What's up with liquor lounges? I can't tell you how many times I've driven by a hole-in-the-wall liquor store and saw a dusty old lounge attached. Based on the look of most of them, I'm guessing this was a common thing in the '70s and '80s, but I wasn't quite legal to drink at that point, so I couldn't tell you.
October means lots of pumpkin beers (actually, that's June these days, but you've already heard that rant), but not all of the beers on the shelves for Halloween are gourd-based. There are lots of spooky brews out there this season, perfect for sipping out of a skull-shaped chalice. Here are a few I picked up at local …
Here's one way to be effective if you open a drinking establishment: Tell your customers what they're going to get, right there in the name. Then give them a lot more.
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:
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.