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What more could you ask for on the first Saturday of January?

TBBC is continuing our family tradition and opening it up to you –

We want you to experience the warmth of pairing fire & beer with community. Come on out January 7th to join the brew crew family on the first public expression of our 14 year private tradition.

This event will be host to 30 different brews on tap – ALL OVER 8% ABV. Higher gravity for greater fun!

–Tickets are limited to 350 as we want this beerfest to be intimate–

***** They will go on sale BLACK FRIDAY, November 25th at both TBBC brewpub locations (Westchase & Ybor). *****

Visit our Event Page for more details!




This is all starting November 20th..
Stay hopped up & social for the details!

UPDATE: Brunch Menus can be found here.

TBBC founder and first female brewer featured in the Tampa Bay Times


Vicki Doble, right, and her family founded Tampa Bay Brewing in 1995. Bridgette Turner, who works at the Westchase facility and restaurant, is the company’s first female brewer.

DANIELLE HAUSER | Special to the Times
Vicki Doble, right, and her family founded Tampa Bay Brewing in 1995. Bridgette Turner, who works at the Westchase facility and restaurant, is the company’s first female brewer.

WESTCHASE — For beer lovers, working at a brewery sounds like a dream job.

Brewing beer and constantly sampling your product seems like an enjoyable and effortless way to spend the work day.

The Tampa Bay Brewing Company’s Vicki Doble and Bridgette Turner know the reality of working in the brewing industry is not as glamorous as it may sound.

Though both women got their start in the business differently, they recognize that hard work is the backbone of their success in an industry typically dominated by men.

For Doble, co-founder of the brewing company, brewing beer and working in a brew pub have been part of her life since she was a young girl. Growing up in England and Scotland, her father owned numerous pubs, which allowed her to learn every aspect of the business from a young age.

“All the beer was cellared, it wasn’t chilled,” Doble said. “You became more than just a bartender. You learned how to handle the different barrels and cask ales. You smell of beer.

“You become it.”

Doble said that in England, homebrew is sold everywhere and is just part of the culture. She learned to brew her own beer, and continued to do so when she moved to the United States. In 1995, Doble and her family founded Tampa Bay Brewing Company, when they opened up a brew pub in Ybor City. Last summer, the company expanded when they opened a larger brewing facility and restaurant in Westchase. Now Turner has joined the company at its location in Westchase, becoming its first female brewer.

After graduating college and bartending for several years, Turner decided she wanted to learn about brewing beer, so three years ago, she went to Sunderland, England. There, she spent three months taking courses at Brewlab, a leading provider of comprehensive training for the international brewing industry.

“I was the only girl,” said Turner. “There were 12 of us in the class, and I was the only female.”

When Turner returned to the United States, she worked at Beltway Brewing, a contract brewery in northern Virginia. Though she became skilled at brewing different styles of beers, she wanted to learn more about producing and distributing just one brand of beer. Turner received job offers from several breweries, but ultimately decided on Tampa Bay Brewing Company.

“I wanted to learn about brewing the same beer consistently,” Turner said. “I know that’s something that Tampa Bay Brewing Company does really well, especially with Reef Donkey.”

Reef Donkey APA, and Old Elephant Foot IPA are two of the award-winning beers crafted by the brewing company.

While Doble now handles the kitchen and business side of Tampa Bay Brewing Company, she still finds herself going into the brewery most evenings. Doble enjoys chatting with Turner at the end of a long day’s work.

“She fits in,” Doble said.

Being the only female brewer has done nothing to impact Turner’s joy. She appreciates the hard work and physical labor that’s involved with her job as a brewer.

“With brewing, there’s a lot of things that you have to learn and figure out and everyday is a challenge,” Turner said. “I love it.”

TBBC’s head brewer featured on Ticket Sarasota for his band ‘The Fermenters’

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Go to the World of Beer off University Parkway on Tuesday for $10 all you can eat wings made with beer from area breweries Coppertail, Angry Chair, Barley Mow, Tampa Bay Brewing and Sarasota’s own JDub’s. Stay for a performance by The Fermenters.

