Heavy Seas Beer & Royal Farms Collaborate on World Famous Pilsner

Heavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of World Famous Pilsner, a special collaboration project with Royal Farms, in late June 2020.

Created to commemorate “Royal Farm’s wildly popular Chicken Palooza event as it enters its third year,” World Famous is a “crisp, clean Pilsner . . . brewed to pair perfectly with Royal Farm’s World Famous fried chicken.” Although it can be thoroughly enjoyed on its own, World Famous Pilsner (5% ABV) “tastes even better with RoFo fried chicken and Western fries. A match made in B’more heaven – start your voyage today!”

“I am a huge fan of RoFo chicken and have found a crisp, clean lager to be the perfect style of beer to compliment the subtle spice and yes, unctuous deliciousness, of a RoFo breast or wing,” says Heavy Seas Brewmaster, Christopher Leonard. “We’ve added a touch of citrus flair to the aroma and flavor of this pilsner-style lager with the deft addition of Citra hops late in the boil and in the fermenter. At 5.0% ABV, it pairs beautifully with Royal Farms chicken, yet has just enough complexity of flavor to be enjoyable on its own.”

“When Heavy Seas came to us with this idea, we got so excited! Heavy Seas is known for creating delicious and creative varieties of beer, and we are known for our ‘World Famous’ fried chicken. The fact we are both Baltimore born and based was the icing on the cake. Both teams came together to design the beer in person to ensure it really does pair perfectly for our RoFo and beer loving customer.” Says Shelby Kemp, Marketing Project Manager for Royal Farms.

World Famous Pilsner – available in 6-packs of 16 oz. cans – will debut with a curbside can release at Heavy Seas Brewery on June 26 – 28. If you cannot make the can release, worry not because World Famous Pilsner will also be available for a limited time at 40 Royal Farms locations that carry beer and wine throughout Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania beginning in July. Prost!

Vital Information for World Famous Pilsner from Heavy Seas Beer & Royal Farms

Release – Limited; late June/July 2020
Style – Pilsner
ABV – 5%
Featured Hops – Citra
Suggested Food Pairing – RoFo fried chicken & Western fries
Availability – 6-packs of 16 oz. cans
Distribution – 40 Royal Farms locations that carry beer & wine throughout Maryland, Virginia & Pennsylvania beginning in July 2020

LOKO Cuisine & BarrieHaus Beer Co. Team Up for Grab & Go Father’s Day Eggs & Kegs Brunch

On Sunday, June 21 at 11 a.m., the crew at LOKO Cuisine will set up shop at BarrieHaus Beer Co. (1403 E. 5th Ave. | Tampa, Florida) to host a special Grab & Go edition of Eggs & Kegs to celebrate Father’s Day.

Back after a bit of a break caused by the COVID-19 shutdown, LOKO Cuisine will be honoring dad with a Father’s Day Eggs & Kegs that has been modified to fit a “Grab & Go” style format. This Cuban-inspired brunch will consist of the following four dishes (all served in to-go containers):

Since this a Grab & Go meal, the “kegs” portion of the brunch will be a 32 oz. crowler included in the ticket price (one crowler per ticket). Ticket holders will be able to choose from the following BarrieHaus Beer Co. offerings to pair with their meal: Orange Honey Lager, Family Tradition Vienna Lager, Big Pluckin’ Pils German Pilsner, and The Dark Munich Dunkel.

Recognizing that precautions need to be taken to avoid the spread of COVID-19, LOKO Cuisine and BarrieHaus Beer Co. will run this edition of Eggs & Kegs a little differently than previous events. Please read through the following rules and ordering information to ensure that you are able to plan accordingly and order properly:

  • Guests have the option to take their food to-go or stay and eat at BarrieHaus Beer Co. Currently, the brewery is allowed to operate at 50% capacity in the taproom and 100% capacity outdoors, all with proper social distancing. LOKO Cuisine will keep you updated on any changes.
  • By law, Crowlers included with the ticket are considered a packaged item and CANNOT be opened or consumed at the brewery. However, guests will be able to purchase individual draft beers.
  • To order different Crowlers for each ticket, add each beer to cart, click continue shopping, and repeat. To order the same beer, select beer, add to cart, and then insert the quantity for tickets.
  • Additional to-go Crowlers can be purchased the week of the event via BarrieHaus Beer Co.’s website (click here to do so)
  • LOKO crew will be wearing masks, gloves, and following disinfectant protocol. Hand sanitizer will be available for guests.

Tickets for Father’s Day Eggs & Kegs are available now for $34.72 each, and you can purchase yours by clicking here. Ticket cost includes the four-course brunch and one 32 oz. crowler per ticket. Physical tickets will not be issued, but your name will be added to a paid list once the purchase process is completed. FYI: Each purchased meal will be held under the purchaser’s name.

If you are looking for a fun and safe way to celebrate dad this Father’s Day, you are going to be hard-pressed to find a more thoughtful approach than the one LOKO Cuisine and BarrieHaus Beer Co. has come up with. This brunch is sure to sell out due to that fact, so make sure that you secure your tickets as soon as possible. Prost!

