Best Of 2016

Best “What Prohibition?”: TAMPA BAY

Best “What Prohibition?”

We’re having a moment. Gone are the days when the 18th Amendment forbade the creation, sale and transportation of distilled spirits — the Bay area’s number of indie distilleries has continued to grow throughout 2016. Last year, when the National Restaurant Association declared 2015 the year of “micro-distilled/artisan spirits,” Cotherman Distilling Co. launched in Pinellas, followed by St. Petersburg Distillery. Now, our craft spirits scene has seen the relocation of Florida Cane Distillery from East Tampa to Ybor City, the opening of St. Pete-based Kozuba & Sons Distillery, and plans for Tampa’s Fish Hawk Spirits (Ybor) and Twisted Sun Rum Company (Seminole Heights). It’s all resulted in a larger collection of small-batch, award-winning spirits for locals to choose from, including orange liqueur, vodka, rye whiskey and gin, to which we say, drink up! Prohibition who? —Meaghan Habuda