The St. Pete/Clearwater Craft Beer Trail runs north to south from Tarpon Springs to St. Pete — an hour’s drive, end to end.
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.
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.
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.
You’ll find locally inspired craft beers in a laid back and welcoming tasting room at this micro brewery in the heart of Palm Harbor. The industrial-style tasting room features a generous bar and communal tables for gathering with friends. Food trucks are featured on select nights to help soak up those delicious hops.
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.
Three longtime Dunedin bartenders are the newest kids on the block and they’re applying some of their mixed-drink experience to creating beers that pack a flavor punch, including its toasted coconut porter and blackberry hefeweizen. 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 to Cueni and enjoy its large outdoor patio or the indoor space. Cueni recently won 3 medals at the Best of Florida Beer Competition; a Bronze for its Monkey Skull Porter, a Bronze for its Drunken MONK’E (Belgian Quad) and a Gold for its Belgian 3WAY (Belgian Tripel).
Originally a tap house featuring a myriad of craft beers, Dunedin House of Beer now also brews its own suds in-house. A dark and cool clubhouse kind of vibe, bring your growler to be filled with your choice of 40 beers on tap from local to regional brews.
Giving new life to the old Dunedin Printing Company building and walking distance to six other breweries, Caledonia Brewing is a nod to the city’s prominent Celtic heritage with its romantic Roman namesake for Scotland. You’ll find all styles on tap and can enjoy them in the tasting room featuring exposed original terracotta block and can get a glimpse of the individualized fermenting coolers nearby.
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 on the patio.
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.
Steps away from America’s No. 1 beach sits the first craft brewery on Clearwater Beach. Beach goers and beer lovers will come for the wide selection of house brewed and Florida-born beers but stay for The Original Bandingo – a fun fusion of music trivia and bingo. Not a beer drinker? CBSC offers a full liquor bar and wine list with daily specials and creative twists on classic cocktails.
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. And when you get hungry, there’s great BBQ connected to the joint at HiFi Homebrew and BBQ Supply.
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.
Clearwater's first nanobrewery is the vision of three home-brewing friends turned reality, specializing in handcrafted small-batch ales. The classic, no-frills interior is simple and inviting, with local art pieces lining the taproom walls and surf videos on a loop behind the bar. Stop in on a Tuesday night for trivia and grab a pizza from Jet's next door!
Recognized as Florida’s Best Small Brewery in 2018, 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 the lighthearted owners who have a strong passion for beer. Almost all beers are just $5 per glass.
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.
Pair O’ Dice features an 18-tap tasting room with an expansive view of a 15-barrel brewhouse. The husband-and-wife owners are young electrical engineers with Anheuser Busch experience, who returned home to Florida to join the Tampa Bay craft beer boom. Their focus is brewing with Florida grown ingredients.
Ranked No. 4 worldwide on ratebeer.com, the small warehouse operation in Seminole breathes new life into forgotten styles, like Gose and Lichtenhainer. It has a 40-tap tasting room and features a wide array of finely-crafted German-centric brews. Take a tour any time or relax in the casual, pet-friendly annex next to the tasting room.
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.
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.
Serving up ambitious, one-of-a-kind beers from sixteen colorful taps made from Lego pieces, Overflow will be pouring at least six sours regularly along with plenty of easy-drinkers. The taproom is conveniently split between two different drinking quarters – one side furnished with bar games and TVs, while the other side is a screen-free zone centered on socializing. Enjoy local artwork hung throughout the inside and murals that cover the exterior walls.
If you’re into sour beers, then Inoculum Ale Works is for you. The tasting room for Florida’s first sour-only brewery is minimal with a laid-back vibe, featuring a beer menu displayed on the wall via an overhead projector bringing you back to your grammar school days. Beers come in full or half pours, or if you’re not sure, go for a “splash” in place of a free sample, they're only $1 with half of the proceeds going to charity.
A longtime local favorite one-stop shop for growing and brewing supplies recently opened a speakeasy-style tasting room in the back of their shop. Grab a front-row seat of brewers in action while sipping on a pint or take a home brew class to try your hand at brewing. Taste a variety of styles brewed in-house or try other local breweries on tap.
Housed in a 1926 red brick garage just a short walk from Tropicana Field, this tribute to small-batch beers and home-brewed cider 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. The grand opening for this brewery is set for January 2019. Beers Brewing Soon!
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, TV’s 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 taproom features a wide variety of styles on their 30 taps. PAW welcomes you with a courtyard area with giant games, great tunes and a cozy tasting room with TVs and new event space. Be sure to try the Milk Bone Stout- 2017 Great American Beer Festival Silver Medal Winner!
You’ll find bold, innovative and amazingly delicious beers at this locally cultivated brewery headquartered on the edge of the Warehouse Arts District and the Grand Central District in St. Pete—some, like the Beach Blonde Ale, are even brewed from hops homegrown nearby. A spacious, modern tasting room opens up to a large warehouse area featuring a myriad of games, plus live music and food trucks on the weekends. Try any of the craft beers on tap, or opt for a tangy house-brewed cider.
Tucked away in a residential area on the west side of St. Pete, this low-key neighborhood nanobrewery is serving up four house brews on rotation, including the raved-about raspberry wheat. This cozy mom-and-pop brewpub is also putting out some delicious food – pair your beer with some smoked pulled pork tacos on Taco Tuesdays or come back for some live music on Saturdays!
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 one of the several pizza joints within walking distance.
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. With a food menu influenced by the Gulf, beer-infused sauce recipes, signature cocktails and suds inspired by area chefs and food-forward brews you're sure to find something to please your taste buds.
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.