We hit the road bound for Tampa with no real plan about what we were going to do between Lloyd and Tampa. As Tampa approached, we realized we’d need to find something to do with ourselves until Carol and Frank got home from work. Not really knowing where to begin, we called Roxanne and Brandon for some advice. They directed us to Cigar City Brewing (very nice directions by the way!). As we pulled into the nondescript parking lot to our dismay we found that they were closed on Mondays.
Fortunately, Tim was kind enough to open up the tasting room for us. We sampled their Humidor Series Grut, Madura Brown, and Jai Alai IPA. The Grut is an old European style of beer brewed without hops and, like most of Cigar City’s Humidor beers, it was aged over cedar. We both found it quite yummy. The Madura and Jai Alai were both good too. He also poured us tastes of Swamphead Brewery’s Wildnight Honey Cream Ale and Cottonmouth Belgian Whit.
After our tasting, we headed to downtown Tampa and walked along the riverwalk. We also checked out Plant Park right next to the University of Southern Florida campus. After our walk around, it was time to head to Frank and Carol’s. After relaxing next to the pool for a bit while Sprocket played with their dog Uta we went to the Mellow Mushroom for dinner. Carol has been reading our blog and though we’d really enjoy the beer list there. She was certainly right! We ordered a sampler paddle and had Oskar Blue‘s Gordon IPA (Longmont, CO), Left Hand’s Milk Stout on nitro (also Longmont, CO), Dogfish Head‘s 90 Minute IPA (brewed in Milton, DE), Flying Dog‘s Doggy Style Pale (Aspen, CO), and Stone’s Ruination Double IPA (San Diego, CA). Our pizza, the house special, was also fantastic!
Back at the house, Forrest and I both got showers and Sprocket spazzed out a bit before we all headed for bed where Forrest and I caught up on our History Channel watching a bit before we crashed.