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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- Feb. 22nd, 2014
Our annual Homebrew awards ceremony is where we announce all category winners and give out medals.  Entertainment, food, and beer is provided as well as an intimate tour of Yuengling Brewery. 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.

The Try This! Pairing Event- Feb. 21st, 2014
The Try This! event is a great opportunity for craft beer enthusiasts to find the perfect pairings of different food flavors with all different kinds of craft beer. This is a perfect event for craft beer enthusiasts and casual fans alike.
For more information on the Try This! Pairing Event or to purchase tickets, please visit the Try This! tab above.

Brewers Ball- March 2nd, 2014
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 or to purchase tickets, please visit the Brewers Ball tab above.

BFBC Leftover Party- March 7th, 2014
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 – NOW CLOSED

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 2014 Best Florida Beer Championships and visit regularly for updates on event dates, times, registration and more.

The current schedule of events for the 2014 Best Florida Beer Championships is:

Professional Competition:
  • Entry Submissions Open – NOW CLOSED
  • Entry Submissions Close – NOW CLOSED 1/31/14
  • Judging – Sat 2/8/14, Location TBD
  • Awards Ceremony: March 2, 2014 at the Brewers Ball
Homebrew Competition:
  • Final and B.O.S Judging and Awards Ceremony at Yuengling Brewery- Sat 2/22/14
  • Best of Show winners will be announced at Brewers Ball on March 2nd, 2014
BFBC Homebrewing Competition | Best Florida Beer Championships

Click Here for Professional Competition entry details
Click Here to see the 2014 Professional Competition Medal Winners

Click Here for Homebrew Competition entry details
Click Here to see the 2014 Homebrew Competition Medal Winners

BFBC Award Ceremony

Our annual Homebrew Awards Ceremony is where we announce all category winners and give out medals.  Entertainment, food, and beer is provided as well as an intimate tour of Yuengling Brewery. We also have an amazing raffle that you will not want to miss.

Date: February 22, 2014
Time: 7 pm – 10 pm
Cost: $25 for General Admission

*$10 for judges/stewards
* You must be a participant as a judge or steward in the BFB Homebrew Competition 2014. Judge/steward discounts will be verified prior to the event.

BFB has a room block at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center Busch Gardens. The rate is $69/night and includes breakfast. When you call the reservations department please ask to be booked under the BEST FLORIDA BREWERS group.Clarion Hotel & Conference Center Busch Gardens
2701 East Fowler Avenue
Tampa, Florida 33612
(P) 813-971-4710

Click here to view Hotel on map

Try This

Try This! Pairing Event – Feb. 21st, 2014

BFBC Try This! Beer Event | Best Florida Beer Championships

Event Details

Location: Southern Brewing & Winemaking

Time: 7 pm
Date: February 21, 2014

Cost: $25 pre-purchase, $30 at the door
*Please note that no paper tickets will be issued. We will have a list of names at the door to confirm receipt of your payment.

A big thanks to all the volunteers that prepared the delicious menu below!

Philly Cheesesteak Sliders with a Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Porter
Sea Salt & Chocolate with a Mexican Milk Stout
Best Damn Chilli and an IPA
Smoked Gouda & Pork Belly Hushpuppies together with a Brett IPA
Butternut Squash Tartlets and Oatmeal Stout
Variety of Patė with mixed dark ales
Cincinnati Chili Served “5 Ways” with regional ales
Ice cream floats and some Strong Scotch Ale
Chicken Paprika with an Oktoberfest
Suriname Chicken with long grain rice and an English Brown Ale
All with Oatmeal Stout:
Trio of Flan
Girl Scout cookies
Grilled Sausage

Whether you whip up a tasty dish and pair it with a good brew or simply stop on by to savor the creations of others, we hope that you can join us at our annual Try This! Pairing Event!

Try This! Pairing Event Concept

To showcase what you deem to be a perfect pairing of beer and food. This pairing runs the gamut of delectable treats. Participants bring food courses that range from fun finger-food to savory entrées to decadent desserts.

