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Craft Beer in Tampa Bay

  1. Palm Harbor's Local Brewing Company: Something for everyone, and then some

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    One of the hazards of announcing a new, high-profile restaurant or bar is the often unpredictable length of time between concept and opening. The Lucky Dill folks unveiled their Local Brewing Company project in late 2013. After such a long wait, the place must not only be a winner, it also needs to live up to the …

    Local Brewing Company in Palm Harbor has your drinking and entertainment options covered.
  2. Not being real doesn't stop manaphin from getting its own craft beer


    ST. PETERSBURG — The manaphin was long believed to be extinct until its sudden reappearance last April Fool's Day — as a clever marketing hoax perpetrated by Pinellas tourism officials.

  3. 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.
  4. '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.
  5. 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.

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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