#5. Tampa

Beer lovers in Tampa, FL, are experiencing a golden age of craft brewing. More than 30 breweries and brewpubs in the Tampa Bay area make this a true destination for beer tourists. Those lucky enough to live in Tampa find themselves surrounded by breweries pushing the limits of flavor combinations and fermentation. Residents consume slightly more beer than the average American and typically select craft beers over imports or mass-produced beer. Tampa comes in as one of the top best beer cities in the country.

Anchoring the craft brew scene in Tampa is Cigar City Brewing, which has picked up five medals at the Great American Beer Festival since 2010. As its name indicates, the brewery also sells fresh rolled cigars. Drinkers flock to Tampa Bay Brewing Company’s open-air patio on warm sunny days to enjoy 12 house beers and six guest taps. Complimenting intricately flavored meals that showcase Florida’s seafood and citrus industries, beers at Ulele (pronounced you-lay-lee) are created using many local ingredients and no artificial preservatives.

Beyond Tampa’s breweries, beer lovers will find a large assortment of restaurants and bars that proudly serve local brews. Four area home brew stores provide equipment and instructions to those ready to brew their own batches. Many grocery stores stock a large assortment of premium beer. Residents and vacationers will find lots of things to do in Tampa, one of our 2015 Best Places to Live. 

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