Tampa-Area Craft Breweries Grow

craft_beer_2013ST. PETERSBURG — Dogs lazing around in the afternoon sun, children tossing bean bags on the lawn and their parents gathered around tables sipping beers called Green Bench IPA and Skyway Wheat.

That’s the weekend scene in the spacious outdoor beer garden next to a revamped brick warehouse that’s home to St. Petersburg’s newest microbrewery, Green Bench Brewing Co.

To owners Nathan Stonecipher and Steven Duffy, this environment embodies their three-year-old vision of creating a craft brewery that not only makes tasty brews but exemplifies their hometown’s character.

“It started with the name: Green Bench. We wanted something that was uniquely St. Petersburg,” Stonecipher said, making reference to the green-colored benches that once lined downtown streets.


Source: TBO