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Dunedin’s Snug Pub October 3, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Gratitude, Humor, Travel & Leisure.

Dunedin Brewery

On Mondays, Dunedin is quiet.

As we wandered Main Street, poking our noses into quaint shops boasting tartans, we had little competition from other pedestrians or cars.

After exploring Main Street and the adjacent marina, we headed up Douglas Street to Dunedin Brewery and Snug Pub, a micro-brewery which had been on my radar since before we relocated to the Gulf Coast.

As it is wont to do, Murphy’s Law accompanied us.

We arrived at the Brewery’s darkened doors to discover that Monday is the Snug Pub’s only day of rest.

No wonder the town whispers on Mondays.

We peered past the CLOSED sign to admire the authentic pub interior. As our eyes raked over gleaming vats of fermented ales, we saw the owner standing behind the massive bar.

Better still . . . he saw us.
And invited us in.
And offered us samples.
On the house.


Take that Murphy!


While chatting with the owner about the brewery and its brews, we quaffed  refreshing Razzberry Wheat Ale and aromatic Apricot  Peach Ale ~ award winners  available only at the brewery.

We also sampled Pipers Pale Ale and Redhead Red.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Fun Fact #1:  Since our visit, the Brewery created an Auld Alliance with Cigar City Brewing.  To read more:  Auld Alliance ~ Collaboration and Agreement.

Fun Fact #2:  The name Dunedin comes from Dùn Èideann, the Scottish Gaelic name for Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland.


1. Andra Watkins - October 3, 2011

Cool. I’ll have to keep this on my list for the next time I visit my MIL in Safety Harbor. Looks awesome.

nrhatch - October 3, 2011

We plan to head up there again soon. Not on a Monday. 😀

2. souldipper - October 3, 2011

Oh! When I saw your title, I thought you whipped down to New Zealand. I thought, ‘That darned Nancy…she’s been a Rugby fan, sittin’ in the closet.’

Canada got flattened by New Zealand at the World Cup but those guys get to play year round. On one team. Ours is a pick-me-up, fair weather gang. We love them anyway!

nrhatch - October 3, 2011

When I did a search for “Dunedin” to add links . . . New Zealand popped up in the radar.

I am oblvious to the world of Rugby, other than a cute cartoon that Granny sent me about how to wrest control of the TV from non-Rugby fans when a game is on. 😆

3. Cindy - October 3, 2011

I thought about New Zealand too … you guys will just have to cheer for the S’Africans then!

nrhatch - October 3, 2011

Go Team! :mrgreen:

4. Bridgesburning Chris King - October 3, 2011

I love Edinburgh. well all of Scotland and your pub and owner sound wonderful!

nrhatch - October 3, 2011

My maternal grandparents grew up in Scotland ~ Aberdeen, Edinburgh, and summers in the Orkneys.

I’ve never been. It’s on my Bucket List. 😀

5. thirdhandart - October 3, 2011

Which of the samples did you like the best? They all sound very intriguing.

nrhatch - October 3, 2011

I liked them all, but preferred the first two we tasted ~ award winners for good reason.

Every brew (year round and seasonal) sounds great:

6. TheIdiotSpeaketh - October 3, 2011

That sounds like an awesome town to visit. Plus, if I remember right, don’t they have Spring Training Baseball in Dunedin?

nrhatch - October 3, 2011

Lots of towns around here have spring training, including Dunedin.

Here’s the line up for the Grapefruit League in Florida:

Atlanta Braves: Champion Stadium, Lake Buena Vista at Walt Disney World
Boston Red Sox: City of Palms Park, Fort Myers
Baltimore Orioles: Ed Smith Stadium, Sarasota
Detroit Tigers: Joker Marchant Stadium, Lakeland
Florida Marlins: Roger Dean Stadium, Jupiter
Houston Astros: Osceola County Stadium, Kissimmee
Minnesota Twins: Hammond Stadium, Fort Myers
New York Mets: Digital Domain Park, Port St. Lucie
New York Yankees: George M. Steinbrenner Field, Tampa
Philadelphia Phillies: Bright House Field, Clearwater
Pittsburgh Pirates: McKechnie Field, Bradenton
St. Louis Cardinals: Roger Dean Stadium, Jupiter
Tampa Bay Rays: Charlotte Sports Park, Port Charlotte
Toronto Blue Jays: Dunedin Stadium, Dunedin
Washington Nationals: Space Coast Stadium, Viera

7. kateshrewsday - October 3, 2011

That ale sounds quite amazing, Nancy!

nrhatch - October 3, 2011

The pub is celebrating Octoberfest this month . . . so we may need to take another run up there.

In the meantime, I’m enjoying a Samual Adams Octoberfest for Happy Hour today ~ brewed with five varieties of malted barley for a deep amber color and a bigger richer flavor, perfect for Fall.

