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:
3.79
Beers:
70
Reviews:
320
Ratings:
1,374
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.11
Reviews:
92
Ratings:
162
pDev:
10.22%
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Reviews: 92 | Ratings: 162
Photo of Gtreid
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been wanting to visit this place for a while now, well, finally got a chance to stop in for lunch today. My initial impression was, this is a nice place. Large, with a nice bar, and an outdoor seating area. We were seated right away, and received prompt service.

The beer menu was quite large and they did have the cask IPA. There were so many beers I wanted to try, so I just had them all. I ordered the beer sampler, a 4 oz serving of each beer on tap, the cask IPA was not part of the sampler, but the waiter, noticing that I appriciate good beer, threw it in at no extra charge.

The cask IPA, Moosekiller BW, Jack the quaffer Porter, and the double red ale were the stars, and beers that I would drink freqently if they were readily available.

Food was good, not great. I did not however, have the burger, which is touted as there signature item. But then again, you don't go to TBBC for the food, you go for the beer. All in all, a place I will be going back to often. Skal.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Visited the establishment for the first time last evening for dinner. Upon entering it was dimmly lit and definately tried to give off the feel of a local pub. It is a pretty big place with a decent size bar, a top of tables and even some pool tables. When our waiter came over I asked him what the best beer is, not the most popular, still expecting him to say that it would be the lightest beer on the menu, but to my surprise, he recommend the IPA, which I tried and was very surpirsed with. I think that they may have had about 8 beers on tap, no cask on the day that I went. They seemed to have some typical pub grub with a few higher end specials that they were running, but I stuck with some mussels and a pizza. The food was not bad, but not that great either. I would probably go back the next time that I am in Tampa, but not for the food, just the beer. Overall, the beer was good and I would recommend looking it up if you are in the area, it is worth it. Just know that they tap Casks on Thursday and our waiter stated that they usually last until Saturday, so plan according.

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Photo of GimpyCane
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Visit the brewery with my wife and found the place in the same style as most brewery: dark, long bar, tanks in the open and as on. We ordered the sample tray of beer and a Wild Worthog Weizen. The beer were outstanding. From their True blond ale to the cask conditions, all were full of flavor, solid bodies, and wonderful aroma. The service was great. The bartender was very knowledgable about their brews and other brews as well. We also ordered chips and salsa, so we only assume that the food is average. To all out who plans on visiting Tampa. Plan on visited the brews are awesome.

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

One of my favourite spot to go to for a beer in Ybor City. Take advantage of the outside bar or their mug club. Recently, the food has gotten a little pricier. The quality is far above the average bar/pub food and I have alwasy found it to be very diversified. They use some of their beers to cook.
Great food (love the hamburgers, cheese ale dip), many lunch specials. Friendly staff always ready to help. Most of the bartenders know their beers and will make good recommendations. The brewmaster can sometimes be found outside sipping on a beer and always open to discussion and questions.
A wide variety of beers, from blonde to stout with the occasional special / seasonal are often available.

Place can get a little hectic on Friday & Saturday nights. A beer lover's place one has to visit when touring the Tampa area.

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Photo of MillRat
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A nice find in the middle of Tampa's Ybor City historic district. I was in town for a trade show at the convention center, and this pub is a 20 minute ride on the streetcar from the convention center and the cruise ship piers. All the beers in the sampler were well made and fresh, with their APA, IPA and porter the best of the bunch to my taste. Had the usual bland pale ale to appease the folks who haven't made the craft beer jump, too, so it can be a great place for a more relaxed business lunch meeting, too.

Unlike a few other posts here, our waiter was quite beer savvy, and even had come up with an IPA/porter mix that was quite good. He said that due to low sales volumes, they typically alternate having the porter and stout on tap, but otherwise the selection was good. I asked about their listing of cask ale, but our server said that they typically didn't tap a cask until Thursday, and this was only Tuesday. He returned a few minutes later and said that it doesn't take too much to get the brewmaster to tap a cask, so I'd be getting a cask IPA in about 10 minutes. Great stuff that I lived on for the next couple of days until the trade show was over.

