Adam’s Ultimate Tampa Bay Beer Guide

(THIS IS OBVIOUSLY NOT A COMPLETE LIST – - PLEASE DO NOT  USE IT AS A SINGLE POINT OF REFERENCE FOR DETERMINING WHERE TO ENJOY SOME FINE CRAFT BEER IN THE TAMPA BAY AREA – - I PLAN TO UPDATE THIS PAGE SOON . . . I PROMISE.)

Beer Stores and other places to buy good beer:

1. Shep’s Deli

As a child, I used to ride my bike down here to grab myself an IBC root beer and some candy. Back then, they were the place in town to get imported and microbrew beers. Times have changed and Shep’s in now under new ownership. One thing remains the same however: Shep’s is THE place in Saint Petersburg to buy beer. I’m not sure exactly how many different beers they keep in stock these days but there are a lot – microbrews from all over the country, various beers from around the world plus a large selection of Belgian Ale’s (if you are into that sort of thing).

Address:
2001 4th Street N
St. Petersburg, Fl 33704
United States
(727) 823-6565

2. The World of Beer

Indisputably one of the best selections of beers in the Tampa Bay area. If you are a Belgian lover, consider yourself a kid in a candy store. I myself prefer American microbrews and there are plenty of them. If neither of those sound appealing to you, then don’t worry. There are plenty of other beers from all around the world including Germany, Spain, Ireland, South America, Asia and just about every other corner of the world. Be sure to check out their new location in North Tampa which is a beer bar and store.

Address:
2809 Gulf To Bay Blvd
Clearwater, FL 33759
(727) 797-6905
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Website:
www.theworldofbeer.com

3. Beer World of Largo

Don’t let the outside fool you, Beer World has an impressive selection. Almost overwhelming in fact. Take your time sorting through all the bottles and you are sure to find some hidden gems.

Address:
2144 Ridge Rd.
Largo, FL 33778
(727) 588-1577
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4. Rollin Oats Market & Cafe

Address:
2842 9th St N
St Petersburg, FL 33704
(727) 895-4910
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Website:
http://www.rollinoats.com

5. Beverage Castle

Address:
11730 N 56th Street
Tampa, FL 33617
Phone: (813) 985-0455

Website:
www.beveragecastle.com

6. Hyde Park Express aka Beer Central

While I have not been here since Gasparilla four years ago, I remember a fairly large selection of microbrews and imports. Most of the beer was warm which is a drawback if you want to go home and relax after a long day of work. Despite some high prices, it is definitely worth checking out.

Address:
1021 West Swann Avenue
Tampa, FL 33606
(813) 251-5000

7. ABC Fine Wines & Spirits

I have noticed a recently improved (and quite welcome) beer selection at ABC. In fact, they now have a whole row in front of the beer coolers to keep a multitude of American microbrews, Belgian Ales and numerous other imports. Prices are quite reasonable . . . as competitive as you will find in the area.

Address:

Multiple locations.

Fourth Street location:
3535 4TH ST N
Saint Petersburg, FL
727-894-4875

Locate other stores here.

6. Total Wine and more

Total Wine has a large selection of beer at great prices. Definitely worth stopping in here.

If they do not have what you are looking for, than mosey on into Wild Oats which is in the same plaza. They generally have a nice hand picked selection of imports and microbrews to choose from.

1720 North Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 350-9601

Hours of operation:
Mon-Thurs 9am-10pm, Fri-Sat 9am-11pm
Sun 11am-9pm

Click here for map.

***Now many more locations including Clearwater and Saint Petersburg.***

Breweries and beer pubs:

1. The Dunedin Brewery

Website:
www.dunedinbrewery.com

2. Tampa Bay Brewing Company

Website:
www.tampabaybrewingcompany.com

3. Hops Grille and Brewery

Probably the original “brewpub” in the Tampa Bay area. In their early years, they had multiple locations all around the area. At one point, there were two locations across the street from each other on Dale Mabry in Tampa. Unfortunately, they have had to make some cutbacks. In our area, only two locations remain.

Website:
www.hopsrestaurants.com

4. BJ’s Restaurant Brewhouse

A California based chain, BJ’s is a welcome newcomer to the Tampa Bay market. I have only had the opportunity to eat/drink here once. The Piranha Pale Ale and the Tatonka Stout were both excellent!

There are currently two locations in our area:

Shoppes at Park Place
3800 Park Blvd.
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
(727) 525-4640

Westfield Citrus Park Mall
8002 Citrus Park Town Center
Citrus Park, FL 33625
(813) 852-1910

Website:
www.bjsrestaurants.com

5. Cigar City Brewing

Tampa Bay’s newest craft brewery. Stop by their tasting room for a growler or find their beer on tap and in bottles all around the area.

3924 West Spruce Street Suite A
Tampa, FL 33607
813-348-6363

Website:
www.cigarcitybrewing.com

Beer Bars:

1. New World Brewery – Ybor City

New World is no longer a brewery (I believe they ceased operations in 1999), but rather a beer bar with an excellent selection of various beers on tap and in the bottle. Located in an calmer area of Ybor City away from the hustle and bustle of the clubs and bars, New World provides a comfortable establishment to enjoy some great beer and live music. Be prepared to pay a small cover charge at night (usually around $5.00 to cover the cost of the band).

Address:
1313 E. Eighth Ave.
Tampa (Ybor City), FL
(813) 248-4969
Web: http://newworldbrewery.net

2. The Cider House

Located near the up and coming Grand Central District on Central Ave in Saint Petersburg, this bar prides itself on a wide variety of cider available on tap.

Address:
1750 Central Ave
Saint Petersburg, FL 33712-1342

Website:
www.ciderhouse.us

3. The Rex
2061 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL
Web: http://www.therexbar.com
Map

Others (more data coming soon):

The Independent
Limey’s Pub
Bilmar Station
Four Green Fields
The Dublinder

Restaurants with good beer:

1. Cafe Alma

Located in downtown Saint Petersburg, this trendy, upscale restaurant serves up a pretty nice selection of imported beers in the bottle. I would like to see more on tap. When night falls, Cafe Alma turns into a classy nightclub.

Address:
260 1st Ave S # 100
St Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 502-5002

Website:
www.cafealma.com

2. Datz Deli

2616 S. MacDill Ave.
Tampa, Florida 33629
813-831-7000

Mellow Mushroom
Cappy’s Pizza
ZGrille
Cafe Vienna

(This list is incomplete and I will constantly be adding to it)