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.
I’ve been a big fan of St. Petersburg brewing behemoth 3 Daughters Brewing for some time, but I’ve only been able to set foot in their brewery twice. The first time was with my wife while she was pregnant, and the second was only a few weeks ago. The sad thing was I wasn’t able to bring my wife and daughter. I will need to get them back sometime soon.
When i was there, however, co-owner Mike Harting gave me a little tour of their new brewing facility and the giant fermentation tanks there, manufactured by BrewFab only blocks away. It was pretty awesome to see, and they have definitely come a long way in a short time.
Between November 14th and 18th, 1965, U.S. soldiers encountered troops from the People’s Army of Vietnam (a.k.a. North Vietnam) in a battle later known as the Battle of Ia Drang. This marked the first major combat operation of the Vietnam War for the U.S., and was later recounted in the book We Were Soldiers Once … And Young (and the Mel Gibson movie of a similar title).
In the helicopter reinforcement that went in the next day after the battle started was Lieutenant Colonel Bruce Harting. Lt. Col. Harting served in Vietnam with 3rd Platoon, C Company, 7th Calvary, 1st Calvary Division until April 5th of the following year, where he was shot during the Battle of Dak To.
Ret. Lt. Col. Bruce Harting at 3 Daughters Brewing. Image courtesy of 3 Daughters.
Many moons ago, when my lovely wife was still pregnant, we had a wonderful visit to the good people at 3 Daughters Brewing in St. Pete.
While there, one of the beers that co-owner Mike Harting had me sample was a Strawberry Cream Ale, one of their first forays into fruit beers. I was suitably impressed (Head brewer Ty Weaving is quite the master), and the beer is pretty fitting for the Tampa Bay area with their close proximity to Plant City’s legendary strawberries and their currently on-going Florida Strawberry Festival.
While it was delicious, it didn’t seem like the beer was destined to ever leave the tap room.
Boy, was I wrong. The beer was just released in bombers and given a new, royal title of Queen’s Court Strawberry Cream Ale (Cream Ale, 5% ABV).
Queen's Court Strawberry Cream Ale by 3 Daughters Brewing
It is my hope that some readers will be able to regale me with stories of what Webb’s City was like.
I never went. Heck, until recently I never knew what it was. For those of you like me, here’s a primer:
Webb’s City was, of all things, a drug store that sold much more than just medication. Self-described as “The World’s Most Unusual Drug Store,” Webb’s opened in 1925 by James “Doc” Webb in a 480 square foot building in downtown St. Petersburg.
Not too terribly long ago, we covered the ultra classy Green Bench Brewing in the City of Green Benches, St. Petersburg.
That beer was a light and funky Saison de Banc Vert (or, simply, Green Bench Saison). It also seems to be something of a signature for the brewery.
But, if you can forgive me for reviving a horrible cliche, Black is the New Green.
And just like that, Green Bench Brewing is available by me.
Okay, maybe not all of Green Bench, but there were a few bottles to have.
When you take a look at Green Bench Brewing, they sort of feel like the grand dame on St. Petersburg brewing. Heck, they were such pioneers in brewing in that city that they helped to write city codes to allow them to brew beer.
As a soon to be father of a daughter, it’s nice to be able to talk to a man who has three daughters of his own and can give you advice.
Of course, when that conversation also focuses on beer, that’s just a win-win situation all around.
3 Daughters Brewing