Strange Corners, Surprising Detours: Grindhaus Brew Lab & The Clearwater Record Shop

   Robb Larson and Lisa Colburn, owners of HiFi Homebrew and BBQ Supply, love where they work — so much so that they’ve tacked on a fun, cozy pub to hobnob with fellow craft beer enthusiasts and like-minded lovers of offbeat cinema.
   Larson and Colburn’s micro tavern Grindhaus Brew Lab offers a comfy unpretentious hang with refined sensibilities and a sense of humor. Raimi and Tarantino movie posters decorate the walls and a vintage jukebox adds distinctive charm.
    Sadly, the jukebox isn’t functional —  yet — but you can count on a cool mix of indie music and classic rock and R&B to provide a soundtrack to your Grind Haus drinking experience.
   Along with refined brew recipes, Grindhaus guests can enjoy classic, cult and B-movies screened every Friday and Saturday night.
   To find the pub, use your phone’s GPS (Google Maps works) or look for the railroad tracks on Hercules and an office/warehouse complex just northwest of them. Not visible from the main road, Hi-Fi/Grindhaus can be found tucked inside the nondescript  Hercules Space Center Complex.
   Well worth the trip to Clearwater’s industrial boonies, Grindhaus distinguishes itself as a small batch brewery serving brews made with select quality ingredients and no extract. Double Taps, a Grindhaus original concept, uses one beer divided by two plus one variable.
   Don’t go expecting to take a six-pack home. The small-batch brewery doesn’t make enough for leftover takeout. According to Colburn, bigger is definitely not better. She says she’s just fine with keeping the operation small (for now).
   “With small batches I can hand pick ingredients and improve the recipe when I feel like it,” she shared. “When you have a big operation you’re stuck with the same formula for weeks whether you like it or not.”
   Classes on beer styles, brewing, ingredients, off-flavors, and the history of beer are held every month. Visitors can also partake of brew tours and tastings that include  flights of 4-by-8-ounce tasters. Click here to see what they have on tap today.
   Before heading out, stroll a few storefronts down to Suite G, where you can browse an impressive selection vintage vinyl. The Clearwater Record Shop kicks it old school with vinyl, CDs and collectibles.
   The shop invites customers to buy, sell and trade LPs, 45s and 78s.
   On our visit we found a staggering variety of genres, including some rare imports, bossa nova and foreign albums. If you’re into vintage movie posters and collectibles, you can find plenty of those too.
   Some may especially love the Peaches and Record Bar display crates. They’ll take you back to at time when record shopping was a less obscure hobby (and might give you a flashback or two about the days you worked in a record store).
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