Tampa’s World of Beer Locations & Local Residents Pay It Forward Once Again By Feeding Healthcare Workers on April 23

WOB-logoSmallTampa, Fla. (April 23, 2020) — Once again World of Beer Bar & Kitchen is asking Tampa residents to help Pay It Forward Round 4. All week, customers can “Pay It Forward” by purchasing a $10 meal for a Memorial Hospital of Tampa employee. Each meal purchased will be matched with an additional meal from World of Beer to help feed those who are on the front line of COVID-19.

In just three weeks, World of Beer has donated a total of 436 meals to local Tampa hospital employees. Witnessing its impact first hand, the World of Beer employee leading the charge explained how it has created an impression on her.

“Pay it Forward has been rewarding in so many ways. Seeing our team come together in these unprecedented times has reminded me why I work for this company,” said Emily Barth, Experiential Marketing & Events Manager at World of Beer. “More importantly, realizing the impact a meal can make on a healthcare worker reminds us all how much they are sacrificing for us. Many don’t have time or energy to think about where they are getting their next meal, and we are happy to take that off their plate.”

Your $10 will provide Memorial Hospital of Tampa employees with a warm meal delivered directly to their staff Thursday evening. Fresh burgers, chicken sandwiches, and a hearty helping of fries and tots. Simply stop by or call your local World of Beer to help “Pay It Forward” on Thursday, April 23rd. It’s as simple and rewarding as that.

Where:

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World of Beer was founded in 2007 by two best friends in Tampa, Fla. who wanted to create a welcoming place where friends could gather, drink, eat and explore. WOB, the original craft beer bar, boasts hundreds of beers and rotating taps at each location along with signature food menus specifically designed to enhance the flavor of beers. World of Beer has grown to a global franchise with 50+ locations. For more information, visit www.worldofbeer.com

Note: Mashing In does not regularly cut & paste press releases, but we made an exception in this case due to the subject matter and the time sensitive nature of this initiative. 

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Tampa’s World of Beer Locations Continue to Pay It Forward by Feeding More Healthcare Workers on April 16

WOB-logoSmallTampa, Fla. (April 10, 2020)World of Beer Bar & Kitchen is asking Tampa residents to help Pay It Forward Round 3 (AGAIN!). Monday through Thursday, customers can “Pay It Forward” by purchasing a $10 meal for a AdventHealth Carrollwood employee. Each meal purchased will be matched with an additional meal from World of Beer to help feed those who are on the front line of COVID-19.

With the help of our generous donors, we have donated a total of 254 meals! At our last Pay It Forward, we spoke with one of the recipients,

“I’m a nurse on the COVID unit at Brandon Regional Hospital. As I exited a room tonight I was told to take my picks of some food that was donated to us from World of Beer. This is so appreciated, especially by me. I have self-quarantined myself from my family and have been living in a hotel. I have always loved eating and drinking at WOB. You all rock!”

 

– Shawn Ohlsson, Brandon Regional Hospital Employee

Your $10 will provide AdventHealth Carrollwood employees with a warm meal delivered directly to their staff Thursday evening. Fresh burgers, chicken sandwiches, and a hearty helping of fries and tots. Simply stop by or call your local World of Beer to help “Pay It Forward” on Thursday, April 16th. It’s as simple and rewarding as that.

Where:

World of Beer Bar & Kitchen (WOB)
World of Beer was founded in 2007 by two best friends in Tampa, Fla. who wanted to create a welcoming place where friends could gather, drink, eat and explore. WOB, the original craft beer bar, boasts hundreds of beers and rotating taps at each location along with signature food menus specifically designed to enhance the flavor of beers. World of Beer has grown to a global franchise with 50+ locations. For more information, visit www.worldofbeer.com

Note: Mashing In does not regularly cut & paste press releases, but we made an exception in this case due to the subject matter and the time sensitive nature of this initiative. 

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LOKO Cuisine to Host Classic Arcade Brunch at Lowry Parcade

lokocuisinelogoOn Sunday, September 30 at 11:30 a.m., LOKO Cuisine will head over to Lowry Parcade & Tavern (1213 W Waters Ave | Tampa, Florida) to fuel the beer-loving gamer’s heart and soul with a Classic Arcade Brunch.

Set in Lowry Parcade’s magical atmosphere which offers an amazing craft beer bar in a space that also houses an arcade filled with old school 80’s and 90’s video games, pinball, pool, Bubble Hockey and even Skee-Ball, LOKO Cuisine’s Classic Arcade Brunch will treat attendees to a three-course, buffet-style spread filled with the following elevated riffs on classic arcade/gaming grub:

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To make sure that you do not go thirsty during this event, all attendees will receive one beer ticket “good for any pint or snifter of equal value.”  Additional beers can be purchased for an additional cost throughout the event.

