In May, Ybor City-based Tampa Bay Brewing Co. announced it would build a second brewery and restaurant in Westchase to keep pace with customer demand for its Old Elephant Foot India pale ale.
On Saturday, the company hosts a beerfest to celebrate the ground-breaking of its future location.
The Bad A** Beerfest from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday will include beers from more than 20 local breweries, as well as food and live music by several musical acts, including headliners The Black Honkeys. The event takes place at 13937 Monroes Business Park in Tampa. Visitors are asked to park across Race Track Road at the Oldsmar Flea Market. Police will assist pedestrians in crossing the roadway.
Construction of the 17,400-square-foot standalone production and packaging facility will take place on 2.1 acres. When completed in 2015, the facility will include a 4,200-square-foot restaurant with a patio, similar to Tampa Bay Brewing Co.’s current 230-seat location in the Centro Ybor plaza in Ybor City.
The move is a response to growing customer demand for craft beer, the company said. The craft brewer produces about 2,000 barrels annually at Centro Ybor for consumption at the brewpub, production in cans for retail sales and distribution in kegs to about 150 restaurant clients.
The new facility is expected to boost production by an additional 6,000 barrels, with a future maximum capacity of 12,000 barrels. The expansion also will give the company the ability to provide a wider variety of beer styles.
The beerfest will feature more than 20 breweries from throughout Tampa Bay. Organizer John Doble said it is the first Bay area event where all of the showcased breweries and beers served will be produced locally.
Breweries and beer groups scheduled to participate include 7venth Sun, 3 Daughters, Barley Mow, Big Storm, Big Top, Cigar City, Coppertail, ESB, Florida Avenue, Green Bench, Little Giant, Motorworks, Pair O’ Dice, Rapp, Six Ten, Southern Brewing & Winemaking, Sea Dog, Special Hoperations, St. Pete Brewing, St. Somewhere, Tampa Bay Beers, Tampa Bay Beer Week, Three Palms, Two Henrys and Wild Rover Pub & Brewery.
Tickets are available in advance for $35 and $50 at the door as long as tickets last. Proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warriors of Tampa and South Florida. To purchase in advance, go online to www.TampaBay BrewingCompany.com