The past two days have been a tad wild and emotional in the Tampa Bay craft beer community. The uproar over the situation with Cigar City Brewing and the Tampa City Council has been loud and passionate. I know a lot of people have called, written letteers, sent emails, and so on. The next vote is not until December 2nd, so there is a tendency for our outrage to fade and die down. Don't let it. Instead, find out all you can about the issue. Strip away the hearsay and rumor, and get supportable facts. The stronger a case we can make - with real solid facts - the harder it is for rational people to refute. Of course, assuming we are dealing with rational people is a BIG assumption.
"I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer." ~Abraham Lincoln
So, on to the positive!
This weekend is the Fall Beer Festival at the Cajun Cafe on the Bayou. If you have never been, you have to go. It is a small event, but you will not find a bad beer in the place. Paul Unwin - the owner - loves craft beer, and has made it a point to be sure his festival is about enjoying good beer. Its not about how much you can drink, finding the highest ABV, or being a beer snob. Its about the beer, and about the people who make it and enjoy it. You can read more about the event here. I highly encourage you to attend if you can.
Also, you should check out the following other events over the next week:
- Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Celebration at the Pour House in Tampa - Monday, November 15th
- Cigar City Brewery Dinner at SideBern's in Tampa - Tuesday, November 16th
- Any night at Willard's Tap House
- Any night at Oldsmar Tap House
- pick a night... any night... and support your local craft beer scene.