Before I begin, I just want to say that this blog post is completely un-sponsored and is my honest opinion of a local business that I love.
If you rewind back to two years ago, you should know, I had no love for beer. I was strictly a wine gal. It was in my comfort zone and I was 100% okay with sticking to it. It took meeting David to help broaden my beverage horizons. St. Pete Brewing, at 544 1st Ave N, is the perfect place for that to have happened. Since first setting foot in there on Day One, I have had nothing but an amazing time. The staff who works there know what they are talking about and are more than willing to help you find something that matches your palate. It’s easy because they have a little something for everyone’s taste.
Are you new to the whole craft brewery scene? Let me help you! Trust me, I was too at one point. I am by no means an expert, but I try almost every beer that they put on tap and think I can give some insight for the girl who has no idea where to begin:
- Get a crash course: Know what your brewery has available and ask about them it to get a feel for what they may taste like. People go into breweries already having preferences and may not even know it. Do you like your drinks sweet or sour, bitter or smoky? It helps to think about what beers you may normally gravitate towards. There’s a huge difference between a gose and a stout. Most breweries will even let you have a quick taste if you’re still not sure.
- Start with a flight: You are never going to learn what you like and don’t like until you try them all. Most flights let you choose between 4 or 6 beers to sample. I personally would try three that you know you’ll enjoy and leave that last choice open for something that you may not normally pick. You never know, you could end up loving it!
- Know it’s okay: Yes, it’s okay to not like every single beer that you sip, you’re not going to offend anyone. Just don’t make a scene. Like with any other food or drink preference, people have different tastes. What tastes good to you may not be the same for someone else and vice versa. Also, keep in mind that tastes are acquired. Don’t write off one style of beer forever just because you didn’t like it that one time you tried it a few months ago. Even between the same style of beer, you will find different tastes, notes, and aromas. I say, try them all!
- Support your local breweries: Okay, let’s just say you find that brewery that you love and feel particularly loyal too. *raises hand* Don’t forget to visit the other local breweries in your area. Each brewery has a unique vibe and flavor that is all their own and it’s so fun to go out and try them all. Here in the Tampa Bay, we have dozens of fantastic breweries that are worth a visit. I have not visited all of them, nor am I close to, but here are some of my favorites.
- St. Petersburg: St. Pete Brewing is obviously my favorite, but I’ve been known to visit others. Cage, Pinellas Ale Works, 3 Daughters are great picks if you’re in the downtown area.
- Palm Harbor: This is my hometown and you have to try Stilt House Brewery. They have so many options, it’s not even funny!!
- Dunedin: The tiny town of Dunedin has become almost a beer-mecca. 7venth Sun, Woodwright Brewing, and Dunedin Brewery are all worth a visit.
- Safety Harbor: Crooked Thumb is the lone brewery in this adorable town, but they have a great outdoor space and their beer is top notch.
- The Beaches: If you are visiting the Clearwater/St. Pete area for our amazing beaches, don’t worry, you’re in luck! Both Mad Beach Brewing and Mastry’s Brewing have great tastes and are only steps away from the Gulf.
Okay, I know I just shared a lot of information with you, but I hope you find it helpful! A lot of girls can be intimidated by the craft beer business and feel like they have no idea where to begin. Again, that was me. Just remember that if they are truly good at what they do, the breweries will be more than happy to help you find your place.
Peace and Love from Florida,
Katie, The Coastal Stylist