CLEARWATER – Are you looking for a way to beat the heat this weekend? What if at the same time you could help support a local foundation dedicated to helping others? All while enjoying the best brews Tampa Bay has to offer.
If you answered yes, then look no farther than Spectrum Field.
On Saturday, Oct. 7, the Clearwater Threshers will host the ninth annual Hops for Hospice fundraiser, benefitting the Suncoast Hospice Foundation.
“This event allows us to do two things,” said Special Events Manager Doug Kemp. “It allows us to work with our distributors and promote their brands. Secondly, it highlights Suncoast Hospice and allows all funds raised to stay in the community.”
The annual event will feature more than 100 varieties of brews, including new flavors and a handful of new craft brewers, Kemp said.
Among local vendors participating in the event are Cigar City Brewing, Dunedin Brewery, Pair O’ Dice Brewing, Sea Dawg Brewing Company, Three Daughters Brewing, Crooked Thumb, Black Fox Meadery, Grindhaus Brew Lab and Tampa Bay Brewing.
If beer isn’t exactly what you savor, but you still want to come out and support the event, Kemp said wine will be available, as will stadium concession stands that will offer a variety of snacks for the event.
Attendees will be given a sample mug as they enter the park, along with a brochure highlighting all of the different breweries. Comment cards will also be available so favorite beers can be easily identified.
The event will feature a new mug this year, which will be silicone and 5 ounces, Kemp said.
“That way, if someone drops it, it won’t break,” he said.
Representatives from local bars, breweries and restaurants will be on hand to answer any questions that might come up about a particular brew.
Free cab rides will be available for attendees who might imbibe a bit too much, Kemp said, courtesy of United Taxi.
Hops for Hospice and the Threshers have raised more than $120,000 over the last seven years through the event. All proceeds have directly benefitted Suncoast Hospice, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving individuals living with chronic and terminal illness in the Tampa Bay area.
“We’ve always supported Suncoast Hospice, but we wanted to create a standalone event that highlighted the wonderful work they do in the community,” Kemp said of the Threshers’ partnership with the foundation.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Gates will be open from 4 to 8 p.m.