Calling all Florida craft brew lovers!! HELP!
Hey all! I'm looking for some good beer! I'm in Tampa but I'll take any info about Florida micro's. I'm familiar with Dunedin Brewery (YUMMY) and Tampa Bay Brewing Co. but I'm looking for some more local brews anywhere in Florida. I'd love suggestions for good brewpubs too. My fave is Tanks Tap Room in Carrollwood (Tampa). THIRTY-TWO beers on tap!!! (great German beers, Dogfish Head, and Rogue on tap!!!) I know there's better beer in the south than BUD!
Do you only drink beer on tap?
If not, in St. Pete on 4th St. N. seek out Shep's Deli. They have close to 500 kinds of bottled beer. An unbelivable selection.
The Sarasota Brewing Company (southern Sarasota) would be a good place to check out. They usually do flights of their in-house brews. Their bar food isn't bad either.
There's the Spnish Springs brewpub in The Villages, a retirement community abouot 20 minutes north of Leesburg in Lake County. Their mega-award winning brewmaster, Buzz Brown, is gone but I suspect the quality of their product is still worth the trip.
In Orlando, try the Orlando Brewing Co., a good sized brewpub in an industral area of Orlando near the Amtrack train station.
Here's a link to a story I did about them recently.
Abbey Brewing Company in South Beach contract brew their very own tasty recipes. Winner of many medals...it's the anti sobe pub. No scene, no snobs just good suds in a cozy setting. 16th St just east of Alton Rd...right behind McDonalds.
Also try Zekes on Lincoln Rd also on sobe for an ultra extensive selction of beers all priced for just 3 bux! I just had a couple Morretti La Rossa's there the other night. Dopio malto (double malt @ 7.2% alchohol by volume)!!! This is by far the best Italian beer I know and if your local Italiano joint doesn't stock it, tell them to do so immediately.
I liked Charlie and Jakes, on North Wickham Road in Suntree (just north of Melbourne). Get off exit 191 of I-95, head east about 6 miles or so. Beware, the Eau Gallie Charlie and Jake's is a BBQ shack only.
Their beers win regional and national competitions pretty regularly, according to them anyway. I've had the Wickham Wheat and Indian River Red and liked them both. Specialties vary by season.
There's a review about midway down the page here, as well as other CFla recs: