Upcoming Beer Event #2: 7venth Sun Brewery – First pour!

I have been meaning to get information about this event up on the blog for a little while now but simply have not been able to find the time! Hopefully someone reads this and makes it out to the official first pout of 7venth Sun Brewery beer – a new brewery that has recently opened their doors in Dunedin Florida.

As i understand it, their taps have been flowing with other craft beers for a month or so while waiting for licensing, and will finally be allowed to serve beer their own beer tomorrow! Rumor has it that they are making some pretty awesome beer  – Saisons in particular.

Event: 7venth Sun Brewery “First Pour”
Date and time: January 7th 2012 – from 2PM – ??
Location: 7venth Sun Brewery – 1012 Broadway – Dunedin, FL | Google Maps (click to open)

More info here via the patch.

Welcome to the Tampa Bay beer community 7venth Sun! Glad to have you.



Upcoming Beer Event #1: Barleywine On The Bayou!

Hello, and a happy new year to my handful of blog followers !

2011 was a “whirl-wind year” in both my life, as well as the craft beer world. In keeping with my tradition, I will not type too much about 2011 and instead, will focus on the year ahead.

One of my “new year’s resolutions” was to actually do a bit more blogging this year. So, with that said:

First up, we have several beer events happening in the Tampa Bay area VERY soon so I figured I would point a few out. Each will be mentioned in a separate blog posting.)

Event: Barleywine On The Bayou
Date and time: January 20th 2012 (Friday!) from 6PM – 9PM
LocationCajun Cafe (Pinellas Park)
Sponsor: Dunedin Brewers Guild
Cost: $40 – (tickets are very limited) [INCLUDES FOOD!!]

As I have mentioned several times, I am typically not a fan of the Barleywine style. I do appreciate the style and there are several that I have enjoyed over the years but overall, I lean away from.

Now, I am about to completely contradict my previous statement.  While looking over the list below, I see several brews that I would love to sample. (Keep in mind several are not Barleywines rather winter warmers and heavy beers.)


Brewery Beer Name
Anchor Brewing Old Foghorn
Avery Brewing Hog Heaven (Vintage 2008)
Barley Mow Brewery Co The Fireside Barleywine
Birrificio Brùton Dieci (“10”)
Boulder Beer Killer Penguin (Vintage 2011)
Cigar City Brewing Previously Churchill
Cigar City Brewing Warmer Winter
Dunedin Brewery Blitzen
Dunedin Brewery Spatz Barkey Wine (Vintage 2009)
Lagunitas Brewing Olde GnarlyWine
Manzanita Brewing Co Serenity
Midtfyns Bryghus Midtfyns Barleywine
MOA Brewing Company Moa 5 Hop Ale Special Reserve
Prael Brouweij Mary
Samuel Smiths Winter Welcome
Sierra Nevada Brewing Bigfoot Barleywine
Swamp Head Brewery Roosevelt
Tampa Bay Brewing Co. Best Of Show Twice In A Row
Tampa Bay Brewing Co. Moosekiller Barleywine
A L'abri De La Tempête Corps Mort
Terrapin Beer Co Iron Tankard
Traquair House Traquair House Ale
Twisted Pine Brewing Co Bough Breaker Barleywine
Weyerbacher Brewing Blithering Idiot

It is always pretty awesome to relax on the deck at the cafe ON the bayou, enjoying nature, and drinking one of many many beers that they have on tap and in bottle. They make some pretty darn good food too which is always a plus. If you do make it out, enjoy but be safe – and be sure to drop back by and let me know how the event was!



Hello, is this thing on? 🙂

Dachshund Rescue Day – Save the weiners (and drink beer)!

It has been a long time since I have published anything to this blog mainly due to the fact that I have just been so darn busy. But, I HAD to take a moment to promote this really cool charity/fundraiser event.

