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Big Storm Brewing expands to Southwest Florida

Grand opening for Cape location Saturday

March 9, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Big Storm Brewing Co. will hold a grand opening for its third Florida taproom Saturday, March 10, in Cape Coral. With the expansion into Southwest Florida, Big Storm becomes the first independent craft brewer in the state with more than two locations.

"We're extremely excited to bring the Big Storm experience and our selection of unique, high-quality craft beers to Cape Coral and the rest of Southwest Florida," said Big Storm co-owner L.J. Govoni. "The expansion also underscores the continued growth we've experienced since Mike Bishop founded Big Storm in 2012."

The new Big Storm taproom is located at the former Cape Coral Brewing Co. facility at 839 Miramar St. A ribbon-cutting is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday.

Big Storm, through its parent company, Seaboard Craft Beer Holdings, acquired Cape Coral Brewing in December. Cape Coral Brewing had announced last year that it was closing. It was the city's first craft brewery when it opened in September 2015.

"Cape Coral Brewing built a tremendous community and we want our new taproom to continue serving as a gathering place for craft beer aficionados, neighbors, and those looking to make new friends," Govoni said while adding it is their hope to eventually bring Cape Coral Brewing back at a new location.

When Big Storm opened six years ago in a small 200-square-foot taproom and production facility in an Odessa industrial park, the microbrewery offered just five beers. Today Big Storm brews more than 80 beers.

Govoni says he expects Big Storm will open a fourth Florida taproom by the end of the year.

Big Storm's other taprooms are located in Clearwater and Pasco County.



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