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Home brewer's Dave Himmelfarb's various carboys and bottles hold a variety of fermenting brews in his fermentation chamber at home. [LARA CERRI  |   Times]

For our beer issue, a look into the world of home brewing and more

I learned a lot while working on our Beer Issue. Like how I don't know as much as I thought I did about beer. Actually, the past few years have been an education for me, as the craft beer world grew dramatically around us here in Tampa Bay and my thoughts on beer went from "Eh, I'll have wine" to "Another oatmeal s …


  1. Bar review: Anclote River Boat Club a delightfully dilapidated dive

    Bars & Spirits

    I often peruse review websites in search of new or interesting bars to check out. While on TripAdvisor, I came across a post by user "Tiki lounge112" that described the scene at the Anclote River Boat Club. It began:

    A 16-foot boat hangs in the oak outside the Anclote River Boat Club, which was flooded by 1993’s no-name storm.
  2. Drink of the Week: Haven restaurant's Manhattan cocktail

    Bars & Spirits

    A star in Tampa restaurant Haven's whiskey-centered cocktail program is Dean Hurst's twist on the classic Manhattan. Hurst is the director of spirits for Haven, Bern's Steakhouse and the Epicurean Hotel. His Manhattan features high-proof bourbon and two styles of vermouth, in addition to the traditional rye whiskey and …

    We’ll take (a) Manhattan. Dean Hurst’s twist on the classic cocktail features high-proof bourbon, two styles of vermouth, traditional rye whiskey and Angostura bitters.
  3. Drink of the Week: 2012 Plungerhead Lodi Zinfandel wine

    Bars & Spirits

    Last week, the calendar said it was fall; the Florida weather said otherwise. But I was so tired of my summer whites — not the ones in my closet, but the sauvignon blancs and chardonnays and sparklers that had been refreshing me all these hot months. If I uncorked a red, I reasoned, maybe the cool weather would …

    2012 Plungerhead 2012 Lodi Zinfandel
  4. At St. Petersburg's new Hofbrauhaus, it's all about the bier

    Bars & Spirits

    Just in time for Oktoberfest, St. Petersburg's new Hofbräuhaus is finally open. Inexplicable as it may seem, the hype surrounding this long-anticipated German beer hall is very real, as evidenced by capacity levels of stein-hoisting patrons that have made it one of St. Pete's hottest drinking spots since its …

    The crowd sings along with the band inside the Hofbr?uhaus on its opening day, Sept. 15.
  5. St. Petersburg's Ferg's Sports Bar adding a concert venue

    Bars & Spirits

    ST. PETERSBURG — St. Petersburg's dominant baseball bar is getting into the live music game.

    The owner of Ferg’s Sports Bar, 1320 Central Ave in St. Petersburg, is partnering with the former owner of Jannus Landing to create a concert venue behind the popular baseball fan watering hole. (DIRK SHADD   |   TIMES (2007))

Can you spy the famous Skipper's Smokehouse collectibles?

See if you can find the collectibles listed below behind the bar at the famous Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa. Use your scroll wheel or double-click to zoom into the picture. Click and drag to move the picture around. Once you find a collectible, click to see a larger version.

Here's what you need to find:

Buddy Guy portrait  |  Signature Drink  |  An Ode to Hippies  |  Pachinko  |  Man v. Food Photo  |  Pyramid-shaped "Blues Trophy"  |  A gift from their gator meat supplier

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