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Ultimate Bar Guide

Bars & Spirits

  1. At Clearwater's Average Joe's, fare and drinks belie the name

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    I'm a fan of underpromising and overdelivering, and where else to find such a setup than in a bar with the word "average" right in its name?

    A Margarita and Bucs Punch.
  2. Wine of the week: Stave & Steel Bourbon Barrel-Aged Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 2015

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    Given the resurgent popularity of bourbon in craft cocktails, it's a wonder no one thought of this sooner. But the people at Stave & Steel did, and the result is their Bourbon Barrel-Aged Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 2015, widely available at about $15 a bottle.

  3. At Green Bench's Foeder event, learning about wild and sour ale, and drinking it, too

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    Everyone loves a good beer festival, and locally we have more than a few great ones, especially during Tampa Bay Beer Week, which wrapped up on Sunday.

    Jeffrey Stuffings of Austin’s Jester King Brewery talks at the 2017 Foeder for Thought held Friday at Green Bench Brewing in St. Petersburg.
  4. Drink of the Week: Now is a good time to visit a Tampa Bay brewery

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    Another Tampa Bay Beer Week has come and gone, and if there's one thing we've learned, it's that there are more fantastic locally brewed beers than we can ever hope to try. So while we usually focus on a single beer recommendation in this column, this week we'd like to recommend Tampa Bay beers in general.

    Pour House on E Kennedy Boulevard in Tampa was among the Tampa Bay Beer Week participants.
  5. Beer lovers line up for hours before dawn to score Cycle Brewing's yearly special release

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    It has become something of a ritual.

    Once a year, Cycle Brewing, at 534 Central Ave., offers a limited supply of its Whiskey Barrel Aged Imperial Stout - available at a special release for $25 a bottle, with a limit of two per customer. A large crowed gathered pre-dawn on Friday, March 10, 2017. [SAMANTHA PUTTERMAN | Times]

Can you spy the famous Skipper's Smokehouse collectibles?

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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