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.
Cigar City Brewing sates desires for sophisticated imbibitions with an array of seasonal and year-round beers. Available by the taste, bottle, or keg at wholesale prices, these frothy treats are great for tickling your tonsils or intoxicating your imaginary friends. Tipple a bottle of the premium Jai Alai India Pale Ale, in which six different hop varietals fuse with a hint of caramel malt to create a complex, hearty interpretation of the classic IPA sprinkled with notes of citrus fruits and toasted sweet bread. Those tired of the cold weather can sip on a Warmer Winter, an old ale traditionally brewed to help natives through the chill of the brief Florida holiday season—customarily known to foreigners as summer. After visiting the tasting room, guests can visit the merchandise store to scoop up a CCB T-shirt ($20–$22), hat ($15), or 128-ounce growler jug ($7) to fill with fresh beer, glassware, and more.
For 25 years, Big Top Brewing Company's founder Josh Wilson cut his teeth crafting small batches of beer for family and friends. Now at his own brewery, he brews a variety of craft beers inspired by Sarasotan history—especially its close ties to the Ringling Circus. His Circus City IPA, for instance, offers hoppy flavors with a bold finish. The Trapeze Monk, on the other hand, combines light notes of wheat and citrus, which is rumored to give trapeze artists confidence. In addition to five year-round beers, Josh also whips up 15 seasonal varieties and other experimental brews to expand his catalog.