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Craft Beer in Tampa Bay

  1. Beer forecast: cloudy with the taste of Julius and Northeast IPAS

    Bars & Spirits

    IPA trends are a funny thing. A decade ago, the most respected IPAs in the domestic beer scene were aggressive, no-holds-barred affairs, characterized by heavy bitterness with thick, earthy pine and resin flavors followed by a bone-dry finish.

  2. Coconut ale, coconut porter, yup, it's the year for coconut beer

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    Although brewing with coconut goes back many years, 2013 was the year that really got the ball rolling. That's the year of the fabled 2013 Goose Island Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout, an imperial stout so loaded with coconut that you could actually see small, white flakes in it.

  3. The Cicerone: Beer server certification makes you a better consumer

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    My New Year's resolution for 2015 was to hone my knowledge of various beer styles by studying style guidelines published by the Beer Judge Certification Program. The goal was to become a better, more skilled beer taster. I worked on this throughout the year, and the result was a more nuanced palate, as well as a deeper …

    It’s like a Scout badge, only for beer.
  4. Bar review: For the vaping and beer crowd, cheers to VaPour

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    Let's get this out of the way: Vaping is an easy target. Vape culture — a phrase that's even somewhat startling to type — appears ridiculous to most outsiders, resulting in mockery and derision from non-smokers and "traditional" smokers alike. I get it — I've had my share of laughs at vaping's expense. …

    Cigar City Invasion beer paired with Boss Reserve and Peach Cobbler e-liquid at VaPour Tap, where manager Kevin DiLorenzo offers free e-liquid and loaner vape machine for customers to use while at the bar.
  5. The Attic on the verge of becoming Ybor's next music venue and bar


    YBOR CITY — Standing in the dusty debris of a historic former hardware store, Kevin Lilly picks up a rusty wall-mounted coffee grinder sitting on a short wall of ancient red bricks. According to the experts he's consulted, this model hasn't been produced for more than 100 years. This one could date all the way …

    The historic building at 1901 15th St. N in Ybor City is the future home of the Attic, a bar, brewery and concert venue. The opening date has been pushed back to spring 2016.

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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