On Saturday, October the 15th, the Pourhouse in Tampa will be hosting a fundraiser event for DARE (Dachshund Adoption Rescue and Education). DARE is the largest dachshund rescue group in Florida and has been caring for and finding homes for abused and abandoned doxies for well over 10 years now.

The Pour House will donate profits to DARE from beer sales…. this is usually around a few hundred dollars!! So come THIRSTY DARE FRIENDS 😉

There will be music, they have an outdoor courtyard, and dogs are welcome to attend as well! Should your pupper(s) wish to drink some beer, make sure they bring their ID! LOL!! 😀

For more info, please visit and patronize: www.pourhousetampa.com See ya there!

As a dachshund owner, this is an event that is close to my heart. Additionally, I have seen several horribly abused dachshunds in my life and am a strong supporter for the adoption of animals from reputable rescue groups such as DARE or your local SPCA.

So, come on out on Saturday the 15th to drink some beer and help support a great cause.



Bohza Beer Grows Womens’ breasts?

Need I say more?

Bohza beer was originally developed as a health drink to help new mothers who have trouble breast feeding, the Austrian Times reports. It was unclear how the beer, fermented with wheat flour and yeast, helped the women breast feed.

Read more here.

Beer of the day: Ovila Dubbel

First, as some background, Sierra Nevada announced late last year that they would be entering into a partnership with a local, California based Abbey – Abbey of New Clairvaux.

Brewed in collaboration with the monks at the Abbey of New Clairvaux in Vina, CA this series of three abbey – brewed with the seasons – will be available nationwide in limited release at specialty beer retailers.

All kinds of cool information here at the collaboration website. But the best part is, the first offering has arrived on shelves across the Tampa Bay region.



Brewery: Sierra Nevada / Ovila
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Purchase location: Rally Store Saint Petersburg
Purchase price: $9.99 /750 ml bottle
Alcohol: 7.5% ABV
Availability: Now
More info: http://www.ovila.com

My rating: B+


St. Petersburg Brewing Company

A new brewery is opening in Saint Petersburg, Florida. The St. Petersburg Brewing Company!

They will be tapping their first key at The Ale and the Witch on Saturday, April the 7th.

St. Petersburg Brewing bills themselves as the following:

Born of a desire to provide beer enthusiasts a beer choice that exemplifies the essence of St. Petersburg, FL.

The city rich in history with gorgeous waterfront and beaches provide the perfect foundation for a great beer.

More info here and here. Welcome guys, glad to have ya!


Beer of the day: Heavy Seas Black Cannon

Today’s beer of the day comes to us by the way of Heavy Seas/Clipper City Brewing. Described by the brewer as “an extension of our Loose Cannon style brewed with black malt”. Loose Cannon is quite possibly one of my top 10 favorite IPA’s of all time.

Brewery: Heavy Seas
Style: Black IPA
Purchase location: Lueken Liquors, Dunedin Florida
Purchase price: $9.99 /6 pack
Alcohol: 7.25% ABV
Availability: January – March
More info: http://www.hsbeer.com/black-cannon-black-ipa

My rating: A-

The World of Beer – Clearwater

I just drove by the (previously closed) location of World of Beer on Gulf to Bay in Clearwater, and it appears as if they have re-opened.

WOB in Clearwater is one of the first craft/import beer stores in the area (as far as I know). I’ll have to stop in there soon and see what is going on.

UPDATE (1/4/2018): This original bay area craft store is long gone. I think it is a sushi restaurant now 🙂


Hoppers – in tampa

So, what ever happened to the folks from hoppers? I absolutely used to love their chicken wings (especially the garlic). And their beer was pretty good too.

If anyone knows, drop me a line.


The Ale and the Witch

A new beer bar has opened up in downtown Saint Petersburg and it look quite promising. The Ale and the Witch! Located in the Plaza building which is essentially across the street from Baywalk and just a few blocks from the water. They have picked a great location – close to several world renowned museums and some excellent restaurants.

