Thrifty and Frugal Living

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Brews with Attitude 2015 #BrewsWithAttitude

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!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Win It Wednesday (5/20)

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Welcome to Win It Wednesday #14!

Here we are, ready for another fabulous giveaway linky! 
We continue to grow each week and are so excited to have you back. If this is your first time joining us for WIW, be sure to check back often as new giveaways are added to the linky until Thursday afternoon!  And, if you love giveaways, be sure to sign up for the WIW Reminder Below so that you will receive and email each week when it goes live! 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Tampa Bay Margarita Festival + Giveaway

I am very excited to announce that I will be attending the Tampa Bay Margarita Festival next Saturday. I had a blast at the Inaugural Tampa Bay Margarita Festival in 2013 and I am thrilled to be returning this year. This festival is getting better every single year and this year is going to be incredible. I will be attending for free as a member of the Tampa Bay Bloggers and I have tickets to giveaway so that you can attend too! Here are the details of the festival:

Tampa Bay Margarita Festival 
Saturday, May 23rd, 2015
Curtis Hixon Park - Downtown Tampa

 Featured Margaritas include:

-Prickly Pear-aRita
-Mango Rita
-Frozen Mango Rita
-Frozen Strawberry Rita
-Kiwi Strawberry 901
-Blood Orange 901 Margarita
-Raspberry Camarena Margarita
-Watermelon Camarena Margarita
-Jalapeno Pineapple Margarita
-Apple Cinnamon Margarita
-Blue Moon Margarita
-Double Hibiscus Margarita
-Dirty Napoleon
-Sour Patch Margarita
-Strawberry Sriracha Margarita
and many, many more.

There will even be some beer and wine. In addition to the vast Margarita line-up, there will also be some incredible entertainment. Smash Mouth is headlining this year!!

So Exciting!! Make sure that you view the Tampa Bay Margarita Festival page for all of the details. Would you like to win a pair of tickets? I am giving away a few pairs to my readers! Enter to win using the Rafflecopter below. Giveaway ends 5/21 at 11:59pm.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Win It Wednesday {5/13}

Win it Wednesday giveaway link-up
Welcome to Win It Wednesday #13!

It's time for another great giveaway link-up! 

Last week we had 149 giveaways added to the linky making this our BIGGEST Win It Wednesday so far!
And, it keeps getting better! 

So who's ready to get started?

Engine Rose

We have been huge fans of Engine No. 9 since they first opened in St. Petersburg, FL in 2012. Last December, a second location opened by owner Jason Esposito: Engine Rose. We finally had the chance to try Engine Rose last week and we were not disappointed. 

A lot of the menu at Engine Rose reflects the Engine No. 9 menu. This is not a bad thing. Both locations have my favorite burger: The Wine-O. However, Engine Rose has a few unique items including one that we have had our eye on for awhile: Cajun Poutine. 

The Cajun Poutine consists of a huge bowl of crispy fries topped in a thick, brown Debris gravy with cheese curds, green onions and hot sauce. It is exactly what I had imagined and so much more. Warning: this appetizer needs to be shared. My Husband and I finished our Poutine and then could hardly eat our burgers. We tried. We really tried. 

I was wanting to try something different. I really love spicy food. I also really like old school punk and rock. Naturally, I ordered the Black Flag. 

The Black Flag is a blackened burger with cajun spices, pepper jack cheese, jalapeno bacon and fire roasted red peppers. It was extremely tasty, but I was hoping for a little more heat. My Husband ordered the Pepper Bacon Burger. 

The Pepper Bacon Burger has peppercorn bacon, sauteed mushrooms, caramelized onions, romaine lettuce, brie and white truffle aioli. I think we both liked his burger even more than mine. The brie and white truffle aioli were amazing. For the record, we are normally not fans of truffle. I definitely recommend this one. 

Engine Rose also has salads, hot dogs, some amazing chicken wings and a few entrees (including salmon and a braised brisket and gnocchi). Have you tried Engine No. 9 or Engine Rose yet?

Engine Rose
2901 Central Ave
Saint Petersburg, FL 33713
(727) 498-8951 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Win It Wednesday #12 {5/06}

Win it Wednesday giveaway link-up
Welcome to Win It Wednesday #12!

Who is ready for more awesome giveaways? 

Last week we had 126 giveaways added to the linky! This week we expect an even bigger turnout considering Mother's Day is only a few days away!

I can't wait to see what everyone has going on this week!