TRP visited Saint Somewhere Brewing Co. in April of 2012. After visiting breweries in the Tampa Bay area for a couple weeks we kept hearing people say “you have to visit Saint Somewhere Brewing in Tarpon Springs”…so we did. Tarpon Springs is a nice little town just north of Dunedin (Dunedin Brewery and Seventh Sun Brewing) that has a strong Greek community. The town is actually well known for it’s sponge production and the Sponge Docks are a popular tourist attraction.
Bob Sylvester set up shop in a small warehouse garage in 2007 as the sole owner and brewer. Five years later he is still a one man shop and does all the brewing and bottling in the same tiny garage. SSBC specializes in small batches of Belgium ales while using unique techniques such as open fermentation to create some really great beers that have become highly sought after in the craft beer community.
SSBC’s labels look they are inspired by classical Renaissance paintings but are actually repurposed old tourism posters used by the state of Florida to entice potential visitors to visit some of the many springs that the state is known for. This is another example of the state pride we have noticed from the Florida brewers we have met and it becomes contagious the longer you stay in the area.
Bob is a down to earth guy and keeps open visiting hours any time he’s working at the brewery. They do have regular tour hours on Thursday and Friday nights, but any other time you can call ahead at 813-503-6181 and see if he is there to stop by.