Their website boasts over 30 beers on tap. I can’t wait to stop in and quaff a few pints. Welcome, and best of luck!


111 2nd Ave NE
Saint Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 821-2533

New Sarasota brewery

Hi All,

A new brewery has opened up in Sarasota Florida: the Mad Crow Brewery & Grill. I don’t have much information yet, but I certainly look forward to paying them a visit the next time I am down in that area.

Welcome and best of luck to the folks at Mad Crow!!

1525 4th St
Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 954-BEER


Craft beer thursdays at Midtown Sundries

Hi all . . . I’m just sitting here at Midtown Sundries in downtown Saint Pete watching the Bucs game, and I noticed a sign for Craft Beer Thursday’s.

2 for 1 on all craft beer 4pm until close.

Just an FYI.


Cigar City Good Gourd

Good Gourd, goard, qowd or however you may spell it, good Lord this stuff is good. Had a few on tap this evening at Cafe Alma in St pete.

A great pumpkin ale. Actually, one of my favorite beers to come out of Cigar City. Very well done. This ale is similar, I think, to Dog Fish Head Punkin’ ale. Overall, a very yummy beer.


St. Pete Oktoberfest

This is very cool to see. The first annual Saint Petersburg Oktoberfest!

An Oktoberfest craft-beer tasting and festival in the Grand Central District of downtown St. Petersburg, FL. Local and regional micro-brews and craft beers, five live bands including Hip Abduction, and tasty food from local restaurants and vendors.

The beer selection looks good and the tickets are very reasonably priced. More info on ticket purchases here.

It is sort of unclear as to where the actual event is taking place. Perhaps a few blocks of the Grand Central district will be closed down while beer drinkers mingle and roam the streets. It looks to be a good time. Hope to see you there.


Random beer picture – Publix beer cooler

Not too bad of a selection for a supermarket. They have more but kept warm.

New Icehouse beer spokesperson Jenn Brown

Meet the new Icehouse beer spokeswoman, Jenn Brown.

More info and slideshow over at Bleacher Report.

Fruit in the room beer festival

If you are not already subscribed to the Cigar City beer blog,then you should do so. It is a good source of information on beer happening in the bay area like the upcoming “Fruit In The Room” beer festival:

Obviously, it sounds like the event is focused on fruit beers. I am certain that there will be “non-fruit” beers there if you are totally against fruit.  Maybe they will have a nice cheese offering as well.

So, get our to Cigar City Brewing on Saturday, September the 25th and support some of your local breweries.


The Rex – Saint Petersburg

So, St. Pete has yet another new beer bar. From the owners of The Independent in downtown Saint Pete,  The Rex has opened in the Grand Central district.

It would appear that their beer selection is focused more on American microbrews.

The Rex is located at:

2061 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL (Click for Google Map).

Mon – Wed: 5:00 pm – 12:00 am
Thurs – Sat: 5:00 pm – 2:00 am
Sundays: 5:00 pm – 12:00 am

I look forward to stopping by and quaffing a few pints.


Mischief The Bruery

I’ve been looking at this beer for awhile now and finally just decided to purchase a bottle tonight. I also drank it tonight and wow, what an absolutely awesome beer.

Read more info about it here: The Bruery

Mischief is a Hoppy Belgian-Style Golden Strong Ale. This wickedly good golden ale is fiendishly dry-hopped with American hops to add a layer of complexity and mystery to its fruity, dry Belgian-style character. Citrus and resin diabolically combine with ripe melon, pear and slight peppery spice in a precariously effervescent mixture. Enjoy it, but you’ll want to keep an eye out.

This beer is truly delicious. Alcohol content around 8.5 %. A very good Belgian strong ale with a nice dose of american hops. The Belgian qualities are very subtle. Drinks more like an IPA. Very fresh.

A must try. I am going to buy some more Tomorrow.

