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Beer O'clock: Tarpon Tavern, Silverking Brewing, and Brighter Days Brewing

Yesterday when we finished working at around 6:00, we spent a few minutes sitting on the porch swing deciding where to go eat next. We gave ourselves one more night of celebrating the new purchase before buckling back down from a diet and budget perspective.

We settled on a walk to the Tarpon Tavern, which is only a few blocks way. It took less than 10 minutes to walk there and it was a pleasant evening, despite it being mid-June in Florida. The low was 68! The tavern has seating outside along and trail as well as under an overhang next to the building. We chose to sit near the building under fans.

With a name like the Tarpon Tavern, you can pretty much tell they're going to have a good beer selection. We each ordered some brews. We had never been before, so we quickly figured out a contributing factor to why it's always so busy: daily specials! Monday's is $5.55 hamburgers and fries, so we ordered those to go with our beers and added cheese.

Here's the list as of June 15, 2020:

  • Monday: $5.55 Burger and Fries - after 4pm

  • Tuesday: BOGO Fish and Chips - all day

  • Wednesday: $0.49 wings - all day

  • Thursday: BOGO Fajitas - all day

  • Friday: Happy Hour 3-6 pm: $3 select drafts, $4 house wines, $5 craft cocktails, $5 nacho skillets, $0.69 wings

  • Saturday & Sunday: Brunch Menu, $5 Bloody Mary, Mimosa, & Bellini Specials - 11-2 pm

This probably goes without saying, but we'll be track to try most of those! I don't even know what a nacho skillet is, and I want to find out.

Then, I suppose we were in the mood for more beer, so we went to Silverking Brewing and each had another. Mine was interesting because it was a blonde with 8.2% ABV. Aric had an IPA, which he always likes.

Afterwards, we went for a walk to Spring Bayou/Craig Park again. It was beautiful!

Along a roundabout way home, we ended up at Brighter Days Brewing, which isn't open yet, but some guys were there working. Jason and Aaron invited us for some tasters, and all the beers we had were good! Again, Aric stuck with the IPAs that he enjoyed. I tried a raspberry hefeweizen first (which was very red in color), and another one with the same base that had more fruit and also jalapenos. It was surprisingly satisfying. We didn't snap any pictures yet, but we got a tour of the tasting room. The grand opening is July 4th and we're excited to be located so close to such a cool place!

We had a great time walking and sampling beers from around town, and there will be more posts like this. There are so many more breweries to try! For now, we're going to hit the gym for a few days....

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