In a Balls and Brew exclusive, we get the very first public tasting for Mastry’s Brewing Co. 2019 Tampa Bay Beer Week bottle release. ‘Yes, You Can Dance’ Barrel Aged (Tequila) Imperial Gose & ‘Cruder Methods’ Table Beer w/ Brett collaboration with 2nd Shift Brewing (St Louis, Mo). Both were awesome!! Grab one fast if you see it!
Overshadowed by the popularity of downtown, St Pete Beach is often forgotten in the local beer world of Pinellas County. If you haven’t been to Mastry’s Brewing Co. then you’re truly missing out on an incredible experience. In our return to catch up with Founder/CEO Matt Dahm (and intro to head brewer Micheil McElvey), we were quickly reminded what a valuable asset this place is to the city and what an incredibly quality product they’re producing.
Tucked away just outside of downtown St. Petersburg is a hidden gem with some very good beer – Flying Boat Brewing Co. In this segment, head brewer Tyler Singletary takes us on a journey. We submerge ourselves into the city’s past, drink it’s beer in the present on our way to guiding you to pay this brewery a visit in your future. May all of their good beers that we have consumed in our history be repeated.
If we don’t respect our history, then we’re certainly doomed to repeat it. Fortunately for us, we have a history of interviewing kick ass people who share our passion for beer and Flying Boat Brewing Co’s Tyler Singletary is no exception. Time to open up your history book and learn a thing or two about St Pete over a cold one. We suggest a Batch 100 or Denmen’s Landing Russian Imperial Stout, but that’s just us.
When the “Bossman” speaks, you listen. Or at least that’s what we did when we got the bearded legend himself, Daniel Lannigan, on the air with us while drinking an array of his fine hoppy craft ales. And after tasting their complete product line, it’s not hard to see why they dominated our NIPA challenge. Keep dropping the “BoomSauce” on us, Daniel! We’re all about it!
Drinking the beers from Infusion with the head brewer himself, Jim Bishop. We sample all of their flavors and discuss them at their spot in Trinity, FL… soon to be know as “Brew Port Richey.”
Somewhat hidden and unassuming from the outside, this local brewing hole packs a punch with flavor. And it even has that “awe shucks” kinda history — Two friends home brew and hang out by the pool. Next thing you know they have a business and are making name for themselves in what is quickly becoming “Brew Port Richey.”
It’s virtually impossible to be a Bay Area craft beer fan/enthusiast/drunkard and not know who Bob Sylvester is. In this segment we drink da funk out of Tarpon Springs and get the story behind each selection. Named after all family members (including their 3-legged cat) and even including a touch of their own likes, Bob knows how to make a Belgian malt and wheat, whole noble hops and open fermentation ales. He brews simply and authentically, the way beer was brewed 100 years ago… green bottle extra credit too!
It’s virtually impossible to be a Bay Area craft beer fan/enthusiast/drunkard and not know who Bob Sylvester is. The purveyor of funk, Mr. Sylvester is to the Tampa craft beer scene what George Clinton is to music. Awful beer analogies aside, put simply, Mr. Sylvester is ready to put One Nation Under a Groove and we’re ready to join his Parliament. Saint Somewhere describes themselves as a brewery of traditional Belgian style ales using only the finest ingredients available. To everyone else, they’re farmhouse saisons done right. Testify!
Leaven Brewing’s Company co-owner Jillian Lynch is part of a dynamic duo that’s taking over craft beer in southeast Hillsborough County. When she’s not crushing it on social media (honored to be day 304), you might find her wielding power tools and tearing up flooring at Leaven Brewing Co, your newly appointed Riverview craft beer headquarters!