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Craft Beer in Tampa Bay

  1. Bar review: Hidden Springs Ale Works is at home in Tampa Heights

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    Just a few blocks from downtown Tampa lies a mostly barren section of the Tampa Heights neighborhood, where a few popular businesses reside, such as Café Hey and Oceanic Market, bordered by shuttered old buildings and dirt lots.

    A Deja Moo Nitro milk stout, from left, a Hidden Springs IPA and a Hidden Springs growler.
  2. Tampa Bay area beer festivals — cheers, Hunahpu's Day — keep growing

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    Quality beer festivals are nothing new in the Tampa Bay area. For years, we've sipped an endless variety of brews in parks, museums and overflowing brewery parking lots. Hunahpu's Day at Cigar City is one of the most popular beer festivals in the country, and the fall and spring beer festivals at Pinellas Park's Cajun …

    Cajun Cafe on the Bayou’s 10th annual craft beer festival, held in October, had an intimate atmosphere that’s often lost at larger events.
  3. Pick six: Top beers for your Halloween party

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    It must have been nearly 10 years ago that I found the best Halloween costume ever. It was at the closing sale for the St. Petersburg location of Features Costumes (RIP Tampa location, which followed suit last year), and a decade or so later, it's still my go-to costume.

  4. Bar review: Tampa Bay Brewing Company opens new spot in Westchase

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    In June, the Tampa Bay Brewing Company celebrated its 20th anniversary. That's a big achievement, especially considering that 90 percent of the bay area's breweries have only been around for about 10 percent of those years. To celebrate, Tampa Bay Brewing Company opened a second location in Tampa's upscale Westchase …

    Bartender Tommy Danaher, 35, pours a pint of Gourds Gone Wild Pumpkin for a customer on Monday at the Tampa Bay Brewing Company’s newest location in Westchase.  
  5. It's pumpkin beer season, a time for flavorful brews

    Now that my summer-long tradition of steadfastly ignoring their existence has come to an end, it's time to acknowledge the presence of the heavy hitters of the seasonal beer game: pumpkin beers.

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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