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Craft Beer in Tampa Bay

  1. Bar review: Ford's Garage in Brandon goes all the way with its car theme, beer list

    Bars & Spirits

    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.

    The old-timey Ford’s Garage goes all the way with its car theme, boosted by creative cocktails and a fine craft beer list. An antique Ford hangs from the ceiling, wheels slowly spinning.
  2. Can you tell when freshness is beyond the pale?

    Bars & Spirits

    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.

    A Cigar City intern takes a sample of Jai Alai India Pale Ale.
  3. Bar review: Silverking Brewing Company brings beers, flavor to Tarpon Springs

    Bars & Spirits

    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.

    Silverking Brewing Company is about a mile inland from Tarpon Springs’ Sponge Docks.
  4. Drink of the Week: Funky Buddha More Moro Blood Orange IPA beer

    Bars & Spirits

    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.

    Drink of the Week: Funky Buddha More Moro Blood Orange IPA
  5. Hidden Springs Ale Works hopes to unearth success on N Franklin Street

    Human Interest

    TAMPA HEIGHTS — The taps are in place. The fermenters are ready to go. All that's missing is the beer.

    Austin Good, left, and Joshua Garman, founders of Hidden Springs Ale Works, will open their new brewery next month on Franklin Street.

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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