Florida Craft Brewery: Angry Chair Brewing
Established: November 7th, 2014
Location: 6401 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
Known For: Angry Chair is known for both their sours and stouts, but mostly they are known for their stouts. No matter the style of stout they seem to brew a winner. Lucky enough the day I was in town they released a coffee milk stout with cinnamon called Imperial Awakening. It was all sorts of delicious. A nice smooth coffee bomb with a touch of cinnamon. On top of that bottles of 5 Lives Gose and Cucumber Lime Gose were still available. The 5 Lives had a nice citrus pucker to it and the Cucumber Lime was exactly what you would expect from the name. Both were delicious. Needless to say, I headed home with four of each bottle.
Current Beer Menu: There was something on tap for everyone. Carly’s Tears is a Double IPA and was my least favorite offering of the day, which isn’t saying much considering I would rate it a 3.75. The Sound & Fury Mosaic Saison was a delicious hop bomb of a saison. The Gose was refreshingly salty with notes of coriander peeking through. I typically enjoy a rye IPA and #Triggered Rye IPA was no different. There was just enough spice from the rye to keep me happy. The Red Ale was nice and hoppy with a malty backbone. The Ascension IPA was decent with pine and some citrus on the nose and tropical citrus flavors after tasting. Two Chump Pump is a coffee, hazelnut porter. The aroma of hazelnuts hits you right away. The taste starts out with hazelnuts galore and finishes with coffee. 4 Bars of Bitterness is a Pale Ale with both mosaic and citra hops. Melon and citrus come through on both the nose and taste buds.
Price Range: A 5oz pour is between $2.00 and $3.00. A 12oz pour will run you between $4.00 and $7.00. A 16oz pour is $5.00. A 32oz growler costs between $8.00 and $11.00. If you don’t have your growler handy you can purchase a 32 oz growler glass for $5.00 or a 64oz for $7.00.
Wine Menu: Wine is not offered.
Food Menu/Food Trucks: Food trucks are only available on the days of the bigger bottle releases. It is possible to have food delivered or bring food from home, though.
Ambiance: I walked into the tap room around 3:00pm on a Friday afternoon to find the sweet sound of 90’s era hip-hop playing overhead. There was a fair amount of people, but I’m guessing that was because of the release of the Imperial Awakening with Cinnamon. The chairs and lighting reminded me of something that might be found in Steampunk decor. The walls are adorned with some of the artwork from past bottle labels and 3D art containing chairs. Overall the tap room was quite welcoming.
Bar Seating: The tap room is 1,000 sqft and holds seating for between 45 and 50 people. There are 14 seats at the bar, three low top, and two large high top tables.
Staff: Justin was my bartender while I was visiting. He has been with Angry Chair since they opened their doors. He answered as many of my questions as humanly possible considering the crowd was pulling him in all directions.
Brewing System: Angry Chair brews on a 10 barrel (bbl) brewhouse with three 30 bbl fermenters, one 15 bbl fermenter, one 10 bbl fermenter, and two 5 bbl fermenters.
Merch: T-shirts are offered for $20.00 apiece. You can also purchase a small snifter ($5.00), regular snifter ($7.00), or pint glass ($5.00).
Membership offered: Angry Chair doesn’t currently offer any sort of membership and doesn’t have anything in the works for the future.
Best days or time of year to go: Typically you’ll be able to find a spot at the bar on the weekdays if you show up before 5:00pm.
Regular Hours: Tuesday – Wednesday: 4:00pm – 10:00pm, Thursday: 3:00pm – 11:00pm, Friday – Saturday: Noon – Midnight, and Sunday: Noon – 9:00pm
Happy Hour: Angry Chair does not offer a happy hour.
-The building Angry Chair calls home was an old clock shop originally built-in 1941.
-As much of the original Heart Pine was kept in the roof as possible. Heart pine is the center cut of the Long Leaf Pine tree, which are hundreds of years old.
-When the interior ceiling of the building was demolished the salvageable pieces of heart pine were used to create the bar.
-The co-founders come from a corporate background. Angry Chair Brewing was created as an escape from their daily grind or ‘Angry Chair’.
-Your favorite four-legged friend is always welcome at Angry Chair.
Overall Rating (1-5): I am rating Angry Chair Brewing a 4.75. With so many breweries in the area, there is certainly a lot to choose from. I’m here to tell you Angry Chair is an absolute must when you are in town.
What was missing: Nothing at all comes to mind when I ask myself this question. The beer was good to fantastic, the tap room was very nice, and even though I’m not a regular and the bar was busy I didn’t feel like I had to wait for a beer.
In closing, I have stopped into Angry Chair twice now while in town to pick up El Catador Club bottles at Cigar City Brewing. I was impressed with their beer the first time I stopped in and even more impressed the second time. These guys know dark beer and interestingly enough also brew delicious sour styles like all three of the Gose that were on tap.
Is there something else you would like to know about Angry Chair Brewing? Please don’t hesitate to leave me a comment below.