Big Storm, Zephyrhills and Craft Life Brewing Release Collaboration Beer

Big Storm Brewery, Zephyrhills Brewing Company and Craft Life Brewing Release Collaboration Beer

Odessa, FL  Big Storm Brewing Co announced today the release of a collaboration beer with other Pasco County brewers, Zephyrhills and Craft Life called “Open Spaces Porter.” The Pasco breweries will unveil the limited, draft-only brew at the “Meet the Pasco Brewer” event scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, March 11 at Big Storm’s location in Odessa as the finale of the 2017 Tampa Bay Beer Week celebration.

Sitting down to discuss the beer style with Big Storm’s Head Brewer, Joel Moore, were Tim Foley and Robert Hilferding of Craft Life Brewing and Zephyrhills Brewing Company respectively. It was apparent early on how important it was to use ingredients in this collaborative beer sourced in Pasco County. The honey used in the beer is from Queen Kathleen and the citrus puree is from Kumquat Growers located in Dade City, Florida.

The Pasco County Economic Development Council has done an amazing job promoting the area as one of great opportunity for growing businesses,” said Mike Bishop, Founder of Big Storm Brewery. “The Open Spaces – Vibrant Places campaign launched earlier this year by the Pasco EDC was the inspiration behind the name, as it speaks to our shared spirit of collaboration, teamwork and love of the area,” Bishop explained.

All the collaborative brewers will participate in a “Meet the Pasco Brewer” event at Big Storm, and be on hand to discuss the process with the public. Party-goers will be able to try the Open Spaces Porter, as well as several other beers from all the participating breweries. There will be also be live music and food trucks during the event. The party will mark the end of Tampa Bay Beer Week, an annual eight-day celebration of the local Tampa Bay craft beer culture that showcases the area as an emerging and vibrant craft and specialty beer destination.

About Big Storm
Big Storm Brewing Co is one of the fastest growing independent craft breweries in Florida.  Founded in 2012 by Mike Bishop, Big Storm now has two brewing and taproom facilities in Tampa Bay.  Led by Head Brewer, Joel Moore, Big Storm’s innovative craft beers have received critical acclaim for the past four consecutive years, winning 2016’s Best Florida Beer Championship with their Oktoberfest Marzen Lager.  Today, Big Storm is a true pioneer using locally sourced ingredients like citrus and wild flower honey, brewing more than 20 different beers, including their popular Arcus IPA, Wavemaker® Amber Ale, Helicity® Pilsner and Oates in Hose Oatmeal Stout.   Available in most local Publix, Whole Foods, Total Wine and ABC Liquors, Big Storm is not just craft beer, but great beer.  

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