I've used a variety of arguments to persuade friends who "just don't like beer" to divert a round of bar-hopping to the nearest beer bar.
They have wine.
I recently returned from Denver and the GABF, where I sampled an outrageous number of medal-winning beers. Florida breweries, including two from Tampa Bay, took home a few of these medals, three in all. Here are this year's medal-winning beers from the Sunshine State:
I recently tried a peculiar product that a friend brought back from a trip to Japan. It's called Beer Rich, and it's a beer-sized bottle filled about a third of the way with various flavoring ingredients, in this case rose petals and other botanicals. The idea is to mix it with hot water, let it cool in the fridge and …
Every new bar seems to promise an original concept, but coming through on such a promise is a different story. You can play with décor, themes, specialties and niche products all you want, but promising to revolutionize nightlife is a surefire way to oversell your brand.
Summer is over, and that means that all of your favorite breweries are releasing their big, flavorful fall seasonals. Cigar City, for example, has recently put out batches of its well-received Marshal Zhukov's imperial stout and its Good Gourd imperial pumpkin ale.
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.