LOKO Cuisine Brings Game of Scones: Eggs & Kegs Brunch to 7venth Sun Brewery

lokocuisinelogoOn Easter Sunday, April 21 at 11 a.m., LOKO Cuisine will celebrate the long-awaited return of Game of Thrones by hosting a Game of Scones: Eggs & Kegs event at the Tampa location of 7venth Sun Brewery (6809 N Nebraska Ave| Tampa, Florida).

Brunch is coming, and this time LOKO Cuisine has teamed up with Heights Meat Market and Bake n’ Babes to serve the ultimate Game-of-Thrones-inspired brunch at 7venth Sun Brewery.  This special Eggs & Kegs event will feature the following four-course menu that will be served buffet-style alongside a spread of delicious mini scones from Bake n’ Babes:

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7venth Sun will offer LOKO Raspberry Lemonade Gose and a lineup of limited-edition GoT-inspired beers as the perfect pairings for this brunch.  As an added bonus, this event will also serve as a can release for LOKO Raspberry Lemonade Gose.  If you find yourself in need of a caffeine fix while at this event, Ginger Beard Coffee will be on-site serving up their nitro infused coffee and tea (for an additional cost).

Tickets for Game of Scones are available now for $32.55 each, and you can purchase yours by clicking here. Ticket cost includes the four-course brunch and “one horn of ale or goblet of wine.” 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.

If you have been on the hunt for a spot that will satisfy your needs for both Easter brunch AND all the Game of Thrones conversation your Sci-Fi/Fantasy-lovin’ heart can handle, look no further than Game of Scones: Eggs & Kegs.  Just be sure to lock down your tickets as soon as possible because LOKO Cuisine events tend to sell out with a quickness.  Prost!


Iron Fist Brewing Introduces Cheap Suit as Newest Small Batch Experiment

Iron Fist Brewing (Vista, California) has officially announced that Cheap Suit Brown Ale will serve as the March release in its Small Batch Experiments Series.

Releasing as the second installment in Iron Fist’s newly-established Small Batch Experiments Series (preceded by the February release of Fresh Perspective IPL), Cheap Suit is a Golden Brown Ale that has been hopped with EKG and hit with an addition of tart cherries.  Far from what you would expect to get “from your traditional Brown English Ale”, this take on the Brown Ale style “boasts flavors of roasted malt with dried fruit overtones, and earthy hop notes.”  Weighing in at 5.2% ABV and 30 IBUs, Cheap Suit supplies its drinker with an experience that is “medium bodied, with a dry finish and full

“If this beer could talk… it would say, ‘take a seat my friend and get cozy. Let’s
watch the rain fall, the grass grow, and take in the day.’ The addition of tart cherries adds a bit of intrigue to the conversation, keeping it bright and adding a bit of wow.”


– Tom Garcia, Brewmaster at Iron Fist Brewing

Cheap Suit officially started pouring on draft at both Iron Fist Tap Room locations – Brewery & Tap Room in Vista, California | Barrio Logan Tap Room in San Diego, California – on March 8 and a limited-edition run of 500 12 oz. cans is expected to release any day now (keep an eye on Iron Fist’s Facebook page for release updates).  Like all releases in the Small Batch Experiments Series, Cheap Suit will be available exclusively in the brewery’s taprooms and will not see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for Cheap Suit from Iron Fist Brewing

Release – Limited/Small Batch Experiments Series; March 8, 2019
Style – Brown Ale
ABV – 5.2%
IBUs – 30
Featured Hops – EKG
Added Ingredients – Tart cherries 
Availability – 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – None. Available exclusively in Iron Fist’s Vista and Barrio Logan taprooms

TBBW 2019 Event: Hangover Day – Donuts & Dessert at 7venth Sun Brewery

7venthSunLogoBoth7venth Sun Brewery (Dunedin & Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will put the finishing touches on Tampa Bay Beer Week (TBBW) by hosting its 7th Annual Hangover Day: Donuts & Dessert on Sunday, March 10 at the brewery’s Tampa and Dunedin locations.

Organized to give Tampa Bay Beer Week attendees one last hurrah before they have to return to reality, 7venth Sun’s Hangover Day 2019 will end things on sweet note by taking on the theme of “Donuts and Dessert”.  Considering that this event is jam-packed with a plethora of donut and/or dessert-themed beers, guest brewers, and even a special bottle release, we think the best move here is to just break the whole thing down and give you all the details in a format that is both easy to read and navigate.  So . . . let’s get to it!

