The 2017 U.S. Open Beer Championship results are in. Breweries and home-brewers from Vermont to Vietnam sent in more than 6,000 beers representing over 100 different styles. We're extremely proud to have taken home two medals this year.
The Local Loop has quickly become one of our most popular public tours. In less than two years we’ve transported over 5,000 people to more than a dozen local restaurants, breweries and bars. You can grab the Local Loop every Sunday as it shuttles to establishments in Ybor City, Seminole Heights and Downtown Tampa for just $10 per rider. For fun we decided to compare our price to an uber popular ride sharing service. Here’s what we found.
Looking for a great way to enjoy the long weekend? Check out our Memorial weekend lineup and click the following link to book any of the below events:
Our Ybor City and Seminole Heights Local Loop has been a customer favorite since we launched it nearly two years ago. In that time we visited some great breweries and enjoyed some top notch beers in arguably the best craft beer scene in the country.
We wanted to make the Local Loop even better. Beginning Sunday, April 23rd The Local Loop will have four more stops. These additions include Franklin Manor, Pour House at Grand Central, c.1949, and Fodder & Shine. The bus will arrive at each stop every 40 minutes.
We're celebrating the one year anniversary of our brick & mortar by throwing a massive bottle release and one-year anniversary party.
Come to the Terminal beginning at 11AM on April 22nd for the release of Bourbon Barrel-aged Curb Check Imperial Porter along with the release of two variants;
-Bourbon Barrel-aged Curb Check w/ Madagascar Vanilla Beans & Cacao Nibs
-Bourbon Barrel-aged Curb Check w/ roasted Brazillian coffee from our friends at Buddy Brew Coffee
All three versions will be sold in 22oz bottles at a designated area throughout the Tasting Room (cash or credit) and will also be in limited draft.
Chef Max will be rolling out the smoker for authentic southern-style BBQ. BBQ plates and draft beer can be purchased at the bar. To keep lines moving the bar will only be accepting tokens (tokens can be purchased via cash or credit). Each token is worth $5. All draft beers will be exchanged for one token and all BBQ plates will be exchanged for two tokens.
Bring out the whole family for cornhole, a putting green and great food. Stick around afterwards for live music and a toast to another great year in Seminole Heights.
Tap list coming soon!!
Tampa Bay Beer Week
Consider this your guide to all things Brew Bus during Tampa Bay Beer Week.
The Ultimate Brewer at Crooked Thumb Brewing
We took home the title last year with The Great Vanpeno! Find out which ingredient we have to brew with this year as we take home the championship two years in a row!
Tampa Bay Beer Week- Tampa Breweries Tour
Celebrate Tampa Bay Beer Week aboard The Brew Bus! We're stopping at Cigar City Cider & Mead, Angry Chair Brewing, Southern Brewing & Winemaking, Hidden Springs Ale Works and Coppertail Brewing Co. Only $35 and includes complimentary Brew Bus Brewing beer served on board. *purchase tickets at brewbususa.com
Tampa Bay Beer Week- St. Pete Breweries Tour
This time our brewers are hopping on the bus as we cross the bay and visit 5 breweries in St. Pete. We'll be visiting St Petersburg Brewing Company, Green Bench Brewing Co., 3 Daughters Brewing, Pinellas Ale Works and Cage Brewing. This tour is only $35 and includes complimentary Brew Bus Brewing beer on board. *purchase tickets at brewbususa.com
The Local Loop is an all day shuttle event in the Ybor City and Seminole Heights area which runs a continuous loop all day for just $10. Start your journey at any of the 8 locations getting on and off as you please. This is a shuttle only event so no beer is served onboard but we do keep the bus stocked with bottled water. Buy tickets online ahead of time or with cash/credit on the bus. *purchase tickets at brewbususa.com
Case Of the Mondays w/ Buddy Brew & Brew Bus Brewing
Come cure your Monday drag with Buddy Brew at Brew Bus Brewing. Buddy Brew will be providing 2 samples of their cold brew while Brew Bus Brewing will be providing 2 samples of our coffee beer that used the same regional coffee beans. These flights will be paired with the actual coffee beans and hops used in the brewing and roasting process.
Brew Bus Mystery Cocktail Tour
Join us for a unique Tampa Bay Beer Week experience. Designed for adventurous drinkers, we have teamed up with four excellent cocktail bars to bring you cocktails featuring Brew Bus Brewing beers. Each guest will receive one cocktail at each location, each cocktail featuring a Brew Bus Brewing beer of that locations choice. You won't know the beer or the cocktail until you arrive. Space is very limited. Get your tickets now! *purchase tickets at brewbususa.com
We'll be visiting:
1. Fuma Bella
2. The Bricks Ybor
3. Fly Bar & Restaurant - Tampa, FL
4. Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe
Specialty Gose Tappings
Join us in our Tasting Room at 4101 N Florida Avenue as we tap three different versions of our newest beer, Green Light Gose.
