Florida’s Craft Brewery Trail | St. Petersburg & Clearwater | RTX Traveler Magazine

St. Petersburg and Clearwater are at the heart of Florida’s craft beer movement with a multitude of small independently owned breweries creating one-of-a-kind beers that must be tasted.

The craft beer scene has taken the nation by storm and Pinellas County is no exception as 10 breweries already exist with five more on the horizon. Similar to California’s wine country, the one hour drive known as the St.Pete/Clearwater Craft Beer Trail is a must-do for any RTX member who loves beer.

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Start by visiting www.visitstpeteclearwater.com where a map of the self-guided tour is available along with summaries of each of the breweries. Plot your path by picking out the breweries that most appeals to you or make it a two day event and visit all of them.

Along the way you will find Florida’s original craft brewery in Dunedin, a fifth-generation Austrian brewer with a habit of breaking the rules, a laid back cantina with one of the highest-rated beers in the world and a warehouse in Pinellas Park recently named best new brewery in Florida by ratebeer.com.

Stop in and sample artisanal beer styles like hefeweizens, Belgian dubbel and tripel ales, India pale ales, porters and many more. Meet the brewers and take behind the scene tours of all the breweries to get an intimate understanding of the individual art that goes into each batch. Meet with other enthusiasts and locals and enjoy an afternoon of friendly conversation, good food and world-class beer.

Whether you visit a few or all of the breweries, beer geeks and novices alike are certain to find a palate pleasing beer and a strong sense of community along the craft beer trail.

ALONG THE PATH

Running from Tarpon Spring to Treasure Island the St.Pete/Clearwater Craft Beer Trail takes about one hour to drive and consists of 10 breweries with five more opening in the near future. Take a look at some of the highlights along the way.

DUNEDIN BREWERY

Florida’s oldest craft brewery helped lay the foundation for developing the area’s craft beer renaissance. The Scottish themed interior combined with a steady lineup of live music throughout the week and some of the town’s best food meld together for a laid back atmosphere. Local favorites include the Red Head Ale, Nitro Stout and the top selling Apricot Peach Ale, a Belgian wheat beer with a refreshing hint of fruit.
CONTACT
Dunedin Brewery
937 Douglas Ave.
Dunedin, FL 34698
(727) 736-0606
www.dunedinbrewery.com

7VENTH SUN BREWERY

A short walk from Dunedin Brewery, 7venth Sun specializes in small-batch IPAs, barrel-aged beers and wild ales such as their Belge D’or, a strong Belgian pale ale. A small tasting room and cozy deck provide the perfect place for sipping on other favorites like the Donut Porter and Gardien Tripel.
CONTACT
1012 Broadway
Dunedin, FL 34698
(727) 733-3013
www.7venthsun.com

LAGERHAUS BREWERY

Situated in Palm Harbor is the Lagerhaus Brewery. Run by a fifth-generation Austrian brewer, Lagerhaus specializes in fruity lambics and high-gravity hefeweizens. Be sure to try the Wildberry Lambic and Bohemian Swinger which go well with the homemade sausages.
CONTACT
3438 East Lake Business
Palm Harbor, FL 34685
(727) 216-9682
lagerhausbrewery.com

CYCLE BREWERY

On the southern tip of the peninsula in Gulfport is Peg’s Cantina, home to Cycle Brewing and one of the highest rated beers in the world, Rare DOS. A rich black beer with hints of cocoa, coffee and whisky-laced oak the Rare DOS has developed a cult following, so stop in and don’t miss this award winner.
CONTACT
3038 Beach Blvd S?
Gulfport, FL 33707
(727) 328-2720
www.pegscantina.com

SEA DOG BREWING COMPANY

Originally founded in Bangor, Maine, Sea Dog opened a second location in Clearwater adding to an already thriving beer community. All of the Sea Dog favorites like the Blueberry Wheat are on tap but be sure to try one of the small-batch cask-conditioned ales.
CONTACT
26200 US Highway 19 N
Clearwater, FL
(727) 466-4916
www.seadogbrewing.com

RAPP BREWING COMPANY

Nestled in Seminole this warehouse operation has made quite a splash in the local scene by being named Florida’s best new brewery by ratebeer.com. Twenty taps serve forgotten styles such as gose and lichtenheiner along with other favorites. 
CONTACT
10930 Endeavour Way
Suite C
Seminole, FL  33777
(727) 692-7912
www.rappbrewing.com

 

 


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