Bière De L’Amitié

Friends and beer. Who could think of a better combination? A few days ago, I stumbled upon a bottle of “Bière De L’Amitié” at Lukens Liquers in Dunedin, FL. Believe it or not, I was actually looking for Italian microbrews (they do have a couple). My hunt for Italian micros is a story in itself. But instead, I found this stuffed in between bottles on the shelf.

At first, I thought it was simply just another Belgian Ale (yes, I am familiar with St. Feuillien). Until something special caught my eye. The words “Green Flash Brewing Co” on the label. Green Flash brews, perhaps, one of the best IPA’s I have had – Green Flash West Coast IPA. So, now I was interested and also a bit confused. Green Flash is not distributed down here in sunny Florida. Could it possibly be the Green Flash that I know and love? A quick Google search on my phone revealed the answer . . . via Beernews.org:

(Vista, CA) – During a recent twelve day Great Belgium Beer Tour, brewer’s from Green Flash Brewing Co. of San Diego County, California and Brasserie St. Feuillien of Le Roeulx, Belgium teamed up to produce the first-ever collaboration ale between American and Belgian family-owned breweries. The beer will be called Bière De L’Amitié, or Friendship Brew, and will be released in the United States in June 2010.

Read more here.

Yes, it was! I was a Green Flash beer. I had to have it. And have I did (well, actually I am drinking it right now).

Now, a little more information on the beer itself via the Green Flash website:

Bière De L’Amitié is a Blond Belgian Strong Ale, brewed with St. Feuillien’s traditional yeast and secret spices. For a Green Flash-style modern twist, rye and wheat malts were added to the mash and American Amarillo hops used in a late boiling kettle addition.  Then the beer was dry-hopped with more Amarillo for even more hop flavor, aroma and zest. The ABV is 9.5%.  The beer will be available in 750ml. cork-finished bottles, and on draught.

Some initial thoughts . . .

***DISCLAIMER*** I am not a lover of Belgian Ales. There are only a select few that I like and buy more than once.

I like this beer I really do. It is very easy to drink and goes down smooth. You definitely do not know that you are drinking a 9.5 % ABV beer – the alcohol is well hidden. The beer has a nice aroma and a spicy, hoppy bite with a bit of alcohol on the nose. However, the yeast – I just can’t get past the yeast strain used. It seems a bit sour which to me, is simply not a desirable quality. The sourness seems to linger. Other then that, I love everything else about this Ale particularly the driving force behind it which is the collaboration between two of the greatest breweries in the World. Would I buy it again? Probably not. Do I suggest that you try it? Absolutely yes.

I do look forward to more offerings such as this. Until then . .



1 gallon of IPA goodness

I was looking at some pictures on my Twitter yfrog stream (there isn’t much there), and remembered this picture I snapped.

That beautiful thing right there is a 1 gallon growler (errr, jug?) of Cigar City IPA filled at the Dunedin House of Beer. Hmm, I just noticed that DHOB has Runation IPA on tap. Might have to make a quick stop after work for a fill.


Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ ale in little bottles

(Previously, Lagunitas released this in 22 oz bombers. Nows, it’s in 12 oz 6 packs and tastes great.)

Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ ale in little bottles. Tastes yummy.


Wazoo at Lowry Park Zoo – 2010

Yep, it’s that time of year again. WaZoo is scheduled for August 7th from 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM (that is a Saturday by the way). One of the top beer festivals in the country according to USAToday.

I never go to this event. Personally, I think it is over-priced. I especially do not agree with the fact that the “designated driver tickets” should cost $20.00. I do understand that proceeds benefit the zoo (and it is an AWESOME zoo), but you don’t even get to see the animals when you are there. They should at least give you a pass so that you can come back and see the true beauty that this magnificent zoo has to offer.

Anyhow, don’t let my negativity hold you back. GO, have a great time and drink lots of beer and eat lots of food.

Check out all the information about WaZoo here and as always, be safe.


Tampa Bay brewing success!

