Fans of Hunter S. Thompson get to experience some of the manic madness, along with craft brews and food samples, at the Tampa Theatre’s “Beer and Loathing in Las Vegas” fundraiser on July 12.
Michelle Baker, general manager of The Refinery, and Veronica Danko, owner of The Independent Bar and Café, return as festival co-hosts and promise antics and fun, according to a release from the theater.
The lineup is still forming, but past participants have included the Independent, Refinery, Cigar City Brewing and the Saint Somewhere Brewing Company.
There are two levels of tickets:
♦ The limited-capacity Premium sampling begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $70 in advance.
♦ The Grand sampling starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are $45.
The event ends at 10 p.m.
Theater members save $5 off advance tickets, and any remaining tickets sold on the day of the event will be $80 for premium level and $55 for grand.
The 1998 movie directed by Terry Gilliam and starring Johnny Depp, will be shown on the screen, but the sound will be turned down, so it plays as a background to the event, according to Jill Witecki at the Tampa Theatre.
Tickets are available at the box office, 711 N. Franklin St., or online here at the theater’s website.
Attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite character or come in a “Loathing”-inspired costume, she said. Previous event themes for the beer festival have included “The Brews Brothers” and “The Big Lebrewski.”