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Craft Beer in Tampa Bay

  1. Local Craft Beer of the Week: Fireberry Tea Ale, Sea Dog Brewing Co.

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    Clearwater's Sea Dog Brewing Co. doesn't get enough credit. Most craft beer drinkers familiar with the near-ubiquitous Sea Dog and Shipyard brands, which have been brewed in Maine since the early '90s, erroneously conclude that the Clearwater location is more of the same. But this location, opened in 2013, features its …

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  2. Local craft beer of the week: Joosy Froot IPA from Tampa Beer Works

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    Tampa Beer Works has always been a bit of an odd duck. Originally opened as ESB Brewing Co. by the owners of the adjacent homebrew supply store, the company rebranded and reopened last year with a new name, new head brewer, new recipes and a new brewing philosophy. This includes a range of beers treated with novel …

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  3. Local craft beer of the week: Dock Light IPA by 3 Daughters in St. Petersburg

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    Yep, it's hot and humid out there — about as bad as it will get all year (knock on wood). With this weather, there's one obvious direction for finding the right beer, and that's cool, crisp and refreshing. Marketing lingo? Yes. Entirely accurate? Also yes.

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  4. Bar review: Barley Mow's Raven Brewery and Eatery in Largo

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    I was recently in Largo, celebrating the one-year anniversary of the city's newest brewery, Arkane Aleworks. It only made sense to also enjoy some brews from the city's oldest, Barley Mow Brewing, which has its five-year anniversary later this month.

    Bartender Will Crispell polishes a wine glass at the bar of the Raven in Largo. The Raven opened a year ago but has just been relaunched with a new take and revamped menu.
  5. Local craft beer of the week: Pulp Friction Grapefruit IPA, Motorworks Brewing

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    If you've been following the recent beers of the week, you'll notice a trend: refreshing, seasonally appropriate brews that feature a prominent degree of fruitiness. This is no accident — beers like these are so much more well-suited to a summer release than the heavier, more substantial brews found during cooler …

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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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