Every time I take my short cut to work in the morning I pass Big Storm Brewing. Co. on 49th St. N in Clearwater. Of course, at 8am beer is the last thing from my mind, but for months I’ve been trying to give myself mental reminders to come back after work, and last Friday we finally did.
The location is comfortable and casual; an open environment with a great view of the brewery itself in the back. A large bar is in the middle with televisions all around (a great place to go watch sports!) and plenty of seating. The staff was extremely friendly, but the service was slow. It seemed we were being waited on by one of the bartenders instead of an actual waitress, so his attention stayed mostly at the bar. We got our first round of drinks quickly, but service waned after that.
J. got one of their flights to try a handful of their beers – I loved the way they displayed it on this cerulean blue round board and small snifter glasses.
I also loved the way they described all of their beers with unique characteristics like:
- Tenflare Red Lager -“toasty, hints of caramel, perfect balance”
- Kumquat Radler – “luscious Florida sunshine, fruity, kumquatery”
- Category 3 Belgian Tripel – “banana clove, sweet malt, pleasant alcohol.”
While somewhat random wording, it does help you understand the flavors behind the beers. Plus, it’s fun! I tried the three listed above and was a fan of all of them.
The Pinellas tap room serves food too! I ordered the Ahi Poke Tuna – diced Ahi tuna tossed in a garlic ginger poke sauce, layered with fresh mango and avocado. Topped with jicama slaw and drizzled with wasabi cream and served with wonton chips. The flavors and textures of this meal paired so well together. You got the soft poke served with the crisp slaw and wonton chips. And the whole spectrum of salty, spicy, and sweet flavors. Just beware of the wasabi cream – it definitely had a lingering kick!
J. ordered their Mahi sandwich that was one of their specials. The fish was fresh, the seasoning was perfect and it was cooked well, with nice grill marks. It was served with a homemade tartar sauce and crispy fries. I was a big fan – I hope this will be a popular special, or perhaps even a permanent menu addition!
With fun weather themed names, their beers are “artisanal, approachable yet complex and cater to craft beer enthusiasts and regular beer drinkers alike.” You can also check out their “Storm Tracker” to see what beers are currently in season at their tap room! You’ll always have plenty of options to choose from.