Tampa Bay Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 22
Beer Ratings: 464
Beer Avg: 3.64
Taps: - / Bottles: -
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Ratings: 97 | Reviews: 84 | Show All Ratings:
4.3/5 rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75 | $$
My wife and I went to Tampa Bay Brewing Company in Ybor City a week or so before Christmas. We had just flown in on a Saturday afternoon into Tampa and got a hotel room locally. The ladies at the hotel recommended that this establishment because it was actually within walking distance from our hotel.
The location is pretty nice although outside in the area of the train tracks it smelled like there was a broken sewer line, not their fault. The restaurant was pretty busy when we got there at 7 on a Saturday evening but we managed to find a pair of seats at the bar. There were two bartenders, a guy whose name I think was Matt and a women whose name was Kelly or something similar. TBBC seems to be more of a restaurant with a brewery then the other way around, but that's ok, we were looking for dinner also.
The bartenders recommended the beer sampler for starters and it was perfect, it came with 8 beers so my wife and I each got one. In general the beers were of a high quality, because I didn't have my notebook I could not formally review each of the beers, but I can tell you that one of them REALLY knocked my socks off. They have a beer called the Moose Hunter Barley Wine. This thing was great and I really couldn't ask for anything better.
The food was pretty good, my wife got the fish and chips and I got the cheese burger bomb or something like that. My wife loved the fish and chips so much that I couldn't even taste them, that was some BS in my opinion, she ate them all without even offering any. The bomb was really weird, they take all the ingredients for a burger, wrap it in pizza dough, then back it. It was a little bit greasy but the flavor was fantastic.
Being a homebrew the male bartender was talkative and I was able to ask him all sorts of questions about their beers. He is a brewer also, although not at that location. He was extremely knowledgable and it was great. I would normally give a perfect 5.0 for this service BUT there was an issue. At the end of the night I liked the beers and staff so much I bought a couple of shirts along with the beers and food. Then I figured that I wanted a growler of their barley wine. Unfortunately, they only sell one type of their beer in the growlers, what is the point of that!? Anyway Matt was able to charge me for 2 beers and then just put them in a growler so that they were able to get full price for them and I could bring the beer with me. Unfortunately a front of house manager came up and was actually upset about it. On top of that, he was reprimanding the bar tender in front of me!!! This is really bothersome to me, the bartender kept telling me not to worry about it, even though I was telling him not to if it would get him in trouble. That manager had no place in reprimanding a staff member in front of a customer. Seriously it was really uncomfortable.
Anyway, without that little issue everything was great. I would recommend going here for food and beers anytime that you are in the Ybor City area of Tampa!
01-05-2014 23:06:51 | More by BeerEngineer
4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$
Came in on a Monday afternoon between lunch and dinner, so the place wasn't exactly packed. Even so, they had their outdoor patio/bar open for those that wanted it.
Ate at the bar inside, and had my initial order taken within a minute. Again, they weren't exactly packed but the bartender saw me almost immediately, as opposed to some places where the service disappears when there aren't many customers.
The food I ordered came right away, steaming hot and both the appetizer and main dish I ordered were delicious and cooked the way I'd ordered them. The three beers I ordered were all good and didn't disappoint. I can't speak to how the service is when they are when packed, but the service I got was great.
07-09-2013 13:59:25 | More by delta490
4.63/5 rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75 | $$
I really enjoy going to this place! The atmosphere, service, food, beer, quality, everything is great. If you are in the Ybor area or are able to make the trip I absolutely recommend stopping in for a drink and some food. You can not go wrong with the wings and an Elephant Foot.
05-28-2013 21:40:52 | More by SDean82
4.29/5 rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25 | $$
Recently visited TBBC and it was my second time there and has another great visit. This time we sat outside and enjoyed the nice weather, as compared to Chicago in February. The patio offers a neat experience in the historic part of Ybor City. The selection was great there were at least 9 beers of their own brews available. The food was decent....who thing of culinary worldly. The service was decent but nothing extraordinary. Overall I enjoy my time in Tampa and the TBBC is a great place to visit.
03-04-2013 02:58:16 | More by WoodBrew
3.3/5 rDev -19.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
This stop has an unusaul location in an open air maill. Outside seating is available, always a plus in Tampa. The Cuban was average but the Rat Stout was above average. Okay atmosphere with an outdoor bar. Overall a friendly place with a good family vibe.
01-28-2013 18:31:53 | More by goldtar
4.18/5 rDev +2.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
This place is smack in the middle of the bar district of Ybor City, which besides this place and New World seems to be devoid of good beer destinations (unless i just wasn't looking hard enough). The space seems like a typical brew pub type feel, more resturaunt than bar or brewery, but the tanks are right there to the left as i walk in, and there is plenty of beer swag, growlers, etc around to let you know they brew beer. The place is crowded on a Tuesday night (although Ybor itself on this night is pretty dead) which makes me feel like the place must have a good reputation. The service is attentive and extremely friendly, both the greeter at the front door as well as our server. My buddy and i both ordered the sampler flight, which on this evening with 2 regulars out, but 3 sesonal selections came to 10 samples. I would describe the beers as solid, but maybe a bit unspectacular. In other words, i enjoyed working my way through the range of samples, and would have no problem drinking their beers again, there's just none that are going to blow your socks offs. And that is fine, i'm not the kind of person who always needs to be "wowed" to enjoy driking beer. Where this place really seems to shine though is the food. i had a salad and the meatloaf, and both were excellent. My buddy had the wings, and he said they were really good as well. I'd like to try more food on the menu. When we mentioned this place to some locals later in the week, they all said the same thing "Good Food!" I'd go back to this place in a heart beat. I'm always up for some solid beer and great food.
