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Craft Beer in Tampa Bay

  1. On Gandy, a liquor lounge with a fine wine upside

    Bars & Spirits

    What's up with liquor lounges? I can't tell you how many times I've driven by a hole-in-the-wall liquor store and saw a dusty old lounge attached. Based on the look of most of them, I'm guessing this was a common thing in the '70s and '80s, but I wasn't quite legal to drink at that point, so I couldn't tell you.

    In addition to its lounge, Fine Wine & Spirits Warehouse boasts an impressive selection from the vine.
  2. Pass the pumpkin: Sampling fall's best seasonal craft beers

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    October means lots of pumpkin beers (actually, that's June these days, but you've already heard that rant), but not all of the beers on the shelves for Halloween are gourd-based. There are lots of spooky brews out there this season, perfect for sipping out of a skull-shaped chalice. Here are a few I picked up at local …

  3. Ybor City Wine Bar: Much more than the name implies

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    Here's one way to be effective if you open a drinking establishment: Tell your customers what they're going to get, right there in the name. Then give them a lot more.

    Bartender Ashleigh Cunningham pours for regulars Mary and Les Mouzon.
  4. World of Beer adds cocktails to its bar menu

    Bars & Spirits

    I've used a variety of arguments to persuade friends who "just don't like beer" to divert a round of bar-hopping to the nearest beer bar.

    They have wine.

    Now at World of Beer in Brandon: The Maple Manhattan, Beerberry Cosmo and Gin N’ Jam cocktails.
  5. Florida breweries score medals at 2014 Great American Beer Festival

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    I recently returned from Denver and the GABF, where I sampled an outrageous number of medal-winning beers. Florida breweries, including two from Tampa Bay, took home a few of these medals, three in all. Here are this year's medal-winning beers from the Sunshine State:

Tour our Tampa Bay craft breweries

The Tampa Bay area is the new hotbed of craft beer as more than a dozen breweries and brewpubs have set up shop with another half dozen in the planning stages.

    

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