tbt* Ultimate Bar Guide: 2019 Tampa Bay Brewery Guide

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*tbt 2019 Tampa Bay Brewery Guide Staff
*tbt 2019 Tampa Bay Brewery Guide Staff
Published September 13
Updated September 20

There are an astounding 76 local breweries operating in the area, with five more on the way. If you are a craft beer lover, this guide will help you drink your way around Tampa Bay!

North Pinellas Breweries (North of Ulmerton)

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7venth Sun Brewery

This award-winning brewery might be small, but it packs a punch with an assortment of styles and flavors that change often. The owners have added a second location, in Tampa’s Seminole Heights.

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Antibrewery

This punk-inspired brewery in downtown Dunedin offers exclusive, small-brew crafts in a minimalist environment. Open only on select days.

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Arkane Aleworks

Since opening in 2016, Arkane Aleworks has come to be known as a “sour lover’s haven.” Their chalkboard menu is updated constantly with punny names (“Passion of the Weisse”), experimental goses and other styles.

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Caledonia Brewing

A recent addition to Dunedin’s collection of breweries, Caledonia embraces Dunedin’s Scottish heritage with its coat of arms logo, unicorn mascot and medieval beer stylings. Some of the more popular pours are the inventively named Dragon’s Blood Red Ale and Rat Arsed Scotch Ale.

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Clearwater Social Brewing Co.

The first brewery on Clearwater Beach, this hip company offers a unique sipping experience seconds from the surf.

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Crooked Thumb Brewery

Safety Harbor’s first brewery, right off Main Street, offers solid takes on traditional styles. Locals are big fans of the Grandpa Jack’s Pils and the Shade Tree IPA.

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Cueni Brewing Co.

Cueni Brewing is another addition to the variety of breweries situated along the Pinellas Trail. Cueni’s brews focus on English ales and Belgians, and they look to keep wits and English golden ales on tap.

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de Bine Brewing Co.

This Palm Harbor hub for craft beer, built out of an old golf cart repair shop, sits right on the Pinellas Trail. They boast a rotating variety of 14 beers, big tables for large groups, and games, including tabletop shuffleboard and even Nintendo 64.

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Dunedin Brewery

Florida’s oldest microbrewery sits in the “highlands” of Dunedin and pours a wide selection of flavors and styles brewed in small batches. The large space also offers a menu of pub fare, live music and theme nights.

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Dunedin House of Beer

What started as a small craft beer haven in Dunedin quickly turned into a home-brewing hotbed. Dunedin House of Beer offers a wide variety of its own brews among the more than 40 beers on tap, as well as a huge selection of bottled beers.

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Grindhaus Brew Lab

This small-batch brewery in Clearwater takes the science of beer seriously, from the no-extract brewing process to the beakers used as flight glasses. They offer tours, brewing classes, cult movie showings and a menu of meats and cheeses for the munchies.

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Hammerstein Brewing Co.

Getting it’s name from stein beer glasses and its owner’s last name, Hammer, this brewery strives to serve delicous beer infused with locally sourced, organic products.

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Lagerhaus Brewery & Grill

Founded in 2006, this brewery specializes in hefeweizens, lambics and other European-style beers. Lagerhaus’ house brews are served alongside local, domestic and international craft favorites, with a pub menu featuring homemade beer sausages.

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Palm Harbor Brewery

Expanded from Two Lions Winery, Palm Harbor Brewery brews their own beer and also makes their own wine. Locals offer rave reviews of the cheap beer flights and wine slushies.

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Saint Somewhere Brewing

One of Tarpon Springs’ newest brewing additions, Saint Somewhere strives to brew simple and authentic beer. With small batches and Belgium-style brewing techniques, this new spot offers a quality experience in beautiful North Pinellas.

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Sea Dog Brewing Co.

This New England brand wanted more sun for their suds and ended up in Clearwater. The brewery features more than a dozen locally brewed versions of Sea Dog classics, as well as a menu of pub fare and steaks.

