Southern Brewing & Winemaking Supply

Southern Brewing & Winemaking SupplySouthern Brewing & Winemaking Supply

Type: Brewery, Homebrew Store

4500 N Nebraska Ave
Tampa, Florida, 33603-4149
United States

(813) 238-7800 | map

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Added by DUNDERBAK on 09-06-2008

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 38
Photo of Mothergoose03
3.67/5  rDev -18.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

This is stop #7 of 14 brewpubs for my wife and I on this one week vacation and pub crawl. The store/brewpub is located on a busy commercial street. Parking and the entrance to the place is in the rear. A covered patio is located at the rear too.

We chose our 4 beers in a sampler flight. Each was brewed to style, although I thought I detected a butterscotch flavor in the Cheeky Bastard IPA. My wife could not taste it. Notable was the Gose, and we also really liked the Oliver's Gruel Oatmeal Stout.

This place does a nice job for its vibe for being inside a retail store. I noted that they had 6 collaboration beers available with TBBC, which kind of makes you think the brewery uses this place as its pilot system. None of these beers were among the 4 that we tried. Various wines were also available although I neglected to ask if they were made on premises. (I'm guessing that they were.)

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Photo of floridadrift
4.5/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

A hidden gem in Tampa-ish.
Home brewing supply place gone rogue, brews its own beer, draft room, makes kombucha and root beer, as well. Super friendly staff, great beers on draft!

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Photo of mobius387
4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is Tampa beer geek's little secret.

Usually around a dozen taps of their own stuff plus a few locals (CCB, TBBC, 7th sun). No food, but tons of places to sit and unlike CCB, not crowded at all.

High quality beers. Great variety. They are doing some great things with their beer here. Hopburst rotation is usually a great to amazing beer. Mosaic/galaxy blend was phenomenal. Their bungalow berliner weiss is great, and the fruit treatments to the base beer are amazing. They usually have a dunkle, porter, stout, wit-bier, saison as well other styles on tap, meaning if you like beer at all there is something here for you.

The only down side of this place is the location. They have a nice sitting area in the back to neutralize this, and a large awning protects a good amount of space to sit if its raining.

i love coming to this place and the beer are top notch. they deserve to be as well known as CCB, cycle, and some other tampa bay breweries, but im kind of glad they are more low-key. i doubt that lasts too long tho.

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Photo of Lare453
4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5


Nice, quiet place, lots of room, bright, fun


Amazing. Everything is fresh, new, well put together. It's top top top notch stuff here and they everything


Fair. Some of the younger guys are a little rude and unhelpful. As I am new to brewing and winemaking, they seemed like it was a bother to answer some of my questions... Except for the guy with the dark curly hair that likes dr who, he is the nicest person in the brewing world I've come across. Willing to help and offer tips without being asked.

They have a ton of stuff. Everything you will ever need for brewing. Everything. They have a small selection of craft beer to take home and a bar with about 10 drafts.

The prices are a tiny bit above average, but fair, this place is a great shop and the only one I go to.

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Photo of basscram
5/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I would like to give my opinion on this establishment. My experience's with this business has been exceptional since I first visited their store when it was on Busch Blvd. Got all my beginning brewing equipment and recipe from here (Tuckers Pale Ale) extract with specialty grains. They wrote down a site to go to, to learn how to brew, of course you know its duh.

My experience here was awesome! I was so worried about going in being a new guy and stuff but they hooked me up! Very friendly! From then on out, I visited regularly as I became more involved in brewing, asked questions, got new equipment and each time they were very helpful.

When Southern Brewing moved to their new location, I was very excited. I drove there and was taken aback at their awesome location in Seminole Heights! Lots of space and no rubbing elbows when getting your grain and equipment! Nice outside area. You can grab a brew there also! Oh, the addition of getting your C02 tanks exchanged is a plus and convenient. They are still very helpful too! I've went in a couple of times and their grain barrels were a few ounces from being empty and I told them and bam, they filled em up quickly and I was able to get my grains quick! Any questions you want to ask, feel free, they will answer them. I like how they are very straightforward and to the point too.

