By Larry Elliston

Beer is like any food — freshness, flavor and attention to detail make all the difference. And if you like beer, you know a good craft brewery is going to hit a home run on all three. 

There's no question that Tampa Bay's craft beer scene has exploded, drawing beer drinkers from around the state and across the country. And in Tampa Bay, Cigar City Brewing is king. Visit the taproom and get a taste of one of the experimental batches — it's the only place you can. And get a taste of St. Petersburg at the Green Bench Brewery, named after the 2,500 or so benches that once famously lined downtown sidewalks. 

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