Listen to the interview here: https://stpetersburggroup.com/podcast-episodes/mike-harting-3-daughters-brewing/ Mike Harting talks St. Pete’s evolution, his entrepreneurial endeavors, and the burgeoning arts and brewing scene. On this episode of SPx, we throw back to last May, when Joe sat down with Mike Harting to talk through St. Pete’s past, it’s evolving present, and what’s coming for the future. Touching on topics ranging from arts and culture, to business and development – from Central avenue’s spotty history, to its smashing independent business scene – this conversation has something for everyone. This interview was originally shot on video. Head to the show notes on StPeteX.com to watch instead of listen. Key Insights: Mike Harting grew up in St. Petersburg. He can tell you first hand how much it has changed in his lifetime. When he was kid, they weren’t allowed to go south of 9th Avenue N because it…

Local Craft Cider

It’s funny that I really knew the difference between dry and sweet from drinking wines, not beers or ciders. With the exception of saisons and a few other styles, however, it’s not a term that gets thrown around a lot when it comes to beer. It does in cider, however, especially since ciders are, in many ways – and according to Florida law – a wine. So you’ll get your big, sweet ciders, and your big, sweet, fruity ciders, and strong, dry ciders. There aren’t a lot of big, sweet, dry ciders, however. One that tends to buck the trend is Dry Strawberry Cider (Cider, 8% ABV) from St. Petersburg powerhouse 3 Daughters Brewing, or their new cidery arm. I know I said the cider is both dry and sweet. I recommend going to the cidery itself to try this, since you’ll understand what…

WIMAUMA, Fla. — You can call Dr. Shinsuke Agehara “the hops whisperer.” Tampa Bay area breweries challenged the University of Florida plant physiologist to grow 800 hops plants in the Sunshine State, specifically in a patch of field in Wimauma. That is a tricky task considering most hops are grown in the Pacific Northwest, where the climate and longer daylight hours during the summer are crucial to cultivating beer’s main ingredient. “We have to overcome some challenges, and environment is one of them,” says Shinsuke. Read the full article from ABC News here.

TBN Weekly- As the popularity of beer produced by smaller breweries continues to grow, local communities are benefiting in a number of ways. Pinellas County is no exception. Florida had 195 craft breweries and was ranked 10th in the nation at the end of 2016, according to the Brewer’s Association. As of 2015, about one-third of the state’s microbreweries were in Tampa Bay and about 20 percent of those were in Pinellas County, according to statistics compiled by Forward Pinellas. In 2017, 86 of these small-production breweries were open in the Tampa Bay region with more than 30 doing business in Pinellas, according to Dan Bjerk, senior international trade specialist for the U.S. Department of Commerce, who is working on a new project to help breweries expand their market. The industry is growing rapidly, which is good news for owners and local communities, as…

Eric Pera- St. Petersburg’s 3 Daughters Brewing takes the bold flavor of coffee to a different place with A Wake Coffee Blonde Ale, a bracing quaff that runs counter to the herd of dark, java-laced stouts and porters. The beer is clean and sharply crisp, with a punch of coffee that’s more in the realm of a blonde roast. A Wake finishes slightly acidic and bitter, with a touch of sweet, biscuit malt. Sharp carbonation is both cleansing and refreshing. A Wake Coffee Blonde is 5.5 percent alcohol by volume and pours slightly hazy and golden. Full article here.

Good news: The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club has finished renovating the Vinoy Tower and its 102 guest rooms, phase two of that $50 million redevelopment project you’ve likely heard about. Which means Paul’s Landing, the historic downtown property’s new marina-front, Florida-inspired restaurant, isn’t too far behind, yes? You got it. And if the Tower’s revamped look is any indication — it’s Art Deco-ed out; whimsical, with a coastal edge — locals should be pleased with where Paul’s is headed. Since the restaurant is the redevelopment’s next undertaking, CL wanted to do a little refresher on Paul’s — which broke ground in March and shares a name with the signature Vinoy-3 Daughters Brewing collaboration beer — coupled with the latest updates from a super-early media preview of the Tower on Wednesday. Here’s one of our semi-regular roundups on the five things…

In 2004, Delaware’s Dogfish Head Brewery was well into the process of making a name for itself through envelope-pushing beers, like 120-Minute IPA and World Wide Stout, brews notorious for their astronomical alcohol content. Then came something even more unusual: Liquor de Malt, an American adjunct malt liquor made with gourmet corn and packaged in 40-ounce bottles inside a hand-stamped paper bag. Unfortunately, Florida never received any of this beer, most likely because the 40-ounce package size is not allowed. But now, 13 years later, we have a local craft malt liquor of our own: 3 Daughters Brewing Ctrl + Malt + Del. While “malt liquor” simply refers to any stronger-than-average lager, the term is forever linked to low-end brews sold in oversized clear bottles in gas station coolers across the country. And look, let’s not pretend that we’ve never enjoyed a cool, 32-ounce…

St. Petersburg, FL- (October 6, 2017) – EndorFun Sports, operator of St. Pete Run Fest, announces a partnership with Visit St. Pete/Clearwater (VSPC) as the Festival partner for the running event coming to downtown St Petersburg on November 18-19, 2017. St. Pete Run Fest is two full days of festival fun, including running events (half marathon, relay,5K and kids), a Health & Wellness market, incredible food (Tropical Smoothie, Outback Steakhouse) live music and craft beer from 3 Daughters Brewing. With distances for kids, beginners, and seasoned runners, there’s plenty to entertain the entire family in the Sunshine City, St. Petersburg, Florida. It has been many years since downtown St. Petersburg has hosted a major running event. Over those years, St. Pete is developing into a global destination with millions visiting annually to enjoy our weather, world-class restaurants, craft beer and distillery options, live music,…

While acknowledging that Florida is behind the more established craft beer markets, it hasn’t stopped Leigh Harting from making sure that 3 Daughters Brewing isn’t behind when it comes to putting out quality craft brews. The quality and consistency of the product, she says of the St. Petersburg, Florida-based facility, is the money that the brewery made sure to invest into a high-quality lab from the start. Not content to just have a great lab and staff in the building, Harting — who is co-owner of 3 Daughters since opening in late 2013 with her husband Mike — made sure the lab is a part of the consumer experience in the brewery’s facility, located right next to the tasting room. “We knew as we came in we wanted to be transparent,” Harting said. “I want [consumers] to like our beer now, three years and…

Two words: cider bar. That’s the new addition 3 Daughters Brewing has made to its St. Petersburg brewery and tasting room. Besides being great news for folks looking to get their hands on more local cider, what else makes The Orchard, as it’s called, real neat? Well, variety. Patrons choose from a lineup of eight house ciders, including spicy cinnamon apple, dry, tropical and sweet tea, plus this food editor’s favorite — a cider dry-hopped with Summit hops. “That’s a little homage to the beer lovers in the crowd,” said 3 Daughters Cider CEO John Erik Savitsky. According to Savitsky, most of the ciders are based on the brewery’s original cider recipe (tea from New Dawn Coffee a couple blocks away is cold-brewed into the OG formula for the sweet tea cider, for example). 3 Daughters, whose cider bar formally opened July 1, is…