Saturday, August 18, 2018

Craft Beer In Tampa Bay

Local craft beer of the week: Guayabera Citra Pale Ale, Cigar City Brewing

Local craft beer of the week: Guayabera Citra Pale Ale, Cigar City Brewing

This year, Tampa’s Cigar City Brewing upgraded its range of canned offerings, retooling artwork and adding a couple of popular and previously limited brews, including Guayabera Citra Pale Ale. The meteoric rise in popularity of the Citra hop variety ...
Published: 08/09/18
Local craft beer of the week: Reel Slo Irish Red Ale, 81Bay Brewing Co.

Local craft beer of the week: Reel Slo Irish Red Ale, 81Bay Brewing Co.

You may notice a new name in the cooler this week, as another Tampa Bay brewery has launched a line of canned beers. The first canning run from Tampa’s 81Bay Brewing Co. includes The Sun Viking IPA, Coffee Porter and Reel Slo Irish Red Ale. Reel Slo,...
Published: 08/02/18
Updated: 08/03/18
Bar review: Revisiting a dive leads to a surprise

Bar review: Revisiting a dive leads to a surprise

It pays to keep tabs on the local bar scene, and that requires some extra digging beyond word of mouth and social-media updates. I’ll check back on a bar off a hunch, such as when I notice an exterior quirk that makes me wonder what’s new inside.Seve...
Updated one month ago
Local craft beer of the week: The Realist Tart Pale Ale, Coppertail Brewing

Local craft beer of the week: The Realist Tart Pale Ale, Coppertail Brewing

Tart, Funky & Weirdly Refreshing reads the label for The Realist, a summer seasonal from Tampa’s Coppertail Brewing. The description is perfect, as there’s a good chance you’ll know if this beer is right for you based on that alone. The Realist is Co...
Updated one month ago
Bar review: Sip and smoke at Blue Torch

Bar review: Sip and smoke at Blue Torch

Well, the bad news is that Blue Torch Cigars & Winery is not actually a winery. That combination seemed too ambitious to fly under my radar, as Blue Torch had since its opening this year, and that ended up being true.While it’s a curious name for wha...
Updated one month ago
Local craft beer of the week: Good For Life gluten-reduced Kölsch, Pair O’ Dice Brewing

Local craft beer of the week: Good For Life gluten-reduced Kölsch, Pair O’ Dice Brewing

For many sufferers of celiac disease, going out for a pint typically means ordering a cider. But brewers have worked hard to provide a reasonable analog for gluten-free drinkers, offering a range of brews produced from grains like sorghum and rice.Mo...
Updated one month ago
Bar review: New St. Pete breweries have sour power

Bar review: New St. Pete breweries have sour power

It took a few years, but downtown St. Petersburg is officially ready for a pair of manageable brewery crawls, thanks to the recent openings of Overflow Brewing Company and Inoculum Ale Works.The two breweries bridge the gap between Green Bench, Cycle...
Updated one month ago
Bar review: Ballpark & Rec ups the Trop’s bar game

Bar review: Ballpark & Rec ups the Trop’s bar game

When I was a kid, my dad took me to an Oakland A’s game and I managed to catch Jose Canseco coming out of the locker room, toweling off from a shower. In retrospect, I’m not sure how I ended up in a position to catch my favorite player outside of an ...
Updated one month ago
Local craft beer of the week: Strawberry Lemonade Gose from Escape Brewing Company

Local craft beer of the week: Strawberry Lemonade Gose from Escape Brewing Company

It’s on the outskirts of the bay area for many beer drinkers, but Trinity’s Escape Brewing Company continues to hit the must-visit list with its latest can release. The June 20 canning run included the brewery’s Trois Tropical IPA (bit.ly/2M8BmK7), T...
Updated: 2 months ago
Bar review: Big Bamboo Bayside is a room with a view

Bar review: Big Bamboo Bayside is a room with a view

Even I, an avowed humidity hater, have to admit that catching a Florida summer sunset is an experience worth having now and then. Apparently, others find this notion agreeable, judging by the size and popularity of our many beachfront bars and restau...
Updated: 2 months ago

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