This year's International Beer Day falls on Friday, August 5th. What better way to celebrate than to check out some of St. Petersburg's finest drinking establishments? Here's a handy list of where to belly up and find the tastiest brews:
Located in the Grand Central District on 1st Avenue, St Pete Brewing Co has a delightful tasting room featuring fresh craft brews like the delicious Banyan Blonde Ale and Louie's Rye Didn't See You There, a snappy rye IPA (India Pale Ale). Pair a cold one with a snack from the nibbles menu, like the Beer Cheese Fondue, made with their mouthwatering Orange Wheat Beer, or the Drunken Fish Spread, a Florida classic served with a complimentary 10oz beer.
Green Bench is a small but mighty microbrewery in the EDGE District of Downtown St. Pete. Be sure to check out Webb's City Cellar, the brewery's second tasting room, specializing in mixed culture, sour, and wild ales. Over in the main room, have a pint (or two!) of amazing beers like the Stargazing, a dry-hopped mixed-culture table Saison, or Levitate, a Northeast IPA with Huell melon and Citra.
With a fun and lively tasting room offering such diversions as ping pong, corn hole, darts, and oversized Jenga, 3 Daughters is the perfect hangout spot. Sample the Bimini Twist IPA, the A Wake Coffee Blonde Ale, or the dark amber and heady Mission to Marzen - and don't miss delectable snacks from their 3D Bites menu, like the Brewer's Burger or the Buffalo Chicken Dip.
This quirky craft beer game room offers everything you could want for a good time on International Beer Day. Right Around the Corner is a dog-friendly brewpub featuring vintage arcade games and a large breezy patio, perfect for relaxing with a cold one. Their Sticky Yeast Head Hefeweizen is quite refreshing on a hot day, or try Tiffany's Melons - a snappy watermelon wheat beer.
Another peach of the Grand Central District on 11th Avenue North, Flying Boat Brewing Company brings a passion for craft beer to the streets of St. Pete. Inspired by local history, this inventive brewery donates a portion of every beer sold to St. Petersburg's Johns Hopkins All Children's' Hospital. Don't miss the Flying Boat's Good Luck Goggles APA, Scotsman on a Horse, a delicious Scotch Ale, or the Pub Ale, an American mild ale with notes of caramel.
This bike-themed brewery in Downtown St. Pete offers a delectable variety of locally brewed beers, such as the Dude, a weird and wonderful porter, and the classic Fixie American IPA. If you're a fitness fanatic who loves beer and also coffee, stop by Cycle Brewing and grab a "crowler" - a 32oz canned growler of local beer you can take home with you.
Chill out with a huge selection of beers on tap from all over the country at Brewers Tasting Room on 4th Avenue. Try the light and crisp Alltech Kentucky Coffee Barrel Cream Ale, the Boulevard Tropical Pale Ale with refreshing flavors of grapefruit and passion fruit, or the Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc, a wheat beer with a hint of citrus and coriander spice. The Tasting Room also has a lovely menu of hand-crafted noms - try the Signature Cheesesteak or the decadent Loaded Tater Tots.
Hope you're thirsty! Check out these awesome places and have a blast on International Beer Day - but always drink responsibly. Join 727Area for free today to stay in the know about all the best beer zones in wild and wonderful St. Petersburg!
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