The Basics

What – Hangover Day 2019: Donuts & Dessert
When – Noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday, March 10
Where – 7venth Sun Brewery – Tampa |6809 N Nebraska Ave | Tampa, Florida AND 7venth Sun Brewery – Dunedin | 1012 E Broadway Ave | Dunedin, Florida

Guest Breweries

It is not a proper Hangover Day unless you get to suffer/celebrate with your friends, so 7venth Sun has invited representatives from the following breweries to hangout during the event:

The Tap Lists

The Hangover Day tap lists at both 7venth Sun locations will be absolutely massive and loaded down with a ridiculous amount of rare, tasty treats from 7venth Sun and those guest breweries mentioned above.  Here’s how the tap lists are looking at this time (all beers are 7venth Sun offering unless otherwise indicated):

Beers Available at Both 7venth Sun Locations

  • Cigar City Brewing | Donut Hunahpu’s
  • My Everything – Berliner with Blueberry, Blackberry, Raspberry, Lactose & Vanilla
  • Infinity & Jelly Donuts Berliner – Raspberry, Donuts & Vanilla
  • After School Special – Rice Krispy Treat Berliner
  • Skittlez – Berliner with Skittles Candy
  • Strawberry Shortcake Berliner
  • D’Artagnan – Milk Stout with 3 Musketeers Candy
  • Blackberry Lime Puff Berliner
  • Sour Patch Adults – Berliner with Sour Patch Kids Candy
  • Sprinkelz Donut Imperial Sweet Stout
  • Eat Your Cocoa Nibs – Bourbon Barrel -aged Imperial Stout with Cacao and Toasted Coconut
  • Double Chocolate Chip Flapjack – Imperial Sweet Stout with Cacao, Maple, Vanilla, Lactose and aged on Cypress Wood
  • Loco for the Coco – Imperial Sweet Stout with Cacao, Toasted Coconut and Lactose
  • Pecan Cheesecake Berliner
  • Bun Bar Stout – Imperial Sweet Stout with Pecan, Vanilla & Maple
  • Public Love – Mango Key-Lime Pie Wheat
  • Carrot Cake Belgian Seasonal with Carrot Cake, Allspice, Nutmeg & Brown Sugar
  • Chocolate Covered Orange Milk Stout
  • Mole con Cacahuetes – Imperial Sweet Stout with Peanut, Cacao, Chilies, Allspice, Cinnamon & Lactose
  • Raspberry Pistachio Imperial Sweet Stout
  • Guava, Key-lime Pie Berliner
  • The Upside Down – Belgian Golden Ale with Pineapple, Cherry & Vanilla
  • Chocolate Covered Strawberry Berliner
  • Monkey Wrecked – Bananas Foster Berliner
  • XOXOXOXO – Tequila Barrel Aged Imperial Sweet Stout with Coffee and Vanilla. 

Beers Available at 7venth Sun’s Tampa Location Only 

  • Calusa Brewing | Rollin’ Out – Cinnamon Roll Imperial Sweet Stout (Collaboration with Hidden Springs Ale Works)
  • Free Will Brewing Co. | Chocolate Coconut Ralphius – Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout
  • Reve Brewing | What the French Toast – Imperial Stout with Coffee, Cinnamon, Maple & Vanilla
  • Central State Brewing | Raspberry – Raspberry Lactose Sour
  • Late Start Brewing | TBA
  • B. Nektar Meadery | Believe – Apple Mead with Orange Blossom Honey

Beers Available at 7venth Sun’s Dunedin Location Only

  • B. Nektar MeaderyWildberry Pyment


Bottle Release

Hangover Day 2019 will also act as the bottle release for XOXOXOXO, a Tequila Barrel-aged Sweet Stout with Vanilla and Coffee.  Bottles of XOXOXOXO will be available for purchase at both 7venth Sun locations.  More info to come on pricing and bottle limits.

Alright, that should cover all the information currently available for Hangover Day 2019 at 7venth Sun Brewery.  If any more details surface before the event, we will be sure to update this post with that info just as soon as we get it.

If you are still in town on Sunday, be sure to swing by a 7venth Sun location and end your TBBW experience properly at Hangover Day.  This is a come as you are/pay-as-you-go event, so no tickets are needed to attend. All you need to bring is your ID, a way to pay for your beers, and the hangover that you will most definitely be nursing by Sunday.  See you all then. Prost!



