Florida Matters: Craft Beer In Tampa Bay

The Tampa Bay area boasts more than 60 breweries, including Mastry's Brewing Co. in St. Pete Beach and Cigar City Brewing in Tampa.
Florida Matters: Craft Beer In Tampa Bay

The Tampa Bay area is becoming a hub for craft beer both statewide and nationally, with the highest density of breweries in Florida. This week on Florida Matters, we talk with people who work in the industry about the craft beer phenomenon.

We also visit a research farm in southern Hillsborough County where scientists are growing more than 14 strains of hops, a key ingredient in beer that is typically grown in places far from Tampa Bay - like the Pacific Northwest.

Are you a fan of craft beer? What’s your favorite kind to drink? Favorite brewery? Share your feedback on our Facebook page, tweet @FloridaMatters or email FloridaMatters@wusf.org.

During this week’s episode of our podcast Florida Matters More, we do a “Craft Beer 101” of sorts, and even sample a couple flavors! Listen to our discussion to learn more about the different kinds of beer and how major corporations can influence the craft scene.

El Lector at Cigar City Brewing in Tampa
Co-owner of Mastry’s Brewing Co. in St. Pete Beach
Executive Director of the Florida Brewers Guild
Original Broadcast Date: 
06/27/18

Tuesday at 6:30 PM | Sunday at 7:30 AM on WUSF 89.7
Monday at 10:00 PM on WSMR 89.1

Host:
Robin Sussingham

Robin Trohn Sussingham is a reporter and program host at WUSF Public Broadcasting, and is the producer of Florida Matters. She came to WUSF from public radio stations KUER and KCPW in Utah, has contributed stories to NPR and Marketplace, and also has an extensive background in print reporting. She was born in Lakeland and often reports about Polk County.

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