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Tampa Bay Beer Week 2017  started in 2012 and has since grown into one of the best events Tampa Bay has to offer. Craft breweries and beer lovers in Tampa come together to celebrate, throw parties, put on festivals and more. Tampa Bay Beer Week celebrates the growing and evolving beer culture in Tampa Bay. 

Tampa Bay Beer Week 2017 officially kicks off Friday, March 3 and has events all the way through Saturday, March 12. Take a look at our guide to the best TBBW events, and let us know in the comments what events you're going to attend. There are over 750 events on both sides of the bay to choose from, guaranteeing this year's Tampa Bay Beer Week to be wildly fun. 

Friday, March 3 

Even though the advertised kick off day for Tampa Bay Beer Week 2017 is March 4, there are several fun events on March 3 to kick off this year's bash! 

In celebration of Tampa Bay Beer Week, participating BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse locations in Citrus Park, Clearwater, Pinellas Park and Wesley Chapel will host Buy a Hero a Beer at BJ's. Recognize and celebrate the heroes in your life by buying them a beer every day of TBBW! 

Join us for The Ultimate Brewer II on Friday, March 3, hosted at Crooked Thumb Brewery. Craft breweries from around Tampa Bay are hosting this zany event, which is sure to be a treat. In January, each participating brewery had a blind draw for one of 30 ingredients or ingredient combinations. Since then, these craft breweries had to concoct a beer that includes their given ingredient, to be presented at The Ultimate Brewer II! Join the party for a taste test event, plenty of food trucks and lots of laughs. 

Celebrate Tampa Bay Beer Week's official kickoff at 8 p.m. on March 3. Pour House and 7venth Sun Brewing team up once again to bring you over 40 beers from 7venth Sun Brewing and other local craft breweries in Tampa! 

Saturday, March 4 

Get up bright and early, because World of Beer is hosting their fourth annual 5K run at 8 a.m.! Support the Westchase Charitable Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports families who are battling serious illness or other sorts of crises. Make your TBBW count this year and give back to the World of Beer 4Th Annual 5K

At noon, head over to Zephyrhills Brewing Company for their Beer Release! They're bringing back their limited edition Kentucky Common, brewed back in November, just for Tampa Bay Beer Week. Grab a glass of refreshing Kentucky Common that's been aged with vanilla beans and oak chips to celebrate. 

One of the biggest events of the day is the Annual Craft Beer Fest, happening Saturday, March 4 from noon to 10 p.m. This event is free of charge, family friendly and will serve over 50 local breweries! There will also be live music at the event, featuring local musicians like Full Fledged Unit, Crackerbilly Band, and Sunset Bridge Band. 

From 2 to 5 p.m. at Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park, the Florida Brewers Guild will host their annual Craft Beer Festival! Sample 200 beers from over 60 local breweries, all while raising money for the Florida Brewers Guild, a nonprofit trade association that protects the rights of craft brewers throughout Florida. At the festival, you will receive free samples and a commemorative tasting glass. 

On March 4 at 7 p.m., you can cheer one of two breweries on in an epic battle, the Angry Chair vs. Coppertail Battle of the Breweries! Meet at Lowry Parcade & Tavern from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. and drink your favorite brewery's craft, showing your team spirit. Both breweries have a unique SURPRISE brew in store for guests, a collaboration effort bringing two breweries together as one. 

Also on March 4 at 7 p.m., Mermaid Tavern will highlight the not-so-distant cousins of beer: ciders and meads! Drinks from Cigar City Cider & Mead, Slim Pickens Cider & Mead, B. Nektar, Mad Beach Brewing and Harris Meadery will be present at this event. 

Sunday, March 5 

Craft beer breweries in Tampa are not the only hot breweries in our area. Coffee is also a hot commodity! Buddy Brew CoffeeHoly Hog Barbecue3 Daughters Brewing and more are partnered for this brunch. Florida Avenue brewed a unique coffee beer that will be put on tap, just for this event! Holy Hog Barbecue also partnered with Buddy Brew to create a coffee-infused BBQ treat that you don't want to miss. Head over to Buddy Brew Coffee from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and enjoy good food and good brews. 

