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Captain Jack's 2016 Stone Crab Stout Boil - Recap!


Captain Jack's 2016 Stone Crab Stout Boil - Recap!

We hosted our second annual Stone Crab Stout Boil with Loko Cuisine last night and OMG! Not only was is a blast, it was, well... delicious.

We can't thank John, owner and Chef at Loko Cuisine enough for preparing a tasty menu to accompany the freshly caught stone crabs that emerged from our boil. Our Brewmaster Casey traveled to Key West personally to load up 200 pounds of freshly caught stone crabs from none other than Captain Jack himself.

Assistant Brewers Derrick and Matthew timed the brew day  just right for Casey's arrival, seconds after Casey arrived at Coppertail, they were ready for the claws to be added to the boil. It doesnt get any more Florida fresh than this.

Casey and Derrick add fresh crab claws to Captain Jack's Stone Crab Stout.

Casey and Derrick add fresh crab claws to Captain Jack's Stone Crab Stout.

Casey pulling some of Captain Jack's crab claws from the boil.

Casey pulling some of Captain Jack's crab claws from the boil.

Fresh from the boil. Casey, Mike and Derrick get the claws on ice so that they can safely transported to our  Loft where John, of Loko Cuisine, will serve them to guests that attended our Captain Jack's Stone Crab Boil Dinner.

Fresh from the boil. Casey, Mike and Derrick get the claws on ice so that they can safely transported to our  Loft where John, of Loko Cuisine, will serve them to guests that attended our Captain Jack's Stone Crab Boil Dinner.

John, of Loko Cuisine, and Casey crack a few claws to ensure that they are perfect and ready to hit the table for our guests.

John, of Loko Cuisine, and Casey crack a few claws to ensure that they are perfect and ready to hit the table for our guests.

If you attended our Captain Jack's Stone Crab Stout Boil/Dinner, we thank you so much for coming and hope that you had a delicious time. We are already looking forward to next year!

If you couldn't make it this time, keep an eye out for our next event with John of Loko Cuisine. We will be hosting a delicious steakhouse style dinner in February.



#WinterArtBazaar Recap - Our First Art Show in the Loft

We had an amazing time hosting the FIRST Art Bazaar with local artists, Tim Gibbons of Funky As A Monkey and Teri Navajo. The show consisted of 17 local artists, all offering a wide variety of wares and art that was not only on display but available for purchase. 

The Winter show spanned two days (Friday + Saturday) and showcased unique pieces by unique artists. The event was a blast and we had a great opening the Loft for the show, we are already in the planning phases for a Spring show this coming year.

The Winter Art Bazaar artist line up included:

Tim Gibbons, artist/owner of Funky as a Monkey Art Studio

Teri Navajo, artist/owner of ShePaintsThings

Macy Higgins, artist/owner of Macy Eats Paint

Michael Vahl, visual artist

David + Patricia Beebe, photographer/owner of B Squared

Brent Thornton, visual artist

Emily Levy, visual artist

Francine Bauer, visual artist

Lisa Gellens + Stephanie Harden, owners of Lisa+Stephanie (Jewelry Boutique)

Marie Shadt, visual artist

Virginia Butler, visual artist

Dorothy Banker, visual artist

Ronald Hardin, visual artist

Kurt Moss, Woodworking/Craftsman

Judy Bales,

If you missed the show, check out these photos from various artists. We will be hosting a Spring show, and will announce dates/times soon. Thank you to everyone who showed their work from the Life Enrichment Center, Individually and collectively. Also, thank you to everyone who came to support local art, small businesses, and the Tampa Arts community.



Captain Jack's 2nd Annual Stone Crab Stout Boil - 12/10/15

Mark your calendars! We are excited to host our 2nd annual Captain Jack's Stone Crab Stout Boil featuring Loko Cuisine. This stone crab feast is a ticketed event in our private event space, the Loft. Space is limited.

Get ready for to upgrade your Thursday night. The event will feature a rustic and authentic crab boil dining experience. Each guest will be served 2.5 pounds of Key West stone crab, caught fresh by Captain Jack himself. Casey, our brew master, will boil the crabs in our stout while Loko Cuisine serves sides and sauces to compliment the feast.

Oh, and did we mention? Your first beer is on us! As if your mouth wasn't already watering.

