Spring Hops by Creative Loafing: Recalling a tasty time

Written by on April 22, 2014 in Events, Tampa Bay Beer

Creative Loafing held Spring Hops, a beer festival featuring local brew and good Old-fashioned Rock & Roll, in Ybor Square last Sunday afternoon (4/20). A cool 50’s theme, with live music provided by Winter Park’s The Woolly Bushmen, set the mood while sweet street rods parked on 9th Ave provided eye candy. Lunch from the Tampa Bay Brewing Company and cocktails were available upstairs for VIP ticketholders.

 

A View from Above

Looking Down at a Great Beer Fest

 

Simply put, this soiree was well-planned and perfectly executed. The space had character, there was plenty of parking, bathrooms were sufficient, and entry was quick (although I always show up a little late to avoid the lines.) Tickets were reasonably priced and included some free drink tickets. Additional tickets were available (for purchase) for those wanting more hooch. Imbibers had a choice of pour sizes which was a nice touch. And oh, yeah there was some remarkable Bay Area beer too.

 

VIP Room

Cool & Hip Live Music

 

From Saint Somewhere’s funky Belgian Ales to Cigar City’s Cider and Mead’s offerings, there was something for everyone. Cigar City Brewing brought an Easter themed Pale Ale named El-Ahairah brewed with honey, ginger, and carrot juice. This odd orange-hued concoction was quite tasty! Tampa Bay Brewing Company’s Donkey Reef Pale Ale was nicely hoppy. Southern Brewing & Winemaking had a terrific English Brown Ale and soon-to-be-open Coppertail Brewing had a German Pale Ale dubbed Pasty Herman that was garnering some buzz. Rock Brothers Brewing (contract brewed at Cigar City) had a very good pale ale. Popular Tampa Bay staples like Dunedin Brewery’s Apricot Wheat and Big Storm’s Wavemaker Amber made appearances. Lots of other great brews were around too, and my only wish is that I could’ve sampled more.

 

Make Sure to Attend Next Year

Relaxing and Enjoyable

 

All in all, it was a fantastic fest. Logistics were near perfect, the weather cooperated, and it felt like a well-run event put on by an experienced group. Local breweries stepped up and brought some righteous suds including some special spring themed beers. Personally, it’s just touching to see Tampa Bay at a point where events like this featuring only local brews happen. It’s been a long time coming Daddy-O, and it has been worth the wait.

 

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