I won't bore you with a tedious recap of Hurricane Irma's aftermath, but by the fourth night without electricity I had to get out of the house. I headed out to the beach to cool off at a bar that I has noticed while passing by not long ago.
Just shy of its two-year anniversary last weekend, Tampa Heights' Hidden Springs Aleworks released a beer that makes a compelling argument for drinking local.
"Floral and spicy aromas and a subtle malt character," reads the can of Grandpa Jack's Pils, an excellent, authentic German pils from Safety Harbor's Crooked Thumb Brewery.
I think I've found the Goldilocks bar.
There's definitely a sweet spot in my preference in drinking establishments. Not too crowded, but not dead. Not too expensive, but not a dive (often the inevitable result of very cheap drinks). Great selection, but not overwhelmingly so. Attractively designed, but not …
If you host dinner parties built around wine, for guests who can spend hours debating the fine points of vintages and brix and terroir, and who will sniff if you serve that Bordeaux at five degrees off the optimal temperature, you're probably not looking for tips.
See if you can find the collectibles listed below behind the bar at the famous Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa. Use your scroll wheel or double-click to zoom into the picture. Click and drag to move the picture around. Once you find a collectible, click to see a larger version.
Here's what you need to find:
Buddy Guy portrait | Signature Drink | An Ode to Hippies | Pachinko | Man v. Food Photo | Pyramid-shaped "Blues Trophy" | A gift from their gator meat supplier
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