Tampa Bay Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Tampa Bay Brewing Co.Tampa Bay Brewing Co.
BEER AVG
3.67/5
Based on:
26 Beers
198 Reviews
Place Score: 91
Reviews: 86
Visits: 132
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask:
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1600 East 8th Ave
Tampa, Florida, 33605
United States
phone: (813) 247-1422

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Reviews: 86 | Visits: 132
Reviews by Rifugium:
Photo of Rifugium
2.54/5  rDev -37.9%
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. (1,678 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Fahrn13
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of MyakkaRiver
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Roadrunner
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of effzed
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Excellent beer and great food on offer had the meatloaf which wAs great and the imperial stout Rat I think it was called. (121 characters)

Photo of InspectorBob
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of dmorgan310
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of TX-Badger
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.68/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Large venue with both indoor and outdoor seating including a large table for large parties. 8 regular taps [although out of one on my visit] plus 3 seasonals. Good service but understaffed for the large mid week lunch crowd. Food looked good. Large pub atmosphere. Flatscreen TVs available but not featured. (310 characters)

Photo of WayneWilsonSC
4.64/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Good brews, great service! Loved it! (37 characters)

Photo of SonOfKyuss
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of kerlandson
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Awesome food and award winning beer.... Can't go wrong here!!! (62 characters)

Photo of Mewsandbrews
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Agentveba
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Maxwell_Smith
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of howiebear
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of KensWorld
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of rdgreenberg85
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of wingnutter
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of JKG
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of classixIII
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of WynnO
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of One1Asterisk
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Came by for a friend's birthday celebration as the first stop on a successful bar crawl across Ybor. The lady and myself opened up with a One Night Stand Pale Ale and a burger each. It was a great feeling to just hang out in the patio area with a beer and watch the night life unfold. They've got good beer and good food, just bring the good company and you're set! (365 characters)

Photo of Nick_isthatstillcool
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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Tampa Bay Brewing Co. in Tampa, FL
91 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.