Cycle Brewing

Cycle BrewingCycle Brewing
Cycle BrewingCycle Brewing
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

534 Central Ave
Saint Petersburg, Florida, 33701-3704
United States

(727) 320-7954 | map

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SimplySinister from Florida

4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Cycle Brewing is pretty much a staple in the Downtown Saint Petersburg Area. Nestled in a humble little section of Central, Cycle has always enjoyed a moderately sized but extremely loyal following. Cycle was one of the first real brew pubs, you see, at least those native to this area. Their offerings are always well made and served in the proper glassware at the proper temperature. Occasionally, the staff can be somewhat lackadaisical in their approach. However, that more or less embodies the mannerism of the area. They are in no rush and, if you're here with them, you shouldn't be either.

Through no fault of their own, the area has become less of the artistic venue it once was and more so commercial. Thus, due mostly in part to gentrification, the surroundings have lost some of their former luster. Regardless, this modification has taken absolutely no toll on the product, just the vibe. If you're ever in the area, and want a great stout, walk up to the bar and say those magic four words.. "Cream and Sugar, please!"

Jan 22, 2020
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SWChi from Illinois

3.57/5  rDev -17%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

We were there early on a Sunday afternoon, not too crowded at all. We sat at the bar and they had a great selection of BA beers and bottles to go. A group of 4 of us each had 2 and I took a bottle to go. Steve, the bartender was cool, no issues with service. We'll be back again.

Oct 01, 2019
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Went on a not-so-busy early Saturday afternoon and the place was only at mid-capacity. Enjoyed sitting at the back bar, although there was a somewhat musty smell for some reason. Didn't wait long at all for drinks and the bartenders were nice, but couldn't shake the feeling that they would rather talk to their buddies than us. Oh well. Beer selection was good, although pretty much the choices were IPAs and sweet stouts. I like both so no issues for me.

Aug 26, 2019
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bradybeer from California

4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Well regarded place in old St Pete. Everything I read said that I needed to visit. Open air vibe, kind of bike vibr, many sweet beers, had one but not memorable. I guess sweet beers aren't my thing. Good service. Good place to watch people walk by

May 17, 2019
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.34/5  rDev -22.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

Snobbish feel overall, the server was stand-offish, and we felt we were intruding on her domain. We had a few 4 oz pours and decided we had to have their Cream And Sugar Hazelnut, so we bought two crowlers and hit the road.

Jun 23, 2018
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metter98 from New York

4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Vibe: I visited this place around 12:30 pm on a Sunday afternoon, just after it opened. It wasn't overly crowded and there were a few people sitting on picnic tables out on the sidewalk. There were lots of areas to sit inside among a couple of high top tables in the front, some small tables in alcoves along the wall running down the length of the building, and lots of seats at the bar.

Quality: Beers were served at the proper temperature using a variety of glassware (snifters and pint glasses).

Service: It wasn't very crowded when I was there, so there was never a wait to get beers at the bar.

Selection: A total of 14 different beers were available during my visit, all of which were available as either half or full pours. Nearly all of the beers were also available as crowlers to go.

Apr 22, 2018
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larryarms847 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Came on a busy day and the bartender was still so patient and took her time with each and every customer. Felt like a regular right off the bat! Fantastic brews and can't complain about the crowlers!

Apr 21, 2018
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TSW630 from Florida

4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Small and intimate, this is a great place to stop for a couple of great beers. After inquiring why they don't serve flights, the bartender stated that they'd rather have people sit and enjoy a beer, rather than taste a bunch of stuff, take notes/update apps, and ruin taste buds so that the next beer can't be graded accordingly. Makes some sense. I've read that the employees can be short, but I found them to be polite, friendly, and willing to talk. I'd definitely go again.

Mar 26, 2018
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

I found myself at Cycle about a week after Tampa beer week - which was both great, and not. It seemed that a lot of the local beer nerds were over it and ready for a couple of weeks off - crowds were fairly subdued and not doing serious chugging or anything, which was perfectly to my liking.

