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.
St. Petersburg is becoming the place to be for craft beer drinkers. Not only are there some long-time quality breweries there, but a big crop of new breweries have just shot up. Literally two blocks from 3 Daughters Brewing (literally, I walked one block north, then one block west) is Pinellas Ale Works.
This is apparently a great weekend for Tampa Bay Craft beer, as two big events are happening on Saturday!
Ah, the joys of a good Belgian.
Beer, a Belgian beer. It’s the mix of big malt flavors and funky yeast esters that are always such a big draw.
And what I find interesting is very few people tend to do anything with their Belgian beers, unlike, say, a porter. Every so often, however, you do get something like 3 Daughters Brewing recent Tampa Bay Beer Week release, Treble Monker (Tripel, 8.5% ABV).
Treble Monker by 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.