Tampa Bay Brewing Co.

Tampa Bay Brewing Co.Tampa Bay Brewing Co.
Tampa Bay Brewing Co.Tampa Bay Brewing Co.
Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1600 East 8th Ave
Tampa, Florida, 33605
United States

(813) 247-1422 | map

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Reviews: 92 | Ratings: 162 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by PorterLambic:
Photo of PorterLambic
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Thought it time to re-review a really good place. Stopped in for a pint and lunch. The 'Atmosphere' rating goes up because outside, where I always sit, is a really nice place to sit and sip and eat and people-watch. The music was too loud this time, though, or it would have been higher.
And a new dish, Tandoori Chicken Pita, was good but the chicken was cold and the Tzatsiki sauce was minimal (and a bit bland) resulting in a somewhat dry sandwich. Fortunately, the beer was quite good.

Well, I've finally made it to the new digs of TBBC. I expected a lot, more space, etc. now that they are at Centro Ybor. Great locale, right at the center of of the place, next to the trolley line, under the theaters. Location, location, location.
I liked the outdoor seating and bar area. Great for people watching and if someone in your party is smoking one of Ybor's hand-rolled cigars. Then I went inside. Not so impressed there. A huge amount of space but it felt very... industrial. Not inviting like the old place with that wonderful, hammered copper counter top. So I went back outside.
The service was still excellent, the food was awesome and I swear the selection increased as well but I think the prices went up with the move. All the beers available inside are available outside, too. I like the big umbrellas on the tables, especially considering the southern exposure in Florida.

How many times have I walked/driven past this place after having my fill of Ybor City? Too many, it would appear, now that I've finally gotten inside. How could I have gone so long? What a fool I've been.
Got in for a late lunch on a weekday and found the place half full. The waitstaff were very quick, very knowledgeable and very friendly. The atmosphere is much like a typical sports bar but with nice shiny, stainless steel tanks in the corner and a rack of taps showing nearly everything they brew. I started with the Jack the Quaffer Porter (of course) sampled a few others before finishing with the Iron Rat Oatmeal Stout. The beers were very well made, very drinkable, but those reviews belong elsewhere. Of course, with that much beer I had to eat. The menu is fairly good-sized and I really enjoyed the food, as did all the people around me (I asked). The portions are good but not so big you need to share with a friend. Chalkboards show what beers are available currently with ABV listed for those who don't have all day to linger like I did. I will be back next time I'm in Tampa, in fact, I'll plan my day around it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Mike_Garber
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of gbiello
4.84/5  rDev +17.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

This place was great all around; ; the food, the vibe, the staff, and of course the beer. Visited it while traveling on business and had a very good time.

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Photo of FlaS4
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of heddar33
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of user785335
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Beerbuddha
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of malf922
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

Photo of Snowball
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Right outside of my office. A good place to stop off at and enjoy a beer while either watching the trolley or the people outside. Great service; great food. Wicked delicious beer cheese dip. Good selection and variety of beers to choose from.

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Photo of slander
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Out and about Ybor, lookin’ for lunch and drink post ‘Tail. This, mad local, in a festively done up joint on the strip, where I literally, just saw a chicken cross the street out front (presuming to get to the other side). Yes, a goddamn chicken, and everyone is unfazed by that. He had attitude, too, strutting his stuff. This cockerel takes no shit, you could just tell…

It’s like a theater plaza building or something and we are putting up in the out front penned space, sun on my face. The space with plants potted, tile & brick floorings, and a center fountain with 15 tables square and roundy, some on shared benchings, some umbrella’d, plus 5 barrel tables riddled about and to the rear. Squared awninged-up plank wood topped laminated shiny shiny bar, vertical dark slat wood base, & a red foot box. Seating 3 sides around for 20 or so on highback leather metal chairs. Mug club mugs a-dangle above and stemmed glassware, too.

12 tap stainless steel tower, only 7 beers up just now (Old Elephant Foot IPA, 7%; Reef Donkey APA, 5.5%; Iron Rat Imperial Stout, 10%; Red Eye Amber Ale, 6%; True Blonde Ale, 5%; Moosekiller Barleywine Syle Ale, 12%; Wild Warthog Hefeweizen, 5%) as the Jack The Quaffer Porter, 6%, had kicked kicked (boooooo). The sampler gets you 4 of ‘em, so… Iron Rat Imperial Stout, full, inky, roasty, bittersweet chocolate; Red Eye Amber Ale, a little not good, I can’t say why; True Blonde Ale, slight citrus-a-ness about it, easy drinking; Wild Warthog Hefeweizen, banana, check, clove, check, it’s a good Hefe.

There will be food. Oh yes, there will be food. I had something called a Bad A** BLT Sandwich and subbed up for the gumbo side, as I am champion. Bacon and gumbo, these are a few of my favorite things. Jed & D split the award winning cider wings & Cantonese Calamari (which was excellent and had peppery goodness heat), looking all green, yellow, & red confettilike. Food was gewd.

Went on walkabout to see what what inside. Lengthy ‘L’ Shaped copper top bar on the inside wall seating 20 on hightop chairs. 12 tap barbell towers on the ends, plus a tower of 4, another of 6, and something on the barback sunken, hmmmn. Growlers above tiered booze on the barback, and mug club mugs a-dangling. Flatscreens on both ends of the bar, and a blackboard in the corner listing tap selections. Exterior walls of windows seem to run through the plaza and to the rear, and then the inner walls of brick and painted places, too. Rough concrete floor and black paneled ceiling. Horsebrass and framed pics, tins, beer pieces, darts, a fireplace, ceramic mug lined pillars, and barrels dotting the room. 2 dozen booths & tables throughout sectioned, a small bar to the rear, and the brewing equipment in the corner, yep, there it is.

Guest taps (Victory Winter, someone’s Gose, etc.), and apparently, there are seasonals on that I didn’t know about because they didn’t offer that little morsel of knowledge up outside (no, I wouldn’t have thought I’d have to ask as being that you want to sell your beer, you should want to tell me these things). Guava Guts, 6%, McBrews Scotch Ale, 7.8%, & Full Moon Madness Subtropical Porter, 6%, were their names. I sampled, troo. Guava Guts was meh, and the Porter was banana and… (You mean, like a Dunkelweisse?) The guy behind the bar couldn’t speak to it, but apparently it’s to be a banananana & vanilla beer.

Will be back down in May for another round. Had a couple of nice beers (Iron Rat Imperial Stout, True Blonde Ale, & Wild Warthog Hefeweizen were the wins) and they lunched us up perfectly. Would like to get a bit further into the beer list, dig

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Photo of mickyge
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of HeartofMiami
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of MichialTanner1
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of sjrider
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of valrxman
3.24/5  rDev -21.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Nice brewpub with good variety of beer on tap. A few to go cans in the cooler. Get the Reef Donkey if you like hops.

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Photo of rspauldi
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of Dicers
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Photo of mattreitz49
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of floridadrift
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Service was really good in this place, lots of locals hanging out. Quality is pretty good, nothing really stood out to me on the beer menu. Had a great IPA and that was about it! (Reef Donkey)

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Photo of RebornStussy
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Lare453
4/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Fordknox
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of JaredSammy
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of The_Snow_Bird
4.78/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This place is the perfect brew pub. They have ok food, but the beer selection is great. They brew their own beer on site. They have everything ranging from IPA to dark stouts.

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Tampa Bay Brewing Co. in Tampa, FL
Brewery rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 1386 ratings