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.
The joint vision of husband and wife team Joseph and Diana Marks, Tarpon Springs Castle Winery transports visitors to Old-World Europe, where each bottle of wine is handcrafted, from the crush to the label. Modeled after an 1820 federal building, the winery's Italian style walled-in courtyard, fountains, and wrought-iron gazebo take visitors back in time, but then quickly send them forward again before they have time to un-invent electricity. Trips to the colorful tasting room give visitors a chance to sip wines that range from a clean, fruity blush to a dry, oaked cabernet sauvignon.
Currents sweeps taste buds out to sea on a wave of tasty seafood and carefully crafted gourmet fare. Diners can search the menu to locate flavorful starters such as a plate of prosciutto-wrapped shrimp ($9.80), brie with pesto and almonds ($9.30), or the snails leslie served in brandy with toast points ($7.90). A bowl of lobster-and-crab bisque ($6) could inspire your mouth to throw itself hungrily at New York strip steak ($22.50) or meatloaf in hoisin barbecue sauce ($10.90), although it might prefer to stick with water-related edibles such as the seared salmon ($17.50). Currents boasts an array of red, white, and sparkling wines for cuisine coupling, and also treats diners to a full bar featuring fine brews, dessert drinks, cocktails, and specialty martinis such as the double bubble tini ($8), a mix of Three-O Bubble vodka and pink lemonade.
Palm Harbor House of Beer's craft beer bar makes lager lovers and ale experts feel at home with a tap list of 50 beers, plus coolers filled with an array of bottles and cans. Hailing from breweries around the world, including Rogue, Stone, Bell's, and Left Hand, the pub's draft stock (which typically runs between $4.50 and $6) ranges in style from blond ales to Russian imperial stouts, mocha porters to IPAs. Feel free to pair your pint with whatever provisions you choose, as customers are welcome to bring their own food or have it delivered by specially trained poodles. The hop-phobic can also pass on beer altogether in favor of the vine-based virtues of pinot noir ($7.50/glass), Riesling ($6/glass), Shiraz ($5/glass), and other wines.
Back in 1985, Jim Mellody realized his lifelong dream: opening a neighborhood hangout for friends and families to sit back and watch a game. Not long after its inception, Jim established a solid group of regulars who playfully re-christened the new hangout, referring to it simply as “Beef’s”—a short and sweet moniker that’s now commonly used at locations across the country.
Whether dining in Florida or Illinois, customers can cozy up and dine on the restaurant’s menu of classic pub fare, including burgers, sandwiches, and fajitas, all served amid an arsenal of sports-casting TVs. While adults eat, drink, and cheer on the game, youngsters can head to the Kids Zone , which is stocked with everything a budding child could ask for, including arcade games and LSAT prep materials.
Named one of Tampa Tribune's Top Five Sports Bars of 2010, Eddie's Bar & Grill boasts an eclectic menu buoyed by the casual family eatery's 55 TVs and 52 draft beers. The big buffalo chicken salad ($9.99) flames fresh greens with mild, medium, or hot sauce, and, like a game of Mouse Trap, becomes more nuanced with a dusting of blue cheese crumbles. Parties of two to four can build a crispy specialty pizza ($12.99) with up to three fresh toppings, while gatherings of six scarf a plate of 50 chicken wings ($35.99), sating cravings with a choice of eight sweet or savory sauces. Diners can also sun themselves on the patio, scrutinize Pay-Per-View events under a large TV, or simply stay up late debating the merits of celery as a post-wing palate cleanser, as the entire menu is available until 1 a.m.