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Craft Beer in Tampa Bay

  1. 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
  2. Sam Adams founder Jim Koch brewed up a new career and a beer revolution


    Jim Koch, who launched Boston Beer Co. from his kitchen 30-some years ago with a 19th century family recipe, said he had no idea that his Samuel Adams beer was name-checked in Broadway's cross-cultural megahit Hamilton.

    Jim Koch, 67, changed careers and founded what would become the Boston Beer Co., the brewer of Samuel Adams. He has a new book.
  3. That everyday barrel-aged imperial stout? Come on, brewers

    Bars & Spirits

    Barrel-aged imperial stouts are dead.

    Of course, I say this with some irony, following another string of massively hyped barrel-aged stout releases by St. Petersburg's Cycle Brewing. Cycle, which admittedly makes extraordinarily great stouts, has released more than 10 limited-edition barrel-aged imperial stouts …

    Customers line up along the south side of Central Avenue in St. Petersburg on May 18 as Cycle Brewing released its new Rare DOS Whiskey Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout beer. Customers could purchase a maximum of 8 bottles at $25 apiece. By 9 a.m., the brewer’s Facebook page reported the entire supply had sold out.
  4. No need to fear light strike in beer

    Bars & Spirits

    For years, Bob Sylvester of Saint Somewhere Brewing Co. has produced unique, farmhouse-style ales at his Tarpon Springs brewery, inspired by the rustic beers of the Belgian countryside — right down to the green bottles they're generally packaged in.

    Justin Grant/tbt* correspondent
  5. Bar review: Tampa finally has a bar-arcade in Lowry Parcade

    Bars & Spirits

    It's hard to overestimate how culturally important video arcades were in the '80s and '90s. If you were a kid or young adult during this period, there's a very good chance that you spent a significant chunk of your free time dropping quarters into coin slots and furiously mashing buttons under the glow of an arcade …

    Tampa’s Lowry Parcade: Does it get any better than this? Vintage arcade games and fine brews are served up. NBA Jam? Frogger? Tron? Yes, yes and yes.

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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