The food here is a step above the fare we experienced at several other bar venues in Ybor, and still reasonably priced for a semi-touristy area. (The real tourist destination is St Pete, about 40 minutes drive to the west.) The mahi-mahi is great in both sandwich and entree portions, and the calamari, conch fritters, and shrimp were all also very good. While in Tampa your craft beer availability is going to be rather limited. This place more than makes up for the rest of the marginal venues.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped in on a Sunday around 4pm. Place was moderately happening, but there were plenty of open tables both indoors and out as well as seats open at the bar. A good mix of booths, tables, and a nice bar area, with an additional one in the back, as well as darts and pool tables. Brewing equipment lines the walls, with big tanks behind a window in the bar. Lots of merchandise options sit behind the entry desk.

Seated promptly and ordered the sampler, consisting of 9 different beers. All beers were very good for their style, nothing phenomenal, but all true to the style. Food was also fairly decent, with a nice variety of options.

Only downside was our server, who forgot to bring us several things, including a beer that my girlfriend ordered. After several passes by, and waiting on the same table over and over again, she actually had to go up to the bar to get her own beer. He seemed apologetic, stating he had been working all day, and was always coming up asking if we needed things when it was evident that we didn't, but when something was needed, he was either nowhere to be found, or would just forget.

Even still, the place was easy to get to, easy to find parking nearby, and had a really nice vibe, food, and brews. Definitely will be returning the next time I'm in the Tampa area.

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Photo of argock
3.31/5  rDev -19.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I visited on a Thursday night after a work event. Very dead in the outdoor as well as indoor bar area. The indoor barman was very friendly and attentive while the outdoor guy was more interested in smoking with his friends than serving beer. The selection and quality of their beers are both very good, but the place was relatively empty, given it was a Thursday night at 10:45. They had about 9 beers available on tap and I tried 3 over the course of the 2 to 2 1/2 hours I was there. Prices of $4.95/pint are reasonable. I enjoyed the beers, but the service and atmosphere were nothing to get excited about.

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Photo of jenbys2001
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I never visited Tampa Bay Brewing Company when it was in its previous location. But I enjoyed coming here one evening with friends after seeing a movie in Ybor. It's conveniently located right in front of the theater. They brew a nice selection of beers and the menu provides a great deal of information about each one (hops and malts used, photos of each beer in the glass, etc). The food menu is extensive and the food was delicious. The atmosphere is pleasant and the location is prime for people watching, although nothing spectacular. The vibe is comparable to any chain restaurant (think Outback or Red Lobster). My only complaint is that the service is rather poor. We complained about it throughout the night and everyone in my group said they had also received mediocre service in previous visits.

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Photo of BigBry
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

On my last trip to Tampa, I had to vist the Tampa Bay Brewing Co. Easy to find, after a short trip on the street car to Ybor City. Located in a large mall-complex, there is a large indoor restaurant/bar area, plus an outdoor patio sitting area. I sat at the large copper topped bar with a view of the brewing set up. Nicely decorated Mug Club mugs displayed behind the bar and hiding on shelves throughout the place. It was midafternoon, and there only 3 other patrons. They had 8 beers on tap, plus two seasonals which were recommended by my server. Also had some very good 'guest taps' including Fin du Monde.
Printed beer menu plus an up-to-date chalk board were a nice touch. I was tempted by the sampler, but had a pint of Burning Bunny (a hoppy rauchbier) and the McBrew's Scotch Ale. Both were very tastey, and reasonalbly priced at $5 per pint.
I didn’t eat on this visit, but the menu looked pretty decent.
Althought it was nothing spectacular, was still an enjoyable place to spend the afternoon.

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Photo of Stephen63
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place was the only bar I visited in Tampa that was worth visiting for beer. They have a good selection of their own beer that is definitely a good reason for going along.

