Sparkman Wharf’s ‘Fermented Reality’ beer garden is closing this month

But a new concept could open in Ybor City next year.

click to enlarge Fermented Reality Biergarten, which closes at Sparkman Wharf in Tampa, Florida on Aug. 29, 2021. - FRBIERGARTEN/FACEBOOK
Fermented Reality Biergarten, which closes at Sparkman Wharf in Tampa, Florida on Aug. 29, 2021.

Fermented Reality Biergarten has always been a welcome reprieve from the gourmet food stalls and heat of the sun at downtown Tampa's Sparkman Wharf, but it’s closing at the end of the month.

Owners told Tampa Bay Business Journal that Fermented Reality’s last day in downtown Tampa is Aug. 29 and added that Strategic Property Partners, which operates Sparkman Wharf, chose not to new the lease. A relocation is in the works, but in the meantime their second concept is planned for Seventh Avenue in Ybor City.

Co-owner Joel Bigham did not share any details about the Ybor concept outside of a potential January 2022 opening.

A SunBiz listing for “Fermented Reality Ybor LLC” shows 1910 E 7th Ave. as a principal address, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that’s where a new Fermented Reality concept will land. The 1900 block on Seventh Avenue is also home to Zydeco Brewerks, Chill Bros. Scoop Shop, Drip Ybor and 7th+Grove, so the only place a new beer garden could make sense is the old Frankie's Patio directly across the street from Orpheum.

Bigham has yet to return any emails, calls or text messages from Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, but we’ll update this post when they do.

TBBJ said that Guy Revelle—who already opened Splitsville and Jotoro—at Sparkman Wharf has plans to open a pizza, beer and wine concept in the beer garden’s place.

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