The band features JDub’s head brewer Matt Tucker on lead guitar joined by singer Jay Dingman (owner/head brewer, Barley Mow), rhythm guitarist and vocalist Todd Strauss (owner/head brewer Slim Pickens Cider and Mead), rhythm guitarist Tim Ogden (head brewer, Tampa Bay Brewing Co.), bassist Ben Romano (head brewer, Angry Chair) and drummer Kent Bailey (president, Coppertail).

We interviewed Tucker recently to learn more about this band of brewers.

How did The Fermenters form?

Ben, Tim, and Todd — all Cigar City Brewing employees at the time — were already having weekend jam sessions with a few others at Ben’s house (aka Rancho Romano) when I started at Cigar City Brewing in 2012. I was invited over and we jammed occasionally for the next couple of years as we all went on to work in other breweries. Then we were invited for a casual jam at Kent’s jam room at Coppertail Brewing (aka Coppertail Studios). Jay joined the mix and we were officially a band.

Where do you rehearse and what’s the beer of choice at rehearsals?

We rehearse at Rancho Romano and Coppertail Studios. Beer of choice is whatever we bring or if we’re at Coppertail, whatever is on draft.

What kind of songs can people expect to hear Tuesday?

Lots of ‘90s covers: Stone Temple Pilots, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, Black Crowes plus Todd does a rap song. Some classics from the past. No originals.

Who’s the most talented musician in the band?

Probably a tie between Kent and Ben. But don’t tell them I said that.

Who’s the biggest beer snob in the band?

Not sure, my guess is that Ben is the most picky about what he drinks, usually sours that are really good.

What’s your favorite song about beer?

“Beer” by Psychostick. It’s the ringtone on my phone.

If an audience member wanted to buy you a shot, what’s your preferred liquor?

Lagavulin works.

Who’s your biggest influence as a guitarist?

Tough one there but the guy who first inspired me to pick it up as a kid was Glen Campbell. But I’ve never learned any of his songs or even listened to his music. So I’ll just default to Jimi (Hendrix).

Who’s your biggest influence as a brewer?

I’ve probably learned more from Madison Roane (Cigar City Brewing Director of Production & Packaging) and Wayne Wambles (Cigar City Brewing Head Brewer) than anybody at this point but I worked more closely day-to-day with Madison so I’ll say Madison.

What can you tell us about these tasty sounding chicken wings that will be available Tuesday?

Nothing except me want. Oh yeah, and I think the sauce made with the JDub’s beer will be a sweet-n-sour sauce made with our Apricot Sour Saison.

5 p.m. Tuesday (June 7); World of Beer-Sarasota, 8217 Tourist Drive, Bradenton; no cover charge; 941-306-5868;

Wade Tatangelo is the editor of Ticket. He can be reached by email or call 941-361-4955. Follow him on @wtatangelo or

TBBC female brewer featured on Channel 10 News

When Tampa Bay Brewing Company began its business in 1995, the model was simple: make great tasting beer.

“We opened a home-brew store so that we could supply local people with great ingredients to make great beer,” said co-founder Vicki Doble. “Then we opened a pub in 1995.”

For over two decades, the company has been brewing craft beer. There are now eight core and 38 seasonal proprietary beers on their menu.

Up until recently, men have brewed them all.

Bridgette Turner changed that when she made TBBC history.

“Beer was more of a man’s drink if you think about it,” said TBBC lead brewer Doug Clark. “Wine and cocktails were more of the female side.”

“I was pretty stoked when I came down here and found out there were only a few women in the Tampa industry at all and then to be the first and only girl in Tampa Bay Brewing is pretty exciting,” she said.

Turner was hired a month ago as TBBC’s first female brewer. The hire was a big deal for the company, especially to Doble.

“You don’t see many women hanging out in the brewery,” she said. “I think it’s pretty nice considering it’s a man’s world around here.”

Turner came to Tampa after brewing beer in the Washington, D.C., area.

“There’s a lot of pressure no matter how new you are,” she said. “I’ve always gotten along with guys and been a bit of a tomboy with a girlie spirit.”

TBBC featured in The Laker/Lutz News for Big Cat & Brew Run

Big Cat Rescue and Tampa Bay Brewing Company will host the “Big Cat & Brew Run” on May 9 at the brewing company’s Westchase location, 13937 Monroe’s Business Park in Tampa. Runners laps and a kids’ 1-mile fun run start at 6:30 p.m., followed by the beer drinkers run and relay at 7:30 p.m., both with prizes. Tickets are $10 per 1-mile lap, and $60 for a three-person team. Pay at the door, cash only. All proceeds will go to support Big Cat Rescue’s mission of providing a safe home for lions, tigers, bobcats, cougars and other big cats.