I managed to visit twice during my stay in Tampa and visited on a Sunday afternoon and a weekday evening. The place was fairly dead both times and so the atmosphere suffers a bit here. On the first visit my colleague and I were pretty jet-lagged but stayed for a couple of pints and I was impressed by the range of their beers.

With our accents giving away that we were not locals (Scottish and German) we were offered to try the sample tray which gave nine beers in smallish measures for under $15. Although this was seriously tempting we decided that such a choice would have been a bad idea as our heads were still in UK time.

Service was friendly although a little slow. We sat outside enjoying the mild weather, visiting the restrooms inside I thought the interior a little dull.

On our second visit we tried the food and I found the food to be of a good standard, portions in the US are on the large side so no starters! All of our company were satsified with the food selection and quality.

Overall this is definitely a must visit for the beer lover in Tampa.

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Photo of DrummerDan
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

I am disappointed this place moved. There is no charm anymore. You could be in any restaurant in any city at this point. The old building really added to the atmosphere and I am not staying as long as I did in the old building. I am a fish in a bowl when I drink here. No intimacy or ambiance.

What isn't disappointing at all is the beer they brew here. Fantastic beers. The Iron Rat Stout is good. Pillowy head with some foamy pockets on top of opaque ruby black ale. Rich roasted smell with a bit of a burnt overture. There is an initial bitter hop flavor then a bitter coffee and then a caramel tone. I prefer sweet stouts so I didn't expect to like this as much as I did.

The service was slow and the waitress did not know their beers. I sit at the bar when alone and have always had great service. The selection is better than in the old location and there are a few guest taps.

I have not had great food yet but I'll continue to sample from their menu. A few things have been terrible, the pizza and soup should be avoided. The pizza sauce is likely from a can and very acidic, the soup was water with a heavy flour taste. My daughter did have the ice cream on our most recent visit and she loved it and the bit I tasted was fantastic. I'm not sure if they make the ice cream or just add malt to good vanilla but it made the rather ho hum meal finish on a good note.

Their beers are priced well, guest taps are a bit expensive and the food is pricey for the portions and quality. Don't get me wrong, I do like the beers but I don't like the place anymore and the food hasn't wowed me yet.

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Photo of tpd975
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I love Tampa Bay Brewing Company. They are the place when it comes to getting local brews in the Tampa Bay area. They make one of the best Porters and Barley Wines known to man. It's too bad that they do not do bottling.

I love their food. They have really tasty combinations and some of the best wings around. The service is always good and did I mention their beers. Awesome! I have to admit I liked the old building a little better than the openness of the new place. But the addition of the outside bar at the new location makes up for the lost ambiance.

If you are ever in Tampa do yourself a favor and stop by. I think it's one of the better small scale brewing companies in the country.

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

I was glad that when Tampa Bay Brewing Co decided to move, it was only a few blocks away. Otherwise I wouldn't have enjoyed some tasty beer and some fine food.

I popped down on a stool at the bar on an early Saturday evening. There were a lot more people in the outdoor area, but how they dealt with the humidity is beyond me. Air conditioner is my friend. I remembered the IPA being good, so I ordered that and enjoyed it quite a bit. The bartender was affable enough. The place is big and airy, less intimate than the original. I'm not sure which I liked better, but this can easily fit double the amount of people so I'm happy for their success.

The food was better than average pub fair. Not being in Florida very often, I decided to try something a bit regional: coconut shrimp and conch fritters. Having not had conch in a long time, I kind of forgot the taste. These fritters did it well - a bit of sweet and a bit of savory. The coconut shrimp was delicious. I was pretty impressed. My friends ordered the mussels and boneless wings which I sampled as well. My order was infinitely better. I tried the Iron Rat Oatmeal Stout as the meal progressed.

I really don't have a bad thing to say about the Tampa Bay Brewing Co. I make a point to visit every time I'm in Tampa. I wish there was something like this in Los Angeles.

