Beer and history collide at Beers on the Pier festival

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What does beer have to do with St. Pete history? Not much now, but that may be a different story 20-years from now. St. Pete’s craft beer scene is changing the face of the sunshine city and making headlines nationwide. The Burg’s embrace of craft brews landed itself on the New York Times’ list of 52 places to visit in 2014. Now the St. Petersburg Museum of History is taking a turn loving some good brews.

“Who said history is boring?” said Rui Farias, Museum Executive Director. “St. Petersburg is rapidly becoming known as a craft beer hotbed and the Museum of History is happy to be a vehicle to help bolster that national reputation.”

The city’s oldest museum, located at the head of the Pier approach, is hosting Beers on the Pier – A Craft Beer Festival on Friday, December 12, 2014.

With the iconic inverted pyramid as a backdrop, attendees can sample more than 20 craft beers from Florida as well as Colorado, California and some states in the Northeast. Beer connoisseurs can hop from station to station sipping some of the nation’s most delicious and unique brews.

The event runs from 5-9 p.m. and will also feature food trucks and live music making it a must for residents looking to make the most of a Friday night.

Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 day of the festival and includes a snazzy tasting glass, unlimited beer tastings (unlimited!) and admission to all exhibits in the St. Petersburg Museum of History. As with any beer-laden party, attendees have to be 21 or older.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the Museum of History, or online.

Here’s a complete list of brewers:


Brew Bus Brewing (Tampa)

Cigar City Brewing (Tampa)

Florida Beer Co. (Cape Canaveral)

Intuition Ale Works (Jacksonville)

JDub’s Brewing Co. (Sarasota)

Orange Blossom Brewing (Orlando)

Rock Brothers Brewing (Tampa)

Saint Somewhere Brewing (Tarpon Springs)

St. Pete Brewing (St. Petersburg)

Three Palms Brewing (Tampa)

Two Henry’s Brewing (Plant City)


Terrapin Beer Company (Athens)


Merchant du Vin (Seattle)

New York

Brooklyn Brewery (Brooklyn)


Radeberger & Palm Breweries


New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins)


Ballast Point Brewing (San Diego)

Lagunitas Brewing (Petaluma)

Sierra Nevada Brewing (Chico)

Stone Brewing Company (Escondido)


Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email