First there was Dunedin Brewery, which paved the way for all Florida craft breweries when it opened in the mid '90s. It took 17 years for a neighbor to arrive: 7venth Sun Brewing. In the past year, Dunedin had seen the opening of House of Beer Brewing, Woodwright Brewing.
It's that time of year again, when friends get together and sample a dozen or so seasonal releases, taking notes on each along the way. Or maybe that's just at my house.
Festival brewery is a term that I use to describe breweries in progress: reliably spotted working the local beer fest circuit, decked out with vinyl banners, cool jockey boxes with custom tap handles, clever beer names and concepts and professionally printed apparel boasting convincing logos.
Drinking and driving is something that we all think we take seriously. Right? Kind of?
It's brutally hot out, and that calls for extra-refreshing beer. More often than not, my go-to is a nice cold lager.
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.