Most of my travels for for short weekend getaways. One of my recent mini-vacations was in April as I was forced to see my favorite musician at Jannus because Freebird Live recently closed in Jacksonville Beach. This turned out to be most fortunate as I had a wonderful weekend with the husband. Downtown St. Pete is fairly small and everything is within walking distance, but there is limited lodging. We were able to snag a really nice room at the Hampton Inn for the weekend, which was right along the waterfront.
We got into St. Pete on Thursday night and walked to a local brewery called Cycle Brewing. It was not busy, but the inside is awesome! I had the Cream and Sugar Please, which is a delightful coffee porter and a pint of the Cherry Electric Boots. I am quite partial to my local sours, but this one did not disappoint. Cycle offers crowlers, which is a great way to snag a local beer to go without having to haul around a grower in your luggage.
Friday was chock full of sightseeing, staring at the Chihuly museum, which was really cool but I wanted to touch EVERYTHING. There is amazing street art all around downtown. Finding all of the cool art along could fill up a day. Friday evening proved to make the entire trip. G-Love and the Special Sauce was in town, and we made it to the pre-show party and meet and greet where I traded one of my personal works of art with G-Love for one of his set lists.
The next day was pretty chill. We spent the day eating lunch at Parkshore Grill and had a ridiculously delicious cheese fondue and pretzel bread. If you give a girl a pretzel, she is going to want beer. The next stop was Green Bench Brewing Brewing Company to try out some more local goodness. First off, the building is amazing! It’s a brick warehouse style with metal elements to give it a really cool vibe. They have a great outdoor area with Adirondack chairs, cornhole and a white wall which they use to project movies on during the evenings… Oh did I mention they too are dog friendly? I enjoyed the Maximo Milk Stout, the Oak Fermented Farmhouse Sour and their Green Bench IPA. I was not disappointed with any of my selections though I would suggest drinking the sour away from the sun. If you are planning on visiting St. Pete, I highly recommend both Cycle and Green Bench (http://greenbenchbrewing.com) We ended the weekend with hanging around the pool before meeting up with friends for some beer at the Ale and the Witch and dinner at Bella Brava. We fit a lot of fun into a three day weekend. I look forward to another trip down to try the other breweries scattered around town.