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
tbbc.beer

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
3.8
Beers:
67
Reviews:
326
Ratings:
1,409
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.11
Reviews:
93
Ratings:
163
pDev:
10.22%
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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

My first visit to Tampa, Florida was, like most work related, but it still offered me the chance to take some time off and head out for a few beers. I only had the chance & time to hit establishment, so after consultation with BeerFly I decided that the Tampa Bay Brewing Company fitted the bill perfectly.

As the Website alludes….the Tampa Bay Brewing Company is located in historic Ybor City in Tampa Florida on 15th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenue. I elected to park in a nearby brick fronted multi-storey parking lot [Centro Parking] also on 15th Street, which proved to be great value at only $1 for less than 3 hours.

The whole of Ybor City has a New Orleans feel about it, and the Tampa Bay Brewing Company is no different. The frontage is rather low-key; in fact I drove past the place and missed it first time round. The 2-storey cream painted brick built building has a centrally located entrance. Its most distinctive feature is the iron clad open air patio on the second floor which partly covers the sidewalk. Once inside the bar is L-shaped on your left hand side, the front part of the interior on the left has few tables and chairs. To the right the 10bbl step-infusion brewing system sits tightly in the corner, whilst a raised seating area seats around 15 or so people. There is an upstairs which gives access to the open air patio, but it also house more tables and even a pool table, two dart boards and foozball also.

I decided to sit at the copper topped bar, a great choice as I ended up sitting between two fellow travelers and beer enthusiasts, so discussion was immediately sparked, adding to the comfortable feel here. The service was extremely welcoming and helpful; this place really has a very warm feel. The low lit interior, bedecked with dark woods, copper and subdued lighting really adds an Olde Worlde ambience and relaxes.

The Beer range is very impressive. Since the TBBC opened in February of 1997, they have been serving fine hand-crafted ales and lagers. Equipped to produce up to 12 tap beers, plus three Cask-Conditioned ales, it is a mighty impressive achievement to see such diversity from a Brewpub in an area that is not exactly well known for its dedication to craft beer, let alone Cask Ale. On my visit there were Ten house beers on offer, 8 regular beers; Redeye Ale, “Jack the Quaffer” Porter, Wild Warthog Weizen, “Old Elephant Foot” IPA, Moosekiller Barleywine Ale, Iron Rat Stout, True Blonde Ale, One Night Stand Pale Ale – plus 2 Seasonal brews; California Common and Maibock. The Iron Rat Stout was available from one of the two Beer Engines in Cask format. Alongside the ten house beers, there was also a choice of several Imports including; Newcastle, Guinness, Stella Artois, Lindemans Framboise, Hoegaarden, Franziskaner, Chimay White plus Strongbow Cider an a few others that I forget. I give selection 4.5 for the diversity of its own house brews, the fact it dares to offer 10 other imports and even offers Cask Ale!!

I opted for the Old Elephant Foot IPA, which was rather excellent and a must try if West-Coast hop-heads get over this way. The Jack the Quaffer Porter was also a tasty treat.

Food Menu is equally impressive. It includes a good range of Starters, Salads, Soups, Burgers, Sandwiches, Entrées, House Pizzas, Calzones and Desserts. I opted for the Grouper which was fresh and absolutely superb.

Service was friendly and attentive, sharp & courteous, you can tell that this is a family owned establishment and not a chain, lots of character, quality food and beer and a genuine commitment to the Customer here.

I’ll have to travel back to Tampa on two more occasions this year to finish the Power Station project that I am working on, and I will most certainly be heading back to the Tampa Bay Brewery Company for sure. A quality establishment which deserves the support of any BA in the area, local or otherwise.

In Tampa!?!? Then the TBBC is a Highly Recommended “Must-Do”.

Last Visit: Wednesday 11th May, 2005.

May 15, 2005
More User Reviews:
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Scotchboy from Idaho

3.78/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

A fine brewpub located in Ybor in Tampa Florida. Plenty to do within walking distance of this place, an enjoyable brick building thats fairly wide-open and can seat quite a few people - outdoor seating available as well. A significant selection of brews are offered from light to dark with some seasonals sprinkled in; quality of the beer seems fine, food is pretty stand brewpub fare but good quality. Overall not necessarily a place to go out of your way for but just fine for an enjoyable visit.

Apr 28, 2020
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Mike_Garber from Florida

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Jul 04, 2019
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gbiello from Massachusetts

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.

Apr 05, 2019
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FlaS4 from Florida

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

Jul 20, 2018
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heddar33 from Pennsylvania

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

Mar 12, 2018
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user785335 from Florida

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

Feb 26, 2018
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Beerbuddha from Florida

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

Dec 29, 2017
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malf922 from Florida

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

Nov 02, 2017
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Snowball from Florida

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.

May 14, 2017
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slander from New York

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

Jan 20, 2017
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mickyge from Massachusetts

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

Jan 08, 2017
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HeartofMiami from Florida

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

Dec 28, 2016
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MichialTanner1 from Texas

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

Sep 25, 2016
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Dave_Treat from Virginia

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

Apr 05, 2016
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sjrider from California

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

Mar 28, 2016
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valrxman from Florida

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.
Cheers

Mar 16, 2016
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rspauldi from Texas

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

Mar 16, 2016
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Dicers from Colorado

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

Mar 14, 2016
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mattreitz49 from Florida

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

Mar 10, 2016
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floridadrift from Florida

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)

Feb 08, 2016
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RebornStussy from Ohio

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

Nov 29, 2015
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Lare453 from Florida

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

Oct 22, 2015
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Fordknox from Tennessee

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

Oct 20, 2015
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JaredSammy from New York

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

Sep 17, 2015
Tampa Bay Brewing Co. in Tampa, FL
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