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Photo of 86sportster883
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Centro Scene

I have made a point of stopping by the TBBC every time I visit Tampa and was surprised to learn that they had moved. Now, just a few blocks from their old location, the TBBC is a prominent addition to the Centro Ybor retail/restaurant/entertainment complex. Although I’ll always remember the old place fondly, I do like the potential of the new digs.

The new TBBC is primarily composed of a large indoor bar/restaurant area, as well as, an outdoor bar with a great patio area. Inside is one large rectangular room. There’s a sizable copper topped bar on one side, and a stainless 10 barrel brewing set up in the back corner. There’s another smaller bar against the back wall, a dart board, a few flat screens scattered about and Mug Club mugs along the walls.

On tap they offered:
Jack the Quaffer, Old Elephant Foot IPA - A good IPA, Iron Rat Stout, True Blonde Lager - A Kolsch, One Night Stand Pale Ale - APA, very good, Moosekiller Barley Wine (9.8% abv, Tamahawk hops), an ESB, Maibock, the Red Eye Ale - A nicely balanced American Amber beer, and the Wild Warthog Weizen - Nice clove & banana aromas, crisp, refreshing and light with a lemony finish.

I didn’t eat here on this visit, but the menu still offers a nice selection of appetizers, soup, salads, pizza and calzones. Their entrees include BBQ Bison short ribs, Cuban Mojo pork loin, Seared Ahi tuna and Sheppard’s pie.

The new TBBC continues to put out a solid line up of worthy beers and overall, remains a great place to grab a bite, have a few beers and kick back for a few hours.

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

After a couple of hours of driving to places that ended up being closed, me and my girlfriend finally arrived at the TBBC. I don't know what the vibe and everything was like at the old location, but for happy hour on a Monday, it was pretty chill, and I liked it. Very spacious, outside and in. When you walk inside, you are definitely drawn to admire the brewing setup in the far back. We played a few games of pool back by the brewery area.

I tried the ESB, the Red, the IPA (twice), and the Stout. All were excellent, especially the IPA. The stout I had along with the Tabasco/Honey/Stout glazed Salmon with sweet peppers atop the garlic mashed potatoes. This proved to be a very nice pairing.

In addition to their own brews, they did have Bigfoot on tap, as well as Chimay and three other brews I can't remember, but certainly not any macro lagers...

The staff were quite helpful and I felt like the place really cared about good beer. I was informed that on Thursday nights they release a cask conditioned ale that usually lasts a day or two. Also, I have to try the current batch of Moosekiller barleywine, which apparently has 10.4% ABV. I bet the cask conditioned Moosekiller is very nice....

This is the finest brewpub establishment I've come across in this beer barren land of central Florida. If it wasn't 45 minutes away, I would be a regular.

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Photo of Redrover
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I was in Tampa of work and stayed at the Hyatt which is about a block from their brewpub. I was psyched when my customers recommended that we have our business dinner here.

I liked the layout of this pub. There is a comfortable patio in front that has seating for about 50. It has its own small bar, so no long waits for the server to go into the bar for beer.

The main room is spacious with very high ceilings. The tanks are on display and the room is nicely decorated. The bar proper seats about 30 and I like how they have the Mug Club's mugs on display. Very clean bathrooms with cool blue sinks. The have table & booth seating for about 100 patrons.

The atmosphere is friendly. I had a few conversations with some regulars and even spent 10 minutes talking to the owner. He was great to chat with and you can tell he has a passion for both the beer and the food side of the business. I really like to see the owner working the crowd like he was. Our waitress was friendly, and helpful without hovering.

The food was very good. I would say they aspire to more than pub grub and they succeed. The salsa was freshly made, the fish was fresh and the sides tasty.

They have ten beers on tap and also offer a cask option. The had a Belgian Triple on cask during my visit which the waitress gave me a sample of.

I had a tasty amber, a nice APA and a juicy IPA. All the beers would rate better than average. I hope to be able to sample a few more next visit. Several of their beers have won regional awards.

I’m very glad I had the opportunity to stop by. I can heartily recommend this friendly gem!

