Update: There is now a stand-alone Orlando-area edition! A preamble of sorts: This is designed to be a resource for travelers to the Tampa/St. Pete/Clearwater 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 more than 40(!!) 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. (That's what this page is for.) 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; look it up yourself. The Big Kahunas Cigar City Brewery (Tampa; offers crowlers) Coppertail Brewing (Tampa; offers crowlers and Stein & Vine food) Angry Chair Brewing (Tampa; offers crowlers) 7venth Sun Brewing (Dunedin and Tampa; offers crowlers) Arkane Aleworks (Largo; offers crowlers) Green Bench Brewing (St. Petersburg; also has an on-site sister brand making cider and mead) Cycle Brewing (St. Petersburg; offers crowlers) Other Highly Recommended Breweries & Brew Pubs Saint Somewhere Brewing (Tarpon Springs) Hidden Springs Ale Works (Tampa) Garagiste Meadery (Tampa) Late Start Brewing (inside Pour House at Grand Central; Tampa) Tampa Bay Brewing (two locations in Tampa; both are brewpubs) Rapp Brewing (Seminole) Highly Recommended Beer Bars The Ale and the Witch (St. Pete) The Independent (Tampa and St. Pete) Willard's (Largo) Hops and Props (St. Pete) Highly Recommended Bottle Shops Jug & Bottle (Tampa) Hawthorne Bottle Shop (St. Pete) Luekens (various locations) Total Wine (various locations) (A Few) Beer-centric Restaurants Mr. Dunderbaks (Tampa) Datz (Tampa) Stein & Vine (Brandon) Cajun Cafe on Bayou (Pinellas Park) 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.