Tampa Bay Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 18
Beer Ratings: 405
Beer Avg: 3.63
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
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4.35/5 rDev +6.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
My main comment is these guys brew and serve delicious beer. They had a great IPA (Elephant Foot IPA) on tap and cask. Both terrific--esp cask. Our server was a young guy who was happy to dole out samples (Moosekiller Barleywine was excellent but too much ABV for me that night; their Pale was also good but I was into IPA). The food was fine, nothing special but better than pub food. The atmosphere was a little disappointing though. It felt like a glorified TGIF. The outdoor patio looked like it would have been much more fun but I was with a sweaty New Yorker who couldn't handle the 90-degree heat that night.
06-27-2011 13:53:56 | More by fulcrum
3.8/5 rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This place is in the Ybor City part of Tampa, and has a large indoor seating and outdoor seating area. Outdoor has a full service bar, and is dog friendly, which is great in my family's book. Great open feel inside the place, with mugs hanging all around the walls from their Mug Club. The beers were tasty, and they have a good range of styles. Their sampler offers all of the beers they currently carry, they usually have atleast one seasonal, and it seems there is always a brew on Nitro. Also, they brew their own Root Beer and Cream sodas. The food was tasty, and everything was very reasonably priced. The service was a little rough when we visited, but looking around the other staff seemed to be more on top of things. If in the Tampa area again, we would definitely spend some time visiting this establishment.
06-11-2011 01:43:24 | More by GarthDanielson
4.46/5 rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I make a part of every trip an attempt to find good local beers. While I'd definitely heard of Cigar City and St. Somewhere, I hadn't heard of this brew pub when I came to Tampa. In fact, I just stumbled across it in Ybor City. The inside of the bar is a pretty standard pub. However, they also have an outdoor bar which serves all the same brews.
While I can't review the food, I can safely say that this was some of the best beer I've had anywhere. I had 6 different beers (Amber, APA, IPA (cask), Barleywine, Imperial Stout, Hefeweizen) here and I can say all were excellently crafted beers. From what I can tell, they primarily produce British and American style ales, the one exception being the Heffeweizen. I do not know i they produce other continental styles.
This is not a brewpub that focuses on innovation. All beers I saw were renditions of classic styles. All I tasted were exceptionally well-made. I could drink multiple pints of any one of them. I haven't been to a brew pub with this consistently high quality anywhere else except the vaunted Russian River Brewing Co. in Santa Rosa. While Tampa Bay Brewing Co. lacked their innovation, they certainly have a nearly unparalleled commitment to quality, and a brewmaster who really understands balance and refinement of style.
05-30-2011 15:21:49 | More by thatguy314
4.83/5 rDev +18.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Wow, was this a great find. On a busines trip, I was taken here by a colleague that had found it on a previous visit. The very reasonably priced food was outstanding -- I had the special which that night was a 12 oz steak that literally melted in my mouth (for 10 bucks!!). One of the best steak dinners I have had in years! Oh, yes, the beer: fantastic! A large selection of fresh styles! We tried an assortment of thier IPAs (2) and Imperial stout, as well as a fine pilsner. Each one was outstanding and brewed to perfection. The brew master has amazing talent! The atmosphere was pleasant too - plenty of tables and a large comfortable bar for large group seatings. And the televisions were not overwhelming the atmosphere, yet a good assortment of sporting events could be found. If you are in Tampa, be sure to check out this family run brewery. Service was excellent as well. The most upsetting aspect is the unbelieveable realization that I won't be finding Tampa Bay Brewing Co. selections in my local northeast beer outlet!
05-10-2011 02:40:05 | More by Kitt
4.15/5 rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
Easily accessible in Ybor city, TBBC is a great find for some solid craft brews in the Tampa area.
My visit was during lunchtime, so the atmosphere was kind of empty. Was also a weekday.
About 10 brews on top, one was a nitro. Very solid array and variety of brews. Not one really jumped out at me as astonishingly great, but they all had really nice balance and flavor. The sampler packed with one of each, and you'll have a great time plowing through them.
Food is solid as well - the hot pretzel is a great start (w/ the cheese and mustard sauces) and there is a range of really good sandwiches - Cuban, Reuben, burgers, plus pretty good pizzas. Good variety on kid menu too if that is important to you.
The service was Ok - they put in my kids' pizzas as to go when we were eating in, so our meal came w/o theirs - they did however comp my sampler, so a good result in the end. They were lightly staffed, but again for a tuesday afternoon, maybe that is to be expected.
Overall, definitely a great place to go when you are in the Tampa area.
03-08-2011 02:08:41 | More by KTCamm
3.38/5 rDev -17.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Tampa Bay Brewing Company (TBBC) is a showcase for a rotation of their brews (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/487/?view=beers), including a selection on cask. They supplement the in-house brews with a handful of guest taps.
