Revitalization is the word that usually comes to mind when I hear Tampa Heights. From the Rialto Theatre to the newly opened Armature Works, developers have poured money, energy, and time revitalizing the historic landmark neighborhood next to Tampa’s urban core.
One business that is now considered a pioneer in the area is two-year old Hidden Springs Ale Works. Located in the middle of “yellow brick row” on Franklin Street, the minimal warehouse building has become my favorite neighborhood pub before Tampa Bay Lightning games.
With ample parking outside, the industrial tasting room is sparse (in a good way) with plenty of seating inside. I elected to grab a seat at the bar and ordered their American IPA, a core pour. A favorite, the hoppy, citrus-forward beer has become a regular in my rotation of local beers. Another recommendation, Deja Moo, is a milk stout brewed with smoked chipotle peppers and cocoa nibs.
Co-founders Joshua Garman and Austin Good took a chance on a neighborhood that had seen better times. I couldn’t be happier to see them and the heights thriving.