St. Petersburg, Florida
When you talk about America’s great beer cities, exactly none of them conjure up images of tanned people in shorts enjoying passionfruit wheat beers under palm trees. But beer culture means something different in Florida, and the sunshine state’s beer city is sunny St. Pete. Yes, Florida’s craft beer goliath sits across Tampa Bay at Cigar City. But when it comes to inventive small breweries, nobody beats St. Pete. The city’s home to Three Daughters, Cycle Brewing, and St. Pete Brewing Company, and even boasts its own “Craft Beer Trail” now. Which, if you’re not down for indoor baseball, is a great way to kill a day in St. Pete.
Just across the Sunshine Skyway in Sarasota you’ll find J-Dubs, whose outdoor patio welcomes possibly every Sarasota resident under 65 on the weekends. And Bradenton is home to Darwin Brewing, the best spring training-adjacent brewery in America.
But it’s not just all about the beers in St. Pete. The city has made its Downtown one of the best drinking destinations in the country with a two square-block area where you can hop from craft cocktails at Cask & Ale of Mandarin Hide. Then catch a show at Jannus Live. Then meander through MacDinton’s or Mastry’s and drink cheaper than you will in much of the rest of Florida.