8. Tampa Bay Brewing
Neighboring Peg's Cantina and its brewers at Cigar City made the list last year, but Tampa seemingly had a change of heart and went with the more party-prone pick in Ybor City.
If Cigar City is this town's resident beer geek, then Tampa Bay Brewing is its brash, bawdy, bully with the bigger personality. The Doble family opened up shop in 1996 in a little two-story brick building that used to serve as a stable and started brewing beer befitting their English roots.
Within a decade, the family had grown into a far larger facility on Centro Ybor and kept pouring high-octane brews including their hop-heavy 6.8% ABV Old Elephant Foot IPA, their potent, nitrogen-poured 8% ABV Iron Rat Stout and their staunch 10% ABV Moosekiller barleywine stout that serves as a base for the Moosekiller Meatloaf.
When you're pouring that caliber of beer into the cooking, it pays to have a menu with some character. Dishes including Wild Warthog Thai Style Spicy Curry Mussels (made with the brewery's Hefeweizen), half-pound "bomb" burgers baked into pizza dough shells and chocolate and cherry bread pudding are not only surprisingly lively for a brewpub, but have earned the brewery a visit from celebrity chef Guy Fieri for his
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