Brewery Showcase: Southern Brewing & Winemaking
We would like to introduce the first installment of our "Brewery Showcase" series. Every now and then we will have one of the breweries on our Tampa Brew Tours provide a little background information to help you decide on which brewery to visit during your ridiculously awesome Tampa Brew Tour.
Without further ado, we would like to introduce you to Southern Brewing & Winemaking.
One of Tampa’s best breweries is hidden in plain sight in the form of a giant purple building in Seminole Heights. Southern Brewing & Winemaking has been in the area for quite some time, but we are just now starting to get noticed in the local beer scene.
As a company, we’re an ever-evolving being. We started as a brewery wholesale supplier on Busch Blvd in 2002, became a homebrew supply shop in 2008, and then moved to our current location in 2011 and added a brewery/winery, taproom, and biergarten. We’re constantly growing and changing along with the local craft beer scene.
We have a less traditional staff - our jobs are very fluid and we share a lot of responsibilities - everyone on staff is a homebrewer and helps out in the shop, bar, and brewery. We have licenses for both brewing and winemaking, which means we have a lot of room to play in regards to what we can create and put on tap. We brew on a one-barrel system, so every single beer we make is small batch, and we are constantly putting out fun and exciting new recipes. Our 24 taps include beer, cider, mead, pyments, wine, and soda, so you’ll find a wider and more interesting variety on tap than at a traditional brewery.
We are the only brewery in Tampa Bay that offers growlers for everything on tap - anything you taste in the taproom can be taken home with you. However, we don’t distribute, so you won’t find our beers or ciders anywhere else. The taproom is set up inside the homebrew supply store so customers can enjoy a brew while they put a recipe together, or those that just come to drink can bask in the delicious smell of grains and hops.
Our beautiful, spacious biergarten is pet and family friendly, and we have food trucks on site Thursday through Sunday, as well as live music on Fridays and Saturdays.
Our favorite beers:
Bungalow Weisse – a Berliner Weisse (sour wheat ale) aged over fresh fruit.
Atonement Rye – a smooth, well balance Rye IPA.
West Side – a hop-forward West Coast inspired IPA.
Fragmented Porter – a thick, robust porter with roasted malt and chocolate tones.
Orange Blossom Cider – a light and refreshing apple cider sweetened with a hint of local Orange Blossom honey.