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Photo of bigone4
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I headed to Ybor on an annual spring training Baseball trip with my Father. We stopped in at TBBC for dinner last night. What a neat area to hang out and have some great beers. They have a nice outside bar with ample seating, some tables and a good size bar. Then they have the inside brew pub with a nice copper bar to the right and a smaller bar in the rear. There are many different selections on tap. They have there own brew list that rotates with a seasonal or two and also eight constant contenders. They also had a handful of other guest beers. The prices were decent and the food was great. I started with their wings watch the hellfire sauce. Wow it is spicy. I had the seared Ahi Tuna and my Father had the Chilean Sea Bass. These were some great dishes and portions. Great presentation! I had a sampling of a few different beers.

The Moosekiller barley wine was really nice and smooth, which proved to also have quite an enjoyable mix of caramel sweetness. The Elephant Foot IPA was on cask and I got the last pint or rather a free half pint because it kicked on my glass. They had a tasty Belgium Triple on tap that they had brewed. I tried the Redeye Red Ale and their Pale Ale as well. They have many different styles to choose from and all of them were well crafted and tasty. The bartenders were knowledgeable and helpful for any questions. I was talking to them about Beer advocate.

I sat outside for a second visit and had a nice cigar and another Moosekiller. I also sampled the Scotch Ale they had on tap. I ate a chef's burger for dinner that night and my Father had the Bison burger. The ale cheese jalapeño soup was excellent too. They offer some great food, some of the best I have had at any brew pub. Overall I would go back for the food and certainly to try some more brews. Nice bar in the front of the pub and another small one in the back. They had a pool table but no one was playing. They also had a dart board. This place is really a nice little beer retreat and I don't know why I did not find it last year. Ybor is a neat area to explore and it is highlighted with the Tampa Bay Brewing Co. I would recommend this place to anyone.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Hit this place up in Centro Ybor over spring break. Atmosphere was nothing special, but also nothing that took away from the overall experience. Everything seemed pretty new and clean. I liked some of the brewing equipment being out in the restaurant area. Was there for lunch, so I can't speak to what the place is like at night given the Ybor location. Very good quality...all the beers sampled were well made though they may not have all been great, and the food was good brewpub fare. For food, we had a wild mushroom pizza and a spicy chicken sandwich - both were good, but nothing great. As for the beers, started out with a big sampler consisting of 10 brews I believe, including 2 cask ales, then had a pint of Old Elephant Foot IPA. Out of the 10 beers, there were only two I really didn't care for: the Moosekiller and the True Blonde Kolsch. The standouts for me were the OEF IPA, the Wild Warthog Hefe, the Jack the Quaffer Porter, and the Iron Rat Stout. All of these were outstanding beers that I would love to drink regularly. Value was not terrible, but not cheap either. The sampler (consisting of 10 roughly 3oz. pours) was $12.50, and the extra pint of IPA was $4.50 I believe. Food was average for the type of fare. Service was very good. I'll try to make it back here next time I'm in Tampa.

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Photo of marksto
3.78/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The Tampa Bay Brewing Company is the only real brewpub in the Tampa/St Pete area. Many do not know this is actually the second establishment by that name; the original TBB (different owner) was on N. Dale Mabry and closed in the early 90’s.

The current Ybor City version recently moved from 15th st. to a new location in the Centro Ybor shopping plaza. Though they may stand to get more walk-by traffic at the new place, it unfortunately really lacks the charm and ambiance of the old location. The brewing equipment isn’t nearly as prominent and there is no more upstairs with balcony, darts, and billiards. Seems like much more of a restaurant now with a greatly reduced “hang out” factor, and I fear they’ll be lost in the sea of merchants at the mall and not a destination place like at the old site.

The beer and food offerings haven’t changed much. The house beers are generally of good quality and are mostly ales. They do offer a good selection of styles (usually 5-8 house brews) and in an unusual move for a brewpub they also always have a half dozen or so guest taps which are always of good quality. For example, on a recent visit they had Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale and Chimay on tap. The food is also good, with wood fired pizza and a signature shepard’s pie dish that is very tasty.

