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Craft Beer in Tampa Bay

  1. How good are Trader Joe's beers? Let's peek behind the label

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    Have you ever wondered about those vaguely familiar-looking, off-brand beers that make up about a third of the brews on sale at Trader Joe's? A friend of mine did after picking up a few at the new St. Pete location.

    Trader Jose’s Light is a knock-off of Corona Light, produced by Cervecceria Mexicana. It’s very skunky.
  2. 'Blood, Sweat, and Beer' documentary showcases hardships of craft beer culture

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    On March 12, Mad Beach Craft Brewing Company hosted a screening of Chip Hiden and Alexis ­Irvin's new documentary, Blood, Sweat, and Beer. Its Tampa Bay Beer Week stop was only the second screening of the 71-minute doc, after a world premiere this month at the D.C. Independent Film Festival.

    Danny Robinson from Shorebilly Brewing Co. is one of several small brewers featured in the documentary Blood, Sweat, and Beer.
  3. Seminole Heights bars, restaurants create vibrant drinking scene

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    Remember when Seminole Heights didn't have many choices for the discerning drinker? I don't, because I only started visiting when cocktail-friendly restaurants and beer bars starting coming in. But there was a time when neighborhood residents went elsewhere for their beverages. With the opening of several new spots and …

    Mixologist Kamran Mir makes “A Major Award” at Fodder and Shine.
  4. Tampa Bay Beer Week events, Thursday through Sunday

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    In a serendipitous conjunction with St. Patrick's Day, Tampa Bay Beer Week is showcasing local craft brewers, distributors, taverns, brew pubs, restaurants and home brewers. It continues through Sunday with dozens of events all around the area.

    LEAH MILLIS | Times (04/28/12 Pinellas Park) Brent Morgan of Barley Mow Brewing Company fills up a sample glass with beer during Cajun Cafe on the Bayou's Annual Spring Craft Beer Festival April 28, 2012 at the Cafe in Pinellas Park. The event offers about 200 different beers to taste, live music and a raffle to benefit Dunedin Doggie Rescue. The admission cost was $55 and $15 for a designated driver. [Leah Millis | Times]
  5. Hunahpu's Day: A survival guide to Cigar City Brewing's biggest party

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    Come on, you didn't really think they'd let Hunahpu's Day die, did you? Cigar City Brewing's largest annual event, celebrating the release of its acclaimed Hunahpu's Imperial Stout, returns Saturday in Tampa. It's a little different this time around, sure, but anything has to be an improvement over the mess caused by …

    Cigar City Brewing’s Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout. Lara Cerri/tbt*

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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