Notes: There is a separate thread for for Orlando curated by advocates who live over there. BA rules dictate annual (vs. quarterly/semi-annual) editions of these types of threads so I’m posting this now before a thrice-yearly visitor decides to do so. A preamble of sorts: This is designed to be a resource for travelers to the Tampa/St. Pete area (to avoid endless, oft-repetitive thread posts requesting locals' recommendations). These are the places folks most talk about and generally reflect currently preferred styles. Locals, the point of the thread is this: Which handful of the SCORES of Tampa Bay-area breweries would you want to hit up if you were here from out of town for a night or two? Listing every brewery is pointless. Visitors, this thread is a great start for planning a trip to the Tampa Bay area. It's not designed to answer every.single.question you have about every.single.thing going on around here. Most breweries now have at least decent internet and social-media presence (including Untappd); check them out for what is pouring at this exact moment, the beer in their to-go coolers or for upcoming events. You’re an adult (and you found this site); look it up yourself. Seriously. Tampa Bay Area (broadly includes Tampa, St. Petersburg and around Clearwater) The Big Kahunas Cigar City Brewery (Tampa; brewpub as of "early January 2020") Coppertail Brewing (Tampa; brewpub) Angry Chair Brewing (Tampa) 7venth Sun Brewing (Dunedin and Tampa) Hidden Springs Ale Works (Tampa) Green Bench Brewing (St. Petersburg; also making cider and mead) Arkane Aleworks (Largo) Cycle Brewing (St. Petersburg) Highly Recommended Breweries Late Start Brewing (inside Pour House at Grand Central; Tampa) Tampa Bay Brewing (two locations in Tampa; both are brewpubs) Rapp Brewing (Seminole) Garagiste Meadery (Tampa) Highly Recommended Beer Bars Willard's (Largo) The Independent (Tampa and St. Pete) Hops and Props (St. Pete) The Ale and the Witch (St. Pete) Highly Recommended Bottle Shops Hawthorne Bottle Shop (St. Pete) Jug & Bottle Dept. (Tampa) Luekens (various locations) Total Wine (various locations) (A Few) Beer-centric Restaurants Stein & Vine (Brandon) Mr. Dunderbaks (Tampa; also making its own German-centric beers) Cajun Cafe on Bayou (Pinellas Park) Datz (Tampa) The Brewery Bay is a cool resource that allows users to sort breweries in creative ways (e.g., growlers, kid friendly, food). Tampa Bay Brew Bus does tours if you'd like someone to curate your local brewery experience. They also have a hop-on/hop-off brewery loop in Tampa on Sundays.