Sea Dog Brewing Co – Clearwater’s Tap Room just unveiled a new collaboration with Tiesta Tea, a Chicago-based all-natural loose tea company founded in 2010. The series, which will include up to six tea-infused beers, features blends like “Fireberry American Wheat Ale”, and “Maui Mango American Wheat” with more brews to be announced later in the summer. Each of the brews is composed of a unique flavor profile, with tea notes, fruits, spices, and hops. The series will be available exclusively in the Sea Dog Brewery located on US 19 in Clearwater.
A local Florida native to Safety Harbor, Bobby Baker’s education begins in science with a Bachelor’s Degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach. His brewer training with Sea Dog began in Bangor, Maine in 2012. There he learned the old-world English style brewing of beer. Sea Dog’s brewing system is a Peter-Austin system, which was the first generation of microbreweries, and was developed by Mr. Austin himself in England in 1978. Upon learning the trade of brewing, his inspiration to develop new recipes for Sea Dog was insatiable. Now, Baker has the freedom to develop recipes on a weekly basis- some that stay in the tasting room & and some that venture into Sea Dog’s on-premise accounts, as well as The Food & Wine Festival in Epcot, and his latest Blood Orange Wheat distributed through the state of Florida. He oversees a 20-barrel brewing system at the Clearwater location, responsible for the distribution of beer all the way from Key West to Pensacola. Most of his inspiration comes from local chefs, and food inspired beer. Offering beers with such diverse flavor profiles, Baker enjoys knowing that his customers can always expect a complex -food driven beverage.