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Craft Beer in Tampa Bay

  1. Bar review: Flying Boat Brewing Co. in St. Petersburg pays homage to Tony Jannus

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    Almost a year to the day after Flying Boat Brewing Co. broke ground on its Woodlawn Oaks facility and tasting room, the St. Petersburg brewery officially opened its doors for business last week.

    Flying Boat Brewery is newly opened in St. Petersburg. Its name is a reference to the aircraft of Tony Jannus, who piloted the world’s first scheduled airline flight, between downtown St. Petersburg and Tampa in 1914.
  2. At Green Bench's Foeder event, learning about wild and sour ale, and drinking it, too

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    Everyone loves a good beer festival, and locally we have more than a few great ones, especially during Tampa Bay Beer Week, which wrapped up on Sunday.

    Jeffrey Stuffings of Austin’s Jester King Brewery talks at the 2017 Foeder for Thought held Friday at Green Bench Brewing in St. Petersburg.
  3. Bar review: The price is right at Hawthorne Bottle Shoppe in St. Petersburg

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    Downtown St. Petersburg's bar scene crept even further up Central Avenue last month, with the soft opening of Hawthorne Bottle Shoppe at the far west end of the Grand Central District.

    Hawthorne Bottle Shoppe is in the western edge of the Grand Central District in St. Petersburg. It has a roomy floor plan with a variety of seating options.
  4. Bar review: Brasserie Saint Somewhere settles into new home

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    Early on in my good beer education, I became a big fan of the two local options that were available in bottles at my beer shop. The first was Dunedin Brewery, which I wish I could still find in bottles nearby. The other was Saint Somewhere.

    Brasserie Saint Somewhere is in a circa 1912 house in Tarpon Springs. Its brewery has distributed in more states than any other Florida brewery.
  5. Bar review: 81Bay Brewing has cool decor, great promise

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    There's a new brewery that bills itself as South Tampa's first brewery. At first, that sounds improbable, but it checks out: The vast majority of Tampa's breweries are concentrated in the downtown, Seminole Heights and Tampa Heights areas.

    Fans watch the Bucs-Raiders game Oct. 30 at 81Bay Brewing Co. in Tampa. The brewery, founded this year, features a large tap room with a stage for live music and several televisions.

Tour our Tampa Bay craft breweries

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.


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