Tampa Ranked One Of The Top Beer Cities In America
When you think of the term “beer scene,” often a place with a wide array of breweries and friendly pubs comes to mind. USA Today‘s 10Best recently dove into major beer scenes across major markets. They found Tampa ranks as a top beer city in America.
“Stellar collections of established and up-and-coming breweries, beer bars, brewpubs, beer festivals, and even thriving homebrewing communities where novice brewers can get their foot in the door,” is how 10Best describes the attributes of those cities that ranked in the top 10.
Not only was Tampa the only city in Florida to be named, it was one of just two in the south.
Tampa Ranks #7
In addition to the many local brewery options, Tampa is also a great city in terms of supporting the overall industry. Organizations like Homebrew Supply help service brewers and educate those looking to pursue it.
Tampa Beer Week publishes all relevant information in terms of events, festivals, bar crawls and more. In addition, The Tampa Bay Rays, Buccaneers, and Lightning all feature local brews on tap. They are available in draft (and occasionally cans) at all home games.
On August 26 there will be a “Celebration of Beer” in Tampa. In fact, as Tampa Beer Week points out, it “marks the midpoint to Tampa Bay Beer Week.” For three hours, you will have unlimited samplings from over 50 local breweries. The event takes place at The Coliseum. Ticket prices range from $55 – $75.
Tampa being named a top beer city in the country is a badge that city takes seriously and wears with pride. Finally, 10Best recommends trying “Jai Alai IPA by Cigar City Brewing, a popular American IPA-style beer using six different hop varietals.”