Two of my absolute favorite things are BBQ and craft beer. When these two are combined, I am one extremely happy Woman. When I heard that St Pete Brew Tours had a walking brew and BBQ tour, I could barely contain my excitement. This was definitely something that I NEEDED to check out. I lived in downtown St. Pete for a little over a decade. It is my all time favorite city. St. Pete is constantly changing, so you are bound to find something new on a tour like this.
We met our tour guide Audrey on the sidewalk in front of a gift shop. We all introduced ourselves and then we made our way to our first location: Witches BBQ Den (which is associated with the Ale and The Witch). We have actually tried to eat at Witches BBQ Den several times in the past. We have always had bad timing and arrived as they were closed. I was excited to finally try their food.
When we arrived the Witches BBQ Den was abandoned. I am not really sure if they were closed or what was going on. Audrey pointed out where the BBQ sauces and the drink machine were located and we started sampling the sauces. The wide range in different sauces was probably my favorite thing about Witches BBQ Den. Audrey also gave us a fun picture scavenger hunt to complete throughout the tour. We arrived back to the table and we were handed a sampling of their food:
Honestly, I wasn't in love with it. The mashed potatoes were pretty good. The meat was a little fatty for my tastes and I am not even sure what kind of meat it was since the Witches BBQ Den employees didn't say a word to us. Luckily, the company in our group was great and we still enjoyed our visit.
After Witches BBQ Den, we were off to our first brewery. I was very excited to learn that we would be going to St. Pete Brewing. I actually first tried St. Pete Brewing Orange Wheat Ale on tap at a bar in St. Pete years before the brewery was open (it was being brewed in another state!).
We were each allowed to pick two flights and we were able to hang out for a little while. St. Pete Brewing had an area with some old gaming systems hooked up which is pretty cool. It was definitely a fun stop and the beer was pretty good. The beer we most wanted to try (3 Toed Paw Belgian Pale) was tapped out for our visit. We will definitely be back.
After St. Pete Brewing, we headed to Green Bench Brewing. On our walk in between locations, our tour guide Audrey pointed out local features. I lived in this city for a long time and still learned a lot of new facts on this tour. She also showed us a lot of street art. She told us how the city of St. Petersburg commissioned artists to create huge murals to keep the street art clean and make it more than graffiti. Here are a few of the pieces that we encountered:
Green Bench is already one of our favorite breweries. They have great beer and an awesome environment. We each received a pint at Green Bench. I had a hard time deciding what to get and I was able to try several before deciding. Honestly, this didn't make my choice easier since I loved everything that I tried. I ended up with a Temple Mound Brown Ale which is one of my favorite Green Bench brews.
At this point in the tour, we were all feeling happy and having a great time as a group. One of the employees from Green Bench was talking to us a lot and offered us a tour of the brewery! This was something we had been wanting to do, so we were pretty excited about the offer.
After Green Bench, we headed to my favorite BBQ restaurant: Urban Brew and BBQ. You may remember reading about them from my previous review. We were treated to a heaping pulled pork slider at this stop.
|Note: the sauce was served on the side|
Of course, the Urban pulled pork slider was delicious! I was happy to see that the owner Andy was there. He was telling me about his upcoming restaurant and brewery: Urban Comfort. Be on the lookout for more information on that here as it develops. Some of the people in our group ordered beer or sides at Urban Brew and BBQ as well. I ordered a half pour of pineapple cider. It was perfect with the slider.
Our last stop of the night was 3 Daughters Brewery. 3 Daughters has been on our "must try" list for awhile now. I immediately fell in love with this brewery. It has the BEST atmosphere. There is a huge warehouse with every game you can imagine and then some: Foosball, giant connect four, cornhole, giant Jenga, etc. There were even several families with kids there enjoying their Saturday night. They also have a huge stage and they even had a really neat Christmas display. So fun!
We were able to pick out two flights each at 3 Daughters. I liked my beer, but thought that my two choices tasted pretty similar. The star of the brewery was definitely the warehouse.
We determined the winner of our scavenger hunt. I was so busy enjoying myself that I slacked and didn't win. Boo. The prize is AMAZING. No spoilers here, but make sure that you compete and try to win the scavenger hunt. I was really jealous when I found out the prize. We then parted ways from our tour group. My Husband and myself went to a few other places in St. Pete and then ended up back at 3 Daughters because we adored it so much.
This tour was such a great time! It is a lot of walking, but they do plan on incorporating buses in January to make the tour easier. While we did go to a few places afterwards, we were really happy with our night by the end of the tour and could have easily gone home satisfied. It was nice to be able to learn about St. Petersburg and the locations. I also loved that we were given something at every spot. It was enough beer and food to satisfy and give you a good idea of the business. With the exception of maybe the Witches BBQ Den, we will be returning to all of the spots on our tour soon.
I would definitely take this tour again and I highly recommend it. The nice thing is that this tour is great for locals and visitors. You can buy the tickets for the St. Pete Brew and BBQ tour discounted right now on Living Social! If you are more interested in food tours, then you should check out Eat Sip Indulge which is a food tour by the same business. The food tours are located not just in St. Pete, but in several local cities and even in London. Yes, London.
Let me know if you try St. Pete Brew Tours. You won't regret it. Cheers!
*Disclaimer: I received free tickets in exchange for this honest review. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions are completely my own.