When it comes to beer collaborations, Wawa, the convenience store chain sprinkled across the eastern side of the United States, might seem like an unlikely contender. Nevertheless, when the store launched its first beer in 2018 in Philadelphia, locals were thrilled. Winter Reserve Coffee Stout, an oatmeal stout brewed with Wawa’s Winter Blend Coffee and the help of 2SP Brewing Company, was such a smash hit that fans waited for two hours in the cold to grab their cans.
In response to all the excitement, Wawa doubled down this winter with not one, but four beer collabs dubbed the “Brew Tour.” And while the brand’s first foray into craft brewing only appeared in its native state of Pennsylvania, these farther-flung iterations popped up in Virginia, Delaware and New Jersey.
Today at exactly 3:45 p.m., locals at the Wawa located on 3660 W. Gandy Blvd. in Tampa, Florida, will get their turn with the limited release of Snow Bird Reserve, a vanilla-tinged porter heavy on malted barley and Wawa Winter Reserve Coffee. The porter is a three-way collab between 2SP Brewing, Coppertail Brewing, and Wawa. The first hundred customers to show up to the preview today will get to try the beer straight from the firkin and bag a free T-shirt.
“When our friends at Wawa spoke about doing a beer for their family in Florida, we immediately knew we wanted to collaborate with Tampa natives, Coppertail,” a representative from 2SP Brewing told Food & Wine. “It was a great experience working with our friends and neighbors and we hope Floridians enjoy drinking it as much as we did brewing it.”
Floridians interested in getting their hands on a can should keep an eye on the official Wawa website for updates on supplies. Given that Wawa’s Pennsylvania locations previously sold out in a week, it’s unlikely these Snow Birds will stick around for long.