By Laura Reiley, Times food critic Full article https://bit.ly/2nJZkRT  A server walks you to the wall and through the options: more than 50 taps, grouped by style, mostly local (Tampa Bay Brewing Company, Green Bench, 3 Daughters, etc.) and regional craft, plenty of ciders. You tap the screens for a little more detail. And then you pour. As little as a tenth of an ounce; a max of 40. Oak & Stone is the second location of a concept launched by longtime friends Joe Seidensticker and Brett Decklever, whose first is in Sarasota on University Parkway. Even in the face of a monster amount of craft beer already, the duo were drawn to St. Petersburg for its great reputation as a craft beer and food destination, as well as its blossoming downtown. There’s loads at Oak & Stone to entertain you. It’s a sprawling place,…

Busch Gardens is hosting Bier Fest August 25th – September 16th. Through the course of the 4 week period there will be a rotation of 100+ beers from local breweries around the world along with food options. As with most Busch Gardens events, you will have the option to purchase a lanyard to get the most bang for your buck. The event itself is included in your general admission, there is no extra fee.  3 Daughters Brewing will have 3 of our beverages there, including our new Rosé Cider which will be coming to cans soon. Our Rosé Cider is light pink in color with hints of berry and citrus. It is refreshing yet crisp for the perfect Florida drink. Beach Blonde Ale and 3 Daughters Brewing original Hard Apple Cider will be available as well. For more information visit: https://on.wtsp.com/2ADEOeN

By Veronica Brezina-Smith – Reporter, Tampa Bay Business Journal Aug 10, 2018, 3:01pm EDT Updated Aug 10, 2018, 3:09pm The waterfront Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel will soon be unveiling a piece of its major three-phased renovation. The 277-room hotel has opened the Sheraton Pool Bar, which will allow guests to grab a drink or dish from the pool bar. The Sheraton Riverwalk is one of only two hotels with direct access to the popular Riverwalk and is one of only a handful of approved vendors that are allowed to sell alcoholic drinks on the waterfront. “The pool bar will bring in additional revenue from local crowds and the downtown evening crowds. This is going to be a whole new venture for us,” Melissa Stenson, director of sales and marketing at the hotel, told the Tampa Bay Business Journal. Phase 1, which was completed earlier…

See original article here> https://www.growingproduce.com/fruits/future-florida-hops-just-got-little-brighter/ Researches have been working on Hops farms in Florida. With the Tampa area now being home to more than 50 Breweries it could have a great impact if the Hops were grown here. Local St Pete and Tampa Breweries have assisted in the project by donating, providing feedback, ideas, and running tests on the Hops that are being produced on a research farm in southern Hillsborough County. Our very own Desiree M Chubb, Director of Quality, assisted in the findings of UV lights and the effects it would have on the Hops farm. See the link above for the article. “By extending the photoperiod five to six hours per day, increasing the time plants are exposed to light to match similar conditions in more northern climates, Shinsuke Agehara and Zhanao Deng, researchers at the UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, were able…

By Liz Newman. See original article here: https://www.thrillist.com/travel/nation/things-to-do-in-tampa Thrillist has come up with a list of fun things to do when you have that family member come to visit or that friend from college you haven’t seen in forever. One of those fun things is the Gulp Coast Craft Beer Trail. With more than 30 breweries popping up in the Tampa area it is a little reminiscent of California’s wine country. The trail spans from Tarpon Springs through Dunedin (a brewery mecca!) all the way down to St. Pete, and is approximately an hour drive from beginning to end. And given there are, say, more than 30  breweries, including gems like Clearwater-based Big Storm to St. Pete’s go-to 3 Daughters Brewing in between — you may want to start pursuing those Uber star ratings now.

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…

Brews with Attitude is finally here! One of the biggest craft beer festivals in Florida is hosted by Pepin Distributing and it’s always a blast. Incredibly well-run throughout the entirety of the fest and the beer flow is plenty. This year’s there’s at least a dozen more breweries than last year’s BWA so there will be plenty of beers to try- over 200 to be exact. Charley Belcher stopped by early in the morning to scope out the fest and talk to some of the breweries. We had a special bearded Captain talk to Charley so definitely give it a watch. Link here: http://www.fox13news.com/good-day/charley-s-world/more-than-200-beers-to-choose-from-at-annual-brews-with-attitude

Local Craft Florida Cider

With Strawberry season a HUGE deal here in Florida (each winter close to 300 million pounds of strawberries are grown in Central Florida) we thought we’d get into the delicious fruit and brew something special for it. So you know we had to do it with our local craft cider. Introducing the Strawberry Mojito Cider and the Dry Strawberry Cider. Both are packed with strawberries but have very different flavors. The Strawberry Mojito has a good amount of mint in it which gives it a refreshing finish very reminiscent of a delicious mojito. Strawberry Mojito cider is 5.2% We knew that we wanted to showcase the delicious flavor of Florida strawberries so we decided to do a Dry Strawberry. We let the yeast eat up almost all the sugar so the fruit flavors can shine without all of the sweetness. Dry Strawberry clocks in…

As some of you have have noticed we have switched our can carriers to the plastic rings you see on many other products. However, these aren’t your typical plastic carriers. We searched high and low for something that wouldn’t be harmful to our environment and we found these incredible photodegradable can carriers from Mumm Craft Products. The plastic rings full break down in just 4 weeks (or less), meaning that it breaks down into even smaller and smaller pieces under the effects of wind, rain and other environmental forces. The ring carrier loses approximately 75% of its strength within days of direct exposure to sunlight. It can become completely brittle in a matter of weeks when the carrier is exposed to direct or indi­rect sunlight. The speed at which it becomes brittle will vary with the time of year, temperature, latitude and any other…