Saturday, June 23, 2018
Bars & Spirits

New brewer enters the St. Petersburg craft beer scene

The Sunshine City is home to a burgeoning arts AND craft community — craft beer, that is.

In recent years, several bars and pubs have been offering the libation, but when Three Daughters Brewing opens its doors this week, it will be one of the largest breweries in the county.

Nestled on the edge of the Warehouse Arts and Grand Central districts, the 18,000-square-foot space at 222 22nd St. S, is named for owner Mike Harding's daughters.

When reached last week, Harding was on pace to reach his goal of having plenty of suds on tap for opening weekend. There will be a VIP event, but the official opening is Saturday.

"We've got almost 7,000 gallons of beer. So we're close," he said. "We'll carry seven or eight flavors in the tasting rooms."

But Harding is not alone in lining downtown streets with hops. At least three other breweries call St. Petersburg home.

They include: Cycle Brewing at 534 Central Ave., Green Bench Brewing Company at 1133 Baum Ave. and St. Petersburg Brewing Company at 544 First Ave. N, which opens in a few weeks. (Owners there are waiting for their federal licenses to arrive.)

So how did Three Daughters enter the craft beer craze?

Harding has been brewing craft beer for years at another popular spot where he's co-owner — Bella Brava.

"Bella Brava is a brewery, we just don't advertise it," he said.

The Italian restaurant has been serving 2B as in Bella Brava, for several years. It's brewed twice a week.

The success at Bella Brava led to the new venture.

Three Daughters will offer 14 taps, seven of its own and seven from other local breweries.

"As far as breweries go, I think we'll be the largest one in Pinellas County,'' Harding said. "We have a 30-barrel brewhouse and can brew about 930 gallons every time we brew — which is about seven times a day."

The venue will also feature an 18-hole putt-putt course.

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A much-anticipated event for jazz aficionados has made a last-minute change of venue that could be considered a win-win for two nonprofit groups in the Sunshine City.

The Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association had originally scheduled a concert at Freefall Theater at 6099 Central Ave. for tonight, but on Thursday morning was forced to switch gears.

"The venue was changed due to low ticket sales," said Mark Feinman, president of the association. "It just wasn't working out at that location. Since the artist was coming in from New York, we decided to pick a venue that was already hosting an event."

That venue is the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, at 2240 Ninth Ave. S, which hosts an annual holiday open house.

Patrons of the event will be the big winners.

In addition to the open house, which will feature artwork of Dawnita Jones Fry and festive decorations, the free event now includes a jazz duet of guitarist Joshua Breakstone with local bassist John Lamb at 4 p.m. in the museum's beautiful Legacy Garden.

Sandra J. Gadsden can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 893-8874 and on Twitter at @StPeteSandi.

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