This article was created in partnership with St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport.
As the Burg’s hometown airport continues setting records, it’s turning that love around and doubling down on all things local. St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) announced the official opening of its long-awaited 3 Daughters Brewing restaurant and bar, just the latest in a string of St. Pete-centric celebrations.
Now open inside the terminal, 3 Daughters showcases the great craft beer the brewery is known for (we highly recommend the Florida Orange IPA), while also providing delectable pub eats like wings, BBQ sandwiches and soft baked pretzels with house-made beer cheese.
Travelers will be able to enjoy the libations en route to PIE’s 65 nonstop destinations, including places like Asheville, Chattanooga, Indianapolis, Key West, Nashville, Pittsburgh and even Provo, Utah.
The opening of 3 Daughters followed the August 2020 launch of Mazzaro Italian Market at PIE, bringing two St. Pete stalwarts to the airport and adding a hyper-local touch for visitors and residents alike as they come and go. Of course, it’s not just beer and bread that gives PIE the local feel (although it’s a great start).
Local artists give PIE an extra splash of St. Pete
At PIE, travelers are surrounded by all things local. Out-of-town visitors are able to feel the sense of place as soon as they arrive, and locals feel at home from their first step inside. Fliers are welcomed by area artists as soon as they enter, such as Morean Center for Clay artist Elle Leonard’s tile murals, Duncan McClellan’s glass, or Mary Klein’s local scenes on copper.
In fact, there’s even more coming. Next up, PIE is working with Creative Pinellas to select mural artists for airside murals that will greet arriving passengers on the ramp.
Back inside the airport, the kids have a play zone designed by Great Explorations Kids Museum where they can pretend to pilot over our local beaches or build an airplane with Legos. In fact, the local presence can even be felt once you’re in the sky.
Allegiant hires local for PIE operations
Allegiant Airlines, who serves many of PIE’s 65 nonstop flights, just added the 3 Daughters Brewing Florida Orange IPA to the drink service on all of its Florida flights, giving a taste of the Sunshine City 30,000 feet up. And from drink service to the cockpit, you’ll find even more local touches.
While Allegiant is based in Las Vegas, PIE is its No. 1 location for employee base (and its second busiest airport), and Allegiant employs all pilots, flight crew, customer service and grounds ops locally. Even in the sky, you’re surrounded by neighbors.
It goes both ways, of course. While you can find local goodness at PIE, you can also find PIE goodness locally. As part of the partnership for the kids play zone in the airport, PIE is sponsoring an exhibit at Great Explorations Children’s Museum with a PIE airport themed Lego play zone. And if you’re heading to the Dali this summer, PIE (The Dali’s official Airport Partner) is sponsoring the special exhibition ‘The Visit’ by Yamandú Canosa.
Combine all of this with PIE’s short lines, easy parking, great destinations, and accessible location, and it’s a perfect fit to be St. Pete’s hometown airport. If you’re leaving the Burg, go easy with PIE.
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