Booth's Brewing outfits customers with quality beer- and wine-making supplies, from Briess dry malts to brew kettles by Blichmann Engineering. Hops-savvy staffers also guide students through the basics of crafting custom beers at home with beer-brewing classes. The sessions familiarize students with standard brewing equipment and ingredients, arming them with the theoretical and practical knowledge to successfully make beer at home without fitting their bathtub with a blowoff hose.
A towering wine rack spans an entire wall and glimmers with more than 1,000 bottles. Across the room, a lineup of nitrogen-regulated Enomatic machines dispenses samples from 80 wines to be sipped, swirled, and theatrically spit while reclining on a leather sofa, or while sitting at the long wooden bar. Small, shareable plates populate Sarasota Vineyard's menu in the forms of cheeses, roasted olives, and prosciutto-wrapped figs, ideal for pairing with wines or barley pops from a list of 20 beers.
Cupids Bar Crawl invites ladies and gentlemen—single or paired up—to express their devotion or disdain for the holiday of lovers by hitting eight hot spots across the city. The crawl begins at 6:30 p.m. at Tequilas on Valentine's Day, and ventures to seven other locations, where participants revel in free shots and swag from Fireball Whisky. At the end of the three-hour crawl, partiers return to Tequilas to soak up the libations with light food and to nurse any wounds from Cupid's arrow. Proceeds from Cupids Bar Crawl benefit the Michael Agana Memorial Scholarship at USF.
At Datz Delicatessen, a deli, wine bar, bakery, and food market are combined to create an exciting establishment of culinary specialties. Today's deal is for a three-course interactive lunch experience ($20) known as The Lunch Box, held from Monday through Friday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and hosted by a Datz chef. Lunch themes change every day, so budding hash slingers and gourmands can choose the most appealing menu option and relax in a fun culinary setting as an experienced chef demonstrates the proper spicing and dough-romancing techniques, all before eating something much tastier than another microwave astronaut meal. Past Lunch Box themes have included classes such as Secrets of Stir-Fry—which paired pork with leeks, eggs with tomato, mushrooms with bok choy, and stirrers with fries—and Bacon-Mania, an admittedly odd name for a class that taught alimentary artists how to make bacon coffee, candied pistachio bacon, and bacon cupcakes.
The newly opened wine bar offers a rotating selection of wines by the glass, along with wine flights, and cheeses, charcuterie, and desserts. Absorb the warm and inviting atmosphere while enjoying a glass of crisp pinot grigio ($6) or fruity and spicy syrah ($8) paired with a combination of cheese and charcuterie selections—varieties of cow, goat, sheep, or blue cheese, served with triple-berry jam, caramelized nuts, and a baguette ($4/one selection, $11/three selections). Or placate a nagging sweet tooth with the decadent Viktoria Richards' Chocolates such as chocolate coconut ($7). The wine bar's welcoming and experienced staff will help patrons select a pairing that suits each diner's patented taste preferences. Post-wine bar, head to the wine shop to peruse a selection of hard-to-find small production wines, featuring more than 50 varieties playing limbo beneath the $13 mark.
Boasting a bevy of brews, Yard of Ale pleases barley buffs with more than 20 sudsy beers on tap, 75 bottled brews, and a pub-grub menu to pair alongside them. With fine breweries represented, such as Abita, Brooklyn Brewery, and Framboise, diners can bask in golden brewski brilliance while sinking incisors into a corned-beef sandwich dressed in spicy Ale mustard ($9) or a portobello sammie stacked with roasted red peppers and provolone cheese ($9).