The Tampa Bay Lightning is off to its best start in franchise history, racking up NHL highs in wins and points in their 25th anniversary season.
That calls for a toast.
There's little question about it: Tampa Bay is an attention hog when it comes to Florida craft beer. It makes sense, with the density and quality of beers coming from the area, but it's easy to forget that there are breweries just south of the Sunshine Skyway putting out quite a few fine beers, many of which are widely …
I'm a sucker for a small concept done well. A cozy hole-in-the-wall cocktail bar with a super-concise drink list. A rustic beer bar that only serves farmhouse brews. A region-specific wine bar with a matching food menu.
Lakeland's Brew Hub is well-known for its partner brewing ventures, which have included production batches for breweries such as Toppling Goliath, Cigar City and BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse, but it's also hit its stride as a standalone brewery, with two house brews taking home gold medals at this year's Great American …
Florida's big year at the Great American Beer Festival, with seven Sunshine State brews medaling in the largest competition in the U.S., nearly double the second-best year of 2014, which saw four medals, one from the pro-am competition.
The Tampa Bay area is the new hotbed of craft beer as more than a dozen breweries and brewpubs have set up shop with another half dozen in the planning stages.