It finally happened. After weeks of eating chicken wings I found a place that really rocked my world…..Dunedin Brewery. I have been spending a lot of time in Dunedin recently as I get ready to host the debut of Dishcrawl in this charming town on June 11th. (Grab your tickets here). After living in Tampa Bay for ten years, the fact that I have never been to Dunedin until recently is just blasphemous. Filled with fantastic restaurants and charming shops, Dunedin reminds me a lot of some of my favorite towns in California.
I have never been much of a beer drinker and until recently, the only time I would have a beer would be at sporting events or while enjoying Mexican food. My interest in craft beer has peaked and I am learning as much as I can while visiting some of Tampa Bay’s local breweries. After hearing so much about Dunedin Brewery, I decided to pop in and visit what happens to be Florida’s oldest microbrewery.
Located at 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin Brewery is a cozy pub with a great menu selection and a fantastic staff. As someone who has worked in restaurants and bars for years, I am always impressed when I am made to feel at home while visiting an establishment. As soon as I walked in the door, I was warmly greeted by three staff members and felt very welcome. After grabbing a seat, I looked over the menu and as much as I wanted to try one of everything, I gravitated towards wings (shocker) and was intrigued by their description. Marinated overnight, deep-fried and served dry with kilt sauce on the side, their Brewery Wings were calling my name.
With an option to have the wings tossed in sauce, I was told they were so good on their own that they didn’t need sauce, so that is how I ordered them. As I looked at the golden, crispy wings, the scent of them was simply intoxicating. Words can’t describe their amazing flavor. I had no problem eating almost all of them. They were nice and plump and left me feeling full for several hours. 🙂
Now, I can’t leave out the beer at Dunedin Brewery. All of their brews are hand-crafted in small batches, 20 barrels at a time, by brewers Norman Dixon and Trace Caley. I only tasted two during my visit, including their Apricot Peach Ale, but I am planning on going back with a group of friends for an afternoon of wings and brews. Here is their current selection:
Currently Available Limited Release Brews
If you are interested, tours of the brewery are available Thursday, Friday, & Saturday at 5pm. You pay $5 which includes the tour, a logoed glass, and samples of beer. Now that is a sweet deal!
Cheers to Dunedin Brewery for pure awesomeness and having great brews and delicious food! I will be back VERY soon!