TBBW 2019 Event: Double Barrel Fluffer Nutter Black Aggie Bottle Release at Hidden Springs Ale Works

HiddenSpringslogoOn Thursday, March 7 at 9 a.m., Hidden Springs Ale Works (Tampa, Florida) will hit Tampa Bay Beer Week with a bottle release of the highly-coveted Double Barrel Fluffer Nutter Black Aggie Imperial Stout.

Far more menacing than its name would lead you to believe, Double Barrel Fluffer Nutter Black Aggie is a Bourbon and Rye Whiskey barrel-aged Imperial Stout that has embraced the unholy alliance that is peanut butter and marshmallow.  Weighing in at sinister 13% ABV, Double Barrel Fluffer Nutter Black Aggie will have you succumbing to the darkness in no time.

The Double Barrel Fluffer Nutter Black Aggie bottle release will take place at Hidden Springs Ale Works (1631 N. Franklin St. | Tampa, Florida) at 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 7. Bottles will be $30 each and the brewery will announce the bottle limit 15 minutes before opening. Cash is preferred, but cards will be accepted.

A couple things to keep in mind if you plan to attend this bottle release:

  • Double Barrel Fluffer Nutter Black Aggie will only be available in bottles, no draft
  • Once doors open at 9 a.m., the Hidden Springs Tasting Room will stay open for service
  • Parking – Remember to park in Hidden Springs’ lot directly across the street, or on the street up and down Franklin, on Henderson just west of Tampa, or on 7th Ave.
  • Once you are in line, make sure that you hug the wall so that foot traffic will not be affected on the sidewalks
  • Above all, please be respectful of the brewery’s neighbors. This is a weekday release and local businesses will be open

Since this is Tampa Bay Beer Week and there will be no shortage of stout-lovin’ beer enthusiasts in town, Double Barrel Fluffer Nutter Black Aggie is guaranteed to sell out rather quickly.  If you are hoping to land a bottle, just make sure that you get to Hidden Springs good and early on March 7 and hope that the beer gods shine on you when the official head count is conducted.  Best of luck out there.  Prost!

TBBW 2019 Event: Tampa Bay Beer Week Bottle Releases at Cigar City Brewing

CCBnewlogoCigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will hold five days of bottle releases – Sunday, March 3 through Thursday, March 7 – during Tampa Bay Beer Week (TBBW) 2019.

Last year, Cigar City surprised its fans during TBBW with a series of bottle releases that they called a Barrel-Aged Countdown to Hunahpu’s Day 2018.  Since those releases proved to be an incredible success, the brewery has decided to break out five more tempting barrel-aged brews – all Stouts this time around – for TBBW 2019.  The schedule/lineup for this year’s releases is as follows:

Bottle Release Schedule

  • Sunday, March 3Manson Lamps. | Bourbon Barrel-aged Sweet Stout with Coconut
  • Monday, March 4Tip Top Cafe. | Rye Whiskey Barrel-aged Imperial Stout with Mostra Coffee
  • Tuesday, March 5Yes, Always. | Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout
  • Wednesday, March 6Emotional Support Duck. | Brandy Barrel-aged Imperial Stout with Peanuts, Raspberries, and Blackberries
  • Thursday, March 7The Smiling Nut. | Rye Whiskey Barrel-aged Imperial Stout with Pistachios and Vanilla

Each beer will release on its respective date at 11 a.m. in Cigar City’s Tasting Room (3924 W. Spruce St | Tampa, Florida) for the price of $19.50 each. There are currently no bottle limits in place, but it is possible that this could change based on each day’s turnout.  You best believe that these barrel-aged goodies will sell out quickly, so make sure that you get to Cigar City Brewing as close to opening as possible for each release.  Prost!


Heavy Seas Beer Sets Date for Taproom Release of Joose Cannon

45718056452_40d9331d94_z (2)Heavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) has officially announced that it will release Joose Cannon, a Hazy Juicy IPA brewed with tangerine, exclusively in its taproom on March 8, 2019.

Arriving as the first offering to come out of Heavy Seas’ 15 bbl brewhouse in 2019, Joose Cannon is a Hazy Juicy India Pale Ale that serves as “an exciting twist on [the brewery’s] flagship IPA, Loose Cannon.”  With a hefty amount of oats and wheat supplying the haze, Joose Cannon (7.25% ABV) goes next level with huge tropical and citrus aromas sourced from “an alternate dry-hopping procedure, along with tangerine puree and massive doses of Citra and Simcoe hops.”