TBBC featured in The Tampa Bay Times for Mother’s Day activities

For moms who know their beer

WaZoo BeerFest

You may think of Mother’s Day as all sangria and mimosas, but your dear mom shouldn’t be left out of the craft beer craze. With more than 250 beers and beverages from around the world at Lowry Park Zoo’s WaZoo BeerFest on Saturday, you’re sure to find the right flavor profile. Maybe she’s into light and fizzy. Or maybe she’s looking for notes of banana and clove, even coffee. This is the 21st year for this all-inclusive tropical tasting party, but this year it has been moved up to spring. Here’s hoping for cooler weather and no summer downpour. Still, dress accordingly. Also new this year are more “animal ambassadors,” more areas of the zoo open for viewing, as well as outdoor games like corn hole. The party starts at 8 p.m. at the zoo at 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. Tickets are $65, $50 members and $35 for the designated driver through Friday. They go up to $10 on the day of.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

Crew breweries

LARA CERRI | Times (2014)

3 Daughters Brewery is a cool place with games to play in its cavernous tasting room.

If you don’t feel like going to WaZoo, here are some local hot spots for sharing a cold one with Mom:

3 Daughters Brewing: It’s a cool place with games to play in its cavernous tasting room. The beers and overall atmosphere are approachable for even non-diehard beer lovers. 222 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg.

Green Bench Brewing Co.: Within walking distance of Tropicana Field, this pub has a diverse range of styles and a beautiful outdoor beer garden, good for afternoon outings. 1133 Baum Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

Dunedin Brewery: A funky, very “Dunedin” place. They serve a full menu of food, something many breweries lack. It’s also a short walk to 7venth Sun, 1012 Broadway, and Dunedin House of Beer, 927 Broadway. Make brewery hopping part of a nice afternoon stroll with Mom. 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin.

Tampa Bay Brewing Co. and Coppertail Brewing Co.: Make a day of it in Ybor City. TBBC is in Centro Ybor, 1600 E Ninth Ave., and has great people-watching on the patio. Coppertail, 2601 E Second Ave., is across from Ikea. Behind-the-scenes tours are $7 on Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m.

Southern Brewing: The Tampa taproom and biergarten is pet and family-friendly with a range of beers, ciders, meads, wines, kombucha and sodas on tap made in-house at 4500 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa.

Justin Grant, Times correspondent

BadA** Beerfest featured in Creative Loafing

After you snag a free Evos milkshake, indulge in these five other food and drink events this weekend.

Unwind at the Funky Buddha Tap Takeover & Wine Tasting at South Tampa’s Craft & Curd from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Guests will enjoy a tasting of five Funky Buddha Brewery drafts, plus eight wines, cheese and salami. Full pours and take-home growlers will also be available. $10. 2908 W. Gandy Blvd., Tampa, 813-443-0853.

Then, from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, check out a wine class at Cru Cellars, also based in South Tampa. Students will sip chardonnay (the featured Cru University wine) while noshing on cheese plates. Instruction will include an in-depth informational session about chardonnay, helping students learn the wine’s characteristics and how to describe them. $50. 2506 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa, 813-831-1117.

For more fun between 7 and 11 p.m. Saturday, head to Tampa Bay Brewing Company‘s annual BadAss Beerfest. Forty-three local craft breweries and five homebrew clubs will pour their wares at the brewery’s Westchase location, in addition to the rain-or-shine event’s six food trucks, a boat trip raffle in the Reef Donkey Charter Boat, and live music from bands like The Black Honkeys. $35 in advance, $50 at the door. 13937 Monroes Business Park, Tampa, 813-247-1422.

Say cheese! The Tampa Grilled Cheese Festival will hit Ybor City’s Centro Asturiano de Tampa beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday. Festgoers will land multiple riffs on classic grilled cheese sandwich as well as other dishes. Food trucks and vendors from around the region, including Riddle on the Griddle, Jimmy’s Slider Truck and Planet Grilled Cheese, are planned for the dog-friendly event. Free, money for food and drinks. 1913 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa.