From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., check out Coppertail Brewing for the East Meets West Meets South event. Anderson Valley Brewing Company and The Brooklyn Brewery will take over Coppertail's loft space, bringing signature IPAs, Sour Ales, Stouts and more. 

Head over to Lowry Parcade & Tavern from 1 to 9 p.m. for a big ole mural painting and lots of great drinks! Local artist Brad Marshall Wilson is partnering with other Tampa Bay artists to create a masterpiece fit for any nerd on the walls of Parcade! Guests will be able to make their own mural too, on a giant chalkboard that will be displayed at the end of the night for all to enjoy. 

Do you have tickets to the SOLD OUT Eighth Annual Brewers Ball? If you can't make it to the ball at Water Works Park (or even if you can!), make your way over to The Independent Bar and Cafe in the downtown Tampa area for the 2017 Brewers' Ball After Party. Local musicians POETRY IN LOTION will play while burgers, hot dogs, and bratwurst gets fired up on the grill. And, of course, there will be a delicious array of locally crafted beers too! 

Want to keep the backyard party theme going? Head over to Mermaid Tavern from 5 to 11 p.m. for their Backyard Party! Oskar Blues, Cigar City and Perrin will be there for taste while Sun Signs and friends will be there for musical enjoyment. Admission is only $5 for this night of fun, so head over to Mermaid Tavern for this Backyard Party extravaganza. 

Monday, March 6 

Kick back on your Monday night and enjoy cool brews from Crooked Thumb Brewery, Florida Ave. and Brew Bus USA at BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse in Wesley Chapel. Head over from 5 to 7 p.m., take home a free pint glass with purchase of a limited edition beer and enter in a raffle to win free beer swag! 

Join World of Beer in South Tampa for a week-long tri-brewery spotlight, starting on Monday, March 6! Craft beers from Cigar City Brewing, Oskar Blues and Perrin Brewery get tapped on Monday and will be available at World of Beer SoHo all week long. 

Check out 81Bay Brewing Company in South Tampa for their Flights & Bites II - A TBBW Celebration. Chef Lee Aquino from Pith & Pally will provide perfect pairs between delectable foods and craft beers from 81Bay Brewing Company. This one-time-only pop-up menu is exclusive to the Flights & Bites event. You don't have to worry about a thing - just get your tickets, arrive on the scene and enjoy a culinary and craft beer experience like no other. 

From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Brass Tap Centro Ybor, join fellow beer and fun lovers for competitive rounds of Plinko and delicious Terrapin beers. If you out best the rest, you might win sweet swag at The Brass Tap

Photo courtesy of The Brass Tap official facebook page 

Tuesday, March 7 

Do you miss Oktoberfest? Don't want to wait another seven months for Oktoberfest 2017? Then you're in luck because Rapp Brewing Company is hosting Oktoberfest Revisited on Tuesday, March 7! House brewed lagers, $10 steins and $6 refills (if you bring your 2016 Oktoberfest stein) are just a slice of what's included at this festive event. 

Take the highway to the flavor zone with Clearwater Beach's collab pub crawl! Enjoy Motorworks Brewing, Marker 48 and Hidden Springs Ale Works along the Clearwater pub crawl. There is someplace fun to be every hour from noon to 6 p.m.! 

Watch an epic battle between Green Bench Brewing Company and Barley Mow Brewing at the Brewers Battle Taste Off in St. Pete! Snag your tickets ahead of time and enjoy a delicious dinner and intense brewers' battle, hosted at Urban Brew and BBQ from 6 to 8 p.m. 

Join 3 Daughters Brewing and Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza for a night of pizza and specialty beer pairings. Head over to the pizzeria from 7 to 9 p.m. for delicious pairs that will rock your world. 

