Friday, July 20, 2018

Craft Beer In Tampa Bay

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...
Published: 07/19/18
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...
Published: 07/19/18
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...
Published: 07/12/18
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 ...
Published: 07/05/18
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 one month 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 one month ago
Bar review: St. Pete’s Garage is a dive with Pride

Bar review: St. Pete’s Garage is a dive with Pride

Last year’s St. Pete Pride went smoothly, despite some behind-the-scenes drama involving the decision to relocate the parade to the downtown waterfront, rather than the Grand Central District, where it had traditionally been held. After all, the Gran...
Updated one month ago
Local craft beer of the week: Beach Slap Piña Colada Wheat Ale from Mad Beach Craft Brewing Company

Local craft beer of the week: Beach Slap Piña Colada Wheat Ale from Mad Beach Craft Brewing Company

"Hooray, it’s summer!" exclaimed no Floridians. But if it’s summer proper and not just the usual year-round weather, you might as well embrace the heat and humidity with a trip to the beach, accompanied by some suitably refreshing beers. While you’r...
Updated one month ago
Bar review: Gigglewaters is a modern speakeasy in Safety Harbor

Bar review: Gigglewaters is a modern speakeasy in Safety Harbor

Every time I think the speakeasy theme is dead, I run into a place that breathes new life into it. This time, it’s Gigglewaters Social Club & Screening Room, a new addition to downtown Safety Harbor.The term Gigglewaters was Prohibition-era slang for...
Updated one month ago
Local craft beer of the week: Brut Force IPA from Arkane Aleworks

Local craft beer of the week: Brut Force IPA from Arkane Aleworks

With IPA’s long-standing dominance in the craft-beer biz, it’s no surprise that the style frequently serves as a springboard for a number of spin-offs, trends and, occasionally, legitimate new styles. From the classic English brew came the now-ubiqui...
Updated one month ago

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