Cycle happened to be my first stop that day - being a Sunday, parking was slightly easier to come by, but plan on paying for parking. It's just not that likely that you'll find a free spot - and trust me, Florida meter enforcement is a lot more serious than the cops are about speed limits.

Cycle offers a bit of outdoor seating (shared with the neighboring businesses) - a few picnic tables, and the sidewalk area is smoking-friendly. Indoors feels surprisingly cool for some reason. The doors were wide open that day and there was no evidence of AC running, so I'm not sure what the story is. It's just nice and cool. Being a Minnesota native, this was totally fine with me (though my FL buddies were all quite cold and complained a lot...). The tap selection looks quite mediocre... but take note, there are two banks of taps: one focused on barrel-aged beers, and another on your more standard fare. I'm reluctantly calling it "standard" because even the berliner weisses made me very happy. Note that the BA taps are 2 per person only, but - there were several BA stouts on their to-go list. Don't lose hope! You'll try all kinds of amazing stuff.

Glassware was lovely. The atmosphere was friendly. The space is nice and accommodating of all sorts of drinkers. The taps are terrific. Cycle is well-worth the stop - it's one of my top 5 stops and brewery picks in Florida. I don't like the location, but it's still fantastic - take that with a grain of salt, as Cycle is very convenient for drinking and then finding some lunch or sobering up with a walk around the area... or walking over to Green Bench. Exactly what I did!

Mar 26, 2018
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IckyT2012 from Florida

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

You already know about the beer quality. Come check out the brewery for a great laid-back atmosphere that is representative of the St. Pete culture. Great prices on crowlers. And while the barrel-aged bottles sell out fast, they can stay on tap for quite a while.

Jul 20, 2017
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chitownfanatic21 from Nebraska

4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Selection is a hard one to answer honestly. Either they have 6 basic beers on tap, nothing special, not sure why they are still open for the day.....or they have stellar selection; all taps are flowing and 3,4,5,6 of them are BA beers. It's a huge hit and miss. But TOTALLY worth it on the hit days. That said, much love goes out to their flagships!

Jul 02, 2017
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PerfecTool from Georgia

2.85/5  rDev -33.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3

I was super pumped to finally visit Cycle while in town for HunaDay. I know they had a lot going on that week, but I was disappointed with the service and lack of beer choices. I wanted nothing more than to try a stout from them, but they didn't have a single one on tap. I wasn't expecting something Rare, but surly some type of stout. Got an IPA and Cream and Sugar. Both were okay.

The service was poor. Again, it was a busy week and we all expect to encounter a few "too cool" servers, but damn, its okay to speak to your customers in a friendly way. There was a taller server with long hair who seemed to enjoy his job. Everyone else seemed put out by the influx of customers that day.

Side note, I went after their BA festival and inquired about any bottles available. They said they were all sold out, which is understandable. However, I noticed employees bringing bottles out constantly for certain people and selling them. That sort of thing happens, but it was disappointing to see it during beer week when there are a ton of people witnessing it.

Because their beers are so coveted I may try again when in town. First impression wasn't great though.

Mar 21, 2017
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BradfordStuckey from Utah

4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

My second place that I visited during my stay in Florida. Thought it was quite cool to actually cycle to Cycle brewing company from the place I was staying in St. Pete. I arrived with a couple friends a couple hours after their event(BA day) and there wasn't a very large selection. Lots of bikes and gears on the wall that made the theme of the place look pretty cool. The place was tiny and there weren't a load of people there at the time. I had an IPA but I was hoping to try one of the weekday series. Unfortunately none of those beers were on tap. Overall a decent place that is definitely worth a visit.

