TAMPA, FL – On Saturday July 16 and Sunday, July 17, Coppertail Brewing Co, the Florida inspired, Tampa brewed, brewery and tap room at 2601 East 2nd Avenue, will celebrate the release of its new Independent Pilsner by offering an Industrial Beer Amnesty Program.  Starting at noon, lovers of independent, craft beer are invited to bring in an unopened beer from one of the giant industrial breweries to the Coppertail tap room, and have it swapped out for a  fresh, locally brewed 12 oz bottle of Independent Pilsner.   

“It’s all about getting those industrial beers out of people’s hands and off the streets so they won’t harm any more taste buds,” explains Kent Bailey, President of Coppertail Brewing Co, who opened the brewery in 2014 in Tampa’s Ybor neighborhood. “Today’s light industrial lagers are less expensive, less flavorful versions of German and Czech Pilsner recipes.  We want people to know they have a choice when they’re looking for a beer this summer.”

Coppertail’s Independent Pilsner (5.1 ABV) is a traditional German Pilsner brewed with top quality Pilsen-style malted barley, German Fantasia and TNT hops, and lots of flavor.  It features subtle bready notes, a crisp hop character and a clean finish.  Most importantly, Independent Pilsner contains absolutely no rice, corn, syrups or other adjuncts.  6-Packs of Independent Pilsner will hit store shelves in the Tampa Bay area next week.  Coppertail crafts flavorful beer for the Florida lifestyle.  The brewing team, led by Brewmaster Casey Hughes, believes in time-honored, old-world production techniques.  They utilize a natural carbonation process, use whole leaf hops and do not filter – because amazing things come to those who wait. 

Throughout the weekend, people coming in to trade in their beers will also have the opportunity to sign the “Declaration of the Independent,” declaring their preference for local, independently-owned breweries over giant internationally owned corporations.  The Declaration will then hang in the brewery.  (Limit 1 can or bottle trade in per day per person.  Supplies are limited.  12 oz bottles only available for consumption off premise.)

“These mega-breweries have been buying up small independent breweries all over the country. American consumers are not fooled.  You can write America on your beer can, but it doesn’t make your company American,” Bailey explains.   “Nothing is more American than Independence.  Signers of the declaration are saying that when it comes to the beer you drink, independence matters.” 
Coppertail Brewing Co is located at 2601 East 2nd Avenue in Tampa where they brew, bottle and keg all of their own beer.  Coppertail offers tours of the brewery Thursday through Sunday.  The bi-level tap room features 26 taps and is open seven days a week beginning at 12 noon:  Monday to Thursday, closes at 11 pm;  Friday and Saturday, closes at 12 midnight;  and Sunday, close at 7 pm.   For more information, visit; or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram