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Live Music Saturday

Weekends at the brewery frequently feature live music. This past Saturday Sunset Bridge Band played to a packed crowd in the tasting room. In comfortable weather (like we usually have here in Florida) bands perform outdoors in the beer garden on the patio under a canopy of trees. Food trucks are available on weekends for snacks and light meals. Featured music styles include Americana Rock, Bluegrass, Classic Country, Cajun inspired, reggae and more. There is so much great local talent in the Tampa Bay area. We are fortunate to get a variety of amazing musicians from large bands to duos to one-man(woman) acoustic songwriters. Check the event page here on the Crooked Thumb website or our Facebook page for upcoming music and events.

Crooked Thumb Brewery is conveniently located at the top of Tampa Bay, near Tampa, Clearwater, Palm Harbor & St. Petersburg. Check out the brewery for an entertaining evening of live music an try our huge selection of brews.

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Best of 2017

Crooked Thumb had another great year in 2017. Today we look back at the year’s events and milestones and feel so fortunate. We are grateful to everyone who supports the brewery and allows us to continue to do what we love – make and serve amazing beer! Some of 2017’s highlight: Canning of three core beers, first bottles released, first barrel-aged beers released, approximately 85 unique beers brewed, 1200 barrels of beer produced, beers on tap at Tropicana and Spectrum Fields, Chili Cook-Off event, Girl Scout Cookie beer release, Spring Fest, Oktoberfest, Drink Pink breast cancer awareness fundraiser and beer release, ┬áRule #7, Halloween Party, Holiday Party, Trivia Nights, tons of Live Music and much more. We have made new brewery friends and deepened friendships with old ones. Here’s to more good times and good beer in 2018!

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Crooked Thumb Brewery is located at the top of Tampa Bay in Safety Harbor, Florida. Part of the Pinellas Ale Trail, Crooked Thumb has a spacious tasting room overlooking their production facility as well as a large beer garden covered by a canopy of trees. Weekends at Crooked Thumb feature live music, food trucks and a variety of events.

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Hop Hunting

Travis was out in Oregon a few weeks ago for a little brewery research and to attend the 28th Annual Oregon Brewer’s Festival. In his travels he visited with many breweries and tasted more beers than he could keep track of! Oregon has been on the cutting edge of the craft beer movement in the United States for over 30 years. Breweries like Widmer and Bridgeport are considered pioneers in the “first wave.” Add in newcomers like The Commons (a favorite), DeGarde (a close second), and Pfriem Family (yep, that rounds out the top 3) and you see where the innovation has taken the beer scene in the state. With over 60 breweries in the Portland area and a total of 216 in the state, there is no reason to go thirsty. This is certainly a great place to do a little investigation.

One of the the visits Travis made during his travels around Oregon was Crosby Hop Farms. On this family owned hop farm, 4th and 5th generation Crosby’s grow a half dozen different varietals including some organics and broker many other varieties. As the harvest arrives in late August/September, things were in full bloom with the bines reaching the tops of the trellises and cones growing plump and beginning to gain their resinous oils and lupulin.

Based in Florida we are unfortunately far away from a majority of our raw materials and their providers. Even with this hurdle, it is important for us at Crooked Thumb to be close to our sources of raw materials to ensure only the best ingredients go into our brews. Being able to get out and walk the hop fields was part of this commitment and we hope to do it often. We are in the process of setting up hop contracts for years to come with Crosby and a couple other hop purveyors to insure we have all the hops needed to make everything from our house IPA to the unique seasonal brews we have been dreaming of.

Stay tuned!