Best Of 2008

BEST UP-AND-COMING BEER GUY: Joey Redner, Cigar City Brewing

Yes, he’s that guy’s son. His nearly functional brewery smack dab in the heart of Tampa is going to up the area’s sudsy quotient when it starts churning out beer this month. Another aficionado turned entrepreneur like Sylvester (Best Beer Local), Redner has managed to increase the number of local, independent breweries by half, elevating the Bay area’s brew cred and further inspiring local budding beer crafters. With the help of experienced brewer Wayne Wambles, Cigar City plans on hitting the highlights with offerings like Jai Alai PA, a guava-infused Belgian ale, and pilsners, stouts and porters, along with special, limited-edition beers that “are unapologetically over the top.” 3924 W. Spruce St., Tampa, 813-348-6363, cigarcitybeer.com