The Bolts Brew Fest made a return for the first time since COVID and we were so excited! Beer and hockey are the perfect combo and it was great to be back at the event since the Lightning have become back-to-back Stanley Cup Champions. Amalie Arena was turned into a sea of breweries that were located throughout the concourse and ice floor (no, the ice was not set up for this event.) With so many brewery options around Tampa Bay, this was a great way to sample a little something from everyone and determine where our official next brewery stop would be.
They had a gaming corner set up at multiple areas in Amalie, including a Mario Kart tournament. But no worries, there was no drinking and driving allowed. Men and women could also test their strength at the stein holding competition. Holding a full stein beer glass is definitely a lot harder than it sounds.
There’s lots to see and do at the Bolts Brew Fest. Below is our list of some of the beers I tried while I was there. Each brewery featured at least 3 different style of beers, such as an IPA, Stout, and Wheat or Ale, but to avoid a night by the toilet I didn’t mix too many styles together. They don’t call me Two Beer Ted for no reason! If you’re heading to a Tampa Bay brewery that was featured in the Bolts Brew Fest, check this list to see if their featured beer is worth trying!