Thanks southern brewing!

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Photo of Erniek
4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Starting up again in homebrewing and went over to this place to purchase my ingredients for the brew. Very nice set up and feel, much like a homebrewer might want their home brewery environment to look. Excellent selection of equipment and ingredients for a local HBS. Service was very friendly and laid back and I really liked the fact that you can enjoy some homebrew while shopping. Nice patio out back as well. Also serves some commercial craft brews and will be serving their own in the near future. Can't wait to go back.

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Photo of PaleAle
2.2/5  rDev -51.1%
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3

Over priced but generally good/ok selection. Sales reps are young know-it-all hipster types with allot of useless college degrees that apparently are not in sales. Generally rude, condescending comments and over all very unhelpful. I heard good things about this place and needed a store near-by to provide me with live yeast as mail ordered types are not doing well in the Florida mail. Too bad, but I will not go back...why do the comment lengths have to be so long? I said all I needed to and I'm just adding this to get to 500

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Photo of tpd975
4.8/5  rDev +6.7%

If you brew in the Southeast this is the place to go. I think they supply the entire southeast.

More malt than you can even fathom. Hops out the ass. Service is insane. Ben is wonderful. He knows his beer, and really takes his time to show you around the place. Lots of great tips when it comes to brewing as well can't wait to use all his suggestions.

The prices are cheaper than anything you will find on the internet. Great Service, Low Price, Wonderful Selection what more can you ask for?

If you brew visit this place. They rock. If you need any tips see Ben he will hook you up fo sure!!!!

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Photo of Afriedman12
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%

I live 2 hours south of Tampa so I made a day trip to check this place out. FANTASTIC. The guy dropped what he was doing immediately to make me feel welcomed and cracked a few jokes. Never brewed before and needed a lot of guidance. No problem at all. Every question was answered intelligently and thoroughly. The dude even helped me carry the gear to my car... Basic starter equipment I purchased has worked out great so far. I spent $75 less than what I was expecting to. Just trust me and go here. Tough to find but worth it. They don't ship to residential places. If they did, I wouldn't buy from anywhere else.

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Photo of fightingirishcmk
4.85/5  rDev +7.8%

Wow! This place is awesome. Just went there today, and spent way too much money. But everything is very reasonably priced, and the store is 60 miles away from my home, so I felt like I had to!

The location is a little strange, but if you read the other reviews and look at their directions on their website, you can't miss it. The inside of the building was well laid out. I was intimidated at first because I had never been there before, but Brian (the owner?) showed me around and was very nice about everything. They were still working on getting more shelving, and they didn't have every single product that you could possibly need (they didn't have grain mills for sale or a weldless kettle fitting). But selection of grain was outstanding. They had close to 100 specialty grains, and a good selection of hops in a refrigerator. I didn't check the yeasts, but they carry wyeast as well as the dry stuff.

I ended up getting 3 sacks of grain: 1 Munton's Maris Otter ($60), 1 Wyermann's Bohemian Pilsener ($60), and 1 American 2-Row ($50). Overall, not bad prices, around $1/pound. I think they had some cheaper malts there too. I also stocked up on specialty grains, all around $1.50-$2.00 a pound. They let you weigh and bag your own. Again, this can be a bit intimidating if you haven't done it before, but I felt comfortable in this place after only about 5 minutes. Hops were around $3/oz for NB, $1.85/oz for east kent goldings.

Overall, I can't wait to go back... but I don't think I'll have to for a good long time.

I spent a good 45 minutes in there, and was in heaven every minute. Awesome store, great people, great value, good selection.

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Photo of UptownKevin
5/5  rDev +11.1%

On a first visit for a novice brewer, this is probably the most intimidating and user unfriendly environment possible. But if you can get over it, get up some courage and ask for help, it's got to be the most rewarding experience for a homebrewer.

