Microbreweries, also referred to as craft breweries, are simply breweries that produce a small amount of beer. These brew houses, no matter where you are in the country, are often local favorites (and likely a beer of choice at most local bars, pubs, dives, or restaurants). Bottom line, the trend of craft brewing isn’t going anywhere, so it’s time to expand your beer selection and start ordering “whatever’s local.”
If you’re from the Tampa, Florida, area, then today’s your day. We’ve partnered with Visit Tampa to give you their local microbrewery cheat sheet. Here are ten recommendations.
The chairs at this Seminole Heights brewery aren’t quite angry, but they are repurposed tractor seats. Head here for the good vibes and quality saisons and sours (among other brews).
Just outside of Tampa, Big Storm is one of those hidden gem breweries you might otherwise not think to go to, but the eclectic tap room is worth the hunt.
Not your typical brewery, Brew Bus has no traditional tasting room. Instead, you buy a ticket to ride to local breweries and take in some Brew Bus beers along the way.
The biggest Tampa brewery , the mere mention of Cigar City is enough to make most beer-lovers salivate. Don’t skip the brewery tour here–there’s tons to see, including, if you’re lucky, the barrel-aging room that produces the brand’s most coveted beers.
A relative newcomer, Coppertail has built a seriously impressive brewery and tasting room. With plenty of fascinating art, unique salvaged furniture, and a variety of games to play (not to mention the great beer), it might be hard to leave.
A big tasting room with all the comforts of home, including a nice selection of board games, Florida Avenue Brewing wants you to stay and visit. We recommend the blueberry habanero, if you’re lucky enough to be there when its tapped.
Chris and Leslie Johnson ditched their day jobs to open this small but mighty brewery in Town ‘n’ Country. They’re pretty much always there, along with their equally small but mighty dog, Maggie, so you’re likely to hear straight from the brewer’s mouth what went into your brew of choice.
Part homebrew store, part brewery, Southern Brewery is a popular spot for locals, especially those in Seminole Heights. The tap list is constantly evolving, showing off the brewmaster’s eclectic tastes. Southern’s Prickly Pear Raised Bungalow took home best in show at the 2015 Best Florida Beer Championship.
Bursting at the seams of their current Ybor City brew pub, Tampa Bay Brewing Company is set to open a much larger brew pub in West Chase. This brewery doesn’t just cook up local favorites; the Reef Donkey APA won a bronze medal at the Great American Beer Festival.
You may have heard of Ulele as one of Tampa’s best restaurants, but don’t miss their brewery. They take advantage of fresh produce from our area to make some seriously creative crafts.