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Big Top Brewing Company


Type: Brewery, Bar

6111 Porter Way
Sarasota, Florida, 34232-6224
United States

(800) 590-2448 | map

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Added by PorterLambic on 12-02-2013

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 15
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

10 Miles south and east of the Ringling Museum sits Big Top Brewing in the shadow of Route 75. It's a small brewery with a small tasting room in a small industrial complex. As such there's no food, but I understand that there are occasionally food trucks. With that said it's a nice looking place inside. It's a little dark, but it's modern and nicely polished. Beers are $5 a pint and there are 11 on tap including a mix of IPAs, wheat beers, and something dark. They do a fair amount of unusual beers which seems to fit with their theme. The Key Lime Wheat is very popular, as is the Bacon Session IPA.

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Photo of Andrew_Rios122
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Up and coming brewery. They have many great tasting beers on tap about 10 or so. I have tried about 4 of them my self and I have not found one yet that has disappointed yet. I would say the best one however is the ashley gang imperial IPA. If you're ever in the area check it out. You can even take a tour of the brewery itself on the weekends. I attend FSU in Tallahassee but when I return home for weekends or return home for break, my brother, father and i always stop by for a beer or 2.

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Photo of Beerfartz
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Beers I've tried @ Big Top

Raspberry IPA: Rich in color w/ subtle hints of raspberries. 3/5
Old Bay Porter: Java and pepper on the nose, rich dark color, but salty. 2/5
Circus City IPA: The flagship. Cloudy copper color, Florida citrus nose, subtle hops. 4/5
Pumpkin Ale: A decent attempt at a difficult brew. A bit understated for my taste. 2.5/5
Imperial IPA: A classic IPA. Hops galore, nice fresh aroma, and surprisingly strong! 5/5
Key Lime Wheat: A nice boutique beer! Medium bodied, fresh key lime scented, and so refreshing that I had more than 1. 4.5/5
Trapeze Belgian Wit: As the name suggests, it is a bit reminiscent of Belgian Trap. Having said that, it smells and tastes slightly "homebrewed". Fairly nice try at a Belgian Trap though! 2.5/5
Coffee Infused Porter: Not sure of the exact name of this one, but it was very good! Dark chocolate appearance w/ freshly brewed coffee and coriander notes. Great with your favorite cigar! 4.5/5

Big Top Brewing are fairly new on the Sarasota scene, and they are doing a fine job thus far! Recommended.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Hiding at the back of a commercial/light industrial building at the dead end road next to the interstate, Big Top is trying hard and not afraid to admit mistakes. 3 blocks from the Cock & Bull, it certainly hits the "close to home" button. Their first three brews had a good one, a very good one and one that needed, and has been, redone.
The current crop includes a raspberry IPA, an Imperial IPA and a chocolate - ancho chili porter.
Service is friendly and prompt, well educated on the offerings and happy to suggest a brew.

Update (numbers have changed) :
Now with 13 taps, 12 of them their own, the selection has greatly improved. The "beta testing" of recipes appears to be a distant memory. Quality and consistency are vastly improved also.
Normally 6-8 core brews with as many as 6 rotating and a guest tap with a Florida brewery on.

The improvements continue. The outdoor "biergarten" area is recently expanded, includes two gas fire pits for those cold, under 60°F nights in the Florida winter.
Local artists play several times a week and, most importantly, the beer is seriously good across the board.

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Big Top Brewing Company in Sarasota, FL
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