Beer Breakfast a Raging Success

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Beer Breakfast – March 29, 2014

Thank you to the 300+ attendees and supporters of our most recent Beer Breakfast Event that was held this past Saturday, March 29th in downtown St. Pete at the Mandarin Hide. The weather was perfect and the vibe was so incredibly positive as we raised awareness, memberships and monetary support for Tampa Bay Watch, our local 501(c)3 non-profit group who strives in their efforts of ‘Restoring the Bay Every Day’.

The final figures are not yet official, but from initial reports it looks like we will have raised over $6,000 at the event with proceeds to Tampa Bay Watch being slightly less after expenses. We should all be VERY proud of this accomplishment and know this was the single greatest event raise in the 12+ year history of Beer Breakfast!! I am humbled and grateful to all of my family and friends for seeing the value in this silly idea of mine that began with four people in 2002 in the alley behind Mastry’s (thanks Mom!).

Beer Breakfast is…. Revelry~Fellowship~Sanctuary as we bring good people together for ‘Merriment with a Mission’!!

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Beer Breakfast $5,000 Challenge Gift Announced

Our next Beer Breakfast on Saturday, March 29th (YES, in 2 Days my brethren!!) is shaping up to be the biggest and baddest one yet! Not just in attendance, but in our BeerBreakfast_2011-LOGOmantra of ‘Merriment with a Mission’ as my event co-host, Matt Bissett (Vice Chair of Tampa Bay Watch), has just informed me that Bill Protz, president of Catalina Marketing Charitable Foundation, has pledged a challenge gift of $5,000 to Tampa Bay Watch during Beer Breakfast which will be held at the Mandarin Hide.

For this challenge, Catalina Marketing Charitable Foundation will match up to $5,000 on a 1:1 basis from all raffle tickets, 50/50 raffle, t-shirts sales and memberships (where you will also get some great Tampa Bay Watch schwag). Please come out to the Mandarin Hide this Saturday anytime, or the entire time, between 9am-2pm to enjoy the Revelry~Fellowship~Sanctuary that is Beer Breakfast and support Tampa Bay Watch!

WOW!! Way to go guys….. it’s going to be a great event indeed!!

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The Race Rigs Are Here For Beer Breakfast

Downtown St. Pete is coming ALIVE with sights, sounds and IndyCar race rigs as final preparations are coming together for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete! An annual right Race Rigs2_350pixof passage for my Beer Breakfast brethren (say that 3 times fast!) is to enjoy some Revelry~Fellowship~Sanctuary at Beer Breakfast and then head on over to the Grand Prix for some amazing racing. Monaco has nothing on our beloved St. Pete.

We look forward to seeing everyone for Beer Breakfast at Mandarin Hide on Saturday, March 29th at 9am – 2pm and beyond as we support Tampa Bay Watch, our local 501c3 group who is ‘Restoring the Bay Every Day’!

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Get to Know Tampa Bay Watch at Beer Breakfast

I cannot believe we are only 5 days away from another Beer Breakfast Event! We are TBW LOGOx cmykhonored to be supporting Tampa Bay Watch, stewards of our beautiful Tampa Bay and all of her glorious estuaries and abundant life that we get to enjoy each and every day.

Who is Tampa Bay Watch? And what do they do? Please see below and take a moment to learn more about this amazing group by watching a recent interview conducted by Jenn Holloway on her local show, Our Issues Tampa Bay.

We look forward to seeing everyone for Beer Breakfast at Mandarin Hide on Saturday, March 29th at 9am – 2pm and beyond as we support Tampa Bay Watch, our local 501c3 group who is ‘Restoring the Bay Every Day’!

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Get to Know Your Beer Styles at Beer Breakfast

These days, what with all the beers available and the explosion of craft beers in particular, it can make your head spin trying to figure out what you might enjoy. beer_styles

Well, at a Beer Breakfast Event we make it easy…. go for the ‘beer breakfast draft’! That’s right, the Mandarin Hide, in addition to their amazing elixirs and fancy beers, will be having a select brew (or two) available for our discerning tastes the morning of Saturday, March 29th.

Please help us ‘kill the keg’ as we’ve done for the past 4 years running as we gather for Revelry~Fellowship~Sanctuary on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the Mandarin Hide in downtown St. Pete in support of Tampa Bay Watch!

