LOKO Cuisine to Host THAI- PA Eggs & Kegs Brunch at Cigar City Brewing

lokocuisinelogoOn Sunday, July 15 at 11 a.m., LOKO Cuisine will set up shop at Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) to treat attendees to a Thai-inspired, IPA-fueled Eggs & Kegs brunch that they have aptly named THAI-PA.

For this installment of Eggs & Kegs, John LoScalzo and the LOKO Cuisine crew will be showcasing their full arsenal of Thai flavors in the following “sweet, sour, salty and spicy” self-serve, four-course THAI-PA menu:

 

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To cover the IPA portion of this brunch, Cigar City will be pouring the following three hop-laden brews that have been infused with Thai culinary ingredients specifically for this event:

  • Jai Alai India Pale Ale with Lemongrass, Thai Basil & Chili 
  • Space Pope India Pale Ale with Buddha’s Hand Citrus & Ginger
  • Pants! Pants! Pants! Double India Pale Ale with Coconut & Kaffir Lime

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 Thai coffee and tea on tap (coffee & tea not included in ticket cost).

Tickets for Eggs & Kegs: THAI-PA 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.

We are less than a week out from THAI-PA: Eggs & Kegs and tickets are somehow still available for this limited seating event.  Do yourself a favor and take advantage of this situation by securing your seats now because there is sure to be a sellout-creating mad scramble for tickets at any moment.  Make it happen.  Prost!

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Creature Comforts Brewing Co. Schedules Bottle Release Event for Arcadiana Barrel-Aged Saison

creaturecomfortslogo_editedOn Saturday, July 21 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) will close down its Tasting Room to host the very special Arcadiana Bottle Release Celebration.

Previously released as a “clean” (a.k.a. non-wild) Saison back in 2015, Arcadiana triumphantly returns later this month as “a saison brewed with American and European hops, that aged in wine barrels for one year with the brewery’s house-mixed culture of yeast and bacteria.”  This treatment results in a “soft, lightly tart” Saison that offers “citrus and berry notes on the palate.”

“Saisons are so tied to the land. It’s a seasonal beer that’s based on the farm from which the beers were made. We always try to loop in a local source to our farmhouse styles of beer.”

 

– Wood Cellar and Specialty Brand Manager Blake Tyers on the use of wine barrels sourced from Yonah Mountain Vineyards in Cleveland, Georgia

The Arcadiana Bottle Release Celebration will be a private, ticketed event held on July 21 in the Creature Comforts Brewing Co. Tasting Room. Tickets will be available through Xorbia beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 7 (click here for a direct link to the ticket page).  Tickets cost $60 each and include “36oz of beer to taste onsite with a special draft list, 2 bottles of Arcadiana to take home, small plates of food paired with the beer, and a vintage [Creature Comforts] Four Year Anniversary stemware. Guests will have the opportunity to purchase more bottles onsite” during the event.  You must be 21 or older to attend the Arcadiana Bottle Release Celebration and this is a “ticket holder only event.” Prost!

Vital Information for Arcadiana from Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

Release – Limited; July 21, 2018
Style – Saison
ABV – 6.2%
Treatment – Aged in wine barrels – sourced from Yonah Mountain Vineyards –  for one year with the brewery’s house-mixed culture of yeast & bacteria
Fun Fact – On Arcadiana’s name & label artwork: “The beer’s name is a reference to the poetic idea of Arcadia – a utopia where people live in harmony with the natural world. The label is a watercolor illustration created by local artist and Creature Comforts staff member Melissa Merrill.”
Availability – 750ml bottles
Distribution – None; available only at a ticketed, brewery-only bottle release event

Arkane Aleworks to Host Terrible 2 Year Anniversary Party

Arkaneglass_edited.jpgFrom noon to midnight on Saturday, June 30, Arkane Aleworks (Largo, Florida) will throw what they are lovingly calling a Terrible 2 Year Anniversary Party that will feature over 50 different beers.