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Silverking Brewing Co.

This fishing-themed taproom in Tarpon Springs has a hometown bar feel with a strong showing of eight brews, including its four flagships: the Silverking Strike blonde, known for its sharp taste and drinkability; the Marshall Jones IPA; the Anclote Tailing Red; and the Bonefish Amber Ale.

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Soggy Bottom Brewing Co.

One of Dunedin’s newest breweries, Soggy Bottom Brewing Co. is making a name for itself on the local brewing scene with their love of experimentation with interesting flavors. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the Hint-a-Mint stout, made with cacao nibs and mint.

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Southern Lights Brewing Co.

Right next to a Skyline Chili, Southern Lights is a small brewery focused on serving their eight flagship beers that include a “knockout IPA” and a robust dunkel.

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Stilt House Brewery

Directly on the Pinellas Trail, Stilt House Brewery is a great stop for cyclists looking to snag a tasty craft brew from one of the 30 taps. The Pagan Night Baltic porter won a silver medal at the U.S. Open Beer Championships.

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Troubled Waters Brewery

Founded by a father and son duo, this new brewery offers a Northern palette to the South with a selection of thick porters and tangy sours.

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Two Frogs Brewing

This is a low-key downtown Tarpon Springs tasting room: friendly, unfussy and pouring some great brews.

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Woodwright Brewing Co.

Built in a former woodworking shop, Woodwright Brewing Co. has a rustic tasting room spanning two floors. A couple of their more popular pours are the German Alt and Irish Red.

South Pinellas Breweries (South of Ulmerton)

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3 Daughters Brewing

Dubbed an “adult playground,” St. Petersburg’s largest brewery offers their reknowned flagships and seasonal beers next to a huge warehouse, filled with tons of games and a stage for live music and events.

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Avid Brew Co.

St. Pete’s go-to for home brewing supplies opened their own taproom in 2018. There are 14 taps with a diverse selection you can sip on while perusing their shop, which is filled with brewing and hydroponic gardening tools.

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Big Storm Brewing Co.

Big Storm’s large tasting room offers more taps for their award-winning beers, craft cider and wine on nitro. One of the newest features is a permanent, gourmet food truck.

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Brewers’ Tasting Room

St. Pete’s first microbrewery sports a collection of beers created by local, hand-picked brewmasters. The tap list is known to have rare kegs from across Tampa Bay.

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Cage Brewing

Cage Brewing was built from the small brews that originated at R Bar in Treasure Island. The St. Pete version has more of R Bar’s delicious beer with freeplay arcade games, cornhole and a large lawn that’s perfect for dogs and games.

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Cycle Brewing

One of the most beloved breweries by craft beer die-hards, Cycle Brewing pours an expertly crafted collection of bicycle-themed brews. The modest taproom in St. Pete serves Cycle flagship beers. Be patient; the lines often wrap around the block.

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Dissent Craft Brewing Co.

A no-nonsense taproom in St. Pete’s most unusually located brewery, away from the bustle of downtown.

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Flying Boat Brewing Co.

Adjacent to the Woodlawn neighborhood in St. Pete, Flying Boat Brewing was named after Tony Jannus and America’s first commercial flight which took off from St. Pete. A portion of proceeds from beer sales benefits Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.

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Green Bench Brewing

St. Pete’s Edge District brewery offers a roomy outdoor area with space for live music, film screenings, cornhole and yoga classes. In addition to their standard beers, Green Bench also offers bottles of cider and mead.

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If I Brewed the World

In downtown St. Pete, this brand new brewery strives to create art in beer.

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Mad Beach Craft Brewing Co.

This Madeira Beach brewery offers flavorful beers in a tasting room filled with pool and air hockey tables. If you get hungry, they offer pub fare that’s a beachy fusion of Caribbean and Southern cuisines.

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Mastry’s Brewing Co.