Tickets are $50 each person and available online at Loko Cuisine, remember, this is a ticketed only event and space is limited.

Coppertail Brewing is located across from Ikea at 2601 East 2nd. Ave., Tampa 33605.



Winter Art Bazaar in the Loft

We're celebrating local art in a big way during our Winter Art Bazaar, hosted by Tim Gibbons of Funky as a Monkey Art Studio and Teri Navajo of Create Vibrant. These local artists are hosting 14 local makers in our private Loft space. This event is free to attend and open to the public.

14 local artists will display their works in semi-traditional Christkindlmarkt (a German art fair) fashion. Join us for locally made pieces that will be available for purchase. This fair is a great way to shop local for the holiday season or for yourself.

The artists:

Tim Gibbons, artist/owner of Funky as a Monkey Art Studio

Teri Navajo, artist/owner of Create Vibrant

David Beebe, photographer/owner of B Squared

Brent Thornton

Emily Levy

Francine Bauer

Lisa Gellens + Stephanie Harden, owners of Lisa+Stephanie (Jewelry Boutique)

Marie Shadt, visual artist

Virginia Butler, visual artist

Dorothy Banker, visual artist

Macy Higgins, artist/owner of Macy Eats Paint

Ronald Hardin

Michael Valladares, visual artist.

The show starts at 4pm on Friday, December 4th and will run until 10pm. Saturday, December 5th you may join us from noon to 10pm.



We're going back... (Movies in the Loft)

Jess and Doc rev it up to 88mph.

Jess and Doc rev it up to 88mph.

We had way too much fun with Doc and Marty last Wednesday for our first Movie Marathon in the Loft.

We want to say a big thank you to everyone who came out to catch the movies, especially if you dressed up in movie theme (you rock!). Below is a collection of some of the photos that we captured from the evening. 

Thanks again to our crew and our amazing patrons. We are taking suggestions for a future movie night theme, feel free to leave us a comment below and let us know what you would like to see next.



It's International Bacon Day! Join us for brunch.

#WTPork! Did you know that September 5th is International Bacon Day!?

We’ve teamed up with LOKO Cuisine to host our first ever brunch event. This self-serve bacon filled feast includes 4-courses with an international influence and one beer (pint, snifter of equally priced value, no guest taps) or an Unholy Tripple Bacon Bloody Mary. 

To make things even better we’re pulling out some barrel aged beer (Casey, our Head Brewer is keeping this a secret for now) and making an Oktoberfest lager with maple peppercorn bacon to celebrate this event of epic pork-portions.

Checkout our FB event page for this event here. See you soon.



Brewery Update 20 – Let There Be Beer!

MMMMMM. Whole leaf hops (and Casey.)

MMMMMM. Whole leaf hops (and Casey.)

2 years of hard work, 20 somewhat monthly blog updates and we’re finally here: The Finish Line.  Or, maybe it’s the starting line.  This week we release our first shipments of beer to local bars.

The first emotion to wash over me is relief.  We definitely hit our share of delays and set backs and at times it seemed like it would never happen.  It would have been easy to give up.  I’m glad we didn’t.

My second emotion is gratitude.  There’s so much to be thankful for.  I’m thankful for the team we’ve built at the brewery.  It has taken a lot of people, pulling together toward the same vision to make this brewery happen.

Also, thank you to all the people who have supported us along the way – all the good people we’ve encountered at beer fests and pop-up tastings who’ve talked beer with us, the people who have followed us and encouraged us via social media, the other local brewers who have been so generous with their time and advice.  The local craft beer scene here in Tampa really is an amazing and supportive place.

And, my last emotion is pure excitement for this next chapter.  Let there be beer!

Speaking of the beer, to celebrate the release of our core lineup we’re planning a Coppertail Launch Tour.  At each stop our beer will be on tap.  We’ll drink some beer, give away some swag, and Casey will slow dance with you.  (Or you can just talk brewing with him.)  Come on out and help us celebrate.

Coppertail Launch Tour Dates:

Aug. 21 – The Independent, Seminole Heights. 6pm – 9pm
Aug. 25 – New World Brewery, Ybor City. 7pm – 10pm
Aug. 26 – The Dirty Shame, Ybor City. 7pm – 10pm
Aug. 27 – The Stein and Vine, Brandon. 7pm – 10pm
Aug. 29 – The Pour House, Downtown. 7pm – 10pm
Sep. 2 – Mr. Dunderbaks, North Tampa. 7pm – 10pm

What about the tasting room, you ask?  Good question.  We’re installing our tap system this week and racing the clock to open the door to our temporary tasting room by the end of the month.  A more permanent tasting room will open around Novemberish.  We’ll be sure to announce it on social media when it opens.