To properly celebrate two successful years of independent craft brewing, the folks at Arkane Aleworks are going big by assembling one hell of tap list to treat their fans to at their Terrible 2 Year Anniversary throwdown.  With over 50 different featured brews and plenty of other details to cover, we are just going to break this event’s info down for ease of use and navigation.  Let’s get at it:

The Basics

What – Arkane Aleworks Terrible 2 Year Anniversary
When – Saturday, June 30 from noon to midnight
Where – Arkane Aleworks |2480 E Bay Dr #23 | Largo, Florida

The Beer

The folks at the brewery plan to rotate out over 50 different Arkane Aleworks beers during this event.  The full tap list has not yet been released, but Arkane has revealed the following list of teasers:

  • Imaginary Butterflies – Mango Key Lime Pie Florida Weisse
  • Grandma Fingers Cobbler’s Knob – Blueberry Cobbler Sour
  • Hop Tart – Sour IPA
  • Passion Fruit Hop Tart – Sour IPA with Passion Fruit
  • Can’t Elope – Cantaloupe Florida Weisse
  • Tropical Insurrection – Guava Strawberry Sour
  • Fruited Hostility – Peach Strawberry Sour
  • Chocolate Starscream – Blackberry Raspberry Dark Sour with Pinellas Chocolate Company Cocoa Nibs
  • Coffee Starscream – Blackberry Raspberry Dark Sour with coffee from Buddy Brew Coffee
  • Gimme Swelter – Mango Habanero Florida Weisse
  • Lime-on Meringue – Vanilla Lime FL Weisse
  • Beetlejuice – Black Currant Sour with Spices and Beets
  • Humpty Plumpty – Plum Florida Weisse with Cinnamon
  • Transatlantic Shenanigans – Boysenberry Coriander Florida Weisse collaboration with Galway Bay Brewery
  • Carpet Rye’d – Rye Gose
  • Cherry Poppa – Cherry Limeade Sour
  • Mezkin Blackbird – Blackberry Sage Gose

As mentioned above, this is not the complete tap list.  Arkane Aleworks promises that a wide array of additional sours, collaboration beers, IPAs, Imperial Stouts and a few light beers will be added to the rotation during the party.  We will be sure to update you here just as soon as the brewery reveals more details concerning the tap list.  Stay tuned.

How It Will Work

  • This is a pay as you go event. There will be no admission fee.
  • You will have to purchase Arkane Aleworks (AA) tokens to purchase beer.
  • AA tokens will be available for $3 each or seven (7) tokens for $20
  • One AA Token = a half pour  |  Two AA Tokens = a full pour (in most cases)
  • Tokens will be available at the bar register for credit card and cash purchases.  Tokens will also be available outside the front door for cash only.

Other Info

  • The party will take place in the tasting room and beer garden at Arkane Aleworks
  • This event is rain or shine
  • There will be food available for purchase in the beer garden during the event.  Details coming soon.

That should just about cover all the information currently available for the Terrible 2 Year Anniversary, but Arkane Aleworks is sure to release more details as the event date draws closer.  We will update this post with any additional info just as soon as we get our hands on it.

If you are in the area and free on June 30, be sure to head over to Largo so that you can raise a glass with the Arkane Aleworks crew to two amazing years and the many more ahead of them.  Prost!

The Unknown Brewing Co. Set for Limited Release of Kitten Snuggles

Outlook-l4nxiry0On Friday, May 25 at 6 p.m., The Unknown Brewing Co. (Charlotte, North Carolina) will host a special beer release event to honor the long-awaited return of Kitten Snuggles Farmhouse Ale.

Originally released in 2016 as a one-off, Kitten Snuggles is a Farmhouse-style Ale “brewed with milk sugar, fuzzy apricots and YES, catnip flowers!” Introduced as a late addition in the brewing process, those catnip flowers add “a subtle earthy green tea flavor and aroma” to the beer’s more pronounced “creamy apricot deliciousness.” Kitten Snuggles weighs in at a cuddle-inducing 9% ABV.

To take this Kitten Snuggles beer release to a literal level, The Unknown Brewing Co. has partnered “with Mac Tabby Café and there will be cute little kittens for you to snuggle with while you are drinking in the taproom” during the event.  If that is not enough to catch you right in the feels, the brewery “will also be donating $1 from every pint sold from [its] ‘Charity Tap’ to the rescue efforts of Catering to Cats and Dogs.”

16 oz. cans of Kitten Snuggles will officially release in the taproom at The Unknown Brewing Co. (1327 S Mint St | Charlotte, North Carolina) at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 25.  This taproom-only release will be extremely limited, and the brewery warns that “it’s going to be hard to get your paws on it.” With that in mind, just get to the brewery on time, secure your stash of Kitten Snuggles, and settle in for an unforgettable evening filled with soft purrs and tickly kitten kisses.  Prost!

Marker 48 Brewing Commemorates Local Legend with John Reeves Incident Double IPA Beer Release Event

John Reeves Incident Label PhotoBeginning at noon on Sunday, May 27, Marker 48 Brewing (Weeki Wachee, Florida) will add some local lore to its Memorial Day Weekend festivities by hosting the brewery’s 2nd Annual The John Reeves Incident Bottle Release and UFO Celebration.