Those seeking a more competitive Funday don’t want to miss Top Local Chef + Tampa Bay Marketplace at the Gulfport Casino. Hosted from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, eight area chefs are set to battle it out using Valencia oranges. It’s up to spectators to crown the People’s Choice, but a five-person panel of judges will also determine their own winner. In between the food samples and cash bar, browse the marketplace’s curated selection of local vendors for one-of-a-kind goods. Tickets may be purchased online$25. 5500 Shore Blvd. S., Gulfport, 727-893-1070.

Full article here.

BABF featured in the Tampa Bay Times

Esperanza Spalding: A three-time Grammy-winning jazz singer and bassist made waves in 2011, when an award that many were calling an easy win for Justin Bieber instead went to the first jazz musician to win Best New Artist. A self-taught prodigy she has since crashed onto the national stage with high-concept albums. 8 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $45-$58. (727) 791-7400.

Legends of Southern Hip Hop: The lineup featuring Juvenile, Too Short, 8Ball and MJG, Trick Daddy, Project Pat, Pastor Troy and others represents much of the Dirty South bass, bombast and crunk sounds from cities like New Orleans, Atlanta, Memphis and Miami. 8 p.m., University of South Florida Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $49.75-$77.75. (813) 974-3004.

Tinsley Ellis: The Southern blues- rocker will be joined by fellow bluesman, Tommy Z. 8 p.m., Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.

Footgolf Tournament: Footgolf is a precision sport where players kick a soccer ball into a giant cup in as few shots as possible. It is played on a course similar to a golf course. No cleats allowed. 10 a.m., Largo Golf Course, 12500 Vonn Road, Largo. $40 advance, $50 day of; discounts for multiple players. (727) 518-3024.

St. Pete Earth Day: With interactive exhibits, educational activities for children and families and entertainment on the Williams Park stage, this celebration also will have opportunities to get involved in protecting the environment. 10 a.m., Williams Park, Fourth Street and First Avenue N, St. Petersburg. Free. (813) 308-9333.

Lita Ford: She was 16 when she joined the legendary all-girl band, The Runaways. In the 1980s, she had a solo career that featured hits like Kiss Me Deadly, and Close My Eyes Forever, a duo with Ozzy Osbourne. She also recently released a memoir, Living Like A Runaway on her long career in rock ‘n’ roll. 7 p.m., State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $30. (727) 895-3045.

Bad A** Beerfest III: This celebration of some of the best brews Tampa Bay has to offer features live music by Kings of Denmark, the Black Honkeys and a brewers jam session, craft beer sampling, a food court and food trucks on site. 7 p.m., Tampa Bay Brewing Co., 13937 Monroes Business Park, Tampa. $35. (813) 247-1422.

Pablo Francisco: Known for his spot-on impressions and arsenal of characters, the MadTV star has several Comedy Central specials and three comedy DVDs. 7:30 and 10 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $20. (813) 864-4000.

Tampa Bay Rowdies: vs. Carolina RailHawks: 7:30 p.m., Al Lang Stadium, 230 First St. SE, St. Petersburg. $17-$40. Toll-free 1-877-769-3437.

Spamalot: The American Stage in the Park production of the Tony Award-winning musical based on the Monty Python parody of the legend of King Arthur. No alcohol or pets are allowed, but concessions (including alcohol) will be available. Through May 8. 8 p.m., Demens Landing, 100 First Ave. SE, St. Petersburg. $25-$38. (727) 823-7529.


Junie B.’s Essential Guide to School: This family friendly show is based on the best-selling children’s book series by Barbara Park, Junie B. Jones gives tips and tricks for how to survive school. 2 p.m., Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $12.50. (813) 229-7827.


Sherpa, 9 p.m., Discovery. Examines how the Sherpa community united to reclaim Mount Everest following the 2014 avalanche that killed 16 of its members.

Tampa Tribune publishes Bad A** Beerfest info

Beer Knights: Warm weather means beer fests are plentiful in Tampa Bay area

By Walt Belcher and Bob Ross

With two big beer events this weekend and the annual Wazoo beer fest, benefiting Lowry Park Zoo, being moved up to May 7, the Beer Knights are keeping busy this spring — not to mention the chance to savor a few Mexican pours during Cinco De Mayo.

