The St. Pete/Clearwater Craft Beer Trail runs north to south from Tarpon Springs to St. Pete — an hour’s drive, end to end.
The Gulp Coast... think of it as the Sunshine State’s answer to California’s wine country. Along the trail, you’ll stumble upon homegrown breweries offering artisanal beers brewed on site. When you belly-up to the tasting room bar, you’ll be among friends, all of whom share a love of local beer and their community.
Our new Craft Brewery Passport 2.0 highlights the can't-misses of the Gulp Coast. Take a brewery tour, meet the brewer and fill a growler with your favorite offering. Each brewery along the trail is unique in its setting and vibe – but also in what’s on the menu. Some specialize in summer-friendly sours and others go for locally inspired takes on classics (mango-habanero IPA, anyone?).
Don’t miss a chance to taste the area’s signature beer, Florida Weisse, a tart, low-alcohol, highly carbonated brew inspired by the Berliner Weisse. Local brewers make it their own with hints of the tropics: key lime, dragon fruit and passionfruit.
Our Passport 2.0 keeps up with the adventure! Learn more about our storied beer culture by visiting some of the 35+ local craft breweries along the Gulp Coast, and don’t forget to order your updated Craft Beer Trail passport 2.0 (below) for a chance to win prizes!
Craving a craft cocktail made with locally distilled spirits? Check out our video featuring delicious drink recipes.
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Beer Bonanza Starts on the North Gulp Coast
The north end of the trail has several different craft breweries, some housed in unique spaces like an old pharmacy, or conveniently situated along the near the Pinellas Trail.
Veteran owned and operated, this brewery is a salute to the five branches of the U.S. military. Alongside a wide variety of Florida guest taps, Five Branches also creates small batches of beer, like its popular Kinetic IPA and Slingload brown ale. Located in the heart of the historic Sponge Docks area, you can enjoy a clear view of the Tarpon Bayou with a cold brew.
Biking and brews go hand-in-hand at Brighter Days Brewing. Located directly off the Pinellas Trail, this brewery has created an atmosphere perfect for bikers and walk-up customers alike with its expansive outdoor patio, walk-up window and sessionable beers.
Housed in an old drug store dating back to 1895, this local landmark in Tarpon Springs is now home to a father and son nanobrewery. The family has a history in operating breweries; in fact, the head brewer’s grandfather actually owned a brewery in pre-Prohibition times. Try one of their all-American clean ales in a saloon-like setting complete with bullhorns, cowboy boots and a friendly bartender.
This boutique brewery, started by a group of friends with day jobs in real estate, sales and trading, is nestled inside and old, two-story house just east of downtown Tarpon Springs. No need to ring the doorbell - step through the front door into a cozy tasting room. Stop by on the weekend for one of their sweet stouts or kettle sours brewed in a small two-barrel brewing system.
Once the original Tarpon Springs Fire Station in 1909, this building is now home to craft beer created by fishermen and outdoorsmen. Located on East Lemon Street only one mile from the world-famous Sponge Docks, you can brush up on local history and listen to what the walls have to say in two tasting rooms.
A microbrewery in the heart of Palm Harbor, a stone's throw from the Pinellas Trail, you'll find locally inspired craft beers in a laid back and welcoming tasting room. The industrial-style tasting room features a generous bar and communal tables for gathering with friends.
Beer lovers, bring the wine lovers with you! This sweet little spot brews their own craft beer AND makes their own wine. Palm Harbor Brewery is an expansion of Two Lions Winery. The tasting room is intimate, casual and fun with a quaint outdoor patio and live entertainment on the weekends. You’ll feel like you’re at a friend’s house party.
Located right off of the Pinellas Trail (bicycle access available) in Palm Harbor, Stilt House Brewery focuses on full-flavored delicious ales. Opened in 2014, Stilt House has 26 brews on tap, from lagers to stouts. Game nights and cornhole tournaments are all a part of Stilt House’s fun and laid-back atmosphere.
Run by a fifth-generation Austrian brewer, this Palm Harbor brewpub has a distinctly German sensibility. The brewer likes to experiment with Lambics and high-gravity beers (44 Magnum, 22% ABV), and also enjoys making his own beer sausage. You’ll find the bratwursts featured prominently in the robust pub menu. Stop by for a free tour any old time.
This tiny, dog-friendly, brewery has a small tasting room, storefront and outdoor patio. It has a stellar reputation for small-batch IPA’s, oak-aged sour beer and spirit barrel-aged beers. Bartenders offer on-the-spot beer guidance and tours. Tours are free, any time; advanced notice is requested for groups.
Longtime Dunedin bartenders apply their mixed-drink experience to creating beers that pack a flavor punch. But that's not the only unique aspect of Soggy Bottom: their handmade furniture featuring kegs, license plates and barrels that dons the tasting room is impressive, too.
