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Thirsty for Tampa Bay beers? Try one of these local brews

Tampa Bay Brewing ­Company

Owners: Brewmaster David Doble, parents John and Vicki Doble, and Stuart Mills

First pour: 1997

Their story: One of the originals on the Tampa craft beer scene, the owners started out as home brewers and opened a small home brew shop called the Brew Shack in 1994. They decided to open the craft brew pub to meet Tampa's craft beer needs. The owners hope to open another pub some time in the near future, or expand into a microbrewery. Known for their signature Elephant Foot IPA, they are about to release another canned pale ale called One Night Stand.

Where to get it: In addition to being available at the brewery's own pub and restaurant at 1600 E Eighth Ave. in Ybor City, Tampa Bay Brewing Co.'s beers are always on tap at Southern Brewing and Winemaking, a home brew shop with a tasting room in Tampa. The beers are also on tap at Old Bay Café in Dunedin, The Bait House in Clearwater and Cajun Café on the Bayou in Pinellas Park. Go to to learn more.

Saint Somewhere Brewing Company

Owner: Bob Sylvester

First pour: 2007

Their story: Bob Sylvester got a Mr. Beer kit as a Christmas gift about eight years ago and fell in love with brewing. He decided to make a career change and open his own brewery. Saint Somewhere's line of farmhouse-style ales are brewed the old-fashioned way, and are unfiltered and refermented in the bottle. Sylvester hopes to move out of the existing location to a larger one within the next year or two and open a full tasting room. The brewery is debuting two new beers by the end of this year.

Where to get it: Saint Somewhere hosts tours and tastings for $10 every Thursday and Friday at its brew­house at 1441 Savannah Ave. in Tarpon Springs. The beers are available in 35 different states, Sylvester said, as well as in Canada and parts of Europe. Go to to learn more.

Cold Storage Craft Brewery

Owners: Bruce Talcott, Andy De La Parte and Brent Berthy

First pour: 2010

Their story: The Cold Storage team purchased some old Busch Gardens brewing equipment on a whim after the park's brewhouse closed in 2010. They stayed up late one night, figured out how to use the machinery and developed their signature Florida Avenue line of beer. Born and raised in Tampa, they wanted something light and cool — a beer more suited to the Florida heat and humidity. The Florida Avenue ales were born, and sales have more than doubled since that first pour.

Where to get it: Cold Storage opened its own public tap room this week. The brewhouse, located at 4101 N Florida Ave. (get it?), also hosts an open house for $10 every third Saturday. Go to to learn more.

Peg's Cantina

Owners: Peg Wesselink, Tony Dodson and Doug Dozark

First pour: 2009

Their story: Peg and Tony opened the restaurant about eight years ago, but it was son Doug's idea to open an on-site brewery in 2009. The brewery just received a manufacturing license to mass produce its line of G.O.O.D. beers (Gulfport Originals On Draft) and sell off-site. The owners plan on purchasing a larger brewing system within the next year or so.

Where to get it: Peg's Cantina at 3038 Beach Boulevard S in Gulfport. In addition to a brewery, Peg's is also a Mexican restaurant. The owners always make sure there are three or four signature G.O.O.D beers on tap. Go to to learn more.

Cigar City Brewing

Owner: Joey Redner

First pour: 2009

Their story: A giant among bay area craft breweries, Cigar City Brewing was opened after owner Joey Redner decided Tampa needed a packaging craft brewery. A longtime lover of craft brews, Redner was tired of having to look out of the state for a good beer. Cigar City Brewing produces about 75 beers — of every style — throughout the year.

Where to get it: The brewery, at 3924 W Spruce St., has its own tasting room and shop where customers can purchase bottled beer and Cigar City merchandise in the on-site gift shop. Bottles of the beer can be found just about anywhere, including Publix, Sweet Bay and Costco. Go to to learn more.

