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

Tampa Bay Brewing is located in located in the Ybor city square. It is a large building with lots of room. It has a cookie cutter brewpub feel with wood and brass. However, the folks all seemed to be enjoying themselves and it was a diverse crowd.

The service was good and the food looked good but I didn't try anything.

I had a cask IPA which was exceptional. They have a large tap selection which included Barley Wines.

If you are in Ybor city you should check it out. Most of the bars in this area are touristy and don't have a great selection. So it is really a no brainer.

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Photo of 808BeerChaser
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Our second brew pub in S. FL on this trip. We got lucky and was there for the Thursday @ 4:00 (special) cask tapping. Dave Doble himself was there w/his big laugh pouring beers. We quickly struck up some great conversation and the next thing I know he's got a samples of his dry hopped IPA (a one-off(er)) from his Old Elephant IPA in front of us. Nice! I followed it w/a pint ;) Dave's a great guy. We hit it up w/another of the locals in there as well. Friendly place. Great atmosphere, clean, good beer, friendly folk. There was a private party going on outside, but it was for the better otherwise we wouldn't have met Dave. I munched on the humus and pita, fresh and tasty. I'll be back.

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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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Photo of chiefmick
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I recently went back to Tampa Bay Brewing Co, and once again I was not dissapointed. This place has an excellent arrray of beers. I like the high velocity stuff, and they have quite a few. The Barleywine is like 11.0 ABV. I left that one alone but I did have the 2 of the IPAs (one of them a Victory guest tap) and their Imperial Stout was fantastic. The food here is very good and prices quite reasonable. I will go back again next time I'm in the area, great place to have some quality beer.... Only bummer for me is the dinner menu, mostly sandwiches and such, is only available until 3:30.... Other than that, great place....

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Went there before Fruit in the Room event so this was our first time there and we were only there for about an hour and a half. But these were our thoughts...

The atmosphere was nice. Family friendly while still maintaining the brewpub feel. Loved how you could see all the brewing equipment, but my biggest complaint is that it was very humid on the inside. Loved that they had an outside bar and didn't realized they had 2 TVs out there. I think they could have used more TVs inside, but that's just me. Service was average. Nothing amazing. Good about checking up on us, but like I said, nothing too outstanding. Good selection of beer being that they had a lot of their own brews and maybe half a dozen other beers on tap. Food was good, but typical pub food. Overall, I loved this place and would like to go again.

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

I visited Tampa Bay Brewing Co while down for spring training to see the Orioles. The Orioles were terrible, but this place made the trip worthwhile. The atmosphere was fun and interesting, with many artifacts hanging and brewing devices in plain sight. The service was good, as the server was attentive and accurate. The beer selection was very good, and the beer itself was great (cool names too). I had the IPA and the Barleywine, both of which were good, but especially the IPA, which has superb balance. The food was very tasty as well. Cannot recommend it enough.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.74/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

This place feels strange. It is cavernous, but always empty.

They have pretty good beer, and a wide variety of styles (I think they brew @10 full-time varieties); nothing is spectacular. I take that back, I've had some cask ales that were ridiculous here. I like the Moose Killer Barleywine, and the True Blonde. And cask IPA, delicious.

I don't know if they have brews from other brewers, it never occurred to me to ask.

Certainly worth checking out; usually you can have the run of the place.

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Photo of Domingo
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped here while exploring Ybor City in 02/10.
They have a pretty nice interior area that's covered in old-style wood paneling with a large bar. There's also a bar outside with all of the house beers, too.
Food was typical bar food. The beer cheese soup was solid, as were the fish and chips and bangers/mash. Nothing overly noteworthy, but no real complaints either.
For beer, they had an imperial stout, porter, amber, weizen, pale, IPA, and light ale. They also apparently just ran out of their seasonals which included a weizenbock. Beers were okay, but nothing special. Still, they were fresh and approachable. I had the imp. stout and amber and both were decent.
In addition to their own beers, they also had guest taps for Blue Point, Victory, and Lindemann's. No arguments with the guest tap selection as the choices make sense.
There seem to be lots of locals visiting and they even have their own mug club, which is smart.
If you're in Ybor - drop in. you won't be blown away, but you won't leave upset either.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Located in Ybor City, back in a first floor corner of Centro Ybor with the secondary entrance on the left facing side of a bank of windows with neon signs in the upper reaches of each window. The main entrance was along the left side with the m.d.s. with a wooden rack of logo items to the immediate right and a bank of FVs to the immediate left. Also to the left were a purple (!) felt billiards table; restaurant seating with standard tables and chairs; the brewhouse; and a (smaller) secondary bar. The main, "U"-shaped, hammered copper-topped bar was off to the right, past the servers' station. Mugs hung from the heavy wooden pillars as well as on the back bar. A color chalkboard to the extreme right of the bar listed all of their available beers. High tables and chairs lined the windows with booth seating in the bar area. The kitchen was straight aft of the main entry, to the left of the main bar. English style darts and opulent lavs to left of kitchen.

