Of the various bar themes I expect to run into in the wild, "old-timey service station" is not one of them. But it seems to be working quite well for the Ford's Garage chain, which has just opened in Brandon, its fourth Florida location.
We all know that India Pale Ales should be consumed as fresh as possible. Hop volatilization occurs rapidly, meaning that old IPAs end up tasting stale and unbalanced — all bitter, and no aroma or subtle hop flavor. That's no good.
I rarely make the trek to Tarpon Springs, but whenever I do, I always enjoy the quiet, laid-back setting. If you're looking for a slice of authentic Old Florida, you're likely to find it here.
We're starting a new feature in Taste, one that aims to steer you toward notable drinks — beer, wine and cocktails — in Tampa Bay. This week it's a local beer pick; stay tuned for wine and spirits suggestions in the coming weeks.
TAMPA HEIGHTS — The taps are in place. The fermenters are ready to go. All that's missing is the beer.
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.