With the number of local breweries opening around the Tampa Bay area, I have been trying a number of places that make or host our local beers. One that I was very happy to try was Tampa Bay Brewing in Ybor city. It is apparently a very popular place, because we stopped in on a weeknight and it was bursting at the seams with people. It seemed like a very happy crowd and everyone appeared to be having fun. We were seated at a very large booth, and a server was promptly there to describe some of their beers and answer any questions we might have about them. I decided to go with a weizen beer because I have not yet learned to acquire a taste for overly hoppy beers that seems to fit the the flavor profile of a lot of craft beers. The weizen was a very good choice and I happily sipped away. I did sneak a taste of my son's root beer that they make there and I thought it was very good for those of you out there who enjoy a good root beer.
I am happy to say the food here was very good and the beer is not the only star of the show. I tried the
Brew House Cheese Burger, the fish and chips, and the shepard's pie. Everything was very good, especially the shepherd's pie, which is always a favorite of mine. Even though the servings were huge and ample for sharing, I couldn't resist trying the Deep Dish Apple Crisp, which is another favorite of mine. I am glad I didn't pass that up because it was delicious! I would recommend this as a stop if visiting Ybor City to experience some local brews and fun.
Tampa Bay Brewing
1600 East 8th Avenue
Ybor City, FL 33605