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Craft Beer in Tampa Bay

  1. Tropical stout: Rich, dark and refreshing

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    In May, the Beer Judge Certification Program released its 2015 style guidelines, the first update since 2008. This new edition covers an impressive range, and includes a few clever catch-all categories to prevent future obsolescence. For instance, the historical beer category covers formerly-arcane styles like gose, …

  2. Bar review: At St. Pete's Station House, eclectic spirit makes a splash

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    One of the most unique spaces in downtown St. Petersburg finally has a new occupant, and I've got to say, it's better than I expected.

    Alexandre Bravo serves up drinks at St. Pete’s unique Station House bar.
  3. Bar review: Ford's Garage in Brandon goes all the way with its car theme, beer list

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    Of the various bar themes I expect to run into in the wild, "old-timey service station" is not one of them. But it seems to be working quite well for the Ford's Garage chain, which has just opened in Brandon, its fourth Florida location.

    The old-timey Ford’s Garage goes all the way with its car theme, boosted by creative cocktails and a fine craft beer list. An antique Ford hangs from the ceiling, wheels slowly spinning.
  4. Can you tell when freshness is beyond the pale?

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    We all know that India Pale Ales should be consumed as fresh as possible. Hop volatilization occurs rapidly, meaning that old IPAs end up tasting stale and unbalanced — all bitter, and no aroma or subtle hop flavor. That's no good.

    A Cigar City intern takes a sample of Jai Alai India Pale Ale.
  5. Bar review: Silverking Brewing Company brings beers, flavor to Tarpon Springs

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    I rarely make the trek to Tarpon Springs, but whenever I do, I always enjoy the quiet, laid-back setting. If you're looking for a slice of authentic Old Florida, you're likely to find it here.

    Silverking Brewing Company is about a mile inland from Tarpon Springs’ Sponge Docks.

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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