Did you know that the Brooksville area of Florida that Marker 48 Brewing calls home was once referred to as the “UFO Capital of the World”? It is totally true, and the source of this designation can be tracked back to one encounter in particular: The John Reeves Incident.  The folks at Marker 48 Brewing are very dedicated to increasing awareness of this local legend and that is why they are once again hosting The John Reeves Incident Bottle Release and UFO Celebration on Sunday, May 27.

Between the story of John Reeves, info on the release of The John Reeves Incident Hazy Double IPA and the party itself, we certainly have a lot to go over when it comes to this event.  So, what do you say we just break it all down?

The Basics

What – The John Reeves Incident Double IPA Bottle Release & UFO Celebration
When – Sunday, May 27. Bottle release begins at noon and the party starts at 6:30 p.m.
Where – Marker 48 Brewing | 12147 Cortez Blvd. (S.R. 50) | Weeki Wachee, Florida 34613

The Story 

“John Reeves lived in the Brooksville area of Florida and, like many of us, enjoyed traipsing around in the beautiful woodlands of The Nature Coast. Then one day, in 1961, he came upon a saucer-shaped craft parked in the wilderness, with tall, luminous beings near it.

Those beings, it turns out, arrived from the stars, and over the next few years John Reeves befriended them. In fact, in 1968, his alien friends flew him to their base on the far side of our moon, where he spent hours exploring before returning with a small bottle of gray lunar dust and a softball-sized chunk of rock. In doing so, he became the first man to walk on the moon’s surface — a year before Neil Armstrong did it.

Or so the story goes.”

Click here if you would like to read a more detailed account of the John Reeves incident.

The Beer Release

This event will be headlined by the bottle release of The John Reeves Incident Double IPA, a hazy Double India Pale Ale “brewed with Galaxy, Simcoe, and several experimental hops to create a delicious balanced brew with citrus and tropical flavors that might just send your taste buds into outer space.”  A limited number of 750ml bottles of The John Reeves Incident will go on sale for $20 each at noon on May 27.  The John Reeves Incident Double IPA will also be pouring on draft as long as supplies last.

The UFO Celebration

The UFO Party will kick off at 6:30 p.m. when the Texas-based Ally Venable Band takes the stage in Marker 48’s beer garden.  At 9 p.m., there will be an Alien/UFO Costume Contest that will award prizes for best female, best male, and best couple costumes.

In addition to the entertainment, the celebration will also feature the following:

  • A free photo booth set up to snap your own souvenir pics
  • Food trucks BarbieCue, Nina’s Wood Fire Pizza and Nina Cucina Cheesesteaks and Appetizers will be on site to cover any needs in the grub department
  • T-shirts to commemorate Mr. Reeves and his otherworldly friends will be available for purchase

Alright, that should cover all the information currently available on Marker 48’s The John Reeves Incident Bottle Release and UFO Celebration.  If you are in the area and looking for something fun to get into this Memorial Day Weekend, head over to Marker 48 for the unique opportunity to celebrate a real deal, documented alien encounter.  Just make sure that you arrange a safe way home because I am pretty sure that aliens probe those foolish enough to drive impaired.  Prost!

 

7venth Sun Brewery & IchiLOKO Join Forces for Freak Your Tiki Beer Dinner & Can Release

LOKOlargeOn Sunday, June 3, LOKO Cuisine and Ichicoro Ramen will team up once again with 7venth Sun Brewery – Tampa (6809 N Nebraska Ave | Tampa, Florida) to host a very special IchiLOKO: Freak Your Tiki Can Release and Beer Dinner.

The creative culinary minds from LOKO Cuisine and Ichicoro (a.k.a. IchiLOKO) will welcome the approaching summer by going tiki and island-inspired for the latest installment in their collaboration series.  Kicking off at 5 p.m. on June 3, the IchiLOKO: Freak Your Tiki Beer Dinner will be an all-you-can-eat, self-serve feast featuring a spread of delicious tropical island dishes that have been given that signature IchiLOKO flair.  As an added bonus, The Revolution Ice Cream Company will get in on the action by “creating boozy treats to cool you off” during the dessert portion of the meal.  The menu speaks for itself and we will allow it to do just that:

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To cover the beer portion of the dinner, 7venth Sun Brewery will be pouring up seven different tiki cocktail-inspired beers AND a Tart Wheat Brett Beer with Pineapple and Orange Zest brewed in collaboration with Overflow Brewing Company.

Tickets for the Freak Your Tiki Beer Dinner are available now for $32.10 each, and you can purchase yours by clicking here. Ticket cost includes the all-you-can-eat dinner 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.