Located conveniently along the Pinellas Trail in Dunedin, you can walk or even bike right up and enjoy its large outdoor patio or indoor space. Make sure you try one of their award-winning beers, like the Curious Gourd Pumpkin Ale, Monkey Skull Porter, Drunken MONK'E and Belgian 3WAY.
The HOB Brewing company has 24 taps with typically 22 made on site, a cider tap and a guest tap. Enjoy an expansive outdoor patio and recreation area directly off the beautiful Pinellas Trail. The brewery has a two story event pavilion for parties, weddings, live music and more!
Giving new life to the old Dunedin Printing Company building and a nod to the city's prominent Celtic heritage with its romantic Roman namesake for Scotland. You'll find all styles on tap in a tasting room featuring exposed original terracotta block and reclaimed wood from the Belleview Biltmore Hotel.
Part craft brewery, part wood shop - this hip hangout in downtown Dunedin is filled with unique touches that you won't find anywhere else. Cool, casual and uber friendly, select a pint or build-your-own flight, then grab a seat at the bar, upstairs in the loft, or outside in the beautiful beer garden.
Dunedin Brewery is Florida’s oldest microbrewery and offers delicious food and live music. Beers are hand-crafted in small batches, 15 barrels at a time. The tasting room is laid back Florida with a Scottish touch. Fermenters and mash tuns loom over the airy bar/dining area. Take a $5 tour and you’ll come away with a souvenir glass.
This outpost of the award-winning New England brewery features a dozen Sea Dog and Shipyard drafts from Maine. It recently debuted a 20-barrel brewing system and tasting room on its Clearwater premises; brewing specialties include a cask-conditioned ale. The tours are free and on demand.
Beer Connoisseurs and novices alike will find something at the north end of the St. Pete/Clearwater Craft Beer Trail. Don’t forget to stop by the first-ever craft beer brewery in Florida, Dunedin Brewery.
Keep on Trucking Along the Trail
Midway through the Gulp Coast, you’ll find a range of beer experiences from hole-in-the-wall brew gems to sophisticated craft beer meccas. Discover what’s brewing in Clearwater and Largo.
Clearwater Brewing Company was established by four beer beer aficionados and home brewers. The four friends wanted to share their passion and the idea of building a brewery was hatched. They renovated an old gas station and pieced together the equipment to make delicious beers.
Anecdote Brewing Co. like a good anecdote is unique and memorable with beers that might just surprise you. The newest and closest brewery to the Gulf beaches is proud to call Indian Rocks Beach its home.
Looking for something a bit different? How about drinking movie-themed beers from beakers while watching a cult classic?! Grindhaus prides itself on small batch experimental brews and features a tour and tasting model, which gets you a flight of four 8-ounce tasters and a tour for 12 bucks.
A rebirth of Safety Harbor’s Copperheads Taphouse, the father-and-son brewing team have transformed the Main Street fixture into a colorful space with a Florida-style vibe. Explore one of the seven house beer creations on tap or try out any of the 30+ local, regional and national beers available too.
Located just one block off Main Street in quaint downtown Safety Harbor and named after the shape of Pinellas County, it’s housed inside a restored warehouse with a large tasting room and a beer garden with picnic tables, yard games and live music. Crooked Thumb is family and pet friendly with an extremely approachable staff.
Recognized as Florida Best Small Brewery in 2018 and 2019, Largo's second craft brewery is bringing a great variety of beers to the masses, particularly some noteworthy sours. You'll find creative and innovative brews with descriptions that will make you giggle, brought to you by light hearted owners who have a strong passion for beer.
In its landmark, 16,000-square foot facility in Clearwater, Big Storm brews its core brands in a big way. Centrally located, meet for happy hour in the spacious and modern tasting room. Big Storm's award-winning brews are named after the common summer storms along the Gulf Coast of Florida.
The small warehouse operation in Seminole has a 40-tap tasting room and features a wide array of finely crafted German-centric brews as well as guest wine and ciders. Relax in the casual tasting room or enjoy the pet-friendly annex game room and grab a bite to eat from the food trucks that rotate in and out six days a week.
Clock out of the corporate world and step into this off-the-beaten-path nanobrewery in St. Pete. Just like the best rebellions, the beers made by Dissent Craft Brewing Company perfectly blend bold insolence with an element of discretion. Enjoy outspoken ales that boast thoughtful and exciting flavor combinations, like the Hazy Mangover, an IPA brewed with mango and habanero peppers, in a cozy, but minimal space.
Webb’s City Cellar pours a new perspective on the Gulp Coast! This climate-controlled beer cellar is located right next door to Green Bench Brewery and is St. Pete's hottest hangout. Beer lovers can come in and experience some of the most complex and interesting beers in the world or go next door to sip on the Green Bench brews we all know and love.
Enjoy a local brewery and tasting room for lovers of unique, quality, craft local brews. Sip a New England IPA, a peanut butter chocolate stout, a strawberry blonde ale and more. Delight in the tasting of inventive recipes.
