of good times.

Since first opening their doors in Dunedin in 2012, Devon Kreps and Justin Stange, founders of 7venth Sun Brewery, have firmly established themselves in the Central Florida craft beer scene.  Their lineup of Belgian-style brews, IPAs, barrel-aged beers, and oak-aged sours has earned 7venth Sun a stellar reputation that has craft beer lovers across the country eager to try anything coming out of the brewery.  Business has been good, and now Devon and Justin are ready to bring the 7venth Sun vibe to Tampa proper by opening a new brewery and taproom at 6809 North Nebraska Avenue.  It goes without saying that they have quite a bit planned for their Grand Opening Party on August 12, so let’s break it all down.

The Basics

What – Grand Opening of 7venth Sun Brewery – Tampa
When – Saturday, August 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Where – 6809 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa, Florida

The Beer

In addition to a full lineup of awesome 7venth Sun brews, this Grand Opening is going next level by featuring special collaborations with the following EIGHT breweries:

**UPDATE 8/11/17**  Here’s the full taplist for the event:

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The Food

7venth Sun has arranged for Ramen and Waffles Food Truck and Buddy Brew Coffee and Food to be on site to handle any grub and/or coffee needs you may encounter during the event.

The Entertainment

To keep the party going, Lowry Parcade will be onsite with a Pop Up setup of games, and live music will be provided by The Heavy Pets at 7 p.m.

This Grand Opening event is free to attend and pay as you go.  This is going be a hell of a good time so get your friends together, make a day out of it, and give 7venth Sun Brewery a proper welcome to Tampa on August 12.  Prost!

Magic City Brewfest Regroups, Relocates to Avondale Park

MCBFfeatureAfter unexpected issues with a previous venue, Free The Hops has found a new home for the 11th Annual Magic City Brewfest at Avondale Park (4101 5th Avenue South,
Birmingham, Alabama) on Saturday, July 29 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

In a turn of events that absolutely no one saw coming, the Alabama beer scene was rocked a little over a month ago when Free the Hops had to announce the postponement of the Magic City Brewfest.  After a mad scramble and some diligent hard-work, organizers were able to lock down Avondale Park as the new venue for the iconic, original Free the Hops festival.  Sure, the date had to be changed and the event had to be trimmed down to one session as a result, but the 11th Annual Magic City Brewfest still promises to be one of the best yet by boasting over “175 types of beer from over 70 breweries.”  Since this event is absolutely packed with amazing beer, delicious food, incredible live entertainment and insightful beer classrooms, we have quite a bit of information to go over.  Let’s break it all down.

The Basics

What – 11th Annual Magic City Brewfest
When – One Session: Saturday, July 29 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where – Avondale Park (4101 5th Avenue South, Birmingham, Alabama)

The Organization

“Free The Hops is a grassroots non-profit consumer advocacy organization whose successful lobbying efforts to reform hostile laws have helped make Alabama one of the most vibrant and welcoming beer markets in the USA. As a craft beer consumer advocacy organization, our mission is to work within our communities to educate the public, support the industry at large, and remain vigilant watch dogs on legislative processes. Started in 2004 by Alabamians with no ties to any alcoholic beverage business, Free The Hops was incorporated later that year and registered as an official 501(c)(6) non-profit in 2007. None of our members make any money off the grassroots effort.”

A New Focus

“This year, Free the Hops has overhauled their mission to focus more on education. We will be sharing a wealth of fun and useful knowledge, from an introduction to homebrewing and common off flavors in beer, to tips on pairing beer with food and maximizing your time at the festival. We will have an overview of the Cicerone curriculum, and details on various beer styles and serving methods.”

The Beer

In addition to showcasing over 175 beers from over 70 breweries, the 2017 Magic City Brewfest will also feature the following specialty releases:

  • Sponsored by The J. Clyde, the Alabama Cask Garden returns to feature one-off casks created by Alabama breweries exclusively for the Magic City Brewfest
  • The J. Clyde Fire Truck will be on-site to serve up some exclusive beers
  • This year’s Magic City Brewfest will also feature the Sister Cities Birmingham/Plzen Brewery Collaboration, a collaborative effort that had four Birmingham breweries (Cahaba Brewing Co., Avondale Brewing Co., Red Hills Brewing Company, and 5 Points Brewing) team up with breweries from Plzen, Czech Republic to create some exclusive beers for the festival.  Attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite collaboration brew from this series

The full brewery and beer list for the 2017 Magic City Brewfest is in the process of being compiled.  Once it is completed, you can view it by following this link.

The Food

The following local restaurants will be on-site to serve up some tasty eats during the event:

Food is not included in the ticket cost.  Once inside the festival, attendees will be able to purchase tokens to exchange for food.

The Music

To keep the energy up throughout the event, the Magic City Brewfest will feature the musical stylings of The Yellow Dandies and Tropical Breeze Steel Band.

Ticket Information

Tickets for the 11th Annual Magic City Brewfest are on sale now for the price of $40 each, and you can purchase yours by clicking here.  That price grants you entrance into the festival, a commemorative tasting glass, the ability to sample over 175 beers, and access to live entertainment and educational classrooms.

We said it before and we will say it again: Now that all the details are covered, this is the part where we give the Magic City Brewfest – and this goes for its sister Rocket City Brewfest in Huntsville – our full, honest endorsement as one of the finest and best organized beer festivals in the country.  The circumstances behind the postponement were unfortunate, but the Birmingham beer community has bounced back from much more difficulty in the past.  Why? Because rally behind each other, and because we love our breweries, our city and our state.  So, let’s rally once again and sell out this Magic City Brewfest as a sign of appreciation to all the amazing people at Free the Hops that organized this event and inspired so much change over the years.  What say you?  Let’s do this.  Prost!