In this episode, I am joined by Dave Doble of Tampa Bay Brewing Company.
One of Tampa Bay’s iconic and well-visited breweries, Tampa Bay Brewing Company is celebrating 25 years in July 2022. Visited by both Michael Jackson and Guy Fieri, many visitors know TBBC for its welcoming pubs in both Ybor City and Westchase.
In the mid-1990s, the City of Tampa did not have many options for craft beer until John and Vicki Doble put their faith in their son Johnny’s vision of opening a homebrew store called the Brew Shack. Johnny and his family grew that store into a brewpub and one of Tampa’s first ‘destination’ breweries. Once the pub opened, Johnny was the head brewer and Dave Doble left the family business to train as a pilot. Dave talks about when his brother tragically died in a fire in 2003, how he decided return to the brewery his family had founded.
In our interview, Dave talks about that return and how he and his family decided to grow TBBC’s business to its current heights. Dave also talks about changing the TBBC beer lineup and how the brewery’s growth has been helped by Reef Donkey, a GABF Bronze-medal winning pale ale named for the Amberjack, a game fish which lives in Florida’s wrecks and reefs.
In this episode, you will again hear a segment I am calling “The Six Pack.” These are six questions to conclude the episode, all related to the beer industry and what the guest has learned in the industry. The “six pack” gives a little more information about Dave and his experience in the beer industry.
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About Tampa Bay Brewing Company
Tampa Bay Brewing Company is one of Florida’s first & premier Craft Breweries. TBBC opened at the tail end of the last “Micro-Brew” Boom. Our philosophy then and now is simple: Brew beer we love to drink! Thank goodness there were plenty of like-minded people around to support our endeavor. Today, TBBC thrives within the incredible brewing community of Tampa, Florida which was once just a two brewery town…we were lonely back then! We currently operate an Ybor Brewpub and a Production Brewery in the northern part of Tampa. We are organically growing distribution with the end goal of being a Florida-only brand with a driving vision of Beer Crafted for the Florida Lifestyle.