Grand Central Brewhouse is a thoughtfully designed brewery and beer garden with plenty of spaces to enjoy one of their many shades of ales or lagers. Brewed in a 10-barrel system and poured from copper serving tanks, the beer doesn't just taste good, but it also gives back. As part of the Brew Good program, 10% of sales from three beers will go towards three different local nonprofits. Cheers to that! After you've had some liquid courage, head over to LALA St. Pete, a private karaoke bar next door.
Paying homage to the first commercial airline flight across Tampa Bay, from the namesake to the wooden airplane flight holders, Flying Boat boldly brews beer in the cradle of modern aviation. This community-style, off-the-beaten-path brewery serves up a variety of light beers named after local neighborhoods, including the Woodlawn Pub Ale and Crescent Lake Lager.
Here, the cozy tasting room shares space with the brew house. Located in the heart of downtown St. Pete's Central Arts District, St. Pete Brewing brewed its first beer in March 2014 and is now serving up specials most nights of the week. And you can pass the time with a throwback to old-school video games, too.
Opened in 2018, this colorful spot in the Edge District has 16 house taps and two guest taps, where you'll find creative sours, hearty stouts and everything in between. Local art that's for sale covers the walls, and you're likely to find trivia, food trucks and other fun stuff, depending on the day or night you go.
A staple of St. Pete, this brewery is in the Edge District and gets its name from St. Pete's lesser-known label -- City of Green Benches. A 1,500 square foot, 12-tap tasting room features an expansive view of the 15-barrel brewhouse and opens onto a family-friendly and dog-friendly outdoor beer garden. Take a free tour on Saturdays.
With old school games like Nintendo, Pacman and pinball machines galore, you’ll feel some major nostalgia at Florida’s first “arcade brewery." The RATC creations will focus on classic styles and unique beers, like the brewery’s flagship, Ms. Pacman blonde ale, as well as occasional “dank/delicious” small batches. Located in St. Pete’s Grand Central District, the whole family (including your four-legged friend) can enjoy this quirky and fun craft beer game room.
Considered the mixtape of breweries, you'll find a little bit of everything with a wide selection of globally inspired craft brews on tap. With 30 (and counting) awards under their belt and authors of a “Beer Bar” book, it’s no secret these guys know what they're doing.
In the Grand Central District of downtown St. Pete, Cage Brewing is an expanded transplant from its original beginnings at R Bar on Treasure Island. Kick back in the outdoor space featuring giant games, TVs and a large grassy area - perfect for your four-legged drinking buddy! Live music from local and traveling bands are showcased on the weekends.
Often referred to as "PAW" - this dog friendly (and dog-focused) brewery and tap room features a wide variety of styles on their 30 taps. Savor barrel-aged beers in a courtyard area with giant games, great tunes and a cozy tasting room with TVs and event space. Be sure to try the award-winning Milk Bone Stout!
You'll find bold, innovative and amazingly delicious beers at this locally cultivated brewery headquartered on the edge of the Warehouse Arts District and Grand Central District in St. Pete. A spacious, modern tasting room opens up to a large warehouse area featuring a myriad of games, plus live music and their own food truck, 3D Bites.
Tucked away in a residential area on the west side of St. Pete, this low-key neighborhood nanobrewery is serving up five house brews on rotation, including the raved-about raspberry wheat and for the designated driver, a homemade root beer.
The first craft brewery of St. Pete Beach is a great spot to chill after the beach — lounge indoors or outdoors, play a game with friends or chat with the brewers. If you find yourself in need of something substantial to fill your belly, hit up their onsite food truck.
This beachside brewpub is the second location in St. Pete/Clearwater for this award-winning New England brewery. Perfectly positioned on the intracoastal, the waterfront bar and open-air dining area offers a winning combination, complete with a food menu influenced by the Gulf, beer-infused recipes, signature cocktails and suds inspired by area chefs and food-forward brews.
Located in the heart of the Gulf Beaches, this place literally brews craft beer on an island. You’ll find it nestled among the shops and restaurants in John’s Pass Village on Madeira Beach. Tasting room is modern, featuring chef crafted Caribbean and Southern-inspired brewpub food menu.
Traveling down the Craft Beer Trail in St. Pete/Clearwater has turned into a multi-day trek! You'll find many of these breweries serving up award-winning suds.
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Win Prizes for Drinking Beer
Sign up for a Gulp Coast Craft Brewery Passport, then take it with you when you hit the craft beer trail. Visit each “stop” along the trail and ask the bartender for a stamp at each location. Mail us your passport page when you're done to win a prize!
Getting Around on the Gulp Coast
We want you to enjoy yourself as you travel the trail, so please drink responsibly and always use a designated driver.
Venturing out without a car? No problem! We've got plenty of ways to get around, from taxis to trolleys and more. Or book an Uber and save up to $15 off your first ride with code GULPCOAST.