Beer Bar Spotlight: The Pint and Brew

Written by on August 20, 2014 in Beer Bar Spotlight

 

View from the Front

View from the Front

Craft beer centric bars have been steadily opening in Tampa Bay since the late 2000’s. In fact, these artisan brew focused cantinas now dot the Bay area. It was just a matter of time I guess before they sought to find a niche within their niche.

The Pint and Brew, located in Palm Harbor on Tampa Road in between Hwy. 19 and McMullen Booth, only pours Florida craft beer from its 28 taps. They’ve been open just a few months- the grand opening was June 6th- but business has been solid. Plans are even in place to possibly add a few more tap handles.

Michael Wojtowicz, Pint and Brew’s General Manager, left South Tampa gastro-pub extraordinaire Datz in order to help Rob Wickner (owner of Catch Twenty Three in Westchase and Fishhawk Ranch) open this unique concept. With the popularity of Florida craft beer and the emphasis nationwide on locally produced products, it just seemed like a natural fit.

Inside, the atmosphere is warm and inviting. Industrial is the theme, but it’s clean, well-lit, and comfortable. It just feels tasteful and well thought out.

 

Cool tables

Cool tables

A large Facebook presence (already over 2000 likes) and a solid website have helped kick-start the bar. They keep their tap list up-to-date on BeerMenus.com and have a rewards club named Hop Club. Trivia is on Wednesday evenings and a running group is slated for this fall/winter. Road Trip, a program where a few kegs from another state are tapped, has recently been implemented. This round it’s Georgia, but personally I’d like the road trips to be Florida cities.

The Pint and Brew isn’t the first establishment to feature only Florida breweries on tap, but it is the first Bay area beer-only tavern (they don’t serve food) to do so. To my knowledge anyway. Syndicate favorite and local craft beer friend Cajun Café on the Bayou comes to mind as does The Bricks of Ybor, both of which serve up really tasty food in addition to dedicating their taps to Florida’s finest. Perhaps this is the evolution of the evolution? Either way, a focus on Florida beer is always applauded.

 

Cheers!

Robb Larson- TBBS

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