Green Light Gose is a traditional German-style tart Wheat Beer brewed w/ sea salt and coriander.
We'll also be pouring a Margarita Gose and a Pickleback Gose aged on Jameson Whiskey spirals.
Proof Brewing Co. Tap Takeover
We're celebrating Tampa Bay Beer Week with our friends from Proof Brewing Company. Come to our Tasting Room from 4-10pm on March 9th for the release of Five Car Pileup Double IPA, our Proof collab. We'll also have 9 Proof beers on draft.
Here's the tap list:
Five Car Pileup Double IPA (Proof/Brew Bus Brewing Collab)
Eightfive-O American Pale Ale
La La Land IPA
Ghost Totem Porter
Coffee Creatures In The Dark Stout
Passion Fruit Berliner
Thai Chili Mango Wit
Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Porter w/ Coconut & Cacao
WOB + Brew Bus Pirate Tour
Join The Brew Bus for a beer crawl so out of this world, we had to do it at WORLD OF BEER! Visit 4 Tampa World of Beer locations for the ultimate Piratey line-up in tap take-overs, giveaways, prizing, and a costume contest to boot! Friday starting at 6 pm to 11 pm. *purchase tickets at brewbususa.com
What you get__ $45 per person gets you 4 Free Beers (1 welcome beer at each location) and Apps to share
PLUS: Beer Bingo with a winner at every location, glassware giveaways, Brew Bus Brewery Tour, WOB Gift Card, Beer Baskets, etc Grand Prize for Best Dressed PIRATE $100 World of Beer Gift Card!
Start at WOB Brandon @ 6pm| Enjoy Florida Ave Ale, Florida Ave Passion of the Heights, Brew Bus Brewing Rollin Dirty, Brew bus Blueberry Lemon
Head to WOB Fowler @ 7pm| Florida Ave IPA Florida AVE Asian Lager Brew Bus blueberry Brew Bus peach IPA
Head to WOB South Tampa @ 8:20pm| Florida Ave ale Florida Ave IPA Brew Bus Blueberry Brew Bus Rollin Dirty vanilla
Head to the Brand New, WOB International (by TPA airport) @ 9:35pm| Florida Ave Ale Florida Ave brown ale Brew Bus van Rollin Dirty Brew Bus last stop IPA
- Take the Bus back to WOB Brandon for your Uber ride home, or from whatever location you choose. Drink responsibility!
Hunahpu's Day 2017
Stop by our booth where we'll be pouring Green Light Gose and Juicy Sloot #2 Double IPA
I work so that I can see the world. However, on my recent 6 week trip to Asia and Australia, I saw something that I hadn’t noticed in my other travels…the local brews. Now that I work in this growing and fascinating industry I can’t help but have an interest in brewing abroad.
No English, Big Problem [Tokyo, Japan]
On Day 2 of Tokyo we stumbled upon the Asahi Beer Hall where we grabbed a Japanese buffet lunch and enjoyed a flight and their well-known Super “Dry” Extra Cold Lager. The flight included Dry Premium Hojo, Sumidagawa Brewing Stout, and Sumidagawa Brewing Weizen.
The Super “Dry” extra cold lager is served at around -2 Celsius (around 28 Fahrenheit), but given it was 90 Fahrenheit outside the sub-zero temperature did not last long.
Since the majority of people we met didn’t speak English we were fortunate that the Asahi lobby offered their history in English. We discovered that the brewery was founded in 1889 as the Osaka Beer Company. A century later Asahi acquired the Australian brewery Elders IXL, which later became Foster’s Group. In the last decade Asahi has expanded their beverage production by acquiring soft drink, juice and liquor companies including Schweppes, water and juice division of P&N Beverages, and Vodka Cruisers.
Beer Vending Machines [Thailand]
Not much more to say there. In Thailand if you’re on the run or trying to get a beer during 2 – 5 PM when alcohol cannot legally be served, just put about 50 Baht ($1.45 USD) into a nearby vending machine and enjoy.
Singha Lager and Chang Lager are the most common beer to find in Thailand and typically your only beer options in a vending machine. Both are offered in a small or large can/bottle, but Chang was more widely available in the two sizes. They drink like a tailgating beer would, easy to take down. Let’s just say I’m not going to go out of my way to find either of these in the states.
Another unusual place to find beer is on the floating markets in Bangkok. To get to these markets you have to Hop On a long tail boat and the stores (aka other boats) will either float up to you or you to them.
FINALLY…An IPA [Chiang Mai, Thailand]
Our first night in Chiang Mai we ventured to a highly recommended restaurant, Lemongrass, “No View but Tasty”. A small venue down the street from the Night Bazaar that seats about 40 people and typically has over a 30-minute wait. Once we were finally sat I was pleasantly surprised not only to see an IPA on the menu, but also that it was transportation themed like us – Red Truck by Chiang Mai Brewery. The name comes from the Chiang Mai taxis which are trucks with an enclosed bed that has bench seating.
