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Craft Beer in Tampa Bay

  1. It's pumpkin beer season, a time for flavorful brews

    Now that my summer-long tradition of steadfastly ignoring their existence has come to an end, it's time to acknowledge the presence of the heavy hitters of the seasonal beer game: pumpkin beers.

  2. Yuengling tries to survive craft beer craze by staying in the middle


    When Richard "Dick" Yuengling bought the former Stroh's brewery in Tampa Bay in 1999, no one was talking about blueberry wheat beers or India pale ales.

    Diego Viteri checks the finishing tanks before the beer is bottled at Yuengling’s Tampa brewery. Each glass-lined tank holds over 11,000 barrels of beer.
  3. At St. Petersburg's new Hofbrauhaus, it's all about the bier

    Bars & Spirits

    Just in time for Oktoberfest, St. Petersburg's new Hofbräuhaus is finally open. Inexplicable as it may seem, the hype surrounding this long-anticipated German beer hall is very real, as evidenced by capacity levels of stein-hoisting patrons that have made it one of St. Pete's hottest drinking spots since its …

    The crowd sings along with the band inside the Hofbr?uhaus on its opening day, Sept. 15.
  4. For our beer issue, a look into the world of home brewing and more


    I learned a lot while working on our Beer Issue. Like how I don't know as much as I thought I did about beer.

    Home brewer's Dave Himmelfarb's various carboys and bottles hold a variety of fermenting brews in his fermentation chamber at home. [LARA CERRI  |   Times]
  5. St. Petersburg home brewer pushes the limits with wild bacteria beers

    Bars & Spirits


    Five minutes talking to Dave Himmelfarb and the conversation has already turned to the enzymatic process of converting long-chain molecules.

    Dave Himmelfarb, 33, who lives in the historic Kenwood neighborhood in St. Petersburg, makes a home brew on his porch.

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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