Three short years ago a craft beer blogger, blogging as The Pour Fool, listed America's Top Ten Emerging Beer Towns, he awarded Tampa the Number 1 spot giving an Honorable Mention to St. Petersburg and 3 Daughters Brewing. Fast forward 3 years and 3 Daughters Brewing, one of the fastest-growing regional breweries in Florida, lands itself in the top 1% of all breweries nationwide as the # 51 microbrewery in the country. (Ranked by the Brewer's Association, reported in The New Brewer, May/June 2017.) What is it about this brewery that caused it to rise to the top of the industry so rapidly and what is it that drives the people behind this craft beer brand?
Florida Inspired, Brewed in St. Pete
Named a top workplace by the Tampa Bay Times, this award-winning brewery is comprised of brewers, a marketing and sales staff, bartenders, laboratory personnel, interns and more --- and like any business, it's staff is it's heart and is what makes the difference.
Starting at the top with owners Mike and Leigh Harting, being passionate about what you do has carried through to the nearly 50 employees working with this energetic couple. The Harting's hardworking team, given the opportunity to privately share their thoughts and concerns with the Times, placed this microbrewery squarely on the list and is the force behind their brand.
Responding to the news St. Petersburg native Mike Harting said, “We are honored to be recognized as one of Tampa Bay’s Top Workplaces. Our success is all about our team, they are passionate, innovative and committed to the common goal of being a leader in the craft beer industry.”
#As a guest you feel it, it's a good vibe, from the moment you are greeted at 3 Daughters Brewing, everyone you encounter adds something special to the experience. This brewery has a heart! It's no surprise they've also won Best Local Brewery by Visit St Pete/Clearwater 2 years in a row, and Creative Loafing's Best of the Bay in multiple categories for 2 consecutive years.
Fun, Food, and Beer Everyday, Who Wouldn't Want to Work Here!
Here's how to keep up with the live music, events, beer and fun produced at 3 Daughters Brewing. Unlike other websites struggling to maintain current information for fans of the brand, 3 Daughters Brewing is an exception. Their calendar is kept up to date, and their customers informed.
For instance, Father's Day is coming up, want to know what is happening at the microbrewery June 18th? Click over to their calendar where you can easily add their events to your personal calendar, and you discover this Father's Day at 3 Daughters Brewing there's a free BBQ starting at 1 pm including dad-friendly and kid-friendly vendors:
- UpTown Barber Bar
- The Snow Kone Factory
- St. Pete Run Fest
- Rays Team
- Cigar Central
- Mainlands Golf
- Bert's Barracuda
- Face Painting
- Kids Crafts: Creative Clay
Then and Now
Isn't it true that great things germinate from the simplest of ideas? Sprung from the creation of a recipe for craft beer battered fish for the restaurant, Mike and Leigh wanted to use their own handcrafted brews, in the end, they sold a lot of fish and fueled their passion for craft beer. This culminated in the subsequent sale of the restaurant and that fish recipe launched what today is a 10,000+ sq ft. craft beer production facility, tasting room and laboratory where the goal is simple, creating great tasting craft beers.
The Laboratory, where consistently well-crafted beer is a science, is one of the most extensive in the state. Investing well over $100,000 into the lab it allows 3 Daughters Brewing staff and interns from USF's Brewery Arts Program to view the smallest interactions such as yeast cell counts and microbe identification.
Stop by their pet-friendly tasting room at 222 22nd Street South in St. Petersburg to try one of more than 60 craft beer recipes on tap and schedule a tour. Call (727) 495-6002 to reserve a time. Tour the facility seen below and learn more about the lab and 3 Daughters Brewing's commitment to the Brewing Arts Program at USF-St. Pete.
Recently unveiling their new 16 oz. cans for Beach Blonde Ale and Bimini Twist IPA they also hosted the ribbon cutting ceremony for St. Pete Run Fest ~ 2017, a two-day festival of fun, including running events, a health & fitness expo, local food, music and craft beer. Surpassing over 7 million cans in the warehouse 3 Daughters Brewing is close to doubling last year's barrel production and the half way mark. Their customer reviews on Yelp, Facebook, Google and Tripadvisor place them #2 for Nightlife and maintain a 4.5 rating out of five.
Thursday, June, 1st from 2 pm to 10 pm enjoy Growler fill specials then on Friday, June 2nd, grab your dancing shoes and experience Silent Disco at 3 Daughters Brewing. Put on a set of headphones and dance as the DJ's play 3 types of music into different headphones. If you've never done this, it is hysterical and totally freeing! And don't forget the Father's Day BBQ!
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All photos courtesy of 813area photographers and 3 Daughters Brewing
Drink Local, Drink Craft
Not near St Pete? You will find 3 Daughters Brewing craft beer in restaurants, bars, and in grocery stores across Florida, Georgia and the Bahamas. If you live in the area or are visiting, stop in to see and taste for yourself what sets this brewery apart, landing them in the top 1% of microbreweries nationwide. Learn more about their commitment to the Brewing Arts Program at USF - St. Pete and about how they utilize an in-house laboratory to guarantee quality and freshness in every keg they tap, every beer they pour and every can you buy.