Brewery Visit – 7venth Sun @7venthsunbeer

​I have to apologize to 7venth Sun in Dunedin. It took me way too long to publish my visit to them, and the odds that any of these beers are still on tap is quite slim, indeed. 

The brewery has been open since 2012, and co-owners, brewmasters, and really nice people Devon Kreps & Justin Stange got their brewing chops honed at places like Sweetwater in Atlanta, Cigar City, and the massive St. Louis brewing conglomerate that shall not be named. 

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The 7venth Sun facility is a far cry from the size of those megabrewers. Situated about two blocks away from Dunedin Brewery, 7venth Sun is about the size of a gas station, and that feels just perfect for them. They have a 4.5 BBL system in their cozy digs, and quite the wide variety of inventive beers. A little heavy on the IPAs, and they give a lot of importance with the varieties of hops used as they’re always readily identifiable. 

Like I said, this article was written some time ago, and I can’t guarantee these beers are on tap (7venth Sun’s website has a current draft list, BW). Instead, take a look at this flight as more of a good sampling of the things you can expect when you go. 

From left to right:

Corpse Reviver (Berliner Weisse, 3.8%ABV) – This gin barrel-aged berliner has a nice, tangy body with a soft boozy gin character that isn’t too heavy. 

Graffiti Orange Creamsicle Wheat (Hefeweizen, 5.9% ABV) – This was fantastic. The aroma of the beer is resplendent with gargantuan aromas of orange and vanilla. Those also continue right into the flavor, and it’s lightly sweet, meaty, and incredibly delicious. 

Beware of Mr. Stange (Wild Ale, 10% ABV) – It’s listed as a Rum Barrel-aged Mangrove, which is one of their Double IPAs. It sure doesn’t drink like an IPA, though. It’s sweet, with giant notes of rum on the nose and a big, boozy flavor that is rich with heavy caramel flavors. 

Kitty Likes the Milk (Milk Stout, 6.4% ABV) – I do so love chocolate milk stouts. This is a great one, with a sweet, malty aroma that blends into a wonderfully creamy mouthfeel and flavor.

7venth Sun definitely makes a beer and has a reputation that far exceeds the physical constraints of their location. It’s worth a drive, and it’s also in a pretty good location to a lot of other great Florida breweries. 

Just don’t take too long to talk about them. 

Drink Florida Craft,

Dave

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Brewery Visit – Stilt House Brewery @stilthousebrew

Two words: disco lights.

Sure, craft beer, Tampa Bay area, nice people, awesome logo, tasty blah blah blah disco lights.

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Before we get to Studio 54, we talk about how Palm Harbor’s Stilt House Brewery is opened in November of 2015 by three friends; Jeff Domb, Sam Price, and Sean Greelish. Naturally, all of them were long-time homebrewers, and Sam happened to have 100k laying around he wanted to use to open a brewery.

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Brewery Visit – Dunedin Brewery @dunedinbrewery

The moment you drive into Dunedin (dun-EE-din), you are immediately greeted by a sign of a man dressed in full highlands garb.

And the Scottish influence doesn’t stop there; it’s everywhere in the town. Streets are named for icons in Scotland and the British Isles, stores display regalia, and many businesses carry on gaelic names. Even the name of the city itself, gifted by the Scottish settlers that founded the town, comes from the old Gaelic name for Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh.

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Brewery Visit – Tampa Bay Brewing Company Westchase @tbbco

I open with this: the grilled chicken pesto pizza was incredible. Just incredible. So, so good.

I got that pizza at Tampa Bay Brewing Company. Not the one in Ybor, mind you, but their new production facility, tap room, and restaurant in Westchase. It’s pretty new, having opened in August of 2015, and is really quite gorgeous.

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Brewery Visit – Cigar City at Tampa Int’l Airport @ cigarcitybeer

This is an article I never thought I’d write, simply due to the nature of how terribly difficult it is to get to this particular brewery.

For those in the know, Cigar City has three breweries in Tampa. Everyone knows about the main brewery and tap room behind the Home Depot on Spruce Street. There’s also a brewpub well north of that, which still has an in-house pilot system.

But the third one, and the smallest, is the brewpub located at Tampa international Airport. In Terminal C.

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Brewery Visit – Twisted Trunk

Twisted Trunk is the second brewery from Fran Andrewelevich and Matt Webster, the creators of South Florida’s 1st microbrewery Tequesta Brewing. But Twisted Trunk is much more than a rebranded Tequesta.

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As their sales guru Jason let me know, Twisted was intended to feature its own beers and its own image and style.

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Brewery Visit – Cage Brewing @cagebrewing

In the shadow of Tropicana Field, a few blocks away from 3 Daughters Brewing (literally), is the corner of 1st Avenue South and 20th Street South. On the southeast corner is the brand new Pinellas Ale Works.

Directly across, on the northwest corner, is the relatively new Cage Brewing. Look for the octopus and you can’t miss it.

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Brewery Visit – Khoffner Brewery USA @khoffnerusa

“When a brewer makes a beer, they’re not just making a beer. They’re telling their story about that beer.”

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Outside Khoffner Brewery

Speaking with Rauf Khoffner, owner and brewmaster of Khoffner Brewery USA in Ft. lauderdale, pieces of brewing wisdom such as this flow as easily from him as the delicately swirling smoke from one of his classic cigars.

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