Local Brews: The St. Pete/Clearwater Craft Beer Trail
The St. Pete/Clearwater Craft Beer Trail highlights more than 25 breweries in 24 distinct communities – all within a compact area.
Plan your trip to discover friendly tasting rooms and unique brews, then linger in the surrounding towns. From north to south, don’t miss these highlights.
Saint Somewhere Brewing Company, Tarpon Springs
Near the historic sponge docks of this waterside community, Saint Somewhere sources Belgian malt and wheat to craft farmhouse ales in the traditional Belgian style: unfiltered and re-fermented in the bottle for a complex finish. Plan in advance to attend a bottling session or take the tour (with samples!).
Florida’s oldest microbrewery is tucked into the walkable town of Dunedin. Stroll, shop, then stop into the brewery for pub fare, entertainment and small-batch brews. The taps cover styles from Kölsch to Dunkel, but the most popular pour is the Apricot Peach Ale. Tours are available for $5.
As Florida's oldest microbrewery, Dunedin Brewery has perfected a variety of styles.
Barley Mow Brewing Company, Largo
Just ask and the approachable staff of this small tavern will give you a free tour and help you choose from 14 beers on tap. The Unkindness, an American Black Ale with notes of grapefruit, coffee and chocolate, is a favorite. Fridays bring live music, too.
This small tavern packs 14 beers on tap and, on Fridays, live music.
Rapp Brewing Company, Seminole
Greg Rapp’s 20 taps reflect his heritage (his great-grandfather was a German brewer). Expect traditional styles you’ve heard of – and some you haven’t, from a tangy Gose to a chocolate hazelnut porter. Ask any team member for a tour of the intimate facility.
Sample an American interpretation of several German beer styles at Rapp Brewing Company.
3 Daughters Brewing, St. Petersburg
Repurposing a former warehouse, 3 Daughters provides ample space to take a tour, relax or play games like giant Jenga and shuffleboard; weekends add live music and food trucks. Of the 14 beers on tap, you can’t go wrong with the citrusy St. Pete Beach Blonde Ale. Afterward, explore the adjacent Warehouse Arts District or Grand Central District.
Relax on the intimate bar side of 3 Daughters Brewing, or wander into the brewery’s warehouse space for games and live music.
Green Bench Brewing, St. Petersburg
Choose from 12 taps and head outside: Green Bench’s beer garden is an irresistible open-air hangout in The EDGE District of downtown St. Petersburg. It’s especially lively when the Tampa Bay Rays professional baseball team is playing at nearby Tropicana Field. Stop in for free Saturday tours and periodic special events, including movie nights in the beer garden.
Green Bench Brewing opens to The EDGE District of downtown St. Petersburg, packed with restaurants, art galleries and shops.
Cycle Brewing, St. Petersburg
Cycle Brewing may seem laid-back with its downtown sidewalk seating and session IPAs, but this brewery operates a serious barrel project. Ask what’s on tap; the selection might have been aged in bourbon, cognac, tequila, whiskey or scotch barrels.
The St. Petersburg/Clearwater area is served by two international airports (St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport and Tampa International Airport), making flying in and out simple. These gateways to paradise feature service from more than 30 airlines, competitive rates and efficient facilities packed with amenities. Direct international flights are available from Panama, London, Frankfurt and Zurich.