St. Pete/Clearwater Showcases Locally-Brewed Beer

'Where Summer Rocks' Serves Up Week-Long Celebration of Area's Top Breweries

Thursday, June 20, 2013

St. Pete/Clearwater, FL (June 20, 2013) – Summer is rocking and some of Florida's best beer will be flowing during Craft Beer Week in St. Pete/Clearwater as 10 brewpubs from Tarpon Springs to St. Petersburg showcase why the area is becoming a mecca for brewing aficionados. 

With craft beer's place in tourism growing with beer trails around the country, St. Pete/Clearwater is tapping into one of the hottest travel trends. 
From Dunedin Brewery, Florida's older brewery, to Rapp Brewing Company, which just earned best new brewer in Florida, here is a quick tour of some of the best breweries in the state. 
The 8 breweries on the St. Pete/Clearwater craft beer tour are: 

Saint Somewhere - Tarpon Springs
Lagerhause Brewery - Palm Harbor
Dunedin Brewery - Dunedin
7venth Sun Brewery - Dunedin
Barley Mow Brewing Company - Largo
Rapp Brewing Company - Pinellas Park
Cycle Brewing - Gulfport (soon-to-be St. Petersburg)
R Bar - Treasure Island

Not listed are Sea Dog Brewing Company---an outpost of the New England brewer---in Clearwater and Brewer's Tasting Room in St. Pete, which just recently started brewing their own beer. And within the next year, there is word of five more breweries opening their doors in St. Pete/Clearwater. 

Fans can interact with Where Summer Rocks Beer Week and win prizes by tagging Instagram shots with #WhereSummerRocks, following Foursquare tips or submitting your own Rockumentary video

Monday, June 24 – Rapp on Tapp
Greg Rapp, owner of Rapp Brewing Company, is one of the best new stars in the St. Pete/Clearwater craft beer scene, specializing in small batch ales and lagers. After launching a local brewing club, Rapp rolled out his own full-fledged brewing company in Seminole. His best brews include Gose, a wheat beer, and OMG, a rare and unusual 20% ABV creation. 

Tuesday, June 25 – Cycle Around 
Cycle Brewing, wedged in the back of Peg’s Cantina, a delicious Mexican joint in Gulfport, was at one time the smallest brewery in Florida. Its undeniable success has it growing fast enough to warrant a move to St. Pete. A must is its staple, Freewheel Pale Ale, while the Cream and Sugar Please Sweet Porter will wake you right up! 

Wednesday, June 26 – Saint Somewhere 
Taking after Tarpon Springs’ old-time feel, Saint Somewhere Brewing Company is no doubt an old-fashioned brewing company. Following brewing methods from 100 years ago, this small batch brewery showcases traditional Belgian style ales, like its Saison Athene (citrus flavored Farmhouse Ale) and its latest Pays de Soleil (an oddly good mix of herbal and fruity notes). 

Thursday, June 27 – Suds & Sand 
There isn’t a huge craft been scene on America’s Best Beaches but it’s slowly making its way. Leading the charge is St. Pete/Clearwater’s newest brewpub, The R Bar, in Treasure Island. The traditional diner now feature’s its own beer brewed in just a 10-gallon system despite the high demand. In addition, bottles and cans of craft beer are littered at beach bars lining the Gulf. 

Friday, June 28 – Dunedin’s Duo 
We cap the week dedicated to St. Pete/Clearwater’s craft been scene in the perfect place: Dunedin. Only a couple blocks separate’s Florida’s oldest brewery, Dunedin Brewery, and a popular up-start, 7venth Sun Brewing Company. Mix in some local live music from Shula’s Soul at 9 p.m. and your weekend has official begun. 

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