Wednesday, March 8 

Celebrate an 80's themed jam like no other at WOB 26 Candles and 14 Handles: 80's Themed Birthday Party! From 6 to 10 p.m., World of Beer on Fowler will host a hoppin' 80's party with craft beers in Tampa Bay and a whole lot of music and fun. 

Mermaid Tavern and Coppertail Brewing Co. are joining forces Wednesday, March 8 for another 80s themed party! The Enchantment Under the Sea 80's Dance takes place from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Put on your best neon green headband and hot pink leg warmers while you dance the night away and enjoy craft beer by Coppertail Brewing Co.

Thursday, March 9 

Downtown St. Pete is known for their bar crawls, so Tampa Bay Beer Week is no different. Head over from 5 to 11 p.m. for the Lumberjackie's Bar Crawl, featuring beers from Crooked Thumb Brewery, Florida Ave. Brewing, Barley Mow Brewing and more! 

From 8 to 10 p.m., visit The Brass Tap Centro Ybor for Battle of the Bay3 Daughters Brewing and Coppertail Brewing Co. will face off for an intense battle of great beer. Don't miss out! 

Photo courtesy of 3 Daughters Brewing official website

Friday, March 10 

From 3 to 11 p.m., witness the Pair O Dice Battle of the Brewers in Clearwater. Three members of the Pair O Dice team will face off, competing against each other to brew the best craft beer in Tampa. Only one will reign supreme, and YOU get to decide! 

Crooked Thumb Brewery is unveiling their new mac and cheese menu, so it's only fitting they show you which beers go best when paired! From 6 to 9 p.m., Crooked Thumb Brewery will offer a tasty mac and cheese treat and great craft brews. 

Green Bench Brewing Company will host their fourth annual Foeder for Thought event from 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday, March 10. This is a full-out festival, complete with a special bottle release, unlimited samples of craft beer, Q&A sessions with local brewmasters, featuring over 20 local breweries. Get your tickets now at Green Bench Brewing Company in St. Pete for Foeder for Thought!

Have you ever wanted to take a full-on beer crawl adventure? World of Beer and Brew Bus USA have you covered! Starting at World of Beer in Brandon and looping through four different WOB locations across the Tampa Bay area, you and your friends can enjoy a beer lover's adventure. Join the World of Beer + Brew Bus Tour Friday, March 10 from 6 to 11 p.m. 

Saturday, March 11 

Take a trip back to the summer of '69 and enjoy sours and tie dye shirts! Check out Six Ten Brewing's Sour Power & Tie Dye event from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 11. 

Cheer on another battle of the brews between Crooked Thumb Brewery and Barley Mow Brewing! You'll be able to watch these two brews face off at LP's Pub in Clearwater from 2 to 11 p.m. 

Get a taste of 7venth Sun Brewing at Mermaid Tavern's 7venth Sun Teaser event! The second location of 7venth Sun is opening soon and Mermaid Tavern wants to celebrate their soon-to-be neighbors. Head over to the tavern from 7 p.m. to midnight and party hard with great beer. 

Sunday, March 12 

Tampa Bay Beer Week 2017 may be coming to a close, but the party lives on! 

Funky Buddha and The Dunedin Smokehouse are coming together to host a hangover brunch. Enjoying brunch food and good brews is the perfect way to wrap up TBBW! Reservations are required, so get yours today. 

Shhhh, There's beer in here! Join Coppertail Brewing Co. for the best hangover cure ever... more beer! Head over to the brewery's location in Ybor and enjoy some cool breakfast-style beers for yourself. 

7venth Sun Brewing in Dunedin is hosting their Hangover Day as a way to bid Tampa Bay Beer Week farewell. Enjoy more than 20 beers on tap and enjoy the last official evening of TBBW! 

Tampa Bay Beer Week has become a staple for our beer loving community. Let us know which of these events you're looking forward to the most, or share other events in the comments! We all love beer here, so let's celebrate Tampa Bay Beer Week together. Cheers! 

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