DID YOU KNOW? Some craft beer trivia and a guide to the local Tampa Bay craft breweries … and a nod to those who pour them.

The oldest microbrewery in Florida, Dunedin Brewery has been fermenting and serving craft beers since 1996. In addition to standard beers such as the Apricot Peach Lager, they brew an extensive seasonal/specialty selection.

The first brewery in Tampa? Brewing has a long history in Tampa: cigar maker Vicente Ybor made Tampa the site of Florida’s first commercial beer brewery, the Florida Brewing Company, founded in 1897 at the site of an ancient spring.

What is the oldest beer in Florida? La Tropical’s roots in Florida date back to 1896, when the Florida Brewery was founded in Ybor City, the first in the state to be granted a brewing license. La Tropical started to be produced and sold in 1897.

Despite California being, the leading craft beer producer, Vermont is the state with the most breweries per capita. In 2022, there were over 15 breweries for every 100 thousand residents in Vermont. In contrast, California only had 3.3 breweries per 100 thousand inhabitants.