Tampa Bay Brewing Company is expanding their business with a new restaurant and brewery in Westchase. Construction is underway on site and the expected date of completion is spring of 2015.
The brewery will be 13,000 square feet and the indoor and outdoor restaurant will be a combined 7,000 square feet. It is nearly 16 times bigger than the brewery they are in now. The new brewery will feature six fermenters, two bright tanks, a water treatment facility and a complete packaging line.
“When we started designing this project the goal was to take what we have in Ybor, with a great restaurant and great food, and replicate it over here in the Westchase location,” said Mike Doble, owner of Tampa Bay Brewing Company.
The Tampa Bay Brewing Company offers up to 12 beers on tap at any one time. The most popular beer on tap is old elephant foot IPA which ranks in at 7 percent alcohol and has a very hoppy taste. Following closely behind is reef donkey which ranks in at 5.5 percent alcohol and has citrus notes.
It wouldn’t be a brewpub without food. Tampa Bay Brewing Company serves a lot of traditional pub dishes. Head Chef John Boyle is infusing several entrees such as their signature meatloaf and shepherd’s pie with the beer they brew. Each week they have a special menu for Friday and Saturday nights. Boyle prepares all the meat himself by trimming each piece. This week it was lamb.
“All of the food here is good,” Boyle said. “I mean it really is. Whatever palate is yours, I mean I don’t think anyone would come in this restaurant and it would be a hard decision for them of what they would want to eat,” said Boyle.
Customers can sign up for the mug club membership. Pay your annual dues and you will receive your own t-shirt and mug as well as discounts on the beer.
The Doble family started the brewpub back in 1995. Tampa Bay Brewing Company is the oldest brewpub in the state of Florida and it lies in Centro Ybor on 8th street. It features an indoor and outdoor seating area and you can check out the people making the beer because the brewery is located inside the restaurant. Once you open the two double doors, your nose is greeted with the great smell of beer.
Naga Tea opened its doors in early Oct. 2014. Carl Yen, owner of Naga Tea, is trying to bring a new tea drinking culture to Tampa. To accomplish this, he imports all his teas from Taiwan.
“Naga Tea is definitely an original place, it’s not a franchise, it’s not a chain,” Yen said. “We found our ingredients and everything from Taiwan. That’s a lot of work and research put into that.”
Naga tea is serving up over 50 different flavors of tea, including: herbal, milk and fruit tea. Yen uses only fresh and non-artificial ingredients in his recipes.
“How I see it, if you have good quality in your product, customers will definitely see that and customers should return and have the best product,” Yen said.
One of the unique things about Naga how they use boba.
“We add on boba just because boba milk tea is the original, it’s what Taiwan is known for,” Yen said. “Boba is just a tapioca mixed with a sweet potato powder that’s kind of closely related to yucca and provides this very chewy texture, some people call it gummy bears.”
Students looking for something different and refreshing from their tea drinking experience can learn more by visting Naga Tea.
Hugh Thomas, owner and head coach of CrossFit Strength to Strength (STS), is changing lives, one workout a day.
Each day consists of a warm-up, skill or strength training, and a workout of the day. Thomas is constantly creating new workouts to keep gym members on their feet.
“The community is number one to me, and in the community, you build that accountability and with the accountability you build that friendship,” Thomas said. “You come here to get better, work on our weaknesses and have fun doing it.”
Workouts consist of constantly varied, functional movements, performed at high intensity.
Before opening the CrossFit gym in January, Thomas was a professional MMA fighter for four years, as well as a semi pro baseball and basketball player.
“You’ve got a person who is certified like myself who loves what he does, who can’t wait to wake up in the morning to come and teach people how to get better,” Thomas said.
Thomas is very passionate about helping people push past their comfort zone. He has not only coached and trained professional athletes, but also children and the elderly.
3-D Printing the Future: The Exhibition is the newest attraction at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI). The museum has 3-D printers that create objects during the exhibit.
3-D printing is making consumer goods cheaper by allowing people to print almost anything imaginable.
“Basically what the exhibit shows is the next industrial revolution in all sorts of different industries that 3-D printing is applicable to,” Tom Hamilton, a 3-D printing expert, said. “There was this dad. His son was born without fingers on his left hand. Instead of being $20,000 to $50,000, it cost only about $5 to $15 for that one prosthetic hand.”
Anything from solid concrete buildings to pancakes can be designed and printed using 3-dimensional technology. Not only are scientists making significant advances in the engineering and culinary fields, but in the near future, they hope to be able to print organs to use for transplants.
“Even in the medical field, they have managed to print off graft-able ears and noses out of cellulose and either collagen or hydrogen,” Hamilton said. “They can just take a CT scan of you and use that as a computer assisted design file and they will just print that. We have a 3-D printed heart here, not a real heart, but it’s a plastic heart that has been printed from a CT scan of a patient.”
Some of the unique artifacts in the exhibit include: a pistol, a model car, a bikini, a heart, a fetus, a mask, a microscope and a working wrench.