The past six months have been kind to Dunedin's 7venth Sun Brewery. In August, the brewery's long-awaited Tampa expansion finally happened, with its much larger Seminole Heights facility and tasting room opening in a town eager to try its range of ultra-fresh IPAs and exotic, foeder-fermented brews.
I don't consider myself "old" — though I have gotten into a bad habit of informing door people insistent on checking my ID that I'm halfway to 70. But I'm frequently made aware of how far removed my lifestyle is from that of my 20s.
When St. Petersburg's Pinellas Ale Works held its grand opening in May 2016, it featured a baltic porter treated with vanilla and coffee that proved to be a crowd favorite. The response was so positive that the brewery made another batch of Bean Porter that October and tossed it into 22-ounce bottles for sale in the …
Perhaps the most famous name in barleywine belongs to an English poet and novelist: Thomas Hardy. The beer named after him was originally brewed by the Eldridge Pope brewery in the late '60s in Dorchester, England, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Hardy's death.
As a perpetual sampler, I'm accustomed to paying a premium for variety. It's the rare beer bar that serves 16-ounce flights without at least a 133 percent markup. That's fine with me, if it means that I don't have to choose just one beer from a menu of dozens.
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.