There’s a great Florida Craft Beer Scene. Don’t miss these breweries in the Greater Tampa Area.
Last month, my fiancee and I went to St. Petes for a quick vacation. We had heard the brewery scene there was fantastic, and we could spend some time on the beach, sounds perfect! Tampa is a cool town, and the brew scene held its reputation. Gil and I stayed in a small house near the beach on Treasure Island near John’s Pass (cool spot, you can hold alligators!). We would hang out at the beach until early afternoon and then make our way into St. Petes. The downtown is beautiful, and there is plenty to do and see. Of course, this being our vacation we wanted to drink and eat. Lucky for us St. Petes has several breweries and a wide range of restaurants. You should really try the oysters at the Oyster Bar on Central Ave. Also, don’t miss the nightly belly dancing at Acropolis Greek Taverna. Opa! The beach and food were fun, but this is a post about the breweries…
Since it was a vacation I didn’t take as diligent notes as I normally do, but I did want to go through the breweries we visited before I forget.
Our first stop after we landed was Cigar City Brewing. They are making some fantastic beer. I have been drinking their brews for a while so it was very cool to visit the brewery. My favorite offering was probably the cask Madura Brown Ale.
The next brewery we went to on our trip was Cycle Brewing in St. Petes. It was a cool spot right on the main strip in downtown, with indoor and outdoor seating. They had several good beers and they really dove into their cyclist theme. Check them out if you’re in the area.
St. Pete Brewing Co. was a lot of fun. Very chill classic brewery bar vibe. We got a couple flights and made our way through their brews. Also, got some pizza delivered from next door which was good brewery hopping fuel. Nice place, good people.
We heard a lot about 3 Daughters Brewing once we arrived in Tampa so we made sure to check them out. Lucky for us there was a festival going on at the brewery when we arrived. Big Crowd, food trucks, merch tents, and live music. The music was fantastic it was a trio and the violinist was amazing. With good beer flowing and good music blasting, we decided to stay until they closed.
We spent a day at John’s Pass near the house we rented and we stopped into Mad Beach Brewing (Mad is short for Madura Beach), cool name. Gil and I got a few different flights. This brewery is making some great beers. The tasting room is huge and has tons of pool tables and cornhole boards inside. You can see the brewing equipment from the bar and the staff is very helpful.
The last brewery we visited before we headed home was Green Bench Brewing. This was a fun brewery to end the trip with. They had a nice big bar and the staff knew their stuff. Plus the outside courtyard had a great set up for live music and plenty of seating to relax. Don’t miss this place if you’re in St. Petes.
It was a wonderful trip. Gil and I had a blast! It was great to get to chat with and meet so many other people in the brewing industry pursuing their dreams and ambitions. One of the great things about this industry is the amazing people and all the different stories that brought them to the craft beer world. I hope I get to make many more posts like this as we explore other unique cities and breweries.
– Drink Up, SlyePup