Release the Kraken!

I’ve been living in Central Florida for nearly 8 years at this point.  It’s a measly 2 – 2 1/2 hour drive to get to Tampa (depending on where in that area you go).  And… I’ve only been to 2 breweries there so far.  That is unacceptable considering there are WAY more breweries in Tampa than there are in the Orlando area.  Well, Mrs. UsedHair and I decided to help out with that a bit when we figured we would go see Joan Jett, Heart, and Cheap Trick play in Tampa.  We drove down early in the day, walked the river walk area for a while downtown and then hit Coppertail Brewing Co. on the way to the concert.

Coppertail Brewing in Tampa. #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

This is one of the newer breweries in the area (founded in 2014) and I have definitely had their beer in other bars and in distribution bottles long before I made it here.  But, it fills out so much more of the story of the beers I drink if I can see the atmosphere of the place it came from.  They run the gambit from tiny tiny Big Alice Brewing (coming soon to a blog post near you) to the gigantic Tröegs Brewing (guess what… you guessed it… also coming soon to a blog post near you).  Well… Coppertail definitely has a feel all it’s own.  Yet, about what I expected based on the look an feel of their bottle labels and beer descriptions.

Coppertail Brewing exterior

There were a lot of water themed decorations strewn about.

Coppertail Brewing diver decor
Coppertail Brewing kraken and/or giant squid decor

And there was definitely some industrial-space type gear decor happening.

Coppertail Brewing gears

And, much to my liking, there were nice couches to lounge around on.

Coppertail Brewing Couches

Most important for a breweriana collector, they had a big section of cool and interesting stuff for me to buy.  I got some really nice socks and a keychain.

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Coppertail Brewing merchandise

Although the place is not what I would call huge, it was big enough that I was able to stand in a third spot to get yet another 360 perspective.

Post from RICOH THETA. #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

But, as usual, it all comes down to the bottles.  They had a few 12 oz bottles that I had not seen in any store, so I had to get them.

Coppertail Brewing bottles

See… I wasn’t lying about the socks.  They’re right between the six packs and the key chain.

So, the trip was definitely worth taking.  And it makes me want to get back to the Tampa area more and more and more.  I hear great things about the breweries there.  From what I’ve seen so far, I believe it.

Oh… wait! Confound it all, I nearly forgot the 360 video walk through.  Don’t let me do that again.

Author: UsedHair

I am a labeorphilist (one who collects beer bottles) looking to discuss the adventures often involved in obtaining the bottles and the challenges that accompany the hobby.

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