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Inspired by Margarita Wars


Jesse Babbitt of Surfside Taphouse mixing “The Florita” margarita

This past Saturday was Creative Loafing’s annual Margarita Wars, an event I find very inspiring.  At this event bartenders from around the bay area dream up their most creative margarita, and everyone attending gets to vote for the best.



Pineapple peppered rims offered by Jake Hiller of the Tampa Marriott Waterside.


Random attendees enjoying the flavors…

The 19 entries this year included cocktails for every palate, and tequila was probably the only thing all had in common.  Flavors varied from the traditional lime juice to ginger, sun-dried tomatoes, and coconut, fruits included watermelon, blueberries, and mango, and garnishes included  persimmons seeds, blueberry caviar and citrus foam.  Traditional salted rims gave way to  toasted coconut, habanero pineapple, and chipotle sugar.  Many of these cocktails were outstanding, and all were creative and worth trying.  As someone always looking to push the flavor boundaries in beer & hard ciders, it’s exciting to see what flavors mixologists are combining to create new taste sensations.  Cheers!




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Kick-off Party

Category : Events

Our fundraising kick-off party is really coming together.  It will be on Saturday April 26, 4-7 PM.  Tickets are $37.50 for admission & unlimited brewery samples (must be 21 or older, with ID), or $5 for designated drivers and other “no alcohol” admissions if purchased before April 17.   Beginning on April 17, tickets will be $50.00 and $7.50. We’ll be sampling at least 14 different beers and hard ciders.  There will be live music, some free snack foods, a couple of food trucks, a raffle for some Shadow’s Shadow and other prizes, and a kick-a$$ good time.
Brewery Offerings will include:
  • ShadowWerkz Interrogator (Doppelbock)
  • Symphony Reserve, an oak-aged Symphony Cider with notes of spiced rum
  • State Secret Stout (Vanilla-Bourbon Imperial Stout)
  • Electric Cherry Symphony, an amazing blend of apple cider, tart cherry juice, and honey fermented to perfection.
  • Wire Tap Wit (Extra-spiced Belgian Wit)
  • Extraction Ale (Scottish Heavy)

Live music will be provided by Tim Hamm,

This is an outdoor event.  In case of poor weather, check back here ( for updates.  Rain Date will be Saturday, May 3.

More details and a link for ticket sales can be found at or