The hotel host is always a big consideration when planning a killer conference. The Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina has been fantastic to work with and is a beautiful space for bloggers to stay and get their beer conference on. Oh, and did I mention they happen to have a deep appreciation for craft beer? Read below on the plans and brews for our Friday night dinner hosted by Tampa Marriott Waterside….you may want to grab a snack as this write up may leave you hungry!
With over 40 craft breweries, pub crawls on city bikes, a Brew Bus and festivals galore, it’s no surprise that Tampa Bay’s beer scene is being noticed. Lucky for Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina, we’re in the heart of all of it. From being the host hotel for Cigar City Brewing’s Hunahpu’s Day, and keeping the coveted Imperial Stout under lock and key until its release, to hosting tastings from local breweries on select nights in our Greatroom & Patio, chances are you’ll find something fun brewing at our waterfront hotel. We even have to-go cups to take your favorite draught with you along Tampa’s Riverwalk.
We’ve been looking forward to hosting the Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference 2016 for a long time and our chefs have been in the test kitchen planning, tasting, pairing and tasting some more… just to make sure. We’ve partnered with 4 Florida breweries to create the ultimate tasting menu for Friday night.
From our own backyard, Coppertail Brewing is serving up their ever-popular Free Dive IPA which we are pairing with Brandade beignets that will blow your mind. Beer battered in Free Dive and served with a malt tartar sauce on the side that will make your taste buds sing. Limited release Obey Your Thirst, a lemon lime Berliner Weisse, will be served alongside our delicate tuna & seaweed poke.
With Cigar City Brewing, just 5 miles from the hotel, we’re pairing a crisp, clean Jai Alai IPA to complement the richness of crispy pork belly and playing up the citrus notes with a Thai green papaya salad. And we’re going deep and dark with the hard-to-find Marshal Zhukov Imperial Stout and making palates ping with the perfectly matched flavors of a dark chocolate and cherry truffles tart.
Across the bridge in St. Petersburg, we’re pleased to bring you two selections from Green Bench Brewing. The grassiness of Saison de Banc Vert plays nicely with Chef’s tender sea scallops crusted with pistachios and finished with a Florida citrus salad. And don’t miss the ooey-gooey aged ham and gruyere pretzel bites with a mustard dipping sauce spiked with Green Bench brew. We’re washing these beauties down with a refreshing Plug-n-Play Pilsner Malt IPA.
And finally, east meets west, where we’re bringing you the groovy flavors of Fort Lauderdale’s Funky Buddha Brewery, starting with the heavenly pairing of their Floridian Hefeweizen and our pastry team’s lemon and goat cheese cheesecake. It’s a perfect union for the unfiltered, German-style wheat beer with banana and lemon notes. And the quintessential reason you became a blogger… French Toast Double Brown Ale unites with Brown Ale basted breakfast sausage sliders with maple hollandaise, arugula and fried quail egg. Enough said.
But before you double down with the Double Brown, be sure to check out our very own digital experience in craft beer at Champions. DigitalPour links our tap system to social media giving beer guzzlers a chance to engage, share photos and track how many pours are left in that single release from our local brewery. #TapIntoWaterside and share a cold one with fellow bloggers and writers before, during and after the conference.
Are your taste buds watering yet? Not much time left to get to participate in this progressive and delicious dinner event. Don’t wait! Get registered for #BBC16 today!