Beer: Well, no wonder that this place is so highly rated! Moosekiller (barley wine); Iron Rat (Imp.) Stout; Old Elephant Foot (IPA); Red Eye (Amber Ale); Wild Warthog (German style lite); True Blonde; One Night Stand (Pale Ale); Jack the
Quaffer (robust Porter).

Cask: Oatmeal Imperial.

I started with cask, ended by being stomped by the foot.

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Photo of udubdawg
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Nice location.
First off, the food was almost all excellent, and thanks to the previous reviewer we didn't miss out on the ale and cheese dip, which was fantastic. Pizza, pulled pork, sandwiches, etc, all were quite good.

They were out of cask beer. Annoying; I seem to bat about .300 when I go into a place that supposedly has cask; you locals need to stop drinking it all! Also out of the amber.
Porter was decent as was the hefe. Stout was surprisingly good. Pale ale was OK, golden ale kind of boring but not in a bad way. Mostly well done. IPA was significantly better than average.
Homemade root beer was a highlight to most of my party, though I thought it was average.

Service was decent, but we had one of those who seem to try to memorize everything and invariably forget several things and have to come back - dude just write it down! If I'm being honest, it's nothing to really bitch about, but just a pet peeve.

Good place, good vibe, I'll be back!

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Photo of Blitzstyle
4.15/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Been here a few times and it never dissapoints. Located in central Ybor. 10 beers on tap today plus on cask of ipa. They offer a sampler so you can try all their beers plus there own root beer. The food was great; the ale and cheese dip is fantastic. Nice outside area with bar.

Their beer is great; the cask ipa is to die for. Also had a pint of the Old Elephant Foot ipa which was good. My wife always gets the sampler, and I end up drinking most of it. The Quaffer Porter was good as was the Rat Stout. Really good beer here well worth the trip.

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Photo of dstc
4.15/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

In the main area of Ybor. Has a TGI Fridays or other American chain restaurant feel to it. That I think is it's only downfall.

Decent brews, the Scotch was my favorite. They always have a cask conditioned brew from a hand pump. When I was there they had tapped an IPA and was pretty good. Also had the barleywine, well done but I've had much better. Service was excellent, even got to try one of the servers homebrews since he could tell I was a beer lover. Food was very good, nice menu.

Overall a good place with good food and drink.

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

Stopped in here to get out of the rain and grab a snack and a beer.

Nice place to eat, very family friendly and welcoming. Told the waiter we were just going to grab a couple beers and some fries and he didn't mind at all. We talked about beer for a bit and he told us where to check out around town. Service was quick and he was quick to make sure we were satisfied. The beer selection was limited to their beers but they had an excellent variety and the two we had were very good.

I didn't rate the food but the fries with the house beer mustard were excellent. It all tasted really good and was done right.

Highly recommended.

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

Who, passing through Tampa, can pass up the Tampa Brewing Company? No one. And that's probably why they do so well. Great location, to be sure.

That said, the inside is nicely decorated (and the outside patio seating is spectacular when it's not too hot). It's a bit basic, but also nicely adorned. I like the horse brass and old pictures on the walls. And the layout seems to work, although I prefer a more quiet table towards the back near the pool tables.

You can't go wrong with the pizza, which is great, but some of the other items can be a let-down.

