TBBW 2020 Event: Bottle Release of Empty Devils Collaboration from Hidden Springs Ale Works & Voodoo Brewery

HSAWVoodooTo properly set the Friday the 13th vibe during Tampa Bay Beer Week 2020, Hidden Springs Ale Works (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will host a Limited Bottle Release for Empty Devils, a Double Barrel-aged Imperial Stout brewed in collaboration with Voodoo Brewery (Meadville, Pennsylvania), at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 13.

Surfacing from the depths of darkness to “take everything from you,” Empty Devils is an Imperial Stout aged in W.L. Weller and Woodford Reserve Double Oaked barrels with “pounds of Ugandan vanilla beans and toasted coconut” added.

The Empty Devils bottle release will take place at Hidden Springs Ale Works (1631 N. Franklin St. | Tampa, Florida) at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 13. 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 few things to keep in mind if you plan to attend this bottle release:

  • The Empty Devils bottle release will also double as a Tap Takeover with Voodoo BreweryVoodoo’s beers will be available when the doors open at 9 a.m. until they are gone
  • Full pours only during this event (no flights)
  • Parking is available up and down Franklin St. (before the I-275 overpass), on Henderson just west of Tampa, and on 7th Ave. There are also paid lots located across the street from the brewery and under the I-275 overpass. Hidden Springs Ale Works is not responsible for towed vehicles
  • 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 and be sure that you pick up after yourself

Just about any bottle release at Hidden Springs Ale Works is a guaranteed sell out, but you can expect Empty Devils to be in even higher demand because hordes of stout lovers will be in town for Tampa Bay Beer Week. If you wish to get your hands on this infernal collaboration between Hidden Springs and Voodoo, make sure you hit that line early on Friday the 13th so that you make the cut on the final head count . . . and don’t forget to come thirsty because you need to hang around to enjoy some killer beers from Voodoo Brewery once you secure your bottle(s).  Prost!

Voodoo Brewery Expands Distribution to Florida

unnamed (87)Voodoo Brewery (Meadville, Pennsylvania) has officially partnered with Cavalier Distributing and will launch distribution in Florida beginning the week of March 5.

Since starting their operation in 2005, the employee owners of Voodoo Brewery “have taken their brewing experiences and quirky personalities and wrapped them up into a line of beers oriented around what they feel are fun, flavorful, and thought-provoking.” This approach has allowed the brewery to steadily expand their reach, establish five locations in Pennsylvania, and now bring their tasty brews to the beer loving masses in Florida.

With Cavalier Distributing handling all distribution responsibilities, Voodoo Brewery will enter the Florida market beginning on March 5.  The brewery plans to lead with the following offerings:

  • Hoodoo IPA – Forged in the bowels of the Meadville bayou, this IPA ushers your soul down a twisted journey on the 7C’s. This Voodoo brew will insight your dark side and open a portal to your hoppier senses. The 7C’s alchemic concoction of 7 different hop varieties starting with the letter “C” conjures your taste buds into a piney-citrus paradise fit for a Hoodoo doctor.  ABV – 7.3%
  • Voodoo Love Child Belgian-Style Ale – Our Gran Met aged on passion fruit, cherries, and raspberries. This is traditionally unique to Lambics. So we feel, why should they get all the fun? This ale is inspired by fun, flavor, and a passion for brewing. We say, have a couple and your own Voodoo Love Child later. ABV – 9.5%
  • White Magick of the Sun White Ale – Our Voodoo-ized version of a white ale. This spiced wheat ale is perfect for that true craft beer individual that seeks out flavorful beers with integrity to the craft of beer. Spiced with coriander, bitter and sweet orange peel, juniper berries and 12 varieties of peppercorns. This ale is fantastic with foods of flavor, blackened catfish and the like. So step into the Magick of the Sun. ABV – 7.3%
  • Wynona’s Big Brown Ale – A robust dark brown ale brewed with generous amounts of brown malt and marris otter and hopped with Simcoe, Amarillo, and Northern Brewer to enhance the flavor and aroma for your enjoyment.  ABV – 7.3%

In addition to the offerings above, the brewery also plans to offer Florida beer drinkers “Variety 12-packs, as well as seasonal and limited releases as they are available to Tampa and south Florida.”

“Voodoo Brewing Company is happy to announce our partnership for Florida distribution with our partners at Cavalier. Together, we will bring our quality products to a wider customer base for the first time ever in the Florida market. Cavalier’s attention to detail and care for our products, will ensure every customer receives the freshest product we have available.” 

 

– Matteo (Matthew) Rachocki, Voodoo CEO

As a bit of a tease, the beers of Voodoo Brewery will be featured prior to launch at J. Wakefield Brewery’s Wakefest Invitational on February 17 in Miami and Jacksonville’s Riverside Craft Beer Fest on February 24.  Official launch events will begin the week of March 5 (a.k.a. Tampa Bay Beer Week) and they are as follows:

  • Lake Park – Tuesday, March 6: The Brewhouse Gallery (720 Park Ave, Lake Park, Florida)
  • Tampa – Wednesday, March 7: Angry Chair Brewing (6401 N Florida Ave, Tampa, Florida) **This event will feature a special collaboration beer from Voodoo Brewery and Angry Chair Brewing**
  • Largo – Thursday, March 8: Willard’s Tap House (12500 Starkey Rd, Largo, Florida)
  • Tampa – Friday, March 9: The Mermaid Tavern (6719 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa, Florida)

**Launch events are subject to change.  We will update this post with any changes or added details as they become available.  Stay tuned.**

The addition of Voodoo Brewery is a huge score for the Florida craft beer community, so be sure to give them a proper welcome to the state by attending one of the events above or by simply picking up a sixer or two when they hit your local bottle shop.  Prost!