The Pinellas Ale Works journey began in 2014 with the transformation of the historic Harold’s Auto Body buildings in downtown St. Petersburg. Dennis Decker, head brewer and owner, reflects on the transformation, “Looking back, it was a long road to get to where we are now, but worth every bit of the effort. We’re proud to be a part of the St. Pete brewery culture and we’re committed to giving our patrons a world-class product.”
Pinellas Ale Works or PAW opened its doors in 2016 in the Grand Central District of St. Pete with a large air-conditioned tap room featuring more than 30 taps and an adjacent shaded beer garden popular with craft beer aficionados and their dogs.
In 2017, Pinellas Ale Works started distributing its beer in kegs and cans to local restaurants, bars, and beer stores in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, and Sarasota Counties.
PAW beers have received recognition on a state and national level. Standouts are ‘Milk Bone Stout’, 2017 Great American Beer Festival Silver Medal winner, ‘1888 Russian Imperial Stout’, 2017 Best Florida Beer Gold, and 2018 Silver Medal winner, and ‘Schwarzhound Black Lager’, 2019 Best Florida Beer Gold Medal.
Owner/brewer Dennis Decker, “Our 15 barrel brewing system allows us to keep up with growing demand, so be sure to ask for PAW beer at your favorite Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, and Sarasota County bars and restaurants. Cheers!”