The IPA was more of a session IPA at just 5% ABV, but it helped enhance the taste of my basic dinner of chicken, broccoli and white rice. I learned that craft beers are so scarce throughout Thailand because of a law from the 1950’s that states a brewery is required to mass-produce 100,000 liters per year to be licensed to distribute. The way some smaller breweries have gotten around this is by brewing or bottling outside of the country and importing back to Thailand. A big downfall, however, is that the bottle will be taxed at 60% for customs duty and another 48% excise tax.
Drinking Games [Koh Samui, Thailand]
At Ark Bar in Koh Samui we ordered a tower of Chang and decided to play “quarters”. Given we didn’t have any quarters on us we played with a 10 Baht coin. After just a few rounds we struck the interest of some people from New Zealand, Scotland and Italy. They weren’t surprised to learn that we were American since we are known for our ‘college’ drinking games. We explained the rules, played a few rounds and inherited new friends. Always happy to educate those around the world about our culture.
Booze Cruisin’ [Koh Phi Phi, Thailand]
You can barely make it off the pier in Koh Phi Phi without being hounded to join a boat drinking experience, including Captain Bob’s Booze Cruise. Bob’s is probably the most famous of them because he [Bob] is known for actually joining each excursion and making it slightly weird so of course we signed up.
Unfortunately Bob did not join ours, but it was still highly entertaining. We cruised to monkey beach where you feed semi-aggressive monkeys, then to a lagoon where the skippers taught what us Floridians know as a life jacket diaper. My friends and I felt right at home floating in the water with a Chang in a koozie in our hand.
"Stubby Holders" [Bali, Indonesia]
You might as well say you’ve been to Australia if you visit Bali. Due to the travel time between the two countries and the exchange rate it’s almost more affordable for an Australian to holiday [vacation] in Bali rather than within the country.
If you are worried about the trend to use text-language in actual speech here in the States you should hear an Australian try to say a sentence without a slang or abbreviation. One of the best slangs I heard was ‘stubby holder’. It is used instead of ‘koozie’ because traditionally beer in Australia was sold in a 12.7oz bottle known as a stubby.
Art and A Brewery [Byron Bay, NSW, AUS]
After having been non-stop for 4.5 weeks we took a much needed hippie-vacay at The Arts Factory Lodge in Byron Bay. Byron Bay is already known as a laid-back, tie-dye loving community, but throw in a hostel that offers campgrounds where some visitors come and never leave and you’re right back in the 60s.
Arts Factory Lodge is tucked next to the Cumbedin Swamp Nature Reserve and a few blocks off of Jonson Street, the main strip in town. The hostel shares it’s woodsy grounds with the Buddha Gardens Day Spa, Pighouse Flicks [movie theatre], a recording studio and Byron Bay Brewing Co.
The brewery was the first thing to catch my eye as we pulled in, considering I work for one, but to my dismay they were under construction and would open a week after our departure. I took a sneak-peak through the windows and got some info from the locals.
What started as a piggery in 1898 transformed into a music hall just a few years short of its 100th birthday and was eventually taken over by some crafty beer lovers 8 years ago. From what I was told the brewery had a rocky start as they did not get a lot of support from the locals who made it difficult to expand production.
This past April, Lion purchased Byron Bay Brewing Co. because of their confidence in the brand and quality of the beer. Lion has a history of purchasing microbreweries with similar limitations and growing them successfully. With Brew Bus Brewing acquiring Florida Avenue Brewing we have a similar story to tell and wish them the best of luck in their reopening!
Jet Mags [Melbourne, VIC, AUS]
On our Jetstar flight from Byron Bay to Melbourne I was pleasantly surprised to find an article in the airplane magazine titled “Talent on Tap”. It spoke about the growing craft beer industry in Australia and New Zealand and how they are now getting recognition worldwide.
The Top Five Breweries they suggested tourists to visit are:
- Moon Dog Craft Brewery – Melbourne, VIC
- Balter Brewers – Gold Coast, QLD
- Pirate Life Brewing – Adelaide, SA
- Feral Brewing – Swan Valley, WA
- Garage Project – Wellington, NZ
And the Top Four Great Beer Experiences are:
Don’t get me wrong, I had a fair share of fruity drinks as well. If you are interested in taking a trip to Asia and/or Australia and looking for a travel buddy, there’s still a lot I have left to see across the sea.
Alexis Pettinato is the Community Relations Manager at Brew Bus Brewing. Before taking the hike to Asia and Australia she traveled through 9 countries in Europe including Yacht Week Croatia in 2015, visited the West Indies, Costa Rica and Mexico and visited our neighbors - Canada.
What a great way to start the week! We woke up this morning to some awesome news about the results of the 2016 U.S. Open Beer Championship.
We're excited to announce that we're bringing back the #WHERESMYKOOZIE challenge! These awesome koozies are passed out to passengers on all Brew Bus tours and are available for purchase in our Tasting Room.