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  1. Local craft beer of the week: Cherry Pastelitos, Coppertail Brewing Co. in Tampa

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    On Saturday, Tampa's Coppertail Brewing Co. will celebrate its third anniversary with a Florida weisse festival, showcasing densely fruited tart wheat beers from more than a dozen Tampa Bay area breweries including, of course, many of its own brews in this summer-friendly style.

    Center: Coppertail Brewing’s Cherry Pastelitos. Flanking it are Coppertail’s BOMP (blood orange, mango, passionfruit), left, and Pinky Swear (pink lemonade-flavored).
  2. Wine of the week: Pull 2012 Merlot Paso Robles

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    It's still too hot out to even think about big heavy red wines, but you can take a break from chilled whites with a lighter red varietal. One fine choice would be Pull 2012 Merlot from Broken Earth Winery, in Paso Robles, Calif.

  3. Nearly local craft beer of the week: Rome City IPA from Lakeland's Brew Hub

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    As popular as the American IPA is, it's hardly surprising that it has been the canvas for many of the most prominent beer trends of the past few years: session IPA, New England-style IPA, sour IPA, single malt and single hop IPA — even coffee IPA.

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  4. We Tried That: Brewing beer at Caledonia Brewing in Dunedin

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    The craft beer trend has been steadily gaining ground in Dunedin. Home to breweries like Dunedin Brewery and Soggy Bottom, the area has earned a reputation as a craft beer destination, and the scene is still growing. 7venth Sun Brewery, on Broadway Avenue, is opening a second location in Tampa in August. Caledonia …

    Carlynn Crosby stirs malted barley in a kettle with hot water at Caledonia Brewing in Dunedin as she helps brew Classic Jeff Pale Ale under the watchful eye of co-owner and brewer Dave Dally.
  5. Bar review: O'Keefe's Tavern in Clearwater

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    It wasn't until we were almost pulling into O'Keefe's that my girlfriend realized it was the wrong bar. Originally, the plan was to visit a similarly named spot — O'Keefe's Softails Pub in Seminole — which she had heard offered a great Thursday ladies night special. I got it mixed up with O'Keefe's Tavern, a …

    O'Keefe's favors green, being Irish and all. This is the Midori Martini. The pub hosts a very large St. Patrick's Day gathering. [Photo by Justin Grant/Special to tbt*]


Can you spy the famous Skipper's Smokehouse collectibles?

See if you can find the collectibles listed below behind the bar at the famous Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa. Use your scroll wheel or double-click to zoom into the picture. Click and drag to move the picture around. Once you find a collectible, click to see a larger version.

Here's what you need to find:

Buddy Guy portrait  |  Signature Drink  |  An Ode to Hippies  |  Pachinko  |  Man v. Food Photo  |  Pyramid-shaped "Blues Trophy"  |  A gift from their gator meat supplier


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