In its new location in Centro Ybor, TBBC's atmosphere depends heavily on the day of the week and nearby events. On my most recent trip there prior to a concert, it was very flat...almost oppressively so. However, when the outdoor patio is available, it gets lively.
Service is average, which is somewhat disappointing give the vast number of drinking establishments in Ybor. Food, however, makes TBBC stand out, with a menu that incorporates their beer into many items. It makes the establishment an above-average choice for reasonably-priced food in Ybor, as well as craft beer.
12-18-2010 15:13:11 | More by tchaos
4/5 rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Tampa Bay Brewing is located in located in the Ybor city square. It is a large building with lots of room. It has a cookie cutter brewpub feel with wood and brass. However, the folks all seemed to be enjoying themselves and it was a diverse crowd.
The service was good and the food looked good but I didn't try anything.
I had a cask IPA which was exceptional. They have a large tap selection which included Barley Wines.
If you are in Ybor city you should check it out. Most of the bars in this area are touristy and don't have a great selection. So it is really a no brainer.
11-09-2010 15:29:52 | More by ndolover
4.5/5 rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Our second brew pub in S. FL on this trip. We got lucky and was there for the Thursday @ 4:00 (special) cask tapping. Dave Doble himself was there w/his big laugh pouring beers. We quickly struck up some great conversation and the next thing I know he's got a samples of his dry hopped IPA (a one-off(er)) from his Old Elephant IPA in front of us. Nice! I followed it w/a pint ;) Dave's a great guy. We hit it up w/another of the locals in there as well. Friendly place. Great atmosphere, clean, good beer, friendly folk. There was a private party going on outside, but it was for the better otherwise we wouldn't have met Dave. I munched on the humus and pita, fresh and tasty. I'll be back.
11-09-2010 00:15:56 | More by 808BeerChaser
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Thought it time to re-review a really good place. Stopped in for a pint and lunch. The 'Atmosphere' rating goes up because outside, where I always sit, is a really nice place to sit and sip and eat and people-watch. The music was too loud this time, though, or it would have been higher.
And a new dish, Tandoori Chicken Pita, was good but the chicken was cold and the Tzatsiki sauce was minimal (and a bit bland) resulting in a somewhat dry sandwich. Fortunately, the beer was quite good.
Well, I've finally made it to the new digs of TBBC. I expected a lot, more space, etc. now that they are at Centro Ybor. Great locale, right at the center of of the place, next to the trolley line, under the theaters. Location, location, location.
I liked the outdoor seating and bar area. Great for people watching and if someone in your party is smoking one of Ybor's hand-rolled cigars. Then I went inside. Not so impressed there. A huge amount of space but it felt very... industrial. Not inviting like the old place with that wonderful, hammered copper counter top. So I went back outside.
The service was still excellent, the food was awesome and I swear the selection increased as well but I think the prices went up with the move. All the beers available inside are available outside, too. I like the big umbrellas on the tables, especially considering the southern exposure in Florida.
How many times have I walked/driven past this place after having my fill of Ybor City? Too many, it would appear, now that I've finally gotten inside. How could I have gone so long? What a fool I've been.
Got in for a late lunch on a weekday and found the place half full. The waitstaff were very quick, very knowledgeable and very friendly. The atmosphere is much like a typical sports bar but with nice shiny, stainless steel tanks in the corner and a rack of taps showing nearly everything they brew. I started with the Jack the Quaffer Porter (of course) sampled a few others before finishing with the Iron Rat Oatmeal Stout. The beers were very well made, very drinkable, but those reviews belong elsewhere. Of course, with that much beer I had to eat. The menu is fairly good-sized and I really enjoyed the food, as did all the people around me (I asked). The portions are good but not so big you need to share with a friend. Chalkboards show what beers are available currently with ABV listed for those who don't have all day to linger like I did. I will be back next time I'm in Tampa, in fact, I'll plan my day around it.
10-25-2010 15:14:48 | More by PorterLambic
4.03/5 rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I recently went back to Tampa Bay Brewing Co, and once again I was not dissapointed. This place has an excellent arrray of beers. I like the high velocity stuff, and they have quite a few. The Barleywine is like 11.0 ABV. I left that one alone but I did have the 2 of the IPAs (one of them a Victory guest tap) and their Imperial Stout was fantastic. The food here is very good and prices quite reasonable. I will go back again next time I'm in the area, great place to have some quality beer.... Only bummer for me is the dinner menu, mostly sandwiches and such, is only available until 3:30.... Other than that, great place....
10-04-2010 15:12:50 | More by chiefmick
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Tampa Bay Brewing Co. in Tampa, FL
91 out of 100 based on 89 user ratings.