First, Southern Brewing Supply is located off of Busch Blvd, east of I-275 behind the Amscot in a warehouse park. It's tough to find and rightly so, since they primarily supply to large breweries on a wholesale basis.

Second, they're not set up like your typical retail store. There are no pre-made "kits" of ingredients; you've got to get a recipe and physically go pick all of your ingredients off the shelf. SBS only began selling to the retail customer recently because of the local demand.

So why do I love this place?

- The owners are SUPER nice people who are always there to help you. Need a recipe? They'll print one out for you or kindly recommend one for you from their library of brew books.

- It is so much more rewarding to actually measure out your own grains and then grind them by hand. It helped me really understand the brew process, from start to finish. After that experience, I will never buy via mail order.

- It is a right of passage. If you can walk into the place and ask for help, you'll get all you need and more. Instead of a mail order kit, the experience of picking out your ingredients and being a part of the beer gives you the right to brew the good stuff :-)

- Last, they always have several beers on tap from local breweries. If you ask nicely, you can sample.

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Photo of nick76
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%

The ambiance isn't much. lt's a home brew shop run out of a self storage facility. But, the service and selection are outstanding. Tom helped me and was able to answer all my questions and made it easy to get everything I needed. The selection of equipment and grains was outstanding. They also have plenty of hops and yeast. They even have books and classes on home brewing to get you started or improve your skills. The prices are good also. THE place to get your home brew supplies in Tampa. I am happy to have them in town.

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Photo of Gutensheisse
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%

I went here yesterday and was helped by a very informative Richard. They have everything for every stage of the brew process at whatever level you're at as well. I highly recommend this place for people in the Tampa area, no just because its basically the only place for homebrewers in the area. Good selection for malts as well as DME, hops and yeast strains. Although I don't think they carry white labs strains. Anyway def. check this place out, I was there a little over an hour and could have spent all day doing malt tastings!

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

This is the only place to go in Tampa for fresh product. Brian has the largest selection of malts I've seen. Although a little difficult to find, it is well worth the time. Brian has also added to his selection with a new line of kettels and homebrew kits. As a member of the tampabay beers homebrew club, Brian and the club host brewing demos for the beginner as well as the advanced. Check the tampabay beers homebrew site for current info, since SBS's site is not quite finished. He is not open on weekends, so if you need directions call Mr dunderbaks biergarten, Brian will have directions and a list of events posted until his website is up and running.

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Photo of marksto
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%

SBS is located in a non-descript industrial park just down the road from Busch Gardens. It has long been a bulk supplier of brewing ingredients for commercial breweries all over the southeast and Caribbean, but has now branched out into selling supplies to local homebrewers as well. Because they also supply homebrew shops in other areas, they only sell locally to walk-ins and do not offer any mailorder sales to homebrewers. I believe some of the basic ingredients and kits from SBS are also available at Mr Dunderbaks, which is where many local homebrewers hang out when not brewing.

Brian, the owner, is an enthusiastic supporter of the local homebrew community and stocks a terrific assortment of ingredients. A full line of hops, malt and yeast are available.

This place is an all-grain brewers dream. They probably have 50(+) brands and varieties of malt to choose from. Have a recipe that calls for crystal malt? He'll likely have 3 or 4 different brands of the identical lovibond you're looking for, each with it's own distinctive taste and character. The same selection goes for almost all malt varieties, not just crystal. Munch on the samples to see which one you like or ask Brian for a reccomendation - he's very knowledgable on the various brands and their characteristics. I have found that the vast selection of malts adds a whole new dimension to designing recipes.

Although they've added some basic homebrewing equipment like carboys and such, if there's one drawback to SBS it's that they're not geared real well for brand new brewers. The warehouse location may be a bit intimidating for a novice, but perhaps they'll add a storefront someday. In the meantime, if you're a brewer who needs ingredients this is THE place to go and highly recommended.

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Southern Brewing & Winemaking Supply in Tampa, FL
3.79 out of 5 based on 60 ratings.
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