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Craft Beer in Tampa Bay

  1. Bar review: Check out Craft Life Brewing nano brewery in Land O'Lakes

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    Add Land O'Lakes to the list of Tampa Bay area towns with at least one brewery. For a while, it was looking like the upcoming In the Loop Brewing would be first on the scene, but Craft Life Brewing opened quietly in July, brewing 1-barrel nano batches in its modest Land O'Lakes Boulevard brewery and tasting room.

    Locals-friendly Craft Life Brewing in Land O’Lakes is a welcome addition to the bay area scene.
  2. Bar review: Arkane Aleworks in Largo is bringing the beer

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    Festival brewery is a term that I use to describe breweries in progress: reliably spotted working the local beer fest circuit, decked out with vinyl banners, cool jockey boxes with custom tap handles, clever beer names and concepts and professionally printed apparel boasting convincing logos.

    There’s room for 28 beers on the tap wall at Arkane, and a little over half are typically pouring — impressive for a new brewery.
Arkane Aleworks
  3. Craft beer drinkers, do you think much about drunk driving?

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    Drinking and driving is something that we all think we take seriously. Right? Kind of?

    Liquor or beer — it’s alcohol.
  4. Beer column: Cool off with some fine bay area craft lagers

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    It's brutally hot out, and that calls for extra-refreshing beer. More often than not, my go-to is a nice cold lager.

    Independent Pilsner by Coppertail Brewing Co.
  5. Beer column: 'Hoppy' is too broad a term for creative brews

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    Last month, I attempted to improve the quality of dialogue about sour beer by arguing that such a label is an insufficient and needlessly vague way of discussing the diverse range of beers that get lumped into that category simply because they are all somewhat acidic. In effect, "sour" beer is no more meaningful a term …

    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

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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