St. Pete Beach’s first brewery has an open and airy feel, perfect for enjoying a beer after a day at the beach. Mastry’s offers light hefeweizens and blonde ales in their tasting room, along with a wide variety of darker styles.

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Overflow Brewing Company

Overflow offers a colorful, low-key taproom that specializes in sour beers and well-crafted European styles.

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Pair O’ Dice Brewing Co.

This gambling-themed brewery is known for its Lucky Lucy Strawberry Blonde, brewed with strawberries from Plant City, and its Hop Bet Red IPA. They offer a variety of events, including the Hops and Tabletops board game series every Wednesday.

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Pepper Brewing

An offshoot of the beloved Angry Pepper Restaurant, this brewery caters to their loyal fan base and offers a good selection of beers on a limited basis.

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Pesky Pelican Brewpub

A neighborhood brewpub with a small but passionate brewing system.

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Pinellas Ale Works

Part of the dense and walkable collection of breweries in St. Pete’s Grand Central District, the aptly named PAW offers doggy-themed beers, “Yappy Hours” and unique takes on traditional styles.

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Rapp Brewing Co.

Known for their award-winning gose and Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout, Rapp Brewing in Seminole offers flights of up to nine choices from its wide selection of beers.

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Right Around the Corner

Tampa Bay’s first arcade nanobrewery, Right Around the Corner’s own brews take up spots among the video game-themed taps filled with other local favorites.

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St. Pete Brewing Co.

St. Pete Milo’s IPA and St. Pete Orange Wheat are two staples at this taproom. Enjoy old board games, or take a spin in Mario Kart on the Nintendo 64. The brewery also offers pizzas and other treats, like big soft pretzels.

Tampa

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7venth Sun Brewery

Dunedin’s 7venth Sun has expanded to Seminole Heights in a vast space that lets them brew and distribute more beer, from fruit saisons to Belgian beers.

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81Bay Brewing

South Tampa’s first brewery offers a calming, maritime atmosphere with multimedia murals to match. Popular beers include the Lightning Lager and Fort Brooke Blonde Ale, or explore some flavor infusions.

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Angry Chair Brewing

Angry Chair is Seminole Heights’ beer festival darling, always drawing rave reviews for its dessert-style darker beers and trend-defining sours.

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Bay Cannon Beer Co.

Bay Cannon is the newest addition to Tampa’s booming beer scene. The company wants to offer kick-ass beers to those who are unafraid to try something new and different.

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Brew Bus Terminal & Brewery

The hub for all of Brew Bus’ tours now has a home in Seminole Heights. Hop on a local loop or cross-bay tour, or hang out in the ’70s-inspired tasting room.

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Cigar City Brewing Co.

The biggest name on the Tampa Bay brewery scene has a tasting room with two bars, with a variety of small-batch brews that you can only get at the brewery.

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Garagiste Meadery

Tampa Heights’ first meadery, the taproom offers five or so meads, with flavors that have ranged from award-winning Goober Vitis PB&J to She Wore a Raspberry Bochet, with caramelized honey and raspberries.

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Hidden Springs Ale Works

This Tampa Heights brewery offers an abundance of styles, including fruity goses, milk stouts with chipotle and flavorful saisons.

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Late Start

Tampa’s Channelside District has a brewery of its own with the brewing system Late Start, which took over the craft beer haven Pour House.

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Six Ten Brewing Co.

This Tampa brewery has a broad selection in a small taproom, where the bartenders and patrons look to have great conversations over tasty beers.

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Southern Brewing & Winemaking

Southern Brewing and Winemaking started as a home-brewing supply destination, but turned into a Seminole Heights brewing establishment. They serve their own wine, craft beer, root beer and kombucha.

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Ulele Spring Brewery

One of Tampa’s trendiest restaurants is also a brewery. Ulele offers six beers and two rotating seasonal beers, and one of its flagships, the Wedding Beer, changes flavor depending on the fruit in season.