A nice article in the Saint Petersburg Times yesterday about local breweries and the success that they are having. You can read it online here. Cigar City Brewery (Tampa’s first and only microbrewery) is really the main focus of the article. Check out this video about them:

I picked up a container of beer from CCB earlier this evening and I am drinking a pint of Twig N’ Berries (which is Jai Alai aged with cedar wood and juniper berries) right now. While it is good, I think that it is a bit sour possibly from the Juniper berries. Personally, I love the Humidor series IPA. I think it is probably one of the greatest IPA’s I have ever had. Much props to the team at CCB for that creation.

Anyhoo, check out the SPtimes article. There certainly is some good information in there regarding breweries, brew pubs and beer bars around the Tampa Bay area.


And, we’re back!

So, I manage a lot of domain names (apparently not too well) and it appears that I let this one expire. Luckily, I was able to register the domain again (it had lapsed for about 45 days) which is a very close call to losing it.

I’ve been quite busy with work and travel so I guess that is the reason but honestly, I blame my registrar for never sending a renewal notice. Not one pesky reminder in my inbox like normal. Not sure what the deal is there . . .

So like I said, I’ve been traveling and during that time, I have had quite a few nice beers and beer adventures so I hope to report on that soon.

Beer and BBQ in Tampa Bay

Well here are two things I love . . .

While doing a search on Google for Eli’s BBQ in Dunedin FL, I saw this related map pop-up.

Even though there are many BBQ joints left out, the author has done a fairly good job covering the bases in Pinellas and Hillsborough county.


Cigar City Hunapu release party

The Cigar City Hunapu release party is scheduled for tomorrow. “Hunapu” is Cigar City’s Imperial Stout. Being one of my favorite types of beer, I am really looking forward to trying this one.

Check out this post for ALL of the info but here is the lo-down:

Hunahpus will be sold in 25.4 ounce bottles (750ml).
There is a strict limit of 6 bottles per person during the first go around.
The beer will cost $20 per bottle which includes all taxes.
The beer will go on sale promptly at 7PM
The beer will be sold by sequential ticket number. meaning when your number is called (via the PA system) you should make your way to the bottle booth as expeditiously as possible.

Tickets for Hunahpus are attainable at the brewery starting at 11 AM on March 12th and will be handed out until 7PM or they are all gone, whichever comes first. Once you have your ticket you do not have to stay at the brewery. You may leave and come back at 7PM. We want to eliminate standing in line as much as possible.

Unfortunately, I’m not sure I can make it to the release (I have to work until 6 and the drive from Clearwater is a bit hectic). Plus, $20.00 is a little steep (for me) for a  750ml bottle. I do, however, look forward to sampling this brew in the near future.


Cigar City Jai Alai – 6 packs!

This is wonderful to see. Cigar City Jai Alai IPA in 6 packs on store shelves. My wife picked this up the other night from Rollin’ Oats in Saint Petersburg. She truly loves me (and great beer too).


Beerfest 2010 – Tampa

The Florida Brewer’s Guild will, once again, be held THIS Saturday (March 6th) in Ybor City from 2-6 pm. Buy your tickets now.

The line-up looks great:

A1A Aleworks
Big Bear Brewing Co
Bold City Brewery
Charlie & Jakes
Cigar City Brewing
Cocoa Beach Brewing Co
Corner Café and Brewery
Dunedin Brewery
Florida Beer Company
Florida Micro Beverage Dist
Fresh Beer, INC Native Lager
Gordash Beer Co
Inlet Brewing
Little Giant Brewery
McGuires Irish Pub Destin
Orange Blossom Pilsner
Orlando Brewing
Pegs Cantina
Pensacola Bay Brewery
Ragtime Tavern
Sarasota Brewery
Seven Bridges
St Somewhere Brewing
Swamp Head Brewery
Tampa Bay Brewing Co
Yuengling Brewery

The weather forecast looks great so, I hope to see you there.