Breweries in the Tampa Bay Area
3Keys Brewery, 2505 Manatee Ave E, Brandenton. Try: South River Dank Imperial IPA (9% ABV)
Darwin Brewing Company and Taproom, 803 17th Ave W, Bradenton. Try: Llama Mama Milk Stout (6.9% ABV)
Good Liquid Brewing Company, 4824 14th St. W, Bradenton. Brewery and taproom.
Motorworks Brewing Company, 1014 9th Street West, Bradenton. 30-barrel brewery, taproom and beer garden under a massive oak tree. Try: Midnight Espresso Coffee Porter (6.5% ABV)
Naughty Monk Brewing, 2507 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Bradenton. Belgian-inspired beers. Brewery and taproom. Bring your own food. Try: Naughty Abbey Ale (9.3%)
Big Storm Brewing Co., 12707 49th Street N, Clearwater. Brewery and 3 taprooms: 2330 Success Drive, Odessa; 839 Miramar Street, Cape Coral. Try: Pirateâ€™s Fortune Light Lager
Pair O’ Dice Brewing Co., 4400 118th Ave N #208, Clearwater.
Sea Dog Brewery, 26200 US Hwy 19 N. Clearwater. 20-barrel brewhouse — Vicki Brennan
7venth Sun Brewing Company, 1012 Broadway, Dunedin, FL 34698 Dunedin
Caledonia Brewing, 587 Main St, Dunedin
Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave, Dunedin. Floridaâ€™s oldest microbrewery, Dunedin Brewery offers a line of great drinkable beers, like its Apricot Peach Ale and Red Ale. If you visit the brewery, be sure to order the fried cheese curds. Try:Â Apricot Peach Ale, Biere du Cafe
House Of Beer Brewing Company, 927 Broadway, Dunedin.
Soggy Bottom Brewery, 660 Main St, Dunedin.
Woodwright Brewing Company, 985 Douglas Ave, Dunedin
Arcane Aleworks, 2480 E Bay Dr #23, Largo. Brewery, taproom and beer to go.
Barley Moe Brewing, 518 West Bay Drive, Largo
Mad Beach Craft Brewing Company, 12945 Village Blvd, Madeira Beach. house-brewed beers & globally inspired American fare in a modern, family-friendly setting.
New Port Richey
Infusion Brewing Company of Trinity, 7813 Mitchell Blvd # 103, Trinity., New Port
Lagerhaus Brewery and Grill,3438 East Lake Business, Palm Harbor
FBig Storm Brewing Co. 12707 49th Street, Clearwater. Started in Odessa, Florida and eventually expanding into Clearwater,Â Big Storm Brewing Co.Â is one of the fastest growing breweries in Florida. Try: Wavemaker Amber Ale
Big Top Brewing, 6111 Porter Way, Sarasota.
Brew Life, 5767 S Beneva Rd, Sarasota. Small batch brewery and bar. “Beer is Life.” Try: I Scream Orange Cream Ale (5% ABV)
Calusa Brewing, 5701 Derek Ave., Sarasota. Try: Foederhead Oak-Fermented tart Saison (6.5% ABV)
JDubs Brewing, 1215 Mango Avenue, Sarasota. Try: Poolside Kolsch Pale Ale or the Bell Cow American Porter.
Sarasota Brewing Company, 6607 Gateway Ave, Sarasota.
Rapp Brewing Company, 10930 Endeavour Way, Seminole
3Daughters Brewery, 222 22nd Street South, St. Petersburg. Laid-back pub to bring kids, dogs and friends for a beer and a game of … whatever strikes your fancy. Board game tables for Scrabble, chess and checkers, a Pictionary white board, dominoes, three foosball tables, dart boards, shuffleboard. Most popular beer is Beach Blonde Ale (5% ABV). Getting into ciders in a big way. Try: Dry Rose Cider.