Mar 17, 2017
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slander from New York

3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

This Florida thing, it does not suck. And I must admit, the ball of fire in the sky brings me some warmth and joy. Out and about in St. Pete now, having done did the Dali thing. I am left with much sadness over not having seen ‘Atomicus’, that which can only be shaken off with a beers…

In a strip on Central, we parked nearly in front of the place as ones do when ones can. Enter in through the garage door up to the bar, an ‘L’ of light slat wood with a black panel base, and seating for about a baker’s dozen on yellow, green, & blue metal chairs. Barback holds a dozen logo sprocket handle taps on stainless steel to one side, and there’s another 12 tap tower on the front side below a large Cycle Brewing sign. Tap selections are displayed in alt colored chalk on the wall to the right all blackboarded up and again on the side wall; beer, style, ABV, and pricing for half & full pours, and crowl & growl, where applicable. Swag & growls displayed countered below, a wall mounted bicycle rack to the rear, and a 7 barrel system in a room to the rear rear.

Dark stucco ceiling with exposed duct work. Strung lighting along the perimeter and over the bar, & drop pan lamps above the adjacent seating. Honeycomb hexagon tiled floorings white with infrequent blue flowers. glass front wall with views of the curb. A handful of mix & match tables sit forward the bar and a ½ dozen chunk of wood shorty table nooks amongst art on the far white wall. There’s a great Bowie Aladdin Sane piece there, and a very cool Warriors (come out and pla-a-a-ay) print. And three picnics out front curbside, where we have set up so that D may get her daily recommended allowance of vitamin sunshine.

14 taps (The Dude, Porter, 6.4%; The Dude with vanilla, Porter, 6.4%; Cream and Sugar, please, coffee Porter, 5%; Ryerish Red, Irish Red Ale, 5.5%; Peloton, Czech Pils, 5%; Bottom of the 9th, Brown Ale, 5.3%; O.B.B. Brett Saison, 6.2%; Unicycle: Moteuka Pale Ale, 6.1%; Tropical Fantasy, IPA, 5%; Crank IPA, 7%; Pedal Brakes, session IPA, 4.9%; Fixie, session IPA, 4.7%; Rickshaw, Nelson Double IPA, 9%; RIPA, Rye IPA, 5.8%).

Pressed for time and there being no sampler to speak of, I took in shortys of the Unicycle: Moteuka Pale Ale (very nicely done), O.B.B. Brett Saison, 6.2% (a good bretty betty), and Tropical Fantasy IPA (a solid IPA). Good selection and the beers were clean and sharp. I would have liked more time here to run through the hoppyz, but there’s much to see and do and many miles to go, yet.

Nov 29, 2016
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CraftBeerLos from Connecticut

3.86/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Was so pumped when i finally had a chance to visit! I talked this place up to my father-in-law and was able to get him to make the long trek from Orlando :-)

Atmosphere was nice, but I clearly missed out on the great stuff. I feel like Cycle is known for their stouts and to not have any available made me sad. I know its tough, given it was Craft beer week the prior week, but would be nice to always have something on tap that really gives visitors a taste of what you are about.

Best thing they had was Cream And Sugar Please, which wasn't bad.

Maybe my next visit...

Jun 28, 2016
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Gobearswalter34 from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Very nice part in town with easy access. Industrial type setting. Bartender ok, not extremely knowledgeable. 11 beers on tap which you could sample. Brewer was available to talk to. The Coffee Porter was good. Nice vibe during the day.

Jun 02, 2016
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The_Snow_Bird from Florida

3.86/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

This place is always packed. When a special release goes on tap good luck finding a spot to park your ass. They always have a huge selection and offer crowlers to go.

Jun 01, 2016
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nickfl from Florida

3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Downtown St. Pete right on the main street. Its a relatively small taproom, but nicely done with the standard hipsterish vibe you would expect for a brewery like this. There was something oddly offputting about the space however that I couldn't quite put my finger on and this may account for the fact that while we were there around 10 on a Saturday night and it was kind of dead. Service was fine, one bartender but as I said it wasn't busy. The beer is good, Cycle's reputation is well earned, though the hoppy beers didn't impress me as much as they did last time I was down there a year or so ago, for whatever thats worth. The selection was decent, maybe 8 house beers on tap, but nothing exciting... then again that was pretty much the case when they were at Pegs too, you had to be there for a special release or event to get anything other than the standards. This is certainly a more convenient location, but overall I preferred Pegs, just a better vibe there compared to this kind of oddly dreary new space.

