Have been coming here for years. Love the Old elephant Foot IPA. Good beer+ good food = A very good night :)
redave (9) squaw valley, California | May 28, 2006
When i first visited Tampa, I think i came here at least 5 times in the 7 days i was here. It’s that good. They are in the middle of moving to a new location. First of all great beers. However, at the moment, none are their own brews, due to the move, but still fine "guest" veers available. Last time i was here, I enjoyed every beer i tried. But for me the best thing was my introduction to cask conditioned ales.
An authentic beer engine served a special cask conditioned batch of one of their regular beers. I had the great fortune to be present when they had their famous IPA cask conditioned!! I was shocked and awed by the "show" after a pour [the three layers of color and foam that you get from a nitrogen pushed ale]. I was in heaven!
I will miss the nice upper terrace that the old one has.
At the moment they have a great selection of guest beers, including dogfish head 60 minute IPA, a Mojo IPA and a nice Barley Wine i can’t remember the name of.
The food is good, and they have a great [incredibly hot] habanero sauce.
The service is the only thing that can bring down this great place. The bar staff seems very good, but a couple of the servers a little less than great.
allfreej (76) Louisville, Kentucky | May 4, 2006| Updated March 30, 2007
Tampa Bay Brewing is a must-stop location for beer drinkers when in Tampa. On my most recent visit, I discovered that they were relocating to Central Ybor, a far better location to spread the gospel of real beer, great food, and excellent service. The staff at the Brewing Company is absolutely top-notch, and the establishment shows it. Though they had none of their house brews on tap due to the move, the brewmaster ensured they had an excellent selection of micros and Belgians on tap to make up for the loss. I had visited the brewery when in town in the past, and the beer is definitely worth the trip. The food is excellent and plentiful, the combination of great beer with great, reasonably-priced food too rare in today’s age. The move to Central Ybor will undoubtedly boost their clientele, but I’m sure that Vicky and the rest of the crew can keep up with the demand! A must stop for any beer lover going to Tampa, and I look forward to my next visit!
We love this joint....great pub food (plus!), and great brews---especially his seasonal specials. Can’t go wrong here...a must visit when in Ybor and Tampa.
kseecs16 (209) Naperville, Illinois | February 20, 2006| Updated March 2, 2010
Right in the Centro Ybor complex this is a nize relaxed brewpub with an open airoutdoor beergarden Nice selection of 7-10 house brews, and 7-8 other drafts, none BMC. Food is above average with some interesting options. Lacks a little of the charm and grime of the old location but still a must hit.
Updated 03/02/2010 for new location.
The sampler was huge - 8/9 beers. I went there with my wife a couple of years back on a 2nd honeymoon. I was expecting her to just indulge me on one of my brewpub excursions, but the food and atmosphere turned out to be very good. Walking distance from the Ybor City strip - makes for a nice bar-hopping evening. Good beer, but I probably overrated them, being sufficiently lubed by the time that I got to the end of the sampler.
Stopped here for lunch and got parking at a meter directly in front of brewpub. Service was quick and freindly. Ordered the sampler of nine brews. David the brewer noticed my rating and we discussed brews and he opened a cask IPA for me. Selection was very good and they had a brew for each major style. After I had tasted sampler, I reviewed the complete menu and ordered calamari. Hard dish to cook properly, but this was done perfectly and was a very nice portion. I agree that this is an essential stop.
I have been brewing for 22years and always am at a loss to find a good pub...especially in florida...
.i had a hard day at work and what a joy to find a real brewpub...and they even knew what cask beer was!!!.
I drank my fill of Old Elephant foot IPA it really knocked my socks off (i love a very highly hopped ipa...over 100IBUs they claim).
I also had the Iron Rat Stout...very smooth and had the alcohol to go with it. The Barley wine was a bit sweet...but also had a great malty flavor.
The food portions were very large and i could not eat all the food....i had a steak
Staff was very friendly and David the brewer recommeded a great place to get some cigars down the Street....and even bought me a couple of pints.
Very good location to start your Ybor City night....right in the middle of everything.
to the purists...some of the beers were a bit out of style but...hey who is complaining they were very good.
SoLan (12) Florida | September 18, 2005| Updated August 26, 2009
Nice brewpub in the middle of Ybor. Everything- food, beer, service- is always at least good. Stop in most of the time I’m in the area.
Yes, the place is dark, but it’s great. About 8 to 10 of their own beer was on tap along with about 8 other beers on tap, and none of those were bud or miller. The burger was great, the server was great and the root beer was to die for. A great gem hidden in Ybor City.