“After developing Citra Cannon, we decided we should take the ‘Juicy IPA’ concept to another level. Thus, Joose Cannon was born,” says Heavy Seas Brewmaster, Christopher Leonard. “I was blown away by the aroma and bright, fresh flavor of the tangerine puree, so incorporating it into Joose Cannon was a no-brainer. We’re having a lot of fun with the releases on the 15 bbl brewhouse so far and I am confident this one will make a lot of people very happy!”

Joose Cannon will release exclusively in the Heavy Seas Taproom on Friday, March 8 with availability in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft.  This Limited Release offering will not see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for Joose Cannon from Heavy Seas Beer

Release – Limited/Taproom Exclusive; March 8, 2019
Style – Hazy Juicy India Pale Ale
ABV – 7.25%
Hops – Warrior, Simcoe & Citra
Malts – Marris Otter, Oats, Malted Wheat, Munich & Caramalt
Fun Fact – “The Joose Cannon label artwork was designed by local Baltimore artist, Owen Murphy, of One Drop Design Studio, who also designed Heavy Seas’ 23 Anniversary beer label this past December. All the taproom exclusive beer labels will be designed by Owen in 2019.”
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – None/Taproom Exclusive

TBBW 2019 Event: Campfire S’mores Sweet Stout Bottle Release at Rapp Brewing

RappLogoRapp Brewing Company (Seminole, Florida) has officially announced that it will be getting in on the Tampa Bay Beer Week 2019 festivities by hosting a bottle release for Campfire S’mores Sweet Stout at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 8.

It just would not be Tampa Bay Beer Week without a special bottle release from Rapp Brewing Company, and this year they are mixing things up a bit by going the Sweet Stout route.  Just as its name would lead you to believe, Campfire S’mores is a s’mores-inspired Sweet Stout filled with “that ooey gooey goodness when the marshmallow and chocolate melt together with a light char from the campfire.”  Coming in at smooth sipping 7.3% ABV, each warming sip of Campfire S’mores promises to conjure up memories of “nights camping in the wilderness and roasting s’mores on a stick.”

Campfire S’mores Sweet Stout will officially release at 4 p.m. on March 8 and is expected to sell out quickly.  This Limited Release offering will be available in 22 oz. bottles for the price of $15 each (bottle limits have yet to be determined).  Due to the limited nature of this release, Campfire S’mores will not be available on draft.  Prost!


7venth Sun Brewery & LOKO Cuisine Team Up for Valentine’s-Themed Triple Bottle Release

7venthSunLOKO_edited7venth Sun Brewery (Dunedin & Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will host “For the Love of Chocolate!”, a special bottle release event featuring three chocolate-centric beers brewed in collaboration with LOKO Cuisine, on Thursday, February 14.

To bring the appropriate amount of chocolaty goodness to your Valentine’s Day this year, 7venth Sun Brewery recently brought in John LoScalzo of LOKO Cuisine to “put his creative, wonderful and talented chef brain to work on some delicious beer ideas” that all feature cacao nibs from Pinellas Chocolate.  As usual, LoScalzo came through to produce some amazing flavor combinations that he and the brewery translated into the following three culinary-inspired Imperial Sweet Stouts that will be featured at the “For the Love of Chocolate!” Bottle Release (descriptions sourced directly from 7venth Sun’s event page on Facebook):

  • LOKO for the Coco – Chocolate & toasted coconut Imperial Sweet Stout (a distant relative of Eat Your Coco Nibs, for those who are acquainted)
  • Mole con Cacahuetes – Mole is typically made with a plethora of ingredients from the pantry like chili, spices, chocolate and nuts. We chose peanuts to blend with the complex flavors of this Imperial Sweet Stout with guajillo and ancho chilies, cacao nibs, roasted peanuts, cinnamon, allspice and lactose.
  • Double Chocolate Chip Flapjack Stack – If you don’t know, brunch is pretty much LOKO Cuisine’s jam – so we couldn’t neglect a brunch-inspired beer. Gossip with your friends over this Imperial Sweet Stout with cacao nibs, maple, vanilla and lactose aged on cypress wood. (seriously it tastes like chocolate chip pancakes)

All three beers above are priced at $17 per bottle and will go on sale at both 7venth Sun locations at noon on Valentine’s Day.  These beers will be available as long as supplies last and there will be no bottle limits.

