Fat Point Brewing (Punta Gorda, Florida) and Big Storm Brewing Co. (Clearwater, Florida) have come forward to announce that the two breweries have finalized a deal to associate under Big Storm’s parent company Seaboard Craft Beer Holdings.
Back in February of this year, Fat Point Brewing hit the Florida craft beer community with the sad news that it would be closing its production facility and taproom shortly after its 2nd Anniversary. Upon hearing this announcement, the folks at Big Storm Brewing and Seaboard Craft Beer Holdings quickly reached out to Fat Point to see if they could assist in any way, shape or form to keep their fellow brewery from closing. A deal was struck, a partnership was established, and both breweries are now happy to announce that Fat Point will remain open to “continue production of its fresh, local handcrafted beers.” Fat Point Brewing founder Bill Frazer will remain with the brewery and “continue producing the company’s four signature craft beers which include Big Boca Ale, Reyght Angle IPA, the Belgian-style Tripel Bru Man Chu and Going Mintal, a Belgian-style Wheat Beer featuring subtle hints of lemon and mint.”
“We are all very excited about our new affiliation with Big Storm, and throughout this process have discovered several similarities in our culture and goals. Our values and vision have not faltered, which is to continue to deliver a great beer and customer experience,” said Fat Point Brewing founder Bill Frazer.
“We believe in protecting and nurturing the local craft beer industry and it was vitally important we preserve the quality beers Fat Point is producing,” said Seaboard co-founder L.J. Govoni. “We are truly excited to partner with Frazer and his staff and our main priority will be to support their efforts of producing innovative beers while making sure more Florida consumers are exposed to the Fat Point name and product,” Govoni added.
Fat Point Brewing’s taproom and brewery will operate just as it did before this partnership was formed. Taproom hours are as follows:
- Monday – Thursday: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Friday: 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
- Saturday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Sunday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
If you cannot make it to Punta Gorda, you can also find the beers of Fat Point Brewing available throughout southwest Florida including Tampa, Fort Myers, Naples and Cape Coral.
We could not be happier that this initially dismal situation has resulted in a happy ending/new beginning. Here’s to a future filled with many good years and success for Fat Point Brewing. Drink local. Support local. Keep on rockin’. Prost!