St. Pete's Independent Bar is closing, new brewery in Seminole Heights, and more in local foodie news

To round out this beer-heavy week of food news, Carrollwood's Wulfaven Brewery sets an October opening date.

click to enlarge St. Pete's Independent Bar is closing, new brewery in Seminole Heights, and more in local foodie news
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Openings

Ology Brewing Angry Chair Brewing just celebrated its grand opening at a new location a few weeks ago, and now the business at its former space is ready to do the same. But you still can't park on Fern Street. Tallahassee-based Ology Brewing, located in Seminole Heights, opens its doors for the first time on Friday-Sunday, Sept. 23-25. Seminole Heights' newest brewery will be open from noon-midnight on Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on Sunday. There aren't many details about its grand opening festivities, but guests can expect Ology's craft brews on tap, liquor and beer to-go, craft cocktails and food trucks alongside "a few more other surprises," as a recent Instagram announcement states. In addition to brewing its own craft beer—like the popular "Sensory Overload" hazy IPA and "Rainbow Colored Glasses" Berliner weisse sour—Ology also dabbles in liquor distilling, coffee roasting and hard seltzer manufacturing. 6401 N Florida Ave., Seminole Heights. ologybrewing.com

Tampa’s Colony Grill If you don't like pizza, then we wouldn't recommend going to Tampa's newly-opened Colony Grill, because 'za is the only thing on the menu. Midtown Tampa, the the 22-acre mixed-use development project, is the home to Florida's newest Colony Grill, which lives at 3640 Midtown Dr. Favorites on its menu include the self-explanatory salad pizza, and breakfast pies topped with bacon or sausage, egg and cheese. Toppings for regular pies include pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, sweet peppers, black olives, bacon, meatballs, anchovies and “stingers”—Colony Grill’s spicy jalapeño oil that’s got a little more of a bite than the regular hot oil. Pizzas's start at $10.50 with each topping adding an extra $1.75. Also know for its wide variety of beer, Tampa's Colony Grill also offers Guinness, PBR, New England Brewing Co. Sea Hag IPA, Sam Adams seasonal and Blue Moon on tap, and also sells an even wider selection via bottles, like Downeast Original Cider, Stella Artois and Heineken. The pizza spot also offers online ordering and delivery. 3640 Midtown Dr., Tampa. 
Wulfaven Brewing Co.
Wulfaven Brewery, which markets itself as "Carrollwood's first microbrewery," is finally gearing up for its grand opening. The North Tampa brewery took to its Instagram page yesterday to deliver the big news that its grand opening is happening Oct. 15-16. During its debut weekend next month, Wulfaven Brewing Co.—located at 10828 Perez Dr.—will be open from noon-10 p.m. on Saturday and noon-6 p.m. on Sunday. The soon-to-open craft brewery will update its new customers with its regular operating hours after next month's grand opening. Wulfaven says it will brew everything from juicy and bitter IPAs to crisp and clean lagers and pilsners, although its debut tap list hasn't been released yet. It's upcoming tap room won't serve any food, but resident food trucks will be on-site slinging different types of eats. In addition to house-brewed craft beer, Wulfaven will also sell different wines and seltzers, which can be sipped inside of its warehouse-like space or on its large outdoor patio. Games like cornhole will be set up on a grassy area adjacent to the patio. 10828 Perez Dr., Carrollwood. wulfaven.com

Welcome to the Farm It's time to give your local western store a visit, because a new country-themed bar is making its debut in downtown St. Pete next month. Located on one of the most popular blocks in downtown, Welcome to the Farm (commonly stylized as "WTF") celebrates its grand opening on Friday, Oct. 7. Longtime Ringside Cafe manager Mitch Gray told Creative Loafing in December of 2021 that St. Pete's MacDinton's would be transformed into a country bar, and nine months later his predictions have fully come into fruition. Welcome to the Farm's social media pages give its future customers a sneak peek of the downtown hotspot, inspired by the family farm of co-owner and “Drinkin’ Beer. Talkin’ God. Amen." singer Chase Rice. There won't be a better place to down Bud Lights and sing along to your favorite country bangers than this upcoming bar and venue adorned with American flags and old timey Dairy Queen signs. 242 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. welcometothefarmcle.com

Closings

St. Pete’s Independent Bar A stronghold of local beer culture is bowing out of St. Petersburg next month. Independent Bar St. Pete will close its doors on Oct. 2, after six years in the Edge District. The bar’s final days include a Burke Bros. Trio concert on Friday, Sept. 30. Indie St. Pete’s popular Sunday Jazz Project led by James Suggs—which owner Veronica Danko will probably miss more than anything—will be the last event, set for Sunday, Oct. 2. “We are proud that we were the first to bring a World Class Beer Hall to this wonderful city and we are thankful for all of the support over the years," Danko, who co-founded Indie St. Pete in 2005, wrote in an email to Creative Loafing Tampa Bay. “This is a heartbreaking decision, but I am confident that it is the right one." She told CL that she’s sold the building to a partnership group that includes Ryan Griffin, who’s involved in popular St. Pete concepts like The Mandarin Hide and TrophyFish. She would not disclose the financials behind the deal, but said that the sale allows her to to concentrate on other endeavors. 1049 Central Ave, St. Petersburg. independentbarstpete.com—Ray Roa

Coming soon

Florida Cracker Fish Company Located out of the former Ballyhoo Grill location, the upcoming Florida Cracker Fish Company doesn't have an opening timeline just yet. All its website states is that the new Citrus Park location is "coming soon." Hopefully Florida Cracker Fish Company's seafood-themed menu will fill the void in Citrus Park that Ballyhoo Grill left when it closed in the fall of last year. Florida Cracker Fish Company is a seafood-forward offshoot of its parent company, the North Florida-based Florida Cracker Kitchen. Some dishes we hope make their way onto the Florida Cracker Fish Company menu include smoked mullet dip, oyster po'boys, salmon omelettes, shrimp and grits and its "fish camp "special—which comes with freshly-fried catfish, two eggs, grits and a biscuit. 7604 Ehrlich Rd., Citrus Park. floridacrackerkitchen.com

Events

Ybor City Bourbon Heritage Months Seven Ybor City bars and distilleries are joining forces this Saturday to celebrate 2022's Bourbon Heritage Month  by turning the historic district into a makeshift Kentucky Bourbon Trail—and it's a classy bar crawl that might make you call an Uber home. Check-in for this event starts at 2 p.m. whenyou can head to Ybor City's Big Easy Bar to grab your bar crawl map and tote bag. Other locations that you'll visit on this bourbon-centric event are Bad Monkey, The Bricks, First Chance Last Chance, Reservoir Bar, White Lie and Zydeco Brew Werks, as guests will be able to drink different craft cocktails, taste limited-release booze and collect free goodies at each spot. If you hit all 7 stops on the bourbon trail, you become automatically entered into the event's  grand prize raffle, which will most likely involve some more booze.

About The Author

Kyla Fields

Kyla Fields is the Managing Editor of Creative Loafing Tampa Bay who started their journey at CL as summer 2019 intern. They are the proud owner of a charming, sausage-shaped, four-year-old rescue mutt named Piña.
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