Dec 7, 2021 - Food and Drink

December brew news in Tampa Bay

A round of Big Storm Beer sits on a wooden table.
Big Storm beer. Photo courtesy of Catalyst Communications

The overflowing craft beer scene in Tampa Bay is hopping up even more business.

State of play: Clearwater-based Big Storm Brewing Co. announced its purchase of Bradenton-based Darwin Brewing Co. yesterday, which has been making culinary-inspired beer for about 10 years.

  • "It is our plan to take the next year to methodically find a new home for Darwin that will allow the brand to find some of its original roots regarding a culinary experience," Big Storm co-owner L.J. Govoni said in the announcement.

Context: Big Storm expanded into Central Florida with a brewpub in downtown Orlando last month and is set to open its fifth Florida location, an 11,000-square-foot taproom and restaurant in Ybor City, early next year.

🍻 More money moves: Sarasota-based Calusa Brewing spent $2.4 million on a bigger space, Business Observer Florida reports.

  • The new 12,000-square-foot venue will have more bar space and seating, a food menu plus a 900-square-foot covered outdoor area for games and events.
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