"Floral and spicy aromas and a subtle malt character," reads the can of Grandpa Jack's Pils, an excellent, authentic German pils from Safety Harbor's Crooked Thumb Brewery.
The 2015 launch of Tampa Bay Brewing Co.'s Full Moon Madness subtropical porter was an interesting moment. On one hand, it was a new, interesting release — a modified version of its old standby, Jack the Quaffer, brewed to celebrate the brewery's 20-year anniversary. On the other hand, it marked the …
Opened in 2010 in an old Florida Avenue grocery store, Cold Storage Craft Brewery was one of Tampa's first in a wave of craft breweries to follow. Its signature beer, Florida Avenue Ale, became the namesake of the brewery when it rebranded in 2013 as Florida Avenue Brewing Co.
I had an interesting conversation recently with a home brewer who got into the restaurant biz. I've met Dan Pemberton a few times while hanging out at Brewer's Tasting Room, and at beer festivals where he was pouring his beers as part of one of the local homebrew clubs.
One of the best aspects of the local craft beer scene is its emphasis on collaboration and cooperation, whether between competing breweries or other local businesses.
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.