Ybor City

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Cigar City Cider & Mead

Cigar City’s expansion into Ybor City is a mecca for specialty ciders and mead on tap. The tasting room has a variety of flavors, with spicy takes on the established dry and sweet flavors of ciders.

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Coppertail Brewing Co.

This mayonnaise-factory-turned-brewery sits on the edge of Ybor City. Coppertail offers deep flavors on opposite ends of the beer spectrum, ranging from Florida weisses, wheats and IPAs to porters and stouts. Dining is offered by Stein & Vine Kitchen.

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Rock Brothers Brewing

This Ybor City brewery works with different bands to create a variety of beers themed from their music. Hootie and the Blowfish’s Hootie’s Home Grown Ale and 311′s Amber Ale are two popular brews.

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Tampa Bay Brewing Co.

Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, this brewery focuses on classic beer styles and pub fare. The Ybor City location is a restaurant with an outside bar, the perfect stop for craft brews after a movie or before a night out.

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Zydeco Brew Werks

This is a New Orleans-inspired Ybor brewpub located in a historic building.

East Hillsborough


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Bootleggers Brewing Co.

This unique brewery, opened a decade ago in Brandon, offers two dozen taps, as well as their own wine. A move to a new but nearby location is in the works.

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Bullfrog Creek Brewing

Located in a renovated grocery store, this family-owned brewery started when the founder and brother-in-law wanted to re-create some of their favorite beers.

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Four Stacks Brewing

Apollo Beach’s first, and only, craft brewery brings West Coast inspiration to its beers. Its Mosaico is their flagship IPA.

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Leaven Brewing Co.

Riverview’s first brewery has the goal of making delicious beer with a hyperlocal mindset.

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Tampa Beer Works

Formerly ESB Brewing, the reimagined Tampa Beer Works focuses on American craft beer.

North Hillsborough and Pasco

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Big Storm Brewing Co.

The Odessa taproom is the original brick-and-mortar for Big Storm. A smaller operation, it emphasizes the brewery’s beloved beer.

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Carrollwood Brewing Co.

Carrollwood’s namesake brewery sits in a Brass Tap, which offers a small selection of their beer, brewed on-site, alongside the selection of craft beers for which Brass Tap is known.

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Cotee River Brewing Co.

The first brewery in downtown New Port Richey, Cotee River Brewing Co. opened in 2018, debuting a wheat with citrus herbal tea. In addition to beer, they have freshly brewed non alcoholic teas, wine and soda.

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Craft Life Brewing Co.

Once a roadside dive, this reimagined Land O’Lakes brewery offers more than 20 different taps.

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Dunderbraü Brewery

Mr. Dunderbak’s is brewing! This New Tampa restaurant is known for its vast selection of American craft brews and European styles. Now their own beers are available, as well.

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Escape Brewing Co.

This three-barrel nanobrewery is a “passion project” for two brothers-in-law. It has small releases and limited distribution, making the trek to Trinity worth it.

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In the Loop Brewing Co.

Land O’Lakes’ first brewery was started by three home-brewing friends. It’s housed in a 1903 Spanish-style lakefront home, with a porch in the back overlooking a large lake, perfect for sipping on their citra-hopped IPA or chocolate-espresso porter.

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Infusion Brewing Co.

This Trinity brewery features a wide variety of IPAs — like Double Raspberry Jalapeño — with a friendly staff and features for everyone.

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Tampa Bay Brewing Co.

Tampa Bay Brewing Co.'s second location, in Westchase, offers a similar feel to their Ybor City pub. The larger space lends itself to live music and is home to their local beer bonanza, the Bad A** Beerfest.

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The Wild Rover Pub & Brewery

An English-style taproom in Westchase, the Wild Rover’s beers are English, Scottish and Irish styles, with a large emphasis on cask ales.

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Zephyrhills Brewing Co.

Craft beers and sodas await you at east Pasco’s first brewery. The brewery’s trademark is: Pure Water. Great Beer. ZBC also offers four kinds of ciders, as well as wines by the glass or bottle.

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