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Craft Beer in Tampa Bay

  1. Local craft beer of the week: Grandpa Jack's Pils, Crooked Thumb Brewery

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    "Floral and spicy aromas and a subtle malt character," reads the can of Grandpa Jack's Pils, an excellent, authentic German pils from Safety Harbor's Crooked Thumb Brewery.

    Crooked Thumb Brewing's Grandpa Jack?€š€™s Pils, tbt* local craft beer of the week for 09/15/17. Crooked Thumb is in Safety Harbor
  2. Local craft beer of the week: Jack the Quaffer Porter, Tampa Bay Brewing Co.

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    The 2015 launch of Tampa Bay Brewing Co.'s Full Moon Madness subtropical porter was an interesting moment. On one hand, it was a new, interesting release — a modified version of its old standby, Jack the Quaffer, brewed to celebrate the brewery's 20-year anniversary. On the other hand, it marked the …

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  3. Local craft beer of the week: Florida Avenue Ale, Florida Avenue Brewing Co.

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    Opened in 2010 in an old Florida Avenue grocery store, Cold Storage Craft Brewery was one of Tampa's first in a wave of craft breweries to follow. Its signature beer, Florida Avenue Ale, became the namesake of the brewery when it rebranded in 2013 as Florida Avenue Brewing Co.

    Photo by Justin Grant/special to tbt*
  4. Bar review: House brews at the Pesky Pelican in west St. Petersburg

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    I had an interesting conversation recently with a home brewer who got into the restaurant biz. I've met Dan Pemberton a few times while hanging out at Brewer's Tasting Room, and at beer festivals where he was pouring his beers as part of one of the local homebrew clubs.

    Dan Pemberton owns the Pesky Pelican in the Tyrone area of west St. Petersburg. It’s a real neighborhood bar — literally tucked away in a residential area in the space that was formerly McNally’s.  Pemberton offers a variety of  small-batch brews.
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  5. Local Craft Beer of the Week: JMC Coffee Porter, Mastry's Brewing Co.

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    One of the best aspects of the local craft beer scene is its emphasis on collaboration and cooperation, whether between competing breweries or other local businesses.

    Photo by Justin Grant/Special to 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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