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Best Florida Beer hosts a variety of events for the brewing and beer loving communities. These events bring together some of the best breweries and beers in the state of Florida. Come see us out at any of the following events, especially the Best Florida Beer Championships!

Best Florida Beer Championships
Best Florida Beer sponsors two main brewing competitions each year. The first determines the best commercial beer made and sold in Florida and the second awards the best homebrewed beers in Florida. Each of these competitions pits the best brewers in Florida against each other to receive the BFBC Gold Medals and honor of being named the Best in Show.

For more information on the Best Florida Beer Championships, including entry dates and event schedules, please visit the BFBC tab above.

BFBC Homebrew Awards Ceremony – Oct. 7th, 2016
Our annual Homebrew awards ceremony is where we announce all category winners and give out medals.  Entertainment, food, and beer is provided. We also have an amazing raffle that you will not want to miss.  For more information on the BFBC Homebrew Awards Ceremony,  please visit the BFBC Awards Ceremony tab above.

Brewers Ball – March 5th, 2017
The Brewers Ball is an event for all of the category winning commercial beers, in order to showcase them during an afternoon of live music, awards and probably one of the best beer raffles in Florida. Trophies are given for the top three commercial beers and homebrewed beers.
For more information on the Brewers Ball, please visit the Brewers Ball tab above.

BFBC Leftover Party – November 12, 2016
This is the final event of the year for BFBC. It is an opportunity to invite the general public to taste the leftover homebrew entries and give instructions on how to properly judge a beer.
For more information on the BFBC Leftover Party, please visit the BFBC Leftover Party tab above.


Best Florida Beer Championships – All Entry Submissions

The Best Florida Beer Championships is the premier event hosted by the team at Best Florida Beer. The BFBC events are focused on determining the best homebrewed and commercial beers produced and sold in the State of Florida. It is our goal to find these Gold Medal beers and breweries each year for craft beer enthusiasts from around the state to enjoy. Please see the dates and information regarding the 2016 Best Florida Beer Championships and visit regularly for updates on event dates, times, registration and more.

The current schedule of events for the 2016 Best Florida Beer Championships is:

Professional Competition:
  • Entry Submissions Open – 1/1/17
  • Entry Submissions Close –  1/31/17
  • Judging – 2/11/17-2/12/17
  • Awards Ceremony: March 5, 2017 at the Brewers Ball
Homebrew Competition:
  • Entry Submissions Open – 8/13/16
  • Entry Submissions Close – 9/10/16
  • Pre judging
    • TBA

    *Friday night judging may be added to schedule

  • Final and B.O.S Judging and Awards Ceremony – Sat 10/8/16
  • Homebrewer of the Year & Homebrew Club of the Year to be awarded at Ceremony.
BFBC Homebrewing Competition | Best Florida Beer Championships

Click Here for Professional Competition entry details
Click Here to see the 2015 Professional Competition Medal Winners

Click Here for Homebrew Competition entry details
Click Here to see the 2015 Homebrew Competition Medal Winners

BFBC Award Ceremony

Our annual Homebrew Awards Ceremony is where we announce all category winners and give out medals for the homebrew side of the Best Florida Beer Championships.  Entertainment, beer and classic German street-food is provided! We will have a 10-tap beer trailer on site that carries both commercial and homebrewed libations. We also have an amazing raffle that you will not want to miss!


Location: TBA
Date: October 8, 2016
Time: TBA
Cost: $TBA for General Admission

*Discounted Admission for judges/stewards- TICKETS FOR JUDGES/STEWARDS MUST BE PURCHASED AT THE DOOR.
* You must be a participant as a judge or steward in the BFB Homebrew Competition 2016. Judge/steward discounts will be verified at the event. If you judge/steward the day of the event, you have free entry.
* Regular tickets will also be available at the door

Brewers Ball

Brewers Ball – Sunday, March 5th, 2017

Brewers Ball is a celebration of brewing with the intent of gathering brewers from across the state for the presentation of the Best Florida Beer Championships’ Best of Show winners.

Waterworks1The Ball features live music, samples of the Gold Medal and Category winning beers from the Championships’ commercial competition and a beer raffle.

Location: Water Works Park
Date: Sunday, March 5th
Time: 12pm Last call at 4:30.  Must vacate premises by 5pm.

Music provided by: TBD
Food included from: TBD

Schedule of Events
Noon: TBD
12:30: Welcome, Toast by Last Year’s Best of Show Winner
12:45:  TBD
1:30: Medals Presentation
2:15: TBD
3:00: Best of Show Presentation, Raffle
3:45: TBD
4:30: Last Call/Raffle


Where is Waterworks Park?  Where is the festival entrance?
This is a waterfront park that is soon to be part of the Tampa Riverwalk project.  It is located at 1710 N Highland Ave, Tampa, FL 33602.  The festival gates are located on Highland Avenue.  Follow signs for parking.

What is the inclement weather policy?
Event is rain or shine.  This is a city park, so covered space is limited.  Bring rain gear, sunscreen or whatever else you need to be comfortable.

Will I be able to buy tickets at the gate?
No, All tickets will be sold in advance.  There will be no tickets available at the show.

Where should I park?
Follow signs for parking.

Are there discounted Designated Driver tickets available?
No.  The beer provided at this event is donated by the award winning breweries.  Money collected from ticket fees covers the cost of hosting the Awards Ceremony.  Designated drivers can still enjoy the bands, the park, and the Awards presentation, but we cannot provide a discount.  Many activities (Channelside shopping, Ybor City, Tampa Bay History Museum, Gasparilla art show, Tampa Art Museum, etc) are located nearby if your driver does not want to attend the Brewers Ball.

Will there be food available for purchase?
For 2016 food will be included in the ticket price

What am I permitted to bring into the festival?

  • Drink ware:  In past years, BFB has encouraged guests to bring their own personal drink ware without restriction.  The parks department, however, does not allow persons to bring glass containers into the park.  You may bring plastic cups, but under no circumstance will you be allowed entrance if you bring glass.  NO GLASS ALLOWED!!!!  BFB will provide disposable clear plastic cups at the festival gate for your use.  You may want to bring a marker to identify your cup.
  • Lawn chairs, picnic blankets, umbrellas:  You may bring items for personal comfort as long as you can carry them on your person.  Keep in mind that the irrigation runs the length of the park, so ground stakes are not permitted.   You are responsible for removing anything that you bring into the park.
  • Food: You may bring a packed lunch if you like.
BFBC Leftover Party

BFBC Leftover Party – TBA

BFBC Leftover Party | Best Florida Beer Championships

Location: TBA
Date: TBA
Time: TBA
Cost: TBA



So come taste what the judges get to taste at the Best Florida Beer Championships Leftover Party!  The BFBC homebrew competition is gaining momentum with each passing competition. Recent years have seen the number of entries grow to over 500, which means we receive more than 1500 bottles of beer!In the process of the competition a mere one or two bottles are opened for judging purposes. This means that we are left with over 800 different beers that are typically just thrown out. We decided that instead of wasting these brews, that we’d share these bottles with you, our fellow craft beer enthusiasts.