In addition to the triple bottle release, “For the Love of Chocolate!” will also feature a few special beer tappings at both 7venth Sun locations.  As far as food goes, Xtreme Tacos will be at the Tampa location at 6 p.m. to collaborate with LOKO Cuisine on “a mole chicken Valentine’s dinner special” that will pair beautifully with the featured beers.  Guests attending in Dunedin are encouraged to venture next door to HopScotch Cafe to experience their “charcuterie and cheese boards in addition to their delicious salads and sandwiches.”

For those keeping score at home, this event features indulgent levels of chocolate, decadent adult beverages, and delicious food options.  So . . . it pretty much sounds like 7venth Sun and LOKO Cuisine just handled all your Valentine’s Day needs in one sweet package.  Whether you are in Dunedin or Tampa, do the right thing, swing by a 7venth Sun location and treat yourself (and anyone you feel inclined to bring along) to everything this “For the Love of Chocolate!” event has to offer.  Prost!

Birdsong Brewing Co. Set to Release Two Barrel-aged Stout Variants on Valentine’s Day

BirdsonglogoBirdsong Brewing Co. (Charlotte, North Carolina) has announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Prehistoric Dog and Turtles on Pterodactyls on Thursday, February 14.

Officially billed as the first time that Birdsong Brewing Co. will release two variants of the same beer on the same day, this incredibly special Valentine’s Day can release will feature the following two Barrel-aged Stouts (beer descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s press release):

  • Prehistoric Dog – the base beer, an Imperial Stout aged in Booker’s Bourbon Barrels. Robust stout with notes of chocolate, espresso, toffee and the undeniable notes of Booker’s – intense and complex medley of oak, leather and caramel.  ABV – 10.5%  IBUs – 60
  • Turtles on Pterodactyls – the variant. This version of the Imperial Stout is aged in Four Roses Bourbon Barrels with cacao nibs and cinnamon added. There are strong notes of cacao, sweet/spicy notes from the cinnamon, Bowman says, and a smoother bourbon nose and note from the softer Four Roses barrels.  ABV – 10.5%  IBUs – 60

“We have done variants of other recipes and released at a later date, often a much smaller release than the first,” says Jeff Bowman, Birdsong lead brewer. “We are very excited to have both of these beers come out at the same time as they each stand on their own and are two of our favorite beers.  Being able to sample them side by side and taste the similarities and differences between the two is something we look forward to enjoying and conversing about — and think our customers will too.”

Prehistoric Dog and Turtles on Pterodactyls will be available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans ($18 each) and on draft in Birdsong Brewing Co.’s taproom beginning on February 14 and limited distribution is expected to follow shortly after the on-site release.  You can expect to find both of these Limited Release beers at select craft beer-focused establishments located within Birdsong’s distribution footprint in North Carolina.  Prost!



Hidden Springs Ale Works Sets Release Date for In Between Dreams

HiddenSpringslogoHidden Springs Ales Works (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will hold a bottle release for In Between Dreams on Saturday, February 9.

Crafted to be the liquid portal that “[takes] take you down the rabbit hole and into a surrealist world of endless possibilities”, In Between Dreams is an Imperial Stout with chocolate, vanilla and hazelnut that has been double barrel-aged in cognac and bourbon barrels.  Looming at 12% ABV, this is one stout that you do not want to sleep on.

The In Between Dreams bottle release will take place at Hidden Springs Ale Works (1631 N. Franklin St. | Tampa, Florida) at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 9.  Bottles will be $30 each and the brewery will announce the bottle limit 15 minutes before opening.  Cash is preferred, but cards will be accepted.

A couple things to keep in mind if you plan to attend this bottle release:

  • Parking – Remember to park in Hidden Springs’ lot directly across the street, or on the street up and down Franklin, on Henderson just west of Tampa, or on 7th Ave.
  • Once you are in line, make sure that you hug the wall so that foot traffic will not be affected on the sidewalks
  • Above all, please be respectful of the brewery’s neighbors

In Between Dreams will not see distribution and is expected to sell out with a quickness.  If you wish to get your hands on a bottle, make sure that you are in line for the 10:45 head count on Saturday and just hope that you make the cut. Good luck out there.  Prost!

Label artwork designed by Arielle Katarina Illustration