Tampa Beer: Crafting the Bay (2021)

1h 22m / Not Rated / Documentary

Brewing a great-tasting beer requires more than hops and barley. It takes innovation and an artist’s vision to create a brew that stands out from the rest. That’s why the art of beer making has played an integral part in establishing Tampa Bay as one of the top craft beer scenes in the country.

Tampa Bay has a long history with beer. It’s home to Florida’s first brewery, Florida Brewing Company, which still stands and survived adversities like Prohibition and the Great Depression. And in the past decade, the region has redefined the craft beer scene with pioneers like Cigar City Brewing redefining the craft and precision that makes Tampa Bay beer internally renowned.

Join Tampa Theatre – in partnership with Film Tampa Bay and Visit Tampa Bay – for a special evening celebrating Tampa’s craft beer culture with a FREE screening of Tampa Beer: Crafting The Bay. The new documentary by Bay-area filmmaker James Blankenfeld tells the story of a destination that loves beer and the personalities who dedicate their lives brewing it. From hipster havens to historic districts, meet the people and places who make Tampa Bay the heart of Florida’s craft beer scene.

Please stick around after the film for a panel discussion and audience Q&A, moderated by food writer and marketer Jeff Houck (Columbia Restaurant Group), with the film’s director, James Blankenfeld, and several representatives of the Tampa craft beer scene, including:

  • Khris Johnson of Green Bench Brewing
  • Joey Redner of Cigar City Brewing
  • Devon Kreps of 7venth Sun Brewery
  • Coppertail Brewing Co.
  • Tampa Bay Brewing Company

Please RSVP by clicking the show time at right


Film-induced tourism has a strong influence on tourist decision making, not only in the short-term revenue, but in the long-term interest in the destination. Tampa Bay is home to the movie magic of The Punisher, The Infiltrator, Magic Mike, Edward Scissorhands (now a museum), Lady of the Manor, and more, along with shows like Cupcake Wars and Top Chef. Film and television drives visitors to new destinations, and Tampa Beer: Crafting the Bay is no exception. Tampa Bay is home to some of the best craft brew in the nation, and we are excited to share it with the world and invite others to experience it, too.


This free screening is presented by Film Tampa Bay and Visit Tampa Bay