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Craft Beer in Tampa Bay

  1. Beer column: Cool off with some fine bay area craft lagers

    Bars & Spirits
    It's brutally hot out, and that calls for extra-refreshing beer. More often than not, my go-to is a nice cold lager.
    Independent Pilsner by Coppertail Brewing Co.
  2. Beer column: 'Hoppy' is too broad a term for creative brews

    Bars & Spirits
    Last month, I attempted to improve the quality of dialogue about sour beer by arguing that such a label is an insufficient and needlessly vague way of discussing the diverse range of beers that get lumped into that category simply because they are all somewhat acidic. In effect, "sour" beer is no more meaningful a term …
    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.
  3. Beer lovers: It's time we sour on use of the adjective 'sour'

    Bars & Spirits
    It wasn't long ago that even serious beer drinkers considered "dark beer" a legitimate way of describing their preferences. As these drinkers have become more savvy, dark beer has been replaced with actual styles - stout, porter, dunkelweizen, barleywine, oud bruin - and a range of flavor profiles so wide that they …
    We often lump dissimilar beers together as "sour."
  4. Bar review: At Johnny's, watch sports with a craft beer

    Bars & Spirits
    I'm not a big sports fan, though if I do want to catch a game, a sports bar is as good a place as any. Most specialize in things like towers of Bud Light, with a few token craft offerings that generally are uninspiring to the serious beer drinker. The alternative is a beer bar or brewery tasting room, but these often …
    Johnny’s Taphouse & Grill in Tarpon Springs is the rare bar that can please both sports fans and craft-beer fans.
  5. From Orval to Samuel Smith to Dogfish: stock up on bottled beer

    Bars & Spirits
    Every time I step into the beer store, I see something new. Beers I've never seen before, on the shelf, every time I visit. Few would — or should — complain about plentiful options, but there is a downside to such an embarrassment of riches.
    Brooklyn Lager

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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