Cage Brewing, 2001 1st Ave N, St. Petersburg. New brewery and open air bar. Retro pinball machines, air-hockey table (watch your knuckles!) and foosball. The popular beer at Cage is the Static IPA (7% ABV). Cage’s brewmaster likes to play around with fruity flavors, offering two mango beers. Try: Static IPA
Flying Boat Brewing Company, 1776 11th Ave N, St. Petersburg. Early in the 20th Century, travel between Tampa and St. Petersburg took two hours by steamboat and 12 hours by train. Then came the Flying Boat, which scooted across Tampa Bay in only 23 minutes. Brewery and taproom. A portion of beer sales goes to St. Petersburg’s Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. Try: Woodlawn Pub Ale (4.5% ABV)
Pinellas Ale Works, 1962 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg. Doggy-themed micro-brewery takes its mission seriously. The peanut butter stout is a favorite. Top of the menu is a beer called “Harold’s” (5% ABV), billed as a St. Pete-style lager, a testament to the city’s growing reputation as a beer-centric destination. All of PAW’s brews are available in 32-, 64- and 128-ounce growlers. Pets welcome inside or out in a shaded biergarten. Try: Milk Bone stout
St. Pete Beach
Mastry’s Brewery, 7701 Blind Pass Road, St. Pete Beach. Old-world beers with a decidedly St. Pete Beach style. From using noble hops from Germany to choosing the finest floor-malted Maris Otter malts or searching out a yeast strain from the Czech Republic, Mastry’s takes you on tour of the world, all from a tasting room on the beach. It’s a vacation in a glass. Try: Day Trip Belgian Tripel (8.7% ABV)
81Bay Brewing, 4465 W Gandy Blvd, Tampa. Brewery and huge taproom with games (table tennis, darts, pool, buckey pong, etc.
Angry Chair Brewing, 6401 N Florida Ave, Tampa (Seminole Heights)
Florida Avenue Brewing, 4101 N Florida Ave, Tampa
Cigar City Brewing, 3924 W. Spruce St, Tampa. If you know one Florida craft brewer, it’s probably Cigar City Brewing and its wildly popular brews like Jai Alai IPA and Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale. Cigar City is also known for Hunahpu’s Day, a huge beer festival attended by beer aficionados from around the country. Visit the taproom in Tampa and you might just see someone hand-rolling cigars in the corner. Try: BeerAdvocate ranks Hunahpu Imperial Stout (11% ABV) as the best brew in Florida and No. 5 nationwide.
Coppertail Brewing Co., 2601 East 2nd Ave. Tampa. Located just south of Ybor City’s 7th street, Coppertail Brewing Co. is doing craft beer in a big way. Aside from its impressive core beer lineup, which includes a Belgian-style American Trippel, Coppertail also has an extensive sour beer program that you can sample at the taproom. Try: Unholy American Trippel
Tampa Bay Brewing Company, 1600 E 8th Ave, Tampa (Ybor City)
Ulele Spring Brewery in Tampa
Saint Somewhere Brewery, 312 E Tarpon Ave, Tarpon Springs. For fans of traditional Belgian style ales, St. Somewhere is a true gem. This Tarpon Springs brewery specializes in century-old unfiltered farmhouse style ales produced in small batches. Try: Saison Athene
Silverking Brewing Company in Tarpon Springs
Saint Somewhere Brewery, 312 E Tarpon Ave, Tarpon Springs. Belgium style ales.
Seadog Brewery Treasure Island, 9641 Gulf Blvd, Treasure Island.
Escape Brewing Company, 9945 Trinity Blvd Suite 108, Trinity. Industrial style. Order from Italian restaurant next door for delivery to taproom. Growlers, or can-on-the-spot to go. Try:So Pitted Belgium Tripel (9.1% ABV). Trois American IPA (ABV 6.5%). — Tony Barbetta
Bullfrog Creek Brewing Co., 3632 Lithia Pinecrest Rd, Valrico. (Tampa Bay) Veteran owned brewery and taproom.
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