Pinellas County, Florida is a popular destination thanks to its beaches. What many who visit the area don’t know about is a well-kept local secret – the Pinellas Trail. Covering 38 miles from north to south, the former railroad tracks have been converted to pavement for pedestrians, in-line skaters and bicyclists to relax and exercise.
In addition to great views and a safe place to exercise, there are 11 craft breweries that dot the 10 miles of trail from Tarpon Springs south to Dunedin. All locally owned, each brewery offers something a little bit different for beer lovers.
Since many wouldn’t be able to do all 11 breweries via the trail in one day, we’ll be splitting this into two blogs – one with the breweries of Tarpon Springs and Palm Harbor and the second blog with the breweries in Dunedin located close to the Pinellas Trail. Here’s part one . . .
The northernmost city in Pinellas County, Tarpon Springs is known for its Greek heritage and connections to the sponge diving industry. A quiet town, Tarpon Springs is seeing a rebirth and is home to three breweries all within steps of the Pinellas Trail.
Two Frogs Brewing Company – 151 E. Tarpon Avenue – Specializing in clean ales that are perfect in the Florida heat, Two Frogs is a play on the last name of the father-son owners, Michael and Chad Croake. Located in the town’s former drug store, Two Frogs often has live music on weekend nights (children aren’t allowed in the bar after 8pm). Snacks and sodas available.
May We Suggest: Mandarin Dreams Wheat
Brasserie Saint Somewhere – 312 E. Tarpon Avenue – Inspired by traditional Belgian-style beers, Saint Somewhere is owned by Bob Sylvester, a local brewing legend. Originally brewed in a warehouse and brewing since 2006, Saint Somewhere recently moved into an early 1900’s farmhouse. With different sitting area and local historical photos on the walls, Saint Somewhere has a quiet quaint feel.
May We Suggest: Anne
Silverking Brewing Co. – 325 E. Lemon Street – Located in the original Tarpon Springs jail and firehouse, Silverking is a brewery centered around fishing. There’s lots of fishing paraphernalia displayed throughout the brewery. Did you know that silver king is another name for the Atlantic Tarpon fish? With 8 staple beers, most of their selection is less than 6% ABV.
May We Suggest: Marshall Jones IPA
Just south of Tarpon Springs on the Pinellas Trail is the unincorporated city of Palm Harbor. Less downtown and more suburb on this portion, the Trail passes two breweries that sit right on the trail and are less than a quarter mile from each other.
de Bine Brewing Company – 993 Florida Avenue – 2,500 square feet of brewery houses de Bine
Brewing. With indoor and outdoor seating and a small loft area to relax, de Bine offers 14 taps of beers that are ever changing. They offer snacks, wine and non-alcoholic drinks. There’s also a stage area where they host live music and comedians on select days.
May We Suggest: Fresh Tart Berliner Weisse
Stilt House Brewery – 625 US-19 ALT – Located in a small strip mall next to a pool supply store, you could easily miss Stilt House if you weren’t looking for it, especially from the Pinellas Trail. Since the Trail is located behind Stilt House, keep an eye out for it on the left as you head south just past the Palm Harbor overhead trail marker. There are over 15 beers on tap in a wide variety of styles along with wine and non-alcoholic drinks.
May We Suggest: Pinellas Trail Cream Ale
Stay tuned for our second part of Beers of the Pinellas Trail . . . coming soon!