They love beer... so should you.

They love beer... so should you.

Thanks for checking on us and we look forward to drinking a beer with you soon!

– Kent



Upcoming Beer Fests - August

Looking for a beer fest to go to this month?  We’ll serve up our latest creations at the following:

97X Craft Beer Experience

August 16th at the Mahaffey Theatre from 4:00pm – 8:00pm.

Over 100 different craft beers to sample along with live music and cuisine from local St. Petersburg restaurants. Check out the Mahaffey Theatre for additional information, you can also purchase tickets for the event here.

Liquid Desires

August 23, 2014 at the Salvador Dali Museum from 8:00pm to 11:00pm.

Tantalize your senses with craft beer and Dali’s Marvels of Illusion collection. General admission tickets are on sale here and include unlimited beer samples and food tastings.

Creative Loafing Beer Fest @ MOSI

August 23, 2014 at MOSI Tampa from 7:00pm to 11:00pm.

Sip on over 90 local and national craft beer selections and be entertained by MOSI’s exhibits and tasty grub from Jimmy Meatballs and the Cheesery. Click here for additional information and to purchase tickets.

Key West Brew Fest

August 30th on the Duval Street from 3:00pm to 8:00pm.

Try over 150 beers on Key West’s infamous Duvall Street. We dare you to still be standing after a weekend party like this in the Keys, all proceeds benefit local charities. Purchase your tickets here.



Beer and Loathing

Beer dude, Rob Larson, advises you to drink a few brews while Erin pours from behind the table.

Beer dude, Rob Larson, advises you to drink a few brews while Erin pours from behind the table.

Things got a little batty at the Beer and Loathing in Las Vegas event this past Saturday evening. The overall event was a huge success thanks to none-other than Veronica from the Independent in Seminole Heights. Guests were greeted with tasty beer and an eclectic fare from local restaurants.

Our resident beer dude, Robb Larson, became a bit of a celebrity. Dressed as Dr. Gonzo, he advised guests try the Unholy Trippel, and they did (some of them a few times!). Guests really enjoyed getting their photo taken with him, if you have a photo with our Dr. Gonzo, please send copies to us at or tag us on whatever social media you posted them to, we would love to see them.

The entire Coppertail Gang had a blast and we wanted to show our gratitude to all of the awesome breweries and local restaurants, to Veronica for organizing such a fun event, the Tampa Theatre for hosting and to all of the wonderful people who attended. Those of you who came by our table in full Fear and Loathing attire made our night and we appreciate all of the positive feedback that you gave us on our beers. Cheers to you guys!



Coppertail Brewing Upcoming Tampa Events - June + July 2015

The Coppertail gang will be out in the Tampa area serving ice cold beers this summer. We hope that you are able to make it out to one (or more) of these awesome events where you can try a beer or two and tell us what you think!

Saturday June 14th, 2014 – Sour, Berliner Weisse & Lambic Festival

Time: 2:00 – 6:00pm

Location: Cajun Café on the Bayou

Tickets are $49.99, follow this link to purchase your tickets in advance.


Saturday June 28th, 2014 – BadA** Beer Fest

Time: 4:00 – 9:00pm

Location: Tampa Bay Brewing Co. new location (eastside of Racetrac Rd. one block north of Hillsborough Ave across from the Oldsmar Flea Market)

Tickets are $35 in advance, $50 at the door. Purchase your tickets here.


Saturday July 12th, 2014 – Beer and Loathing in Las Vegas

Time: 7:00 – 10:00pm

Location: Tampa Theater

Grande tickets are $45.00, Premium tickets are $70.00. You may find additional info and purchase your ticket option here.


Saturday July 19th, 2014 – Martini’s for Moffitt

Time: 7:00 – 10:00pm

Location: Tampa Museum of Art

Tickets range from $100.00 to $250.00 with proceeds to benefit cancer research. For additional information on ticket options, check out this link.