Seventh Sun Brewing ­Company

Owners: Devon Kreps and Justin Stange

First pour: 2012

Their story: Kreps got a degree in fermentation science from Oregon State and got a job with Anheuser-Busch out of college. After a few years, she moved to the SweetWater Brewing Company in Atlanta, where she met Stange. They decided to go into business together and break into the craft brew scene. They decided to open a brewery in Tampa Bay, where there are tons of craft beer fans but not a lot of breweries. They specialize mostly in Belgian-style beers and IPAs, and are currently expanding their tasting room and outdoor seating space.

Where to get it: The Seventh Sun Brewery, located at 1012 Broadway in Dunedin, has a 10-tap tasting room, always featuring nine of its own brews and one guest beer. The beer is also available on draft at locations such as The Dunedin Smokehouse, House of Beer and the Olde Bay Cafe, as well as at Southern Brewing and Winemaking in Tampa and The Ale and the Witch in St. Petersburg. Go to to learn more.

Barley Mow Brewing ­Company

Owners: Jay Dingman and Colleen Huffman

First pour: 2011

Their story: Both avid home brewers and veterans of the hospitality industry, Dingman and Huffman decided to open the nano-brewery and attached bar last year. They still have some time before they are big enough to go into mass distribution, but they currently brew about 14 different beers, Dingman said. They specialize in ales, and their flagship beer is a black IPA called The Unkindness.

Where to get it: Barley Mow beers can only be found at the brewery at 518 West Bay Drive in Largo. The brewery is also a bar, open seven days a week, that hosts live music on the patio every Friday and Saturday. The pub-style bar has 14 taps, three of which always are dedicated to Barley Mow's own brews. The bar also has a full wine and liquor bar, featuring more than 20 different single malt scotches. Go to to learn more.

Three Palms Brewery

Owner: Randy Reaver

First pour: 2012

Their story: Reaver is a long-time craft beer aficionado turned home brewer turned brewery owner. Three Palms debuted its first beer, dubbed the Queen of Wheat, on Aug. 3, and will release a heft red beer, Ruby Pogo, very soon. The brewery plans to open its own tasting room by the end of the year.

Where to get it: Three Palms is not yet mass producing, but sells its beers by the keg to some area bars. There will also be tastings at the brewery, located at 1509 Hobbs St. in Tampa, on select dates. Follow the Three Palms page on Facebook for updates about when and where the beer will be available on draft. Go to to learn more.

Rapp Brewing Company

Owner: Greg Rapp

First pour: 2012

Their story: Formerly a maker of a wine and sake, Rapp fell in love with home brewing when his wife bought him a beer kit nine years ago. Now he's running his own brewery, which opens at the end of this month and will celebrate its grand opening in October. Rapp specializes in hand-crafted, small-batch brews, including ales and lagers and other sour beers and high-gravity beers.

Where to get it: Rapp Brewing at 10930 Endeavour Way in Seminole. The brewery also has its own 20-tap tasting room where guests can sit and sample the beers. Go to to learn more.

Also check out …

Big Storm Brewing Co. Right now Big Storm is in 15 bars in Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas. The tasting room, attached to the brewery at the West Pasco Industrial Park, opens later this month and will feature two main beers, as well as rotating taps with experimental and seasonal beers. 2438 Merchant Ave. No. 103, Odessa;

Dunedin Brewery Around for 14 years, the Dunedin Brewery offers beer, wine and live music right on the brewery's premises. It has seven standard beers on draft at all times, as well as a number of seasonal beers. 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin;

Lagerhaus Brewery and Grill Owner Franz Rothschadl claims an impressive family tradition of brewing, all the way back to the 15th century. In addition to the large menu, you can enjoy up to 23 regular and seasonal beers in European measurements — half-liter, liter and the old favorite: a large glass boot. 3438 East Lake Business, Palm Harbor;

St. Pete Brew Owners Tom and Michele Williams wanted to create a brand that reflected the St. Petersburg community. The St. Pete Orange Wheat and the Pinellas Pale Ale are available at The Ale and The Witch in St. Petersburg and Angry Pepper Smokehouse and Grill in Seminole.

Thirsty for Tampa Bay beers? Try one of these local brews 08/16/12 [Last modified: Monday, February 18, 2013 10:02pm]
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