Overall, a welcome oasis an area with a serious dearth of brewpubs, but I pine for the old location.

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

3/16/2007 Update: Just stopped by last Sunday and sat outside in the new outside bar area. I don't know what they call it, but it is out front of TBBC, has a number of outdoor cafe-type tables, and surrounded by a small fence. They had a scotch ale and a belgian selection that was new, and very good as well. Definitely a better place to spend a few hours on a nive afternoon than inside the bar area! The little bar had all the offerings on tap and the service was friendly.

Tampa Bay Brewing Company remains the best brew pub in western Florida, if not the entire state and beyond. They have moved to their new location in the lower back side of the Centro Ybor complex, still in Ybor City. Since the move they have been brewing like crazy to have all their brews available, and as of last saturday night they had all but the weizen and the barleywine. I had to try all the others to make certain that they were still up to standards, and they were. We had 11 people in our group and everyone was impressed. Some were new to the TBBC, and some had been there many times with me, so we got a good variety of opinions.

The menu has a few new items including some bison (buffalo) meat items such as burgers and chili. Burgers are still flawless, and the pizza and calzones remain huge. One great thing here is that you can substitute one of their great soups or gumbos instead of fries. Nice touch.

Park in the parking garage at 5th Ave and 15th St and the first 3 hours are only $1, then walk a block to Centro Ybor. If you are lucky you can find free parking all over the streets as well. Don't pay the thieves at the private lots that charge from $5 and up as the most we have paid for parking is $3 in the garage for the whole evening.

The only suggestion that I have heard is that they find a way to bring some live music in there. Seems like with a little change in arrangement they could fit a band in there. That would make this place a true destination for the night, and not just a stop.

Did I mention that the beer here is truly exceptional???

Dean Palmer

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Fresh off the plane, this was the first stop in out long Tampa weekend. Place was brand new and very fresh looking. The huge copper fermenters are visible in the restaurant. Quite a nice size bar area. About 20 or so seats at the bar area itself. Plenty of booths and tables for multiple diners. We sat at the bar and were immediately greeted and served.

I chose to have the IPA and it was excellent. Nice and hoppy and fruity and 6.8% abv. Very tasty. They only had four of their beers on tap but were tapping a fifth, the Kolsch, as we were seated. They also had five macro beers available as well as the on premise brews.

We were there at 4 on a Thursday afternoon so it was pretty slow. Happy hour starts at 4. The beers were a bit expensive at 4 bucks a pop during happy hour, but they were tasty. I would recommend this place for your first Tampa stop!

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

Having visited the previous location several times when in Florida, was keen to see the new premises, just completed and opened in November 2006. It is located within the Centro Ybor complex, on the ground floor opposite Barley Hoppers on the other side of the street, just close to the Teco Trolley Stop for Central Ybor. Large windows look out on three sides into Central Ybor complex, with high airy ceiling, making it seem very spacious, and maybe three times the size of the previous premises. Plenty of tables (many originals from the old place) and seating at the U shaped bar at the rear. At the time of the visit only five of the beers were available, due to the continued work needed after re-location, and the two I tried were as good as ever. It seemed most of the old serving staff were still there, and some new faces too, and the service was attentive and friendly as always.

The brewing equipment still visible in a corner of the main room, and also behind glass panels beyond the bar serving area.

The usual TV screens showing news and sport, but not distracting or too loud so as to spoil the atmosphere or interfer with conversation.

An outside seating area with its own bar is in the course of being arranged at time of writing (Nov 2006) and should be open within the next month or so.

The new location is much more spacious, and modern, so maybe not as intimate as before, but still very attractive, and beer, food and service as good as ever, definately the place to go for beer and food when in Ybor City. Highly recommended.

JohnW (written while in Tampa Nov 2006)
B'ham UK

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Photo of ReDave
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

When i first visited Tampa, I think i came here at least 5 times in the 7 days i was here. It's that good.