Tickets for the Classic Arcade Brunch are available now for $32.10 each, and you can purchase yours by clicking here. Ticket cost includes the three-course brunch, one pour of beer (pint or snifter of equal value), and four (4) game tokens. 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 are free on September 30 and looking to enjoy some good times and tasty eats, go ahead and coordinate with your brunch/gaming buddies and lock down some tickets as soon as possible to ensure that you do not miss out on this Classic Arcade Brunch from LOKO Cuisine.  Prost!

 

Big Storm Brewing Co. Adds Ice Cream & Coffee to Clearwater Location

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The Big Storm Creamery’s Strawberry Sundae. Photo Credit – Big Storm Brewing Co.

Big Storm Brewing Co. (Clearwater, Florida) has announced that it is now serving coffee and handmade ice cream out of a walk-up window located at 12707 49th St. N. next to the brewery’s taproom in Clearwater.

It is quite obvious that the craft beer community in the Tampa area has fully embraced the idea of pastry/dessert beers no matter the temperature or time of year, so it only seems reasonable that these same folks might wish to enjoy some actual dessert alongside their favorite brew.  Recognizing this as a fun, new opportunity for their team, Big Storm Brewing Co. has decided to run with this idea by opening the Big Storm Creamery.

This new ice cream shop features the following 18 indulgent flavors of handmade ice cream and Italian ice: Vanilla, Chocolate, Coffee, Pistachio, Toasted Coconut, Mint Chip, Birthday Cake, Superman, Brownie Fudge, Cookie Dough, Strawberry, Butter Pecan (sugar free), Salted Caramel Pretzel, Gator Tracks, Cyclone, Black Raspberry (sugar free), Mango (Italian Ice) and Lemon (Italian Ice).  Going well beyond just ice cream, the Big Storm Creamery also offers specialty items such as shakes, iced coffees, traditional root beer floats made with Big Storm’s craft root beer, and Big Storm Nitro Coffee Floats made with Big Storm’s cold brew (coffee) and coffee ice cream.

“As a team, we are always looking to expand our creativity and venture into new, exciting products,” said Big Storm partner L.J. Govoni. “Ice cream gives us the opportunity to continue this push. In the near future, we expect to sell beer-inspired small-batch desserts in a manner similar to a ‘Bomber Release’ event; when the ice cream is gone, it’s gone and may never return. Our Executive Chef, Gerry Malynowsky, and Head Brewer, Joel Moore, have been hard at work formulating products such as Tropic Pressure and Oats in Hose inspired alcohol-free ice creams and we are very excited.”

The Big Storm Creamery officially opened last week with the walk-up window keeping the following hours: Monday – Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Be sure to check out this unique addition to Big Storm Brewing Co. the next time you find yourself out in Clearwater.  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!

Field Trip: VIP Night at Noble Crust – Wesley Chapel

1SignOutdoor_editedOn Saturday, July 15, the Noble Crust hosted a VIP Night and Preview Party for their new location in Wesley Chapel, and we were fortunate enough to receive an invitation to cover the festivities.  Here’s your first look at this fantastic new restaurant taking up residence at the Shops at Wiregrass.

Serving as a benefit for The Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel Foundation, this VIP Night event acted as the perfect platform to introduce the community to Noble Crust and its philosophy that is clearly built on generosity and hospitality.  From the hostess at the door to the proud ownership mingling with the crowd, the entire crew at Noble Crust does absolutely everything they can to make you feel at ease and at home when you visit their restaurant.

And what a beautiful restaurant it is.  Before you enter the restaurant proper, you easily glide through a cozy patio space that has been designed with the ability to tame the Florida heat with breezy fans and a gentle misting system.  As you walk through the front door, your eyes feast on a gorgeous space that includes comfy social dining areas, an immaculate open kitchen, clever lighting that provides a warm ambiance, and one of the most stunning bars in the area.

Take a seat and your attention suddenly shifts to the alluring aromas wafting from the kitchen.  With a menu comprised of seasonal Italian dishes that retain a Southern soul, your options are many.  You can nosh on tasty appetizers such as Deviled Crab Arancini and Ricotta Gnocchi before selecting a main course that could range from one of several of Noble Crust’s incredibly balanced and delicious pizzas to Rigatoni & Short Rib Ragu or some Southern Fried Chicken.  After polishing off your first two courses, be sure to look over the dessert menu because you are definitely going to want to finish off your meal with a slice of Lemon-Buttermilk Pie or a jar of Warm Chocolate Budino.  Finally, and this goes for your entire meal, your Noble Crust experience is not complete unless you pair these delectable dishes with something from the bar.  It could be a of glass wine, a tasty brew from their carefully curated beer list, or one of their many ambrosial house cocktails.  Just find the flavor that best suits you, settle in, sip away and fully savor the complete dining experience that Noble Crust provides.

We could go on and on about our time at Noble Crust, but it is probably best to let our photos do the talking from here on out.  Check out the photos below and, most importantly, be sure to check out Noble Crust – Wesley Chapel as soon as possible.  The restaurant opens to the public this week, and their staff is polished and ready to go.  Make it happen and enjoy what may just be the finest dining option now available in Wesley Chapel.  Prost!

 

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