Thursday, April 16, 2015

Coppertail Brewing Co. – Ybor City


After our lunch at The Bricks, we visited Coppertail Brewing’s brand new tasting room.  We’re going to have to update our brewery map because so many new breweries keep popping up in the area!

Their slogan is “Florida Inspired. Tampa Brewed.”  They had several beers that incorporated citrus, but nothing overly sweet.  We’ve had a few of their beers before (their “Core 4” are bottled and available at many local liquor stores now – we even saw their Free Dive IPA at Trader Joe’s later that day when picking up groceries). 

Coppertail’s new tasting room officially opened March 6th, and it sounds like they’ve had a busy couple of weeks since then.  For middle of the day on a Wednesday, it had a pretty good crowd. 

For the label art, they collaborated with independent artist Evan B. Harris, who created intricate and imaginative designs for each style of beer.   

The brewery’s décor is nautical industrial with lots of funky non-traditional decorations inspired by their labels.  For some reason they also incorporated a traditional confessional booth into the design.  I’m assuming has to do with their “Unholy Trippel”, which they describe as “sacrilegious hops, fruity & funky”. 

While you enjoy your beers, they have a 2-player Pac-Man table that lets you play retro arcade games for free (Lance looks pretty excited about this in the picture below...)  They also have the oversized Jenga and a pile of other board games like you find at most breweries. 

As far as the beers go, I enjoyed the Frank and the Giant Peach “Floridaweisse” and their Night Swim porter best.  And even though I’m not big on IPAs, the orange and grapefruit in their Citrus IPA made it more my style. 

They offer tours Thursday – Sunday for $7, which includes a behind-the scene look of the operations, a beer, and a souvenir glass.  It was the wrong day of the week for us to try the tour out, but a glass with their logo would be pretty cool!   

Coppertail Brewing Co. is located at 2601 E 2nd Ave, Tampa, FL 33605  (right across from IKEA) and is open 4pm – 11pm Monday – Thursday, 4pm – 12am Friday, 2pm – 12am Saturday, and 12pm – 7pm on Sunday. 

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