They are in the middle of moving to a new location. It is only a short walk away, but seems to be quite different.

First of all great beers. However, at the moment, none are their own brews, due to the move, but still fine "guest" veers available. Last time i was here, I enjoyed every beer i tried. But for me the best thing was my introduction to cask conditioned ales.

An authentic beer engine served a special cask conditioned batch of one of their regular beers. I had the great fortune to be present when they had their famous IPA cask conditioned!! I was shocked and awed by the "show" after a pour [the three layers of color and foam that you get from a nitrogen pushed ale]. I was in heaven!

The new location appears that it will only be one floor, and i will miss the nice upper terrace that the old one has.

At the moment they have a great selection of guest beers, including dogfish head 60 minute IPA, a Mojo IPA and a nice Barley Wine i can't remember the name of.
The food is good, and they have a great [incredibly hot] habanero sauce.

The service is the only thing that can bring down this great place. The bar staff seems very good, but a couple of the servers a little less than great.

I look forward to trying out the new digs next time I'm there.

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

I always visit the TBBC when I'm in town. They are in Ybor City at the far east end of the strip. The decor is true to a microbrewery. You see the entire brewing equipment behind glass walls. The place is quite well kept. The service is a little slow everytime I go in so be prepared to wait a little extra on the food orders, but the brews keep coming.

Their selection is quite nice with about 8 standards, 4 or more seasonals, and a couple of specialty brews. They seemed to do a little experimenting throughout the years. The food is almost all prepared with beer that they brew. It offers quite a special twist to some of the regluar brewpub fare.

I believe that their value is quite good.

I personally like their Old Elephant Foot IPA the best, but they make a good pale ale and a good RIS.

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

*Soon to be moving two blocks over ETA Summer 2006*

Found this place accidentally, actually as I was just looking to have some fun in Ybor City on a Saturday night. Tampa Bay Brewing Co. is right across the street from a $10 a Sat. night ($3 weeknite) dirt parking lot if you go on a busy night. [Free parking at the meter lots up the street on Sunday] Outside looks like a typical bar facade that fits right in with the New Orleans like local vibe of neon and mystique.

Let's go inside, shall we? The L shaped scuffed up bar fits in well with dark neon and exposed beer tank environment. This is a casual to street wear dress style so don't expect this to be a fancy affair. Mirrors and liquor bottles adorn the back bar area. Incidentally, there is an upstairs replete with pool table, flat screen tv and balcony. Let's get to the beers...

Beers were fine and $4 a pop. Food is mostly standard fare pub grub. Personal pizzas, quesadillas burgers but dig this, our waitress hit us with the specials which were this side of Emeril fancy. I opted for the Jalapeno burger. A bit red for my tastes, but good. Hell...it's a friggin' burger. If you expect it to rape your tongue, what can I tell ya?

Brewskie selection looked quite impressive but they were out of two of the offerings which were wheat and something else illegible. On tap was an IPA, Pale, an Oktoberfest and a Scotch, a porter a stout (cask conditioned) and a barleywine and a few others that escape my pad & paper-less brain. Not too shabby, especially for beer dearth Florida.

***UPDATE*** Tonite they had an IPA, Porter, Pale Ale, Barleywine, Weizenbock, and a few others. Nice!***

Tamba Bay Brewing Company (TBBC.com) gets a well deserved nod as a must hit in the area. It's easy to find too. A solid poker hand 4 straight! Could you bring your Mom here? Yes. This place is a bit on the relaxed side, but Mom friendly. Go for it! Go here for good beer! The porter is American and good as anywhere and this stems from an idiot who hates to hear those liars say "The porter is good." It really is good!

Prices are darn near cheap!

Last call: Tampa is friggin' lucky to have such a good brewpub. I am jealous! Good beer, good food, good vibe! In the name of BA...cheers!

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Tampa Bay Brewing Co. in Tampa, FL
Brewery rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 1374 ratings