The Wench Is Moving To Tampa! 12

I am a gypsy.


I can call no one place home. To some of you, this may sound sad. And sometimes, the life of a gypsy does get very lonely. However, the excitement and adventure of a nomadic lifestyle often makes up for the “lack of belonging“.

Since September, I have moved 5 times. The major move was from Columbus, OH (my original Beer Wench stomping grounds) to Orlando, FL. I have moved 4 times since I have been in Orlando – and most of them were NOT by choice.

covered wagon

Needless to say, I have not adjusted well to the city of Orlando. A series “difficult” experiences combined with a disinterest in the culture and lack of involvement with the community have prevented me from completely acclimating to my new environment.

And I am entirely way to young, smart and ambitious to waste my time in a place that is sucking me dry. Which means … I am on the road … again.

This time around, my relocation is not as extreme. I am moving to Tampa – only about 2 hours from my current location.


Why Tampa, you ask?

Why not Tampa? That is really the best answer I can give at this time. No, I don’t have a job. No, I don’t have a place to live (yet). No, I don’t know what I want to do or where I want to live … at this moment.


Lucky for me, I have some good friends in Tampa who are helping me to cushion the blow. A couple that I know and love dearly are traveling to Italy for two weeks. They have graciously offered to let me house-sit and pet-sit until they return.

This gives me roughly two weeks to “figure things out”. And considering that my life has almost always been the result of spontaneous and ambitious choices – I am confident that things will be okay.


I move late tonight. I am extremely excited to start yet another adventure and another chapter of my life.

Thank you all so much for supporting me through these past few months. It broke my heart to let my blog and passion for beer fall by the wayside while I struggled to pull the pieces of my life back together. I have regained strength and momentum, though.


Be prepared to see a revamping and rejuvenation of The Beer Wench – both the person and the blog. I’m coming back stronger than ever :)


About The Beer Wench

Ashley is a self-proclaimed craft beer evangelist & social media maven on a mission to advance the craft beer industry through education, inspiration and advocacy. She is currently the “Director of Awesomeness” at Bison Brewing in Berkeley, CA — where her responsibilities include everything from marketing, sales, PR, social media & events. Ashley is also a freelance consultant and professional speaker on the subjects of social media, beer mixology, food & beverage pairings. She is the founder of & as well as a regular contributor to

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12 thoughts on “The Wench Is Moving To Tampa!

  • Marko

    The Wench was not made for the town that gave us pretty much every boy band. Tampa is about to get a whole lot more awesome.

  • Brew Hilda

    Find joy, love, peace, and friends.
    We’ve always got your back!
    You’ve got so much to give the world,
    go get ‘em.

  • culinarysherpas

    Welcome to Tampa! I suggest you look in Seminole Heights. It’s the hippest place to live in Tampa…that’s why we live here! Hyde Park-ish would be second choice.

  • Michelle

    Bienvenidos a Tampa! (Orlando sucks) highly rec u check out Old Seminole Heights in Central Tampa for living arrangements- lots of good rental deals, accimodations are majority turn of 20th century bungalows and cool funky Accessory structure studios as well. Friendly, tons of old oaks, laid back neighborhood. Good beer awaits; choices not as plentiful as I wish, but good spots are here. BeerAdvocatehas good listings- do go to King Corona and Tampa Bay Brew Pub in Ybor; Taps downtown; and a Must!- The Independent, downtown St Pete- opening second location soon in…Old Seminole Heights! Yes! :) happy trails! Michelle

  • The Beer Wench

    Thank you so much for recommending all those places! I have been to Tampa Bay Brewing in YBor … World of Beer … and most definitely will be hitting up The Independent! And I am googling Old Seminole Heights right now …

  • Joseph

    If you are going to move to Tampa make sure you move to north Tampa! Too many Niggers in Central and South Tampa!