Below are some of the most memorable dishes from passed Pairings:

  • Steamed Mussels with Belgian Witbier
  • Ahi Tuna and Salsa on Homemade Tostadas with Saison
  • Chicken and Wafffles and Spiced Bourbon Maple Syrup with Maibock
  • Rueben Sliders with Pilsner Dry-spiced with Caraway Seeds
  • Shrimp and Grits with Lightly Smoked Pilsner
  • Three Year Aged Gouda with Blueberry Mead
  • Sauerbraten and Gueze with Oatmeal Brown Ale
  • Double Chocolate Chipotle Brownie and Maximus IPA
  • Spicy Chicken Salad with Scottish Ale

Brewers are indeed creative people and the Try This! Pairing Event brings out their genius.  Participants can enjoy as many as 20 small plate pairings of beer and food without the formal setting of a sit-down beer dinner.

The History

The Pairing Event evolved from the need to streamline the planning and cost of formal beer dinners.  After having organized four sit-down dinners beginning in 1995, most prepared by Russ Carr then the Souse Chef at Mise en Place restaurant, we decided to create an event that was more interactive and easier to coordinate.

The first event drew more than a half dozen pairings and was held at the tasting room of Ybor City Brewing Company.   We shared Oyster Shooters in Guinness Stout, Roast Pork served with Rauchbier, Mackison Stout Milk Shakes and Blue Cheese on Rye Crackers with Dortmunder Export among other delights.

The venue moved over the next few years until we found a home with Southern Brewing and Winemaking in their warehouse-like space on Busch Blvd. In the years that followed, the Event migrated over to their new space on Nebraska Ave. The Try This Pairing Event was Southern’s inaugural event at this location.  It has continued there each year since, with serving tables set out under the lights and among the fountains in the Beer Garden.

Brewers Ball

Brewers Ball – Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

BFBC Brewers Ball | Best Florida Beer ChampionshipsBrewers 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.

The Ball features live music, samples of the Gold Medal and Category winning beers from the Championships’ commercial competition and a beer raffle (there will be NO keg competition this year).

Location: Cotanchobee Fort Brook Park
Date: Sunday, March 2nd
Time: 12pm Last call at 4:30.  Must vacate premises by 5pm.

Music provided by: The Wholetones (Folkcore) and Between Bluffs
Food available for purchase from:  The Columbia Restaurant

Schedule of Events
Noon: Between Bluffs
12:30: Welcome, Toast by Last Year’s Best of Show Winner- Matthew Tucker (Cigar City Brewing, Vienna Lager)
12:45: Between Bluffs
1:30: Commercial Medals Presentation
2:15: The Wholetones
3:00: Homebrew Best of Show Presentation, Commercial Best of Show Presentation, Raffle
3:45: The Wholetones
4:30: Last Call/Raffle

Partnership with the Tampa Bay History Center 


Where is Contanchobee Park?  Where is the festival entrance?
This is a linear park that is part of the Tampa Riverwalk project.   The park is bookended by the Tampa Bay History Museum to the East and the Marriott Waterside to the West.  The park is directly South of the Tampa Bay Times Forum.  The festival gate is located at the West end of the park near the Marriott.

What is the inclement weather policy?
Event is rain or shine.  This is a city park so overed 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?
There are many pay lots and parking garages in the immediate downtown area.  These lots may be quite full as there are many events and attractions going on this weekend.  It is possible that these pay lots will be charging premium rates.  The Channelside area may also be an option for parking and there is a trolley stop at the park that you can take to plentiful parking in Ybor City.  All day passes on the trolley cost $5.

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?
Yes.  Details will be announced as they become available.

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 – Friday, March 7, 2014

BFBC Leftover Party | Best Florida Beer Championships

Location: Southern Brewing & Winemaking
Date: March 7, 2014
Time: 6 pm
Cost: $20 (includes a free pint at Southern)


Evan Koteles will be providing the music for this special event this year while Rollin Zoinks and Daily Grinders food trucks will be supplying the delicious grub!

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.