Best Bars Serving Seasonal Beers In Tampa

September 25, 2014 8:00 AM

It seems everyone is in on the seasonal flavor trend, especially if that flavor is pumpkin. With pumpkin lattes, pumpkin cupcakes, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin pasta and pumpkin soup, why not pumpkin beer? These Tampa Bay breweries offer fresh, house-made seasonal beer flavors on tap, including, of course, pumpkin. Check out some of the most popular breweries in Tampa Bay.
Mr. Dunderbak’s
14929 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33613
(813) 977-4104
www.dunderbaks.com

Mr. Dunderbak’s is one of very few restaurants in the Tampa Bay area that offers truly authentic German cuisine. Some of the menu options are absolutely to die for, such as the cheese spatzle, homemade pierogies and potato pancakes with sour cream and applesauce. Dunderbak’s is also famous for its beer selection, which includes imported bottled beers as well as house-brewed drafts. Here is where you can find the Hofbrau Oktoberfest Bier, brewed by the Hofbrau Munchen, one of only six breweries allowed to supply beer to the Oktoberfest in Munich. This is the real deal for German beer.

Cigar City Brewpub
15491 N. Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33618
(813) 962-1274
www.cigarcitybrewpub.com

Cigar City is all about supporting the local community and creates its menu with ingredients from only local farmers. Its menu is not terribly extensive but very high quality. Depending on what is locally available, you can expect to see choices like empanadas, smoked swordfish tacos and hanger steak. Cigar City also brews its own beers, including the seasonal Good Gourd brew. This pumpkin ale is flavored with ceylon cinnamon, Jamaican all-spice, Zanzibar cloves and nutmeg.

Dunedin Brewery
937 Douglas Ave.
Dunedin, FL 34698
(727) 736-0606
www.dunedinbrewery.com

The Dunedin Brewery is the oldest craft brewery in the Sunshine State. The menu is composed of typical pub fare, such as nachos, wings, burritos and sandwiches. Three seasonal flavors are available on tap: an Oktoberfest red lager, the American Classic IPA and a pumpkin brew. The pumpkin brew is by far the most popular, made with real pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla and brewed into a Scottish-style red ale.

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Tampa Bay Brewing Company
1600 E. 8th Ave.
Tampa, FL 33605
(813) 247-1422
www.tampabaybrewingcompany.com

Tampa Bay Brewing Company is so passionate about house-made beers that it even includes them in the food on the menu. For example, you can order a French baguette served with orange blossom honey butter made with its Wild Warthog Weizen brew, or maybe the True Blonde Hummus Dip made with its True Blonde Ale and served with pita and veggies. When fall arrives, another house-made brew joins the beer menu: the Midnight Crossing. It has a heavy roasted malt taste with notes of caramel.

Cycle Brewing
534 Central Ave.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 320-7954
www.facebook.com/pages/Cycle-Brewing

This cash-only brewery and tasting room has a great policy: try before you buy. You can sample any beer on tap before committing to a purchase. That means you have nothing to lose this fall when the PumQueen Ale comes out. Pints are $4 every Tuesday. You can check out the Cycle Brewing Facebook page to find out about additional specials or events.

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Amanda Mole has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil and cooking since she was tall enough to reach the stove. She believes that food provides more than just vital nutrients: it is an irreplaceable part of countless cultural and social activities. As a Tampa Bay resident for the past 21 years, she is well acquainted with the incredibly diverse range of restaurants, bars, and food festivals that the area has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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