In addition to the beer dinner, 7venth Sun will also be doing a Limited Release of a Tiki Beer in cans.  The can release will begin at noon on June 3 and the cost of the cans are not included in the beer dinner’s ticket cost.  You do not have to attend the beer dinner to participate in the can release.  Also, if things work out, there may be a special bottle release as well.  We will be sure to update you here just as soon as any further information surfaces on the can release and that possible bottle release.  Stay tuned.

If you are free on June 3 and interested in enjoying a Sunday full of awesome in the Seminole Heights area of Tampa, it sounds like the IchiLOKO: Freak Your Tiki festivities at 7venth Sun have you covered.  Just keep in mind that IchiLOKO events tend to sell out quickly, so you should probably just go ahead and lock down your tickets ASAP.  Prost!

Straight to Ale to Celebrate 8th Anniversary with Two Parties

STA8thNookStraight To Ale (Huntsville, Alabama) has announced plans to recognize its 8th Anniversary with a special Beer Release Event at The Nook on May 1 AND an Anniversary Party at the brewery on May 5.

Eight years ago, Straight To Ale began brewing beer in Huntsville at a time when Alabama’s craft beer community was more of a hopeful idea than a reality.  Since then, Straight To Ale has outgrown two previous locations, moved to set up shop in the truly special Campus 805 facility, expanded distribution to seven states, and firmly established itself as one of the finest breweries producing in an exploding Alabama beer scene. Realizing that these many accomplishments call for a celebration, Straight To Ale has decided to recognize its 8th Anniversary by holding TWO parties this week.

Straight To Ale will kick off the festivities at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1 at The Nook (3305 Bob Wallace Ave SW | Huntsville, Alabama), the Huntsville craft beer bar that has served as a second home and pillar of support over the years for both up-and-coming and long-standing Alabama craft breweries. In addition to providing Straight To Ale fans with their first opportunity to taste the brewery’s 8th Anniversary Quad, this Brew Release event will also feature other special releases, merch giveaways, and various specials on food items.

The second Anniversary Party will take place at the brewery (2610 Clinton Ave | Huntsville, Alabama) beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 5.  This event will feature the release of Straight To Ale’s 8th Anniversary Quad, a whole mess of special brews, live music, brewery tours, educational classes and more.  The official schedule for this party is as follows:

  • 11 a.m. – Tapping of the 8th Anniversary Quad
  • Noon – Brewery Tour
  • 1 p.m. – Class with Head Brewer, Bob Gile, more details TBA
  • 2 p.m. – Brewery Tour
  • 3 p.m. – Distilling Class, more details TBA
  • 4 p.m. – Brewery Tour
  • 7 p.m. – Live music from Me and My Knife
  • 8 p.m. – Live music from BGH
  • 9 p.m. – Live music from Property

Alright, that should just about cover all the details currently available for these events.  If you are free this week and in the area, be sure to hit up one (or both) of these parties so that you can join the Straight To Ale crew in raising a glass to eight great years and the many more ahead.  Prost!

Field Trip: 8th Annual Brews With Attitude Beer Fest

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The Funky Buddha crew serving the thirsty masses at Brews With Attitude.

Not too long ago, the folks at Pepin Distributing Company graciously offered us the opportunity to attend their 8th Annual Brews with Attitude Beer Fest.  Here’s a recap and photographic account of our experience at the event.

As soon as you make it through the entrance gate at Brews With Attitude, you walk into an expansive circle drive that is absolutely packed with a substantial selection of food trucks, a random spread of merchandise vendors, and a plethora of beer stations that are pouring from brewery branded trucks, under tents and in elaborate trailers.  As you work through the crowd, the event has the feel of a pretty standard beer festival . . . well, that is until you make it to the massive, fire-adorned fountain and step foot into Tpepin’s Hospitality Centre.

With outer corridors that display countless pieces of antique breweriana and house lavish billiards and trophy rooms, the core of this gorgeous space is comprised of a grand ballroom that is lined on one side by a stunning bar.  Once the grandiose nature of the space has been fully realized and appreciated, it becomes quite clear that this event is just as much a trade show as it is a beer festival.  The tables occupying the ballroom are all fully stocked with literature on their respective breweries, point of sale items and swag, newsletter sign-up sheets, detailed descriptions of each beer being poured, and various other informative items.  If all that were somehow not impressive enough, almost every brewery – whether from down the street or across the world – had at least one representative in attendance to answer questions and mingle with the crowd.  It is an incredibly professional display that was set up so that each brewery could easily engage its audience and establish long-lasting relationships with its customers.

