Tampa Named Top Emerging Beer Town in the United States

In 2010, breweries started taking over the United States. Since then, every state in the U.S. contains a brewery, and America is now home to over 3,000 breweries. Opening a small brewery has become the popular career choice for the beer masters of the nation. Brewing beer allows owners to make a living, but it is not a get famous, get rich career path.

The history of breweries started in the West. This is the first place where emerging beer towns appeared. These breweries' unique culture is what keeps the U.S. craft community vital and growing.

The Poor Fool took a look at the brewery scene across the nation and created a list of America’s top ten emerging beer towns. The list is based on the culture and community of the breweries and town, and Tampa has made the cut. Not only has Tampa made the list, but it is the number one emerging beer town in America!

Tampa’s beer scene started quietly with Saint Somewhere Brewing. After, Cigar City Brewing Company came and changed everything. The other breweries in Florida could not compare to CCBC and followed in their massive shadow. Today, CCBC still has an incredible following, but other breweries are staking their claim. Some of the newer breweries are Peg’s Cantina & Brewpub, Cycle Brewing and 7venth Sun Brewing.

The rest of America’s Top Ten Emerging Beer Towns include:

Anchorage, Alaska

St. Louis, Missouri

Austin, Texas

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Atlanta, Georgia

Portland, Maine

Phoenix, Arizona

Madison, Wisconsin

Columbus, Ohio


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Nick created Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group in 2002 and spent the first eight years developing and acquiring office and retail projects in South Florida as well as North Central Florida. In 2010 the focus of the firm was shifted to primarily serve third party clients and perform brokerage, property management and mortgage banking functions. Nick has personally developed and acquired nearly 200,000 square feet of office and retail properties in markets throughout Florida. Prior to founding Front Street, Nick was the Director of Finance and Dispositions for Stiles Corporation in Fort Lauderdale where he financed and sold over $500 million in commercial real estate. Before joining Stiles, Nick was an Associate Director at GE Capital Real Estate where he sourced over $200 million in financing throughout Florida. Nick is a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Finance and a concentration in Real Estate. He serves as a board member and current vice-chair for the United Way of North Central Florida where he also chairs the Development Committee. Nick is actively involved with the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce where he serves as a board member and committee member for the Council for Economic Outreach. He is also a recent graduate of Leadership Gainesville which is a year long leadership program hosted by the Chamber. He is a member of Grace United Methodist Church where he has served as finance chair and as a member of the leadership council. Nick serves as an advisory board member of the University of Florida Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies. Nick was recently named chair of the Gainesville committee for the North Florida chapter of Urban Land Institute (ULI). He is a licensed real estate broker in the State of Florida and is a long time member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

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