If you find yourself thirsty for a beer while in the St. Petersburg, Florida, area, check out Cycle Brewing at 534 Central Avenue, located in the heart of the business district. This small bicycle themed brewery opened six months ago and serves just beer, no food. It’s a fairly open space, dimly lit with a few tables tucked into semi-private areas. A large garage door on the front of the building opens on to the sidewalk, and in January it let in a comforting, cool breeze.
Cycle Brewing’s four fermenting tanks equal a seven-barrel system and when I strolled into the brewery during my vacation there were twelve beers on tap. According to bartender Jose Perez, most pints are $5 each but on Tuesdays they’re all $4. Growlers of select beer are $8 and happy hour specials are daily from 3-6 p.m.
I tried a pint of Unicycle Mosaic which features Mosaic hops. Beyond the distinctively hoppy flavor are citrus notes balanced in a light body of gold color. Up next was the medium bodied Ryerish Red. It has deep flavors of rye and went well with the chilly night. Wheelie is a malty offering and combined with the other nine beers ready for consumption, there’s something pleasing for everyone’s taste buds.
Be sure to check out the custom taps fabricated from old bike parts by Ted “Moto Ace” Lee of St. Pete Bicycle and Fitness. The locally made artwork adorning the walls is also for sale, and a hodge-podge of cranks and sprockets melded together by Brad Augsburger creates an interesting looking table. With plans for a bike rack and a little more remodeling of the interior, Cycle Brewing should become a staple for the area and on your short list for places to quench your thirst after a day on the beach or an evening exploring the gulf coast by bike. Be sure to have cash in hand because credit cards are not accepted. Enjoy!