But first, we raise our glasses to toast the new “Terminal,” the tasting room in Seminole Heights where The Brew Bus crew is now based.

Located in the former Florida Avenue Brewery on 4101 N. Florida Ave., the spiffy new 15,000 square-foot headquarters for The Brew Bus opened last week. There was a big “Move That Bus” party on April 16. It featured an impressive array of creatively concocted brews served in spacious newly remodeled bar and lounge area.

Take the Earmuffs, for example, that’s a mint-blueberry-lime wheat beer blend. And there’s the hazelnut spread porter, a chocolate peanut butter stout; a Mandarin spiced red ale, a vanilla and jalapeno white ale, and a peach-mango wheat ale. Brew Bus founder Anthony Derby is letting his brewers run wild with craft ideas.

The tasting room features 20 rotating taps that also include the popular Brew Bus brands including the Rollin Dirty Irish-Style Red Ale, Last Stop IPA, You’re My Boy, Blue! Blueberry Wheat, Are Wheat There Yet? (a hoppy wheat brew); and the Double Decker Porter. All are award-winners in state beer competition.

Derby, who started the rolling pub tours five years ago, says the Terminal is a dream come true — a fixed location from which to expand. The company offers public tours in Tampa and St. Petersburg on weekend nights and private party tours any night.

The Terminal is open daily with food trucks stopping by and special events planned. Check the website at

BIG TAMPA: The annual Big Tampa Beerfest opens tonight and continues Saturday at the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa. More than 100 breweries are participating so there are more than 200 different craft beers available.

Early admission begins at 6 tonight and 1 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $45 to $55. A list of the brews and breweries can be found at

This festival, run by Ohio-based Festivals Unlimited, launched last year at the Tampa Convention Center and drew about 3,000. More are expected this year. The beers come from throughout the United States from San Francisco to Burlington Vermont.

Many Tampa/St. Petersburg brewers are represented, such as The Two Henrys, St. Pete Brewing, Six Ten Brewing, Sea Dog Brewing, Rock Brothers, Hidden Springs, The Brew Bus, Cigar City, Coppertail, Crooked Thumb, Big Storm, 3 Daughters, Angry Chair, Cycle Brewing, Rapp Brewing, and Pair O Dice.

BAD A** BEER FEST: People are still flocking to the new Tampa Bay Brewing Company digs out in Westchase for the food and brew (it’s across from the Oldsmar Flea Market).

The Doble family’s second location, which opened last summer, is a hit. The other location in Ybor City is still going strong after 20 years. Also a hit are the Bad A** Beer Fests, like the one set for Saturday at the Westchase location.

The festival, BAB III, runs from 7 to 11 p.m. and features 5 brews created by collaborations between TBBC and Southern Brewing with brewers Green Bench, St. Somewhere, Angry Chair, Six Ten and 7venth Son. And, of course, there are all the TBBC brews such as Reef Donkey and Old Elephant Foot.

There also will be live music from the Kings of Denmark and the Black Honkeys as well as a special brewers’ band jam session. There will be food trucks, too. Admission is $35. Get more information at

BLOOD ORANGE BREW: Master Brewer Bobby Baker, a Safety Harbor native, created the new Shipyard Florida Brewed Blood Orange beer that went into national release this month. It’s the first Shipyard beer to be created in Florida,

Baker, who is based at Shipyard Sea Dog Brewery and tasting room on U.S. 19 in Clearwater, says it’s a refreshing Belgian style Wit made with sweet Florida orange peels.

“I used the Florida blood orange to give it a citrus tang and the peel for sweetness and the result is a one-of-a-kind ale,” says Baker, who grew up in Safety Harbor and earned a degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach before joining Sea Dog, based in Bangor, Maine, in 2012.

Shipyard’s Sea Dog expanded into Florida in 2013 opening pubs in Clearwater and Orlando. The Shipyard Florida Brewed Blood Orange is being bottled and can be found in stores such as Total Wine and ABC Fine Wine & Spirits. The beer also will be available on draft, and can be found in the Clearwater taproom.

The brewery has already produced 500 barrels, equaling 15,500 gallons. The beer will be available in Florida year-round, while making its debut as a seasonal product in other states.

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