2015 has been the year of the Bavarian in Tampa Bay. It all started in September when Lufthansa started offering direct flights from Tampa to Frankfurt and the new Hofbrauhaus opened in St. Petersburg. When October rolled around, celebrations hit a fever pitch as about a dozen Oktoberfests sprouted up throughout the Tampa Bay area. An estimated 10,000 people attended Oktoberfest Tampa this year. Florida’s Bavarian craze has begun.
For those who don’t know, the Hofbrauhaus is a famous German beer hall in Munich that has recently expanded to include new locations in a select few U.S. cities. On September 15th, 2015, St. Petersburg, FL became one of only seven cities in the U.S. to host a Hofbrauhaus Restaurant. They have been enormously successful in their first month, with estimated wait times of over an hour some weekends.
I decided to visit the Hofbrauhaus St. Petersburg for the first time today – a quiet Thursday afternoon – in hopes of beating the crowds. I am happy to report that I had no wait time and my lunch was delicious. With pretty much everything being imported straight from Munich, it’s the real deal. Without further ado…
The Hofbrauhaus Dozen