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Beer Tour of St. Petersburg, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida is a place where palm trees sway in the ocean breeze and murals are beautifully displayed on the sides of various buildings spread throughout the tropical landscape. This bustling Florida haven is where culture and history thrive together, as tourists swarm to get a glimpse of some of the finest artwork, food and music in the state. Over the past ten years, Saint Petersburg has seen a rise of new businesses and residents alike, and among these businesses are eleven uniquely designed breweries that have popped up just within the past six years, with ten being situated within a mile stretch and just a short walk from the famous Tropicana Field (home of Major League Baseball’s Rays).

On the furthest end of the brewery spectrum towards the east side of the mile stretch is Cycle Brewing. The name reveals some of what the brewery’s theme is on the inside with bicycles hanging on the back wall and a metallic piece of artwork set up in the taproom with bright green lights illuminating it from behind. Colorful chairs are situated around several small “cubby” areas with tables and chairs nestled inside along with interesting artwork and photos from local aspiring artists and photographers posted up. A small brewing system is set up in the back that pumps out hopped-up delights including Fixie Session IPA, Hazelnut Cream and Sugar Please Coffee Porter, Ryerish Red Ale and some barrel-aged specialties.

Across the street and a block over from Cycle Brewing is St. Pete Brewing Company. This brewery brings out the sailor in you with its cool nautical-themed design with two oars and a lit-up anchor positioned front and center in the taproom. Though St. Pete is another small-batch brewing system, that doesn’t stop them from brewing up a wide array of different styles and flavors that includes McCracken Scottish Ale, Altheos Belgian Triple and Bearded Pelican Chocolate Porter.

Only a few yards from St. Pete Brewing Company is Aggregate Brewing Collective that features a homey atmosphere with cozy couches and a packed-to-the-max bookshelf. Originally brewing under another name that specialized in sour, this brewery is fairly new to the scene and has only been operating a few months. Seeking to reach a much broader audience with a list of brews that are more tailored to your average craft beer drinker, Aggregate offers up one of the buzziest beverages in the business: a hard seltzer! Aggregate's hard seltzer is called Funk Water.  Beyond that, the brewery brews various IPAs including FB.IPA and pale ales as well as a delectable milk stout called Connexion Milk Stout.

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