With that said, we do not want you to think this was just a stodgy affair only meant for the exchange of business cards because that is not at all the case.  The attendees and brewery representatives seamlessly shifted from establishing contacts to doling out high-fives and “WOO” moments.  The overall focus was the beer, but the experience was more choose your own adventure.  If you were there to learn more about your favorite breweries and beers, there were dozens of people there ready to share that information with you over a brew.  If you were just after a night out with friends, you could engage full-on beer fest mode and sample a vast array of tasty beers from open to close.  You had the option to fully immerse yourself in one extreme or the other . . . or a healthy mix of the two.  Because of this level of versatility, Brews With Attitude firmly establishes itself as a unique event and one hell of a good time.

Want further proof? Well, just go ahead and check out the photos below and hopefully they will inspire you to join us at next year’s installment of Brews With Attitude.  Prost!

 

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Tampa’s Brews With Attitude Beer Fest Returns for 8th Year

BWATruckOn Tuesday, April 3 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Pepin Distributing Company will welcome Tampa’s beer community to TPepin’s Hospitality Centre for the 8th Annual Brews With Attitude Beer Fest.

Promising to be “bigger and better than ever”, Brews With Attitude is returning for its eighth year of celebrating Pepin Distributing Company’s fine portfolio of craft, import and specialty beer offerings.  Since this event boasts a spread of over 200 beers and ciders, a convoy of food trucks and various other activities to enjoy, there is a good amount of information for us to go over.  What do you say we break it all down?

The Basics

What – Brews With Attitude Beer Fest 2018
When – Tuesday, April 3 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where – TPepin’s Hospitality Centre | 4121 N. 50th Street | Tampa, Florida

What to Expect

  • Guests will be able to sample over 200 Craft Brands from over 50 breweries. This will include one-off releases from select participating breweries. Beer/Brewery List Coming Soon!
  • Tampa’s finest food trucks will be on-site to satisfy any food cravings you may encounter during the festival
  • Live musical entertainment will be supplied by the Dave Valliere Group
  • A variety of hand-rolled cigars will be available for purchase as well

Ticket Info

Tickets for Brews With Attitude are available now for $40 each and you can purchase yours by clicking here.  Ticket cost includes a commemorative tasting glass, the ability to sample over 200 beers, and access to live entertainment.  Food, non-alcoholic beverages and cigars will be available for an additional cost.  If the event does not sell out in advance, tickets will be available for purchase – with either cash or credit – at the door on the day of the event.

Alright, that should just about cover all the information currently available for the upcoming Brews With Attitude Beer Fest.  With that said, the folks at Pepin Distributing Company have promised to send us an update in the coming days, and we will pass that information along just as soon as we have it. Stay tuned.

If you are free on April 3 and looking to sample some tasty beverages, just go ahead and block out that date on your calendar now, get your friends together, lock down some tickets and meet us at TPepin’s Hospitality Centre so that we can all raise a glass together at Brews With Attitude 2018.  Prost!

LOKO Cuisine to host Stanger Things Easter Brunch at 7venth Sun Brewery

lokocuisinelogoOn Sunday, April 1 at 11 a.m., LOKO Cuisine and 7venth Sun Brewery – Tampa (6809 N Nebraska Ave | Tampa, Florida) will team up to turn your Easter feast upside down with a special Stanger Things Brunch event.

In recognition of the “first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox” (a.k.a. Easter and April Fool’s Day), LOKO Cuisine will set up shop at 7venth Sun Brewery’s Tampa location to serve the following “4-course menu inspired by characters, predatory creatures and alternative dimensions from the science-fiction horror series Stranger Things”:

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Since this event is also a play on the name of one of 7venth Sun’s co-founders, Justin Stange, the brewery will be offering his Stange Beer “along with The Pineapple Upside Down Kolsch and D’Artagnan 3 Musketeers Milk Stout” as perfect pairing options for the menu listed above.  One pint or snifter of equal value is included in the cost of the meal, but you will have the option to purchase additional pours à la carte if you wish to do so.

In addition to the beer and brunch pairing, Lowry Parcade will also be on-site with some retro arcade games and the event’s ambiance will be properly set with a soundtrack of killer 80’s tunes.  Nitro infused cold brew coffee options from Ginger Beard Coffee will also be available for an additional cost.

Tickets for the Stanger Things Brunch 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.

Fair Warning: LOKO Cuisine events tend to sell out quickly.  If you are free on April 1 and wish to relive the awesomeness that was the 80’s while you get your grub on, be sure to lock down your tickets for the Stanger Things Brunch as soon as possible.  Prost!