As for the beer, I was stunned that they use Cara-pils malt in some of their formulations!!!??? Cara-pils is basically for homebrewers, and any brewer worth his boots can adjust his mash accordingly to create whatever he's looking for right there. There's no need to use specialty malts as a 'Band-Aid'... ... but, OK, whatever, their beers were good so I guess I can't fault them.

Overall, I found it a pretty charming place to dine, and good for families with children (earlier before the bar gets full of 8th Street "kids").

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Photo of infestaxion
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

My plane touched down at 12:25pm. An hour and a half later my ass touched down at the Tampa Bay Brewing Co. Not much of a crowd at 2 on a Thursday but what would you expect? Cassie was pouring my beer which ranged from solid to pretty good. The Old Elephant Foot was the pretty good. The building itself was really cool. While I was sitting there the brewmaster brought out a tray of Whiskey Aged Scotch Ale for everyone to try. I had some good conversation with some of the other guys sitting at the bar. Needless to say, I will be going back to this place before I go back home.

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

I visited Tampa Bay Brewing Co. on Thursday, July 23, 2009 during a business trip.

Nice, spacious facility with inside and outside bars and seating. The bartenders were friendly, informative and efficient.

I didn't have time to eat there, so I can't comment on the food.

Their pale ale was very nice, but my favorite was the Elephant Foot IPA. Excellent hop flavor profile. They had the IPA on tap in standard kegs and they also had a cask of it. I enjoyed comparing the two.

There is a nice cigar store & lounge a short walk away that is open late hours. I had a pale ale and two IPAs at the big bar inside, then walked to the cigar store and back. I sat at the small bar outside and enjoyed an Arturo Fuente with another IPA. Mighty good.

Overall, I would highly recommend the place.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Well this place just knocked me out with kindness.As soon as you walk in the vessesls are off to the left,straight is the kitchen and bathrooms, there are two bars to your left and right , one I believe was the guest taps and the other there hombrew taps, and booth seating just everywhere.

I ordered a sampler which was a little pricey for my taste but very well worth it in the end.I was amazed at how many beers were made and on tap as well as the guest taps. There rootbeer is very good as well.

All of the waiter's and waitresses were very nice and we even made small talk with one woman who happenend to live around were we live in PA.

This definetly is the be all end all of brewpubs that I have seen thus far. We all had the cheese ale dip which seemed a little bit pricey for bread and cheese.

As we walked out we bought a pint glass and it was again a little bit much, but our waiter gave us another one for free just awesome in my book. Then he told us that they had a whole new menu coming out this weekend with all of the beer matching's to the food.

A fantastic place indeed if you are ever around Ybor or Channelside you must try this place.

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Photo of i13tony
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

It was the end of an era when TBBC moved to Centro Ybor. Two years ago, I wrote a pretty harsh review of the new location, but since then I must admit, this was indeed a change for the better. TBBC can now be considered the heart of Ybor City. The outdoor beer garden is among the finest spots to quaff, especially during special events or on a brisk January evening when you know all your pals up north are freezing their taps off. For example, the vibe during Superbowl XLIII was perfect (well, mostly for Steelers' fans). And, it is dog friendly for friendly dogs. The beers have maintained superior quality, including a new Rye IPA, Moosekiller, Old Elephant Foot, Iron Rat Stout, and cask-conditioned ales, when available. The menu and food quality just keeps getting better. I tried to stop going there so much, but I just couldn't. This is simply one of the best brew pubs in Florida. Staff is always courteous and helpful, and again, very welcoming to furry friends. A must stop if you're visiting Tampa Bay.

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Photo of Sammy
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

In the touristy "historic" part of town, well patrolled by police. The place is very nice, with a covered but outdoor bar and tables, and an inside part with the main bar, and there I was. Service is very attentive, maybe too much so. A bit of knowledge about the beers. The barleywine is the one worth having, the others being acceptable for their respective styles. Friendly touristy crowd, and I would return even though no guest taps. Rootbeer on tap, and a cask available this being their scotch.

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

Located in Ybor City. A friend explained that this is pretty much the night lift sector of Tampa, along with a historic area with a lot of Spanish culture. The place itself is located next to a movie theater. There is random street parking, but nothing along 8th street, at least close to the restaurant. There are parking garages in the area. There is a light train, but I don't know where it goes or what it connects to (didn't use it).