8. Piglet in Portugal - October 3, 2011

What a great guy to invite you in!

nrhatch - October 3, 2011

We thought so! When he came over to the door, I didn’t hesitate to tell him that it was (a) our first visit to Dunedin, and (b) we’d come to Dunedin to check out the first micro-brewery in Florida.

It pays not to be shy. 😀

9. Tori Nelson - October 3, 2011

Samples, too?!? Does it get any better?

nrhatch - October 3, 2011

Not in my book. We had a delight-filled day from first to last. Go Dunedin!

10. Booksphotographsandartwork - October 3, 2011

Well that was a fun little treat. How cool!

nrhatch - October 3, 2011

Almost more fun than if the pub had been open for business. 😀

11. jannatwrites - October 3, 2011

You showed Murphy, for sure. Your own private tasting session is pretty cool! I’m surprised he invited you in. Here, when places are closed, they pretend they don’t see you and wait for you to leave 🙂

nrhatch - October 4, 2011

On another day, we might not have defeated Murphy so easily.

I think we arrived right when the owner was ready for a break from his book-keeping or vat cleaning. So we didn’t stay long. Just long enough to sample some award winning brews and talk about the history of the place. Lucky us! 😎

12. Perfecting Motherhood - October 4, 2011

How nice of the owner to invite you in! Or maybe you looked desperate for a drink, or just really disappointed… Either way, pretty cool experience.

nrhatch - October 4, 2011

My “puppy dog face” pressed up against the glass made him sense the full measure of my disappointment. And we expressed the full measure of our appreciation when he opened the doors to let us come in and sample his wares.

A very cool experience. :mrgreen:

13. Tilly Bud - October 4, 2011

I knew it was Scots but not what it meant. Once again, you know more about my home than I do 🙂

nrhatch - October 4, 2011

Well . . . I might have looked it up while adding links to the article. 😀

14. ElizOF - October 4, 2011

The owner looks friendly… invite us next time you go. 🙂

nrhatch - October 4, 2011

It’s a delightful town and pub. If you’re in the mood for a mid-winter getaway, I highly recommend the Gulf Coast of FL. It rocks.

15. hugmamma - October 4, 2011

I’m not a beer drinker, hubby is. But I love the unexpected invite in when the sign said “Closed.” That’s small town charm at its best. 🙂

nrhatch - October 4, 2011

Most beers don’t interest me . . . but I adore micro-brewed beers and seasonal offerings. Craft breweries sharing what’s on tap are my favorite way of trying different varieties of ale.

And, yes, small town charm is a wonderful things . . . wherever we can find it.

16. Christine Grote - October 4, 2011

I’m terrible at geography. Where in the world are you?

nrhatch - October 4, 2011

On the Gulf Coast of Florida. 😀

Dunedin is just north of Tampa/St. Pete/Clearwater Beach.

CMSmith - October 5, 2011

I’ve never heard of it. It seems like a fun place to go.

17. Team Oyeniyi - October 5, 2011

There is a Dunedin in the South Island of New Zealand – and still very Scottish! There is a Snug Pub in Tasmania, Australia.

Struck me there is little unique in the world!

nrhatch - October 5, 2011

There’s lot of unique left . . . along with the overlap. For example, we have a Kangaroo Pub in Bradenton, but no kangaroos as clientele. 😉

18. flyinggma - October 5, 2011

Very cool sounding pub and owner as well. How kind of him to share his ale, time and friendship.

nrhatch - October 5, 2011

We thought so. A delightful stop on our travels that day. 😀

19. Tokeloshe - October 6, 2011

That’s nice!
We love micro-breweries 😉

nrhatch - October 6, 2011

Same here. I love visiting “the source” . . . microbreweries, wineries, chocolate factories, bakeries, distilleries.

Once we went to a pretzel factory and made pretzels. Mishapen, but pretzels none the less.

20. barb19 - January 19, 2012

I see you found out that there is a Dunedin in NZ too! The Scots get everywhere (don’t we)?
Your Dunedin looks like a good place to visit and I’ve put it on my list for when we come over to the States this year (to Lecanto – do you know it?) Perhaps we could meet up somewhere Nancy, I’d love that!

nrhatch - January 19, 2012

Oh, that would be excellent. I’ve never heard of Lecanto, but I just checked it out on the map ~ Dunedin is about midway between us and Lecanto. Maybe we could meet there?

barb19 - January 19, 2012

Excellent – will let you know when we are coming! We could check out Dunedin’s Snug Pub!

nrhatch - January 19, 2012

That would be GREAT! Once you’ve got dates, let me know and we’ll set something up.

barb19 - January 20, 2012

No worries!

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