Last week I attended the Brews with Attitude Craft Beer Fest in partnership with Pepin Distributing Company as a member of the Tampa Bay Bloggers. Brews with Attitude is hands down my favorite Tampa craft beer festival and I am going to tell you why.
First of all, TPepin is an absolutely gorgeous event center. From the large parking lot to the pretty waterfall sign and fountain to the spacious inside. It is the perfect place for a large group of people to have a great time.
The way that Brews with Attitude works is that you are handed a lanyard with a plastic beer glass when you walk in. You then get to fill it up as many times you want at the vendors of your choice. Here is a late night selfie of me and my glass. I may be a little *happy* and slightly covered in rain in this picture.
The cup also has one of my favorite Benjamin Franklin quotes:
The beer and cider were freely flowing from the moment we walked in. We actually made a beer list in a Word document and edited it for the beers that we really wanted to try because we are cool like that. Our final "must try" list was four pages! I am both a beer and a cider fan and my favorite cider company is Rocky Mountain Cider. They were conveniently located right by the entrance.
After downing my sample of Rocky Mountain Pina Colada Cider, we continued to the next booth for some beer. I lost count of how many beers and ciders that we tried that night, but trust me when I say it was a lot. Ciders, Stouts, a Saison or two, Amber Ale, Belgian Trippel's and so much more.
About half way through the event it started pouring rain. Luckily, Brews with Attitude had all of the local beers set up inside. The entire festival temporarily shifted inside and the party continued.
TPepin also had Televisions spread throughout the event for the Tampa Bay Lightning game. They even brought in a big screen TV truck! It was so much fun watching the Lightning win at a packed beer festival while it was actually lightning outside.
|This picture was taken at 6pm when the event first started before the crown packed in|
The rain finally lightened up after an hour or so and we headed back outside to hit up the food trucks. We had some BBQ tacos from Just Smokin' BBQ, but it was too wet out to get pictures of them. They were delicious. We also split a burger from Around the World Burgers later on.
We also ran into a lot of friends at this event. We failed to get pictures with most of them, but my Husband did take this rainy picture towards the end of the night.
|Our friends Bob and Elizabeth with their baby Ayra and myself|
We also won an awesome gift bucket from using the #BrewsWithAttitude hashtag on Social Media. The bucket contained several beers, two t-shirts, a hat, stickers, koozies and a beer glass.
Brews with Attitude deserves a huge high five for offering up free water bottles at the event. This was greatly appreciated and probably helped many people stay hydrated and somewhat sober / responsible. I think every festival should do this. As a matter of fact, every step of this festival was handled flawlessly. It only took us a few seconds to get into the "gate". No lines or issues here. Well done TPepin.
Brews with Attitude is definitely the one annual beer festival that you do not want to miss. Make sure that you look out for the next event in 2016 (I will remind you!). We will be there. I am going to end this with a list of my top ten favorite beers from the festival (in no particular order):
-Coppertail Brewing Unholy Trippel
-Spencer Trappist Ale
-Mad Beach Pirate Booty
-Bold City Killer Whale Cream Ale
-Darwin Brewing Charapa Spiced Porter
-Rapp Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout
-Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee Stout
-Widmer Hefe Shandy (lemon drop shandy!!)
-Green Flash Le Freak
-Mad Beach Sevora Red Sangria
Thanks again to Pepin Distributing for hosting the Tampa Bay Bloggers at this wonderful event!