Many people hold a common misconception that you need to have a sophisticated palate to enjoy a good brew. However, with the rise of locally-owned breweries in recent years, craft beers are now more accessible and they are incorporating unique and delicious flavors that keep the tastebuds and olfactory senses engaged. From stouts and ales, to ciders and lagers, if you’re looking for reinvigorating brews to try out while you’re in Tampa, then we’ve shortlisted five of our favorite local breweries you should visit.
Coppertail Brewing Co.
While functioning as a brewery, Coppertail Brewing Co. doubles up as an event space that provides a welcoming and inviting atmosphere, ideal for corporate events and weddings. At just $7.50, you can tour this 5,000 square foot brewery, that overlooks Downtown Tampa, and see how their signature craft beers are brewed. During the 30 to 45-minute tour, you’ll have the opportunity to taste various flavors and even bring some home.
Cigar City Brewing
Founded in 2009, the Cigar City Brewing is renowned for its India Pale Ale (IPA), named after the sport native to Spain – Jai Alai. Comprised of strong citrusy notes, their IPA has become a holy grail for many brewery fans. If citrus isn’t your preference, they also have many other tantalizing flavors that are bound to engage your olfactory senses and keep your taste buds tingling. Today, the brewery produces up to 90,000 barrels of ales annually, and you can visit them in Downtown Tampa.
Southern Brewing and Winery
This brewery is a double threat, serving both craft beers such delicious wines in a laid-back and relaxing atmosphere. Their outdoor seating options let you enjoy the late afternoon sun, while sipping on one of their signature brews. If you’re feeling adventurous and wish to brew your own tipple, the brewery also doubles up as a top-tier winemaking and homebrewing supply store.
Hidden Spring Ale Works
Hidden Spring Ale Works is the go-to sweet spot for Tampa locals. The brewery has an iconic tasing room, where you can enjoy its wide range of craft beers, all brewed in-house and on tap. With the plethora of options available, Hidden Spring Ale Works will satisfy anyone’s craft beer cravings.
Tampa Bay Brewing Company
Don’t let its eponymous name fool you; Tampa Bay Brewing Company is not a stickler for traditions. Instead, it is recognized as one of the most innovative breweries in the city, specializing in craft beers and beer-infused food, you heard that right. The brewery hosts live music sessions weekly at its bar, and is home to a large outdoor patio and magnificent tasting room. Our favorite has to be the juicy Red Eye Cider Wings, a pound of wings tossed in the brewery’s signature sauce.
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