The two best beers in all of Florida are in the Tampa Bay region, according to Thrillist

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Welcome to the Gulp Coast. St. Petersburg and Tampa have both evolved into premiere beer destinations in the U.S. Brew tourists continue to make this area the spot they need to hit to get their fix of hops. Thrillist recently ranked the best beers in all 50 states, and our region reigned supreme.

The reporters with the site listed Green Bench Brewery’s Sunshine City IPA and Cigar City’s Jai Lai as the best in the entire state.

“Expertly dry-hopping the perfect balance of Citra, Mosaic and Azacca, the rapidly expanding Green Bench team embraces this vacation destination with tropical and citrus notes complete with a little punch on the ABV to kick the vibes up a notch.”

Green Bench also offers an impressive list of hard ciders, and one of the best beer gardens in the entire sunshine state. Hop over to Webb’s City Cellar if you want to enjoy one of the best brews in a refined setting.

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“Hands down one of the best IPAs in the world and thankfully for us, widely distributed throughout especially the East Coast, so this sneakily potent sipper gets the nod.”

For the uninitiated, here’s where both breweries are located:

Green Bench Brewery, 1133 Baum Avenue North

Cigar City Brewing, 3924 West Spruce Street

Written by Andrew Harlan

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