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Try the Craft Beer trail in St Pete

"The St. Pete/Clearwater Craft Beer Trail runs from Tarpon Springs to Gulfport---an hour's drive, end to end. Think of it as the Sunshine State's answer to California's wine country. Along the Trail you'll stumble upon an array of small, independent breweries crafting fresh artisanal beers unavailable anywhere else. Join other beer enthusiasts and sample them right on the spot, take a tour, meet the brewer and cart some beer home with you.

Both beergeeks and newbies will find something to like, but everyone will want to taste the area's signature craft beer: Florida Weisse, a Berliner Weisse-style beer (tart, low-alcohol, highly carbonated) given a unique spin by local brewers during the fermentation process through the addition of fresh fruits like key lime, raspberry, mango, dragon fruit, pineapple and passion fruit."

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For a spin on doing the whole trail a suggestion is to rent a bike or just walk or drive the St Petersburg craft beer trail. With four operating brewerys within a mile of eachother its a great way to experience these fine craft brewerys without making a full day of driving as part of your vacation! Plus beteween each brewery there are unique stores where you can peruse local artsist offerings in both trendy and classic boutique shops. (Note many of these brewerys now offer wine also so you dont have to only have beer)

Just 15 minutes from Pass-a-Grille on 275 will drop you downtown. THe map below should help you navigate where you can rent a bike or where the brewerys actually are on a map in St Petersburg. Additionally If you are a fan of BBQ it would be remiss to not let you know about URBAN Brew and BBQ where the Mac and Cheese is made wiht Gouda the chicken, brisket and pulled pork is roasted to perfection and the BBQ sauce is outstanding.. (The Farmers Sandwich is a local favorite not found on the menu) This trip would make for a great rainy day activtiy for adults.

3 Daughters Brewing

In a former industrial supply building on the edge of the Warehouse Arts District and the Grand Central District. You will find rooms full of fun games such as table tennis, table shuffleboard, adult sized jinga and more to enjoy the afternoon while sipping on a cold brew. Head into the warehouse to see the brewhouse in action. THE VIBE: A spacious, modern tasting room (look for the handprints of owner-Harting's three daughters on the bar). Labels: Brown Pelican Dunkelweizen, Very Popular Beach Blonde blonde ale, Summer Storm oatmeal stout.

Cycle Brewing

CASH ONLY- No wine offered- This brewery, the first in downtown St. Petersburg, was an instant hit. It comprises a long narrow storefront, with the brewhouse in back and tasting room up front. It offers world-class beers with 12 rotating taps listed on a chalkboard. Tuesdays bring $4.00 pints. Call ahead for a tour and grab one of their cool T-shirts while you're at it. THE VIBE: Downtown hipster with sidewalk seating. Labels: Fixie Session IPA or Cream and Sugar, Please coffee porter (made with Mazzaro's coffee). -

Green Bench Brewing Co.

This Company gets its name from St. Pete's lesser-known label—"City of Green Benches". Its housed in a 1926 red brick garage a short walk from Tropicana Field, A 1,500 square ft., 12-tap tasting room features an expansive view of the 15-barrel brewhouse and opens onto a family-friendly outdoor beer garden. The atmosphere evokes St. Pete history and a handcrafted aesthetic, in keeping with the beer. Take a free tour on Saturdays. Labels: Green Bench IPA, their "bench-mark" beer, Maximo, Skyway Wheat.

St. Pete Brewing Co.

A cozy tasting room shares space with the brew house. Located around the corner from Cycle Brewing, St. Pete Brewing is now serving up specials most every night of the week. Did you like Nintedo or ever wish to play Super Mario Brothers on the old joysticks of the late 80's they have working games and chairs where you can try for your best score! Labels: St. Pete Orange Wheat, Pinellas Pale Ale, Grateful Stout and Milo’s IPA

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