Tampa Bay Area Breweries

Tampa Bay is the craft beer epicenter of Florida. Here is a list of the breweries I've been able to visit in the Tampa Bay Area. If you have a question about any of the breweries I have visited please ask. I have a contact form on my blog's main page. I feel that every brewery has something to offer. Some may have better beer, but others may have a unique atmosphere. Go out and explore Florida's craft beer scene and see which ones will become your favorite watering hole.


Cheers!
Kelli


Angry Chair Brewing
Angry Chair Fudge Bucket Imperial Oatmeal Stout
City: Tampa
Neighborhood: Seminole Heights
Website
My Post
Popular Beers on Untappd: German Chocolate Cupcake Stout, The Awakening, Red Ale & 3 Little Birds
My Favorite Beer: Raspberry Berliner Weisse
Guest Taps or Bottles: No
Their Beer Sold in Cans or Bottles: Yes
Crowlers: No
Cider:Yes
Food: No
Patio: No
Kids: None during my visits
Dogs: Yes
Tours: No
Visits: 4
Setting: Stand alone building
Vibe: Small neighborhood watering hole
What I enjoy: Bellying up to the bar and enjoying as many small pours as I can. One of my favorite Florida breweries.
Local Spots Nearby to Check Out: Rooster and the Till, Blind Tiger Cafe & Jug & Bottle Dept.

81Bay Brewing Co

My oldest is back at school in Tampa, so  Bryan and I recently moved her into her apartment. You know what sounds good after moving? Beer! Well, that always sounds good to me and when I'm in Tampa it's a given I'm going to be stopping by a brewery.

We were going to check out a brewery we haven't been to that was somewhat on the way back to Orlando. I discovered they are closed on Sundays, whoever heard such a thing! On our last visit to Tampa, we stopped at a few of our favorites, so this time, I wanted to try something new.

81Bay Brewing it was. It's about a ten-minute drive from downtown, but we opted for the longer scenic route along Bayshore Boulevard.
81Bay Brewing Co
It's quite different behind those doors


When we pulled up I was hesitant. The brewery is housed in a pretty outdated strip mall, but since we were there and the beers were calling we went for it.

When you walk in for the first time you will be wowed. Not only is this probably the largest tasting room I've been too, but it is pretty unique as well. There's an underwater creature theme going on. I'm guessing it's what lurks beneath the "Bay"?
81Bay Brewing Co movie screen
It'd be fun to watch a movie

Because the space is so large it was a bit loud. That can be a good thing or bad thing depending on your group. Bryan and I were able to hear each other while drinking, it's just a noisy background.
81Bay Brewing Co tasting room
Handful of TV's in the tasting room

There are a handful of big televisions scattered about the tasting room. They have darts, ping pong, corn hole and a bunch of boxed games. You could hang out here and be entertained for a while. If the games weren't enough I could sit for hours and watch the underwater video scene.
81Bay Brewing Co Tasting Room
Very large tasting room


After taking in the scene of the tasting room I needed to figure out what beers to get. There were plenty of styles to choose from. I found a few I wanted so I went with a flight.
81Bay Brewing Co beer menu
Tap menu for the day


Bryan got a pour of Reel Slo Irish Red (4.5% ABV). A typical solid red ale.
81Bay Brewing Co craft beer
Reel Slo Irish Red

I went with a flight of Ramble on Raspberry (5.5% ABV), Snookin' Around Stout (4.5% ABV), Topwater Plug Porter (5.8% ABV) and Not on Porpoise Dunkel (11.1% ABV).

My favorite in the flight was the dunkelweizen. I usually don't seek them out on menus, but I felt like branching out today and I'm glad I did. This beer was smooth and sweet from the roasted malts, though it didn't taste like an 11% beer. I'd get a full pour of this next time. 

My other favorite in the flight was the Rasberry fruit beer. It was a solid fruit beer and I always enjoy raspberry. It was fruitier rather than sweeter. 
81Bay Brewing Co beer flight
Ramble on Raspberry ~ Snookin' Around Stout ~ Topwater Plug Porter ~ Not on Porpoise Dunkel


With so many of the Tampa breweries closer to town it's nice to see one pop up in South Tampa. This brewery is like the Rainforest Cafe for adults.

City: Tampa
Neighborhood: Interbay
Website
Popular Beers on Untappd: Ramble on Raspberry Ale, Fishwater IPA, Snookin' Around Stout & Topwater Plug Porter
My Favorite Beer: Not on Porpoise Dunkel
Guest Taps or Bottles: No
Their Beer Sold in Cans or Bottles: No
Crowlers: No
Cider: No
Food: No, but food trucks Thursday-Sunday.
Patio: No
Kids: Yes
Dogs: Yes
Tours:?
Visits: 1
Setting: Strip Mall
Vibe: Funky tasting room that feels like the Rainforest Cafe meets a brewery. Great for families and groups.
What I enjoy: Lots of space and it's quite clever what they've done with their underwater theme.
Cool Local Spots Nearby: Al Palonias Park, The Smoke Shack & El Cafetal Bakery and Restaurant


Cheers!
Kelli 
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Florida Craft Beer at the Beach

I love the beach and living in Florida we have lots of beaches to enjoy. I love beer and Florida has a lot of breweries. The two together are such a wonderful thing. Here are some of my favorite picks for enjoying both the beach and some Florida fresh beer.

