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  1. Beer of the week: Rodenbach Alexander

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    The most coveted beers today are imperial stouts, often barrel-aged and flavored with a grab bag of chocolate, coconut, hazelnut, coffee, vanilla and the like. A decade ago, however, hard-core beer nerds were dropping big bucks hunting down dusty old bottles of Rodenbach Alexander, a comparatively plain Flanders ale …

    Rodenbach Alexander beer.
  2. Thirsty First bar in downtown St. Pete offers some fun quirks

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    With bars, I've always been a less-is-more guy. Same with restaurants: A 10-page menu inspires less confidence than a single page. I can appreciate a contrary approach, of course, if it has substance beyond a brute force attempt at overcoming a weak concept.

    Bartender Chris Emmons lights an orange peel as a garnish at Thirsty First in downtown St. Pete. The bar has multiple menus and drinks specials.
  3. Flying Boat Brewing Co. joins burgeoning St. Petersburg craft beer scene

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    St. Petersburg beer aficionados now have another option with Tuesday's opening of the Tampa Bay area's latest craft brewery.

    St. Petersburg beer aficionados now have another option with the opening of the Tampa Bay area's latest craft brewery on April 18, 2017. Flying Boat Brewing Co. announced the opening of its 11,000-square-foot facility at 1776 11th Ave. N. [Photo from Facebook]
  4. Drink of the Week: the Lost Distillery Lossit whisky

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    Few spirits rival the romanticism of Scotch whisky. Dramatic seaside landscapes and time-worn distilleries are as much a part of the drinking experience as the complex, challenging whisky in the glass. Scotch always has a story.

    Courtesy of Lossit Distillery
  5. Bar review: Cool cocktails done right at Marlow's Tavern in Tampa

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    Boy, is my timing off lately. I heard that Marlow's Tavern — an Atlanta-based chain restaurant with a Carrollwood location — made some unique cocktails, but I visited only to learn that the cocktail menu is seasonal and will change to a new one next week.

    The Three Hour Tour and the Nice Pear . . . Manhattan are two of the inventive cocktails at Marlow’s Tavern in Carrollwood. Cocktails change by the season, which is rather clever. Marlow’s is an Atlanta-based chain.
Photo by Geneva Johnson

Can you spy the famous Skipper's Smokehouse collectibles?

See if you can find the collectibles listed below behind the bar at the famous Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa. Use your scroll wheel or double-click to zoom into the picture. Click and drag to move the picture around. Once you find a collectible, click to see a larger version.

Here's what you need to find:

Buddy Guy portrait  |  Signature Drink  |  An Ode to Hippies  |  Pachinko  |  Man v. Food Photo  |  Pyramid-shaped "Blues Trophy"  |  A gift from their gator meat supplier

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