Coppertail Brewing Upcoming Tampa Events – April & May 2015

Mark your calendars. The Coppertail Brewing crew will be out in Tampa serving ice cold beers at the following locations for April and May. Come by and say hello, have a beer… or two.

April 19thCreative Loafing is hosting Spring Hops and Coppertail will be serving a variety of beer. The event starts at noon for VIP ticket holders, general admission entry is at 1pm. Stop by Ybor Square for a cold one.

May 2nd: Free Pop Up tasting! Mystery location to be revealed soon, keep checking our Twitter and Facebook pages for the latest info on this pop-up.

May 3rd: Hey y’all, come visit us at the Spring Craft Beer Fest at Cajun Cafe on the Bayou. We will be pouring various beer styles from 2pm – 6pm. Come thirsty.

We hope that we have the opportunity to meet you at one (or more) of these early Summer events. Cheers!



Brewery Update 8: 11 Questions with Casey Hughes

Instead of posting a normal update this week we thought it might be fun to let you get to know our Brewmaster, Casey Hughes, a bit better.  We sat down at the brewery today and asked him the tough questions.  So here they are, 11 hard hitting questions with Casey Hughes:

1. How did your brewing career start? 

CH: Luck.  I moved to Key West just after High School and at age 18 I managed to get a job working the bottling line at the old Key West Brewery.      

2. After Key West you moved up to Philadelphia to brew at Flying Fish.  What beer are you proudest of from that time in your career?

CH: I’m proudest of the Exit 4 Trippel.  That beer was the first time in my career I had free reign to develop a recipe and do whatever I wanted.  I was shocked when it won gold at Great American Beer Fest and was later picked by Men’s Journal as best Belgian beer in America. 

3. As you were looking at opportunities to go brew in Florida why did you choose this one?

CH: When I came down to Tampa to meet with Kent it just seemed like we were on the same page regarding how to do a brewery right.  We had similar ideas on equipment, beer, and what we wanted to do.  It just seemed like the right fit. 

4. Coppertail and Flying Fish both seem to depict sea creatures in their logos.  Why the policy of only working at nautical themed breweries?

CH: It has worked out that way hasn’t it?  I don’t know.  I love the water.  I used to do commercial fishing and lobstering when I lived in Key West.  I must just be drawn to nautical creatures. 

5. What excites you about Tampa and Florida as a beer market?

CH: Tampa is a really exciting place to brew beer because it has so much room to grow, but it has a good foundation in place.  It’s a relatively young market, but there’s already some great craft beer down here. Guys like Cigar City have already done so much to put Tampa bay on the map for craft beer.  And now there’s so many new breweries opening, and so much good beer being made down here, and the beer culture is growing.  It’s like where some of the more developed markets were 15 years ago and I think it’s going to be amazing to watch it grow and to try to be a part of that. 

6. Besides beer, what drew you to Tampa as a place to live?

CH: The water, the weather and the people.  I love boating and fishing, and this seemed like a great place for that.  And the fact that I don’t have to deal with snow anymore makes it even better.  People have been nice, too.  

7. Let’s say there’s a rematch of the 2008 World Series between the Phillies and the Rays? Who are you rooting for?

CH: No comment.  Next question. 

8. The Philadelphia area is famous for Philly beer week and its craft beer culture.  How does Tampa beer culture compare?

CH: I see a lot of excitement for great beer here which is like Philly.  I think in a few years Tampa is going to become an amazing destination spot for beer and could rival some of the better beer cities in the country. 

9. What kind of beer do you want to see Coppertail make?

CH: Balanced, floral, citrusy, dry IPA’s.  Neat, easy drinking Florida beers and some funky, fun, Belgian Saison’s, too.  I’d really like to play around with some barrel aged beers.  A little bit of everything.  I just want to make lots of good beer. 

10. Many craft beer fans can point to an “Aha” moment when a beer really surprised them and got them interested in craft beer.  Any Aha moments stick out in your mind?

CH: The first time I tried Sierra Nevada was a big Aha moment for me.  How did they do that?  It really made me want to get into brewing.  90% of professional brewers my age might have that same answer.  Also, my first Belgian beer, Chimay, was an eye-opening experience, and that started me down the road of making Belgians. 

11. We’ve noticed you like to blast music while you’re brewing?  Which song or type of music makes the best tasting beer?

CH: It’s a tie.  Rage against the Machine and NWA both do a great job of helping beer be the best it can be.