And to really learn more about the various beer styles out there check this out!

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Beer Breakfast Fun Facts About Beer Part 2

If St. Petersburg (and Beer Breakfast of course!) had an official alcoholic beverage, it would probably be beer. According to the Brewers Association, the overall U.S. beer market was worth $96 billion in 2011, guinness-stout_150pixwhen some 200 million barrels of beer were sold (1 barrel equals 31 gallons of beer). In the same year, 1,989 breweries in the United States were fermenting everything from light lagers to chocolaty stouts. MMMmmm, Guinness anyone?

So what’s in a glass? Water, mostly. But also flowers, fungus and grains. Beer gets much of its flavor from hops, which are vine-grown flowers that look more like mini-pinecones than daisies. The alcohol in beer comes from grain, usually barley, which is malted (or allowed to germinate) and then steeped in water to extract its sugars. Those sugars become a feast for yeast, the tiny, unicellular fungi that thrive on sugars and excrete alcohol.

Yeasts usually get filtered out of commercial beers before they’re bottled, but they leave traces (and flavors) behind. A study published in August 2010 in the Journal of Proteome Research found that beers contain a surprising variety of proteins: at least 62, 40 of which come from yeast. These proteins are key in supporting beer’s foamy head, the researchers noted.

And that brings us back full circle to…. Beer Breakfast! Please join us at the next Beer Breakfast Event in support of Tampa Bay Watch being held at the Mandarin Hide on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 9am. Come one, come all and help us raise awareness and funding to keep the estuaries of Tampa Bay clean and healthy!! A Beer Breakfast is…. Revelry~Fellowship~Sanctuary.

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Don’t Count Calories at Beer Breakfast

That’s right, don’t count calories at Beer Breakfast, just enjoy! What is the old saying? … Eat, drink and be merry…. for tomorrow we diet? Now that’s what I’m talking about!

But in case you do want to know, here’s a pretty informative article on the health benefits of Wine vs. Beer. I mean, if that’s your thing, as we all know the Mandarin Hide has a full cash bar and the Basic RGBbloody mary’s, mimosa’s and amazing elixirs will be flowing like nobody’a business!

We look forward to seeing everyone for Beer Breakfast at Mandarin Hide on Saturday, March 29th at 9am – 2pm and beyond as we support Tampa Bay Watch, our local 501c3 group who is ‘Restoring the Bay Every Day’!

 

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Yukon Cornelius Loves Beer Breakfast

So…. I was hanging out with some buddies at the local watering hole the other night enjoying a frosty beverage when in barged non other than Yukon Cornelius!Yukon1

That’s right…. THE man himself! We got to talking and he asked if there are any cool happenings in The Burg coming up so of course I let him know about Beer Breakfast on March 29th at the Mandarin Hide. He got pretty excited especially when I told him that we’re supporting Tampa Bay Watch this year as he’s an avid outdoorsman.

We tried keeping up with him on the beverage front, but WOW can this guy knock ‘em back! Once he started going on and on about hunting ‘bumbles and their unique ability to ‘bounce, it was time to go. We weren’t about to interrupt him considering he is always packing heat, so we bid him farewell and that we hope to see him at the Revelry~Fellowship~Sanctuary that is…. Beer Breakfast.

 

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30 Days to Beer Breakfast

Time sure flies my friends! Preparations are in high gear for our next Beer Breakfast Event on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the Mandarin Hide. TBW LOGOx cmyk

We are honored to support Tampa Bay Watch, caretaker of our beloved Tampa Bay and all of her estuaries and abundant life.

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The Pancake Shot Returns to Beer Breakfast

It’s not all about the ‘beer’ at Beer Breakfast…. saddle up to the bar at the Mandarin Hide and ask the barkeep for one of our infamous ‘Grand Slams – the Pancake Shot’. beer-boots-sizzurp

Now close your eyes, down the first portion, then down the OJ chaser and experience the Grand Slam of breakfast warmth and goodness. No, you’re not at Denny’s my friend, you’re at Beer Breakfast!!

If you didn’t have a “Stack” of these at last year’s Beer Breakfast then you must not have stayed very long.  Jameson Whiskey, Butterscotch Schnapps, OJ. Oh Momma!!

Join us for Revelry~Fellowship~Sanctuary on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the Mandarin Hide in downtown St. Pete in support of Tampa Bay Watch!

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