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Tampa's Thriving Craft Beer Scene: A Brewery Hopping Guide

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A Frothy Day Out: Tampa’s Top Breweries for the Hop-Hearted Traveler

Ahoy, fellow beer adventurer! If you’re in Tampa and not planning on immersing yourself in its burgeoning beer scene, then my friend, you're doing Tampa wrong. Let me be your brew guide and whisk you through the streets of this Floridian city, where hoppy dreams come alive, and where every corner seems to tantalize you with the promise of a cold one.

Get ready to embark on the ultimate ale trail as we hop (pun totally intended) from one iconic brewery to another, savoring the delightful diversity of flavors, stories, and vibes that each offers. Don your most comfortable shoes and let’s go!

1. Cigar City Brewing

Where? 3924 W Spruce St, Tampa, FL 33607

When to Visit? Early afternoon, after a light lunch

Ah, “Cigar City”. No Tampa brew journey is complete without a stop here. This iconic brewery has arguably placed Tampa on the craft beer map. Here’s why it’s first on our list:

Distinctive Qualities: A homage to Tampa’s rich Cuban history, the brewery boasts unique brews that often weave a tale of Tampa’s past. The taproom’s decor has a rustic charm, effortlessly transporting you to yesteryears.

Not-to-Miss Brew: Jai Alai IPA. This citrusy, slightly bitter yet refreshing brew is a must-try, representing the heart of what Cigar City stands for.

Tips & Insights: Brewery tours are available. And, if you’re a real beer geek, the behind-the-scenes look at their brewing process is quite enlightening.

2. Coppertail Brewing Co.

Where? 2601 E 2nd Ave, Tampa, FL 33605

When to Visit? Mid-afternoon

Nestled in the historic Ybor City is “Coppertail”, a gem that believes in brewing “free dive” beers - untamed and unfiltered.

Distinctive Qualities: Coppertail embraces the weird and the wonderful. Their nautical-themed, artsy space is a visual treat, setting the right mood for their eccentric beer line-up.

Not-to-Miss Brew: Free Dive IPA. Crisp with just the right kick, it’s the kind of beer you want to indulge in on a sunny Tampa afternoon.

Tips & Insights: They have an upstairs bar that offers a fantastic view of the brewery's operations. Grab a beer, head up, and watch the magic unfold!

3. Angry Chair Brewing

Where? 6401 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33604

When to Visit? Late afternoon, perhaps?

Tucked away in Seminole Heights, *Angry Chair* is where you go when you want to challenge your beer palate.

Distinctive Qualities: This brewery is famed for its decadent stouts. The environment is cozy, a bit like sitting in your eccentric uncle’s basement – but with far better beer options.

Not-to-Miss Brew: German Chocolate Cupcake Stout. Yes, it's as indulgent as it sounds.

Tips & Insights: It gets crowded! So, if you’re seeking a quieter experience, weekdays are your best bet.

4. 7venth Sun Brewery

Where? 6809 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33604

When to Visit? Evening-ish, when you’re contemplating dinner

7venth Sun, a hop, skip, and a jump away from Angry Chair, is where you find that delicate balance between experimental brews and classic favorites.

Distinctive Qualities: A laid-back atmosphere with an outdoor seating option. It’s a haven for those who love their beers with a side of fresh air.

Not-to-Miss Brew: Mangrove Double IPA. A tropical delight, it’s a nod to Florida’s coastal vibes.

Tips & Insights: Pair your beer with food from local food trucks that often park outside the brewery. It's a gustatory adventure of its own!

5. Hidden Springs Ale Works

Where? 1631 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602

When to Visit? Night, when the lights go low and conversations flow

Our last stop, “Hidden Springs”, offers robust flavors in an urban setting. This downtown brewery wraps up our beer journey with a splash.

Distinctive Qualities: A modern taproom with a dash of the industrial, its beer list is as eclectic as its ambiance.

Not-to-Miss Brew: Deja Moo. A milk stout with hints of chili and cocoa – the kind of beer that makes you go “moo” with delight!

Tips & Insights: They have a rotating list of guest taps, so there's always something new to discover.

Final Words of Advice

Now, before you set off, here’s the golden rule: savor responsibly! While the temptation to guzzle down every delicious brew might be high, remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.

Tampa’s brew scene is effervescent, dynamic, and ever-expanding. So, if you miss out on a few today, fret not. They'll be waiting for your return, with new stories and flavors in tow. Cheers to your Tampa beer adventure! 

 


 

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