Special Hoperations

Established 2010

Walk on the Wild Side & Sour Fest

One of the most unique beer festivals of the year is coming up on June 14. Sour Fest at the Cajun Cafe on the Bayou is an all-sour festival. For sour-heads, it’s not one to miss.

Special Hops will have a table at the event, and the following sour beers will be poured by members of the club:

  • Brett pale ale
  • Nectarine Lambic
  • Gose
  • Berliner
  • Mango Berliner
  • Apricot Brett Saison
  • Sour Cider (Flanders Red with Apple Cider)
  • Flemish red

In addition to the festival, we’ll also be announcing the winners of the 2nd Annual Walk on the Wild Side competition.

In fact, we are still looking for judges and stewards for the WotWS competition. Judging will be held this Saturday at Coppertail Brewing. If you’d like to help, please register to volunteer.


The Central Florida Home Brewers are organizing the nation’s largest mead competition, Meadlennium.

The registration window is currently open and closes on June 14. The judging will take place on June 21 in Winter Springs.

Registration info

Opportunities to Pour

There are a couple upcoming opportunities to pour your homebrew at events. It’s never too early to plan, so get your brew days scheduled if you’d like to participate!

BadAss Beer Fest – June 28
Tampa Bay Brewing Company is hosting a 3,000+ person beer festival to celebrate the ground breaking of their new production facility in Oldsmar.

SeptemBEERfest – September 27
This one is a ways off, but it’s just been announced. It’s a unique “blind” people’s choice competition to select the best beer.

Competition Winners

Hogtown Brew Off

Eric Koenig
Gold and 2nd place BOS – Hefeweizen

Matthew McKinnon
Gold – American Barleywine

Robert Hilferding
Silver – Irish Red Ale

David Gilbert
Silver - Flanders Brown Ale/Oud Bruin

Allan Myers
Bronze - Fruit Lambic

German Wheat & Rye Intraclub

Chris & Brandi Goller
Gold – HefeweizenGreg Brown
Silver - WeizenbockKenny Baggett
Bronze – Hefeweizen

Want to become a member?

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Monthly Meetings

2nd Tuesday of Each Month
Southern Brewing & Winemaking
4500 N. Nebraska Ave. (map)
7 pm

4th Sunday of Each Month
Datz Deli
2616 S. MacDill Ave. (map)
6 pm

Upcoming Events

Tangent Brewing General DysFUNKtion release
June 5
Brewer’s Tasting Room

Walk on the Wild Side Judging
June 7
Coppertail Brewing

Sour, Berliner Weisse & Lambic Festival
June 14
Cajun Cafe on the Bayou

BadAss Beer Fest
June 28
TBBC’s future production facility in Oldsmar

September 27
Southern Brewing

Intra-Club Competitions

July 27
Category 17
September 28
Category 18
Belgian Strong Ale

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