World Beer Festival Comes to St. Petersburg, Lakeland and Naples


Beers from around the world (credit: The Walt Disney Company)


Florida News: Craft Brew market is on the rise with three beer festivals this fall

This weekend, the World Beer Festival makes its first Florida stop in St. Petersburg on Saturday, September 22, 2012. Given that the craft beer scene is on the rise in Florida, the festival will return in November 2012 to Lakeland on November 10th and Naples/Ft Myers on November 17th. Along with beer sampling, this festival also has seminars and focuses on the education of craft beers and brewing. In order to attend you have to show a valid from of identification such as a State Driver’s License or passport. Note that beers and food items mentioned below can change (the following are noted for the St. Petersburg Festival).

VIP Brews

If you purchase a VIP ticket, you’ll get to sample the following brews:

  • Florida Beer Co.: Devil’s Triangle *exclusive to the festival
  • Green Flash: Rayon Vert
  • Duvel: Ovila Dubt, Brux, Hoptimum
  • Fullers: 1845
  • Victory Brewing: Saison du Buff
  • Leffe: Leffe Brown
  • Holy Mackerel: Outcast IPA
  • Intuition Ale Works: Triad Tripel
  • Lindemans: Faro Lambic
  • Westmalle: Trappist Dubble Ale
  • Southern Tier: Harvest Ale
  • Timmerman’s: Oude Geuze Lambicus
  • Rogue: Double Chocolate
  • Unibroue: 17 Grand Reserve
  •  Widmer Brothers: SXNW

General Admission Breweries

Along with Hoegaarden, Naragansett Brewing Company and Brewery Ommegang, the following Florida breweries will be featured:


  • 7venth Sun
  • Dunedin Brewery
  • Cold Storage
  • Cigar City Craft Brewing
  • Tampa Bay Brewing
  • Three Palms Brewing
  • Green Room
  • Intuition
Other Florida locations:
  • Cocoa Beach: Cocoa Beach Brewing
  • Largo: Barley Mow
  • Odessa: Big Storm
  • Melbourne: Florida Beer Co
  • Ft. Lauderdale: Holy Mackerel
  • Gulfport:  Peg’s Cantina
  • Pinellas Park: Rapp Brewing
  • Tarpon Springs: Saint Somewhere
  • Gainesville: Swamphead
  • Tequesta: Tequesta

Food Sampling

Remember that safe beer sampling includes drinking water or other non-alcoholic beverages and taking frequent food breaks. There are meals to fill your stomach such as BBQ pork sandwiches to authentic Ybor City cubans and creamy black beans with rice or snack items such as soft pretzels, smoked fish spread on crackers or hummus with pita chips.

St. Petersburg Details

  • When: September 22, 2012; 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Where: St. Petersburg Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N.St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Cost: Priced from: $40 to $85 (*general admission and VIP tickets are $10 more if purchased the day of)

Lakeland Details

  • When: November 10, 2012
  • Where: Lakeland Center, 701 West Lime Street, Lakeland, Florida
  • Cost: Priced from: $35 to $75

Naples/Ft. Myers Details

  • When: November 17, 2012
  • Where: Germain Arena, 11000 Everglades Pkwy, Estero, Florida
  • Cost: Priced from: $40 to $85

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