How neat is it to see one of Tampa Bay's hometown craft breweries on the cover of Imbibe?
Super neat, of course.
In conjunction with a story from Joshua Bernstein that showcases "below-the-radar" beer towns from Florida to California, the national bi-monthly magazine ran a pint of Green Bench Brewing Co. beer (the Postcard Pils, perhaps?), overflowing with sudsy goodness, on the cover of its September/October issue. (There's even a web piece dedicated to the EDGE District brewery, which touches on everything from its beers to the tasting room).
But, wait — there's more. Four other St. Petersburg breweries — Cycle Brewing, Cage Brewing, Pinellas Ale Works and Flying Boat Brewing Co. — got a shout-out from Imbibe in print among quotes from Green Bench head brewer and co-owner Khris Johnson, whose photo leads off the "Road Tripping" article on Page 40.
"Ha! It feels very similar to having a life-size picture of myself up at [Tampa International Airport]!" Johnson said of landing the magazine's cover in an email to CL. "Honestly, it's very exciting that we have an opportunity to talk about our really cool city. At the end of the day, that's why we named ourselves Green Bench and it's where our hearts lay. We make the best beer that we can because St. Petersburg deserves nothing less than our best, and if we want that product to represent our city, then our passion for our city bleeds into our products.
"We might not find ourselves all that interesting, but it's nice that some people do!"
In addition to St. Pete, the featured beer destinations are Burlington, Vermont; Indianapolis; Richmond, Virginia; Charleston, South Carolina; Eugene, Oregon; Cincinnati; Covington, Kentucky; Santa Rosa, California; Hudson Valley, New York; and East Bay, California.
Sounds like good company to us.