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Craft Beer in Tampa Bay

  1. Bar review: 81Bay Brewing has cool decor, great promise

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    There's a new brewery that bills itself as South Tampa's first brewery. At first, that sounds improbable, but it checks out: The vast majority of Tampa's breweries are concentrated in the downtown, Seminole Heights and Tampa Heights areas.

    Fans watch the Bucs-Raiders game Oct. 30 at 81Bay Brewing Co. in Tampa. The brewery, founded this year, features a large tap room with a stage for live music and several televisions.
  2. Beer column: Make your own scary good six-pack for Halloween

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    Assembling the ideal Halloween six-pack is always a treat, though there is a trick: it gets expensive. If you don't mind dropping a few bucks on a mix-and-match, you can have a lot of fun. Why not make a story of it?

  3. Bar review: Check out Craft Life Brewing nano brewery in Land O'Lakes

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    Add Land O'Lakes to the list of Tampa Bay area towns with at least one brewery. For a while, it was looking like the upcoming In the Loop Brewing would be first on the scene, but Craft Life Brewing opened quietly in July, brewing 1-barrel nano batches in its modest Land O'Lakes Boulevard brewery and tasting room.

    Locals-friendly Craft Life Brewing in Land O’Lakes is a welcome addition to the bay area scene.
  4. Bar review: Arkane Aleworks in Largo is bringing the beer

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    Festival brewery is a term that I use to describe breweries in progress: reliably spotted working the local beer fest circuit, decked out with vinyl banners, cool jockey boxes with custom tap handles, clever beer names and concepts and professionally printed apparel boasting convincing logos.

    There’s room for 28 beers on the tap wall at Arkane, and a little over half are typically pouring — impressive for a new brewery.
Arkane Aleworks
  5. Craft beer drinkers, do you think much about drunk driving?

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    Drinking and driving is something that we all think we take seriously. Right? Kind of?

    Liquor or beer — it’s alcohol.

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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