01-21-2013 21:06:40 | More by AngusOg
2.54/5 rDev -37.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Many people seem to talk this place up, and it has an unexpectedly high rating. I really don't know why. Homerism is the only thing I can fathom.
The place screams "tourist trap," and reminded me of a typical family-oriented / college kid hangout, similar to a low-end chain. It's big, it's noisy, it's crowded, it's tacky, it's generic. I'm also really shocked at the way their beer is praised. Their beer...was really not very good at all. Sub-chain quality, if I had to put a label on it. BJ's and RB at least have some good offerings. The beer here? Generic, home-brewy, mass-appealing swill, most of it. There were maybe a few relatively inoffensive brews, but others I literally found undrinkable, and I couldn't even get through a sampler of some without holding my nose and downing it like a trooper. On the plus side, they definitely had a very good selection, but it was all quantity, no quality. No quality. I'd equate these beers with something like Gordon Biersch, or even bordering on Michelob. They're selling crap and getting away with it.
Service was definitely on the ball, which was good. It was pretty busy, but our bartender was handling his area like a champ. Also, the food was quite good. It almost took my mind off the terrible beer, but not quite. I had the fish and chips, which was excellent...but I was craving a tasty IPA or something to go along with it, and I was SOL.
For what was being offered, the prices here were too high, I thought.
To sum up again: this is a tourist trap. I do not recommend Tampa Bay Brewing at all for the serious beer drinker. If you find yourself in Tampa, go to Cigar City, go to Datz. Avoid TBBC like the plague.
01-18-2013 10:08:20 | More by Rifugium
4.6/5 rDev +12.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Impressive! Spacious and restaurant focused. Lots of artwork scattered around and a nice display set up of the small brewery. Low lights, friendly service, family friendly and clean. Very classy!
The quality was awesome! Every beer was great and so was the Cuban sandwich. Everyone enjoyed their meal and the beer!
Service was quick and knowledgable about the beer and food. Informative, friendly, and quick.
The selection was great! Ten different brews on tap! All quality!
Food was excellent. Best Cuban I've had in a long time! Everyone enjoyed their meal.
Overall, the prices were very reasonable. Great overall. Service, quality, atmosphere and food and beer! Clean, spacious, family friendly! Awesome place!
01-02-2012 05:49:57 | More by JayS2629
2.55/5 rDev -37.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 1 | food: 2 | $$
A brewery with NO BEER! Visited on dec. 6, 2011 and was horrified to find out that, even though they had chalkboards in all of their exterior windows listing 10 craft beers, they were out of 8 of them. We had driven all the way down there and paid for overpriced parking just to try their beer and weren't told until after we were seated that they had somehow run out of all but 2 of their menu beers. The 2 that they did have were both IPA, and we aren't big fans of bitter beers so those were also no good. The server told us that they had 2 guest taps, one with woodchuck cider and the other with Hoegaarden, so we ordered one of each of those only to have the server come back to tell us that the Hoegaarden was also tapped out! If it weren't so late and we hadn't already paid for parking we would have left. We decided to go ahead and order food and the meatloaf I got was cold when it arrived. By this point I knew that if I spoke to the server I would end up yelling at her so I just ate it and drank my tepid water then left extremely angry.
12-16-2011 15:35:34 | More by DamonB
4.6/5 rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I visited this place a couple days ago for the first time, and boy was I impressed. I'll start with the beers, I had 3 which were all very good to excellent. I started with an Old Elephant Foot IPA which was very good. Then I had a Moosekiller Barleywine to go along with my meal, and it was one of, if not the best barleywine I have ever had. Served just over room temperature in a nice solid chalice, with the batch coming in at an impressive 14.2% ABV. What a treat. I ended the night with the Iron Rat Stout, which was also a great beer, in fact one of the better stouts I have had in quite some time. Overall they had about 8-10 styles of beer, and I was very pleased with my choices.
I was also very pleased with the food, which I thought was excellent. My girlfriend and I started with a couple appetizers, the pub pretzels which were pretty good, and the beer cheese dip which was very good. For entrees we had the sirloin w/ blue cheese, and the Barleywine-mushroom topped meatloaf. The sirloin was delicious and the meatloaf was amazing (sirloin cut meatloaf, bacon wrapped topped with mushrooms in a barleywine sauce, and served over mashed potatoes and onion straws; I definitely recommend).
Service was great, our waiter (who was the acting manager) was very pleasant, friendly and informative about the menu, beers, and the place in general. We arrived late on a Monday night, were the last to leave, and never felt rushed, which I appreciated. The atmosphere was more chain restaurant than neighborhood pub, but I did appreciate the mugs from the "mug club" (their membership club where you design your own mug and leave it at the bar so its always waiting for you when you want to stop by for a drink) decorating the walls.
Price was certainly resonable, our bill which included 4 drinks, 2 appetizes and the 2 most expensive entrees on the menu came out to around $70, which certainly isn't bad. I think beers ran at $5 each and all were served in 16 oz pint glasses except the Barleywine.
Overall, definitely a place I'd recommend. In fact I've recommended it to a multiple ppl already just in the couple days since I was there, and I plan on going again soon.
08-19-2011 01:40:39 | More by zac16125
Tampa Bay Brewing Co. in Tampa, FL
91 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.