Mar 21, 2016
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FEUO from Canada

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

A very nice spot in St.Petes. Liked the vibe, the art, the setting. Bartender was not the happiest person ever. Felt like I was inconveniencing her for ordering a couple crowlers. Smaller than anticipated, but a good size for the area. Would rather see it full than half empty if it was too big.
I'd definitely go again if in the area.

Mar 21, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.18/5  rDev -26%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3

Great location on a pretty happening street with a large open front and patio seating to enjoy the great weather.

Interior is hip and dark with some cool private nooks for paired off folks to sit in, and a modestly sized bar with a crowler station which is effing awesome. Walk up to the bar and order your beer, though, because the woe-is-me "I just wanna go home" staff aren't about to bother coming to you.

The beer list isn't huge, and is maybe a little more focused on IPAs than other styles, but that's just fine, because it seems their experimentation on that front allowed them to produce Tang and Biscuits, which is a mind blowingly delicious beer, something I never thought I'd say about a beer labeled as Rye. Coming here a day after a massive barrel aged bottle release and there not being a single stout on draft is a little disappointing. When that is the sole thing they've made their name on, wtf? Seriously.

Mar 21, 2016
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

This place was very vibrant and busy even in the middle of the afternoon on a weekday (though this was the week between Christmas and New Years). Lots of folks but most totally looked like beer geeks and their significant other or family.

Beers were well poured with a proper amount of head at a good temperature an in proper glassware.

My server was awesome but the other server was kind of condescending/rude. My half pour was like 10 oz. instead of 8 oz. and she gave him a hard time. When I asked if there was any chance any stouts would be going on tap later that day or during the week, he told me unfortunately not while she said I should have lined up to get a bottle at the last release if I was serious about beer (I had already mentioned I was visiting from out of town). You win some and you lose some, at least I got the better server.

Lots of styles represented, unfortunately no stouts or porters on my visit.

Jan 03, 2016
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xt0n1cx from Virginia

4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Cycle is a great little brewery in the heart of St. Pete. Selection was diverse and the staff working Christmas Eve were great. Was glad to try the Crank IPA and a few others on tap. Will go back next time I am in the area.

Dec 27, 2015
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Jrcphish from Florida

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

This place is one of my favorite breweries after a visit. I call it stout mecca. Good vibe in downtown st petersburg. GREAT beer. if only they bottled more!!

Nov 08, 2015
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rjp217 from Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Small little brewery but undeniably great quality. Beers across the board were exceptional. Not many bar seats but a few tables gives enough room for plenty of people. Service was great as the bartender was very helpful. Lived up to our expectations for sure.

Oct 03, 2015
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Kurmaraja from California

4.04/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Cool little spot but ... let's emphasize little. "Hipster" vibe - which is not a descriptor I love, but I think it conveys something to many (tats and piercing crowd, bearded, a bit younger), pretty basic industrial decor. Don't love the way the bar is layed out in an L shape. Tap list at this point is pretty limited at most times: Crank, Fixie, maybe another IPA (a motueka beer when I was there), an Irish Red, Cream and Sugar ... maybe another beer or two rotating. Pints only and cash only which doesn't make it a great spot to hit on a brewery tour for out of towners. Crowlers, however, are a plus. Service can be a bit lax at times. Thankfully it's located on Central so you can easily cruise down the road and hit Green Bench, Urban Brews and BBQ, Urban Brewery (when it opens), etc.

Sep 16, 2015
Cycle Brewing in Saint Petersburg, FL
Brewery rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 3702 ratings