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Craft Beer in Tampa Bay

  1. Craft beer got bigger in 2014; next year, it'll get better

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    To end another year of beer columns with a statement saying that 2014 was a big year for craft beer is no more meaningful than saying that it was hot during the summer. Big growth is the norm for craft beer now — people expect it, and it usually happens in the ways we predict.

    Legacy One and Two were collaborations between Cigar City Brewing and Bern's Steak House, robust, high-alcohol after-dinner craft beers aimed at offering Bern's customers something distinctive and memorable at meal's end. [Bern's Steakhouse]
  2. Cigar City Cider and Mead infuses Tampa's craft beer scene with fresh flavor

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    Two things I'm not really interested in: cider and mead. I don't drink mead at all, and it takes a really unique cider to get my attention — Crispin's Stagger Lee, Woodchuck's Celler Series Smoked Apple and Domaine Dupont Cidre Bouché are good examples, but they are far from the norm.

    Cigar City Cider and Mead in Ybor City is reviving and refreshing the world’s oldest alcoholic beverages. Photos by Luis Santana/tbt*
  3. Here we come a-guzzling for a winter beer tasting

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    Every December, I invite a group of close friends to my house for a winter beer tasting. Each year — this is the fourth one, by the way — I'm worried that I won't find enough beers that we haven't previous tasted.

  4. Hey, craft beer snobs, don't be a slave to beer ratings

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    My typical beer experience involves ordering a beer, evaluating its appearance and aroma, tasting it and checking in on Untappd, a beer-rating app that allows users to rate and share beers, as well as to see what friends are drinking and which beers are popular at the moment.

  5. Are IPAs dead? Time to reinvent this classic craft beer style

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    In 1978, U.K. provocateurs Crass burst into the music scene with a bold declaration: Punk is dead.

    Are IPAs, like Cigar City’s Jai Alai, center, on the outs?

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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