This place has most of the basic micr/macro brews. It really is a wine store with a halfway decent selection of beer. I can usually find something that apeals to me. Trying to get staff to put in a special order is like pulling teeth.
The store is situated in a Publix lot, with a nice, hole in the wall feeling. The inside has a small 5 door cooler stocked with a better than normal (for Tampa) selection. Some excellent choices of Old Rasputin (the house favorite), Dogfish Black and Blue, 120, and soon to have Stone. On the other half of the store it is mainly a wine shop, however, there is a small full service liquor/piano bar, on tap is Old Rasputin, DFH 90, Sam Adams Seasonal, and Warsteiner. With Chris from Willow Bend just coming on board, there’s soon to be many new and interesting items in stock.
Visit this store on a regular basis for two reasons: they have a better selection of American Craft and Belgian beers than the other Janís store and they have a beer/wine bar as well. Many different types of beers here from Delirium Tremens to the occasional bottle of St. Bernardus Abt 12, Saxo Blond (only place around that carries it), Pranqster, Holy Mackaral, Chimay (all 3 at times), and many other beers. They typically have Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA and North Coast Old Rasputin on tap. On our latest trip, the daughter of the owners informed us that they were expanding their on-tap selection by 10 or 12 additional taps. We will have to continue visiting on a regular basis. . . .
Itís a package store with a small adjoining bar. The only place, besides Publix, in this area where you can buy something other then a macro brew. The staff is great. Take your woman with you on a weekend night, she can sample the 1000ís of wines, while you sample their approx 50 beers, I promise youíll leave happy. Just go early, itís short on space. Oh yeah they do have some food, ask for the cranberry cheese with crackers, good stuff!!!!
This is the closest "Belgian Retailer" to Land O Lakes. The drive into Tampa can be a long one, but Janís can satisfy my craving for a good microbrew or one of about 25 Belgians such as the Bernardus 12 or Abbaye de Rocs varieties. They also have a few rare imports on draft here. The staff is very friendly and helpful.
Selection a bit less than a place like Racetrack Liquor and Fine Wines. This place does have a much better singles selection though. They sell the usual suspects like: Avery, Boulder, Penn, Brasserie des Rocs, Hennepin, Allagash, Flying Dog, Bison, DFH, etc. A regular stop if I lived out here and to the north.
As the other raters have said, there really isnít much around in this area of Tampa/Lutz. This whole shopping center wasnít here 2 years ago. But they had a decent selection - some Stoudtís, some DFH (but high $ - $10.50 for Raison), Tommyknocker, a few bottles of The Beast. They had some bottles of Musette left, probably due to the fact that not many beer people go in there. Bought myself a bottle of Fantome Printemps for $10, a little cheaper than my usual digs has it.