Starting north on both sides and working your way down south.

The Atlantic Beaches & Breweries

Green Room Brewing & Jacksonville Beach
beer flight at green room brewings
Green Room beer flight
Under the pier at Jacksonville Beach
The beach is a stroll away from the brewery

Hell n Blazes Brewing Co & Melbourne Beach
Helln n Blazes beer flight
Beer flights after the beach
beer flight at Orchid Island Brewing Company
Grab a bite to go with your flight
Humisted Park Vero Beach
Beach is right across the street from brewery

Flagler Village Brewery & Fort Lauderdale Beach
craft beer at Flagler Village Brewery
Grab a beer and bites after the beach and catch the day's game
sunset at Fort lauderdale Beach
Sunset strolls after sips


The Gulf Coast Beaches & Breweries

7venth Sun Brewery & Honeymoon Island State Park
craft beer at 7venth sun brewery
Cap your beach day with a beer
Honeymoon Island
The Island life


Barley Mow Brewing Company & Indian Rocks Beach
Barley Mow Beer Flight
Enjoy a Gulf sunset and then a Barley Mow nightcap

Mad Beach Craft Brewing & Madeira Beach
Mad Beach Craft Beer beer flight
Craft beer, sangria & cider oh my!
Madeira Beach sunset
Sunset over the Gulf is life's simple pleasure

Calusa Brewing & Siesta Beach
craft beer at Calusa Brewing
Calusa Brewing is the perfect place to chill after the beach
Siesta Key Beach
Siesta Beach is heaven

Cheers to Another Successful Taste of the Nation

Cheers to another Successful Taste of the Nation. This yearly event raises money for local charities and every year the event out does itself.  There were over 40 restaurants and 20 beverage sponsors which included a handful of local breweries pouring their Florida beer at the event.
Taste of the Nation canned food
Your ticket goes a long way to helping others

Redlight Redlight
Redlight Redlight at the Taste of the Nation
Redlight Redlight G & T Saison

Redlight Redlight beer at Taste of the Nation
Redlight Redlight  Cimarrones Berliner Weisse

Whisper Creek Farm: The Brewery
Whisper Creek Farm beer at Taste of the Nation
Whisper Creek Farm The Brewery ~ Surplus Honey Citrus Ale

Ten10 craft beer at Taste of the Nation
Ten10 Brewing ~ Chronically Mismanaged Red Ale with Lineage Coffee 

Orlando Brewing
Orlando brewing beer at taste of the nation
Orlando Brewing I-4 IPA

Orlando brewing craft beer float at Taste of the Nation
Bourbon infused butterscotch gelato over Orlando Brewing O-Town Brown Ale

craft beer at taste of the nation
Happy date night at the Taste with hubs

Crooked Can Brewing Company
crooked can brewing at taste of the nation
A sea of Crooked Can beer


crooked can brewing at taste of the nation
Crooked Can High Stepper IPA

Orange blossom pilsner at taste of the nation
Orange Blossom Pilsner straight from the owner Tom

Cigar City Brewing 
cigar city brewing at taste of the nation
Cigar City Brewing in the house with Central Florida Rep Eric

cigar city brewing at taste of the nation
Got my Jai Alai Fix

Brew Bus Brewing
Brew bus brewing at taste of the nation
Tampa's Brew Bus Brewing in the house

Uinta Brewing
Uinta brewing at taste of the nation
A little Uinta Detour Double IPA

Uinta brewing taste of the nation
A taste of fall with Uinta Punk'n

Woodchuck Cider
Woodchuck cider at taste of the nation
Some cider balancing out the beer at the event

Tsingtao Beer
tsingtao at taste of the nation
Tsingtao for the lager fans

Small Town Brewery
Not Your Father's root beer at taste of the nation
Not Your Father's Root Beer Float was delish!

Thank you to all the beer and cider beverage sponsors helping to curb child hunger here in Central Florida. Every dollar raised helps to fight hunger and homelessness right here in our backyard.
Second Harvest Food Bank is a beneficiary of  the Taste of The Nation

Cheers to drinking beer for a good cause! While waiting for next year's event check out the local charities and how you can volunteer and make a difference now.


For more info on the local breweries above check out the links below.

I hope to see even more local brewery support at Taste of the Nation 2017!