There is an outside beer patio with a lot of bar seats. Being Tampa, I'm sure this area is packed since the weather is good year round, except when the occasional thunderstorm passes by. There is also liquor. The indoors is more like your typical brewpub with a long bar with about a dozen seats, and plenty of booth seating. There are some billiards toward the back. I didn't notice any TVs, though I didn't look (there could have been one right on the bar!).

The selection is about average for a brewpub, with 7 or 8 beers on tap with a good mix (stouts, porters, amber and pale ales, hoppy IPAs and Barleywines). One stout is on nitro-tap. There are also casks available, but those are hooked up on Thursdays and last into the weekend. The price seemed reasonable at $5 a pint.

If you're in Ybor City this is probably one of the better beer stops. A nice place to go as well if you're downtown. Recommended.

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Photo of BrewerB
3.7/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

After discovering what beer is supposed to taste like, I was delighted to return to my hometown and discover that we had our own brewpub!

Atmosphere here is pretty run-of-the-mill. Patio with outdoor seating and a separate bar is certainly a nice touch for those sunny Florida days. Indoor bar has a fair amount of seating.

Quality of the beer is good but not noteworthy. I was impressed enough to make a few return visits.

Service tended to be prompt and friendly. I mentioned that I homebrewed and was quickly introduced to the brewmaster. From that point on, I was known by name and I appreciated that level of attention.

Variety of beer is another great plus. I recall a smoked brown beer being quite interesting. Good breadth of styles and they typically have something unique on tap.

Food as I recall was typical brewpub-type fare.

Reasonable prices.

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Photo of jkopeny
4.11/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Went to this place for the first time last night and thought it was decent but not outstanding. I think I caught them on a bad night though as the Hefeweizen was out and would not be back on tap for a couple of weeks and there was no cask ale available.

Service was fabulous, sat at the outdoor bar and the beertender was knowledgeable and very willing to give small samples to see what might be to my taste. I was not impressed with any of the two IPAs I tried (Old Elephant and Map Hopper) and settled on the Redeye Ale. Tasty, a bit sweet to the palate, but definately something I would drink again.

I did not try any of the food so cannot give any opinion on that. One of the women I was with had the True Blonde Ale and liked it.

Over all a place I would go back to again, but not one I would drive out of the way to see. But as stated earlier, two of the beers (or at least serving styles) I prefer were out on this night so I would consider this an incomplete assessment.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Very good start to a nice evening in Ybor City. I couldn't decide on which beer to start with, so I tried the sampler. Total of 10 beers, two were cask, the Iron Rat Imperial Stout was my favorite. I think they had a few other beers on tap, but I didn't not have any. Had a burger, it was good. Others at my table said their food was very good. Our waiter was excellent, great advice on the beers. Obviously this guy has had a few of their beers, the best knowledge I've seen from a waiter/waitress at a brewpub. I'm looking forward to going back.

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Photo of nick76
4/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

One of if not the best brew pub in Florida. Everything on the menu is tasty and the beer is good too. The location is great if your in the mood to do some extra partying or even shopping. Now if the parking situation were better it would be paradise. It is a must try if your in the Tampa Bay area. Make sure you try the sampler to get an idea of what they have to offer. The staff knows there stuff for the most part. Just don't expect any Cicerones. Many of the items on the menu are made with beer. A nice plus.

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Photo of HamFon
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Been here several times. Visited again 19 September 2008. The Best Of Show winner from Best Florida Beer (homebrew) Competition 2008 (Jeff Gladish) had brewed a 10 barrel batch of his Smoked Oktoberfest beer as a TBBC commercial beer as a prize for winning BOS, and this was keg-tapping day. Sat at the bar. Service was a bit slow, but good. Jeff's homebrew beer used a decoction mash, which was not directly transferrable to the TBBC system so Jeff says that the commercial beer is more of a Vienna Lager than an Oktoberfest. Also tried other new beers.

The Smoked Oktoberfest was very good, with notes of ham and cheese. Two Red Eyes is a Imperial version of TBBC's red ale - very creamy and malty with caramel notes - and also very good. I've had TBBC's Bohemian Pilsner before, but the German Pilsner I was able to